Directory connects businesses with creatives of color
INDIANAPOLIS — A recently launched directory aims to bridge the gaps between artists of color and those looking to commission art or design in Indianapolis.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation, GANGGANG and Kite Realty Group have partnered to bring the “Indianapolis Artists of Color Directory” to life.
From graphic designers to photographers and muralists to DJs, the directory on the GANGGANG website allows businesses and individuals to search for various Indy creatives for hire.
GANGGANG has quickly made a name for itself in the Circle City, hosting events centered around black and brown artists. Founded just two years ago, the dynamic duo of Mali Jeffers and Alan Bacon are behind events such as BUTTER, Next Up and Day of Healing.
“We continue to get so many requests for different types of artists — especially artists of color right now,” Jeffers said in a press release about the new directory. “A central directory for filmmakers, artists, photographers, designers, and color creatives in general is much needed in Indianapolis, and we’re excited to see the project improve access and opportunities in the community.”
The free directory features examples of each artist’s work, includes a list of past clients, biography, contact information, and links to their website and social media.
There are currently 24 artists in the repertoire. Some of the most notable local creations featured are Amiah Mims, Ashley Robinson, Beatriz Vasquez, Dana Powell Smith, Derek Tuder, Michael Graves, Mirvia Sol Eckert, Deonna Craig, Israel Solomon, Shaunt’e Lewis, Tashema Davis, Wavy Blayne and Jay Goldz.
“We are thrilled to help GANGGANG bring this free, high-quality resource to life,” said Tom McGowan, President and COO of Kite Realty Group. “The networking potential for artists and businesses working in Indianapolis is truly enormous, as is the potential return to the downtown community in the long run.”
Artists interested in being added to the Indianapolis Artists of Color Directory should contact [email protected] or submit a professional profile via www.ganggangculture.com/directory.
Shakkira Harris, WRTV digital reporter, can be reached at [email protected] You can follow her on Twitter, @shakkirasays.