Indy’s International Marketplace Coalition, in partnership with the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper unveiled the completed “Cultural Expression Through Art” public mural today, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. As the nation’s fourth longest-running African American newspaper, the mural, located on the side of the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper’s building, focuses on “Preparing a conscious community today and beyond.” The mural, created by Indianapolis artist, Amiah Mims, honors the support and empowerment the newspaper has provided during the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper’s 125 years of recording news in the Circle City.
“We, at the International Marketplace Coalition, are so happy to partner with the Indianapolis Recorder to honor the paper’s 125 years of reporting the news with this beautiful mural,” said Mary Clark, executive director of the International Marketplace Coalition. “Amiah did a wonderful job creating a mural that exemplifies the empowering work the Indianapolis Recorder has been doing for more than a century.”
During the unveiling of the mural there were remarks from Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper’s Editor in chief, Oseye Boyd, Deputy Mayor of Neighborhoods, David Hampton on behalf of the Mayor Joe Hogsett’s office, Chief Executive Officer of the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, Robert Shegog, Editor in chief and Publisher from 1988 – 1990, Eunice Trotter, Berthran Ugeh on behalf of the International Marketplace Coalition and mural artist, Amiah Mims. A check and certificate of completion was then presented to Mims.
“When the Indianapolis Recorder and International Marketplace Coalition partnered on this project, I knew it would be something special. Not only do our efforts exemplify unity, but we were also able to highlight the work of a talented young local artist,” said Robert Shegog, President and CEO of the Indianapolis Recorder. “The mural Amiah created honors the paper’s legacy, its impact in the community and its hope for the future. I am thrilled that so many people traveling on Keystone and Tacoma avenues will be able to see such a powerful piece of work.”
After a callout for a local, African American artist, Amiah Mims was selected and commissioned to complete the mural. Mims is a designer, painter, illustrator and photographer who works as a full-time graphic designer at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Some of her past work includes the Welcome Race Fans project (2019), the Black Live Matter Boarded Window project (2020) and the Black Lives Matter Street Mural project (2020).