Jan 17, 2024 - News

Arts and culture festival joins NBA All-Star weekend

A map of "Indy's Home Court," an area that will host a variety of events in downtown Indianapolis during NBA All-Star Weekend. Photo: Courtesy of NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee

Downtown Indianapolis will be transformed into a showcase of local arts and culture during the upcoming NBA All-Star weekend.

Driving the news: The event's Host Committee — alongside Indy Arts Council, GANGGANG and Indiana Humanities — has announced a series of immersive experiences and exhibits will take over downtown Feb 16-18.

  • During a press conference at the Indianapolis Artsgarden Wednesday, the committee outlined plans for "Indy's Home Court" and discussed the impact the game is having on the local creative economy.
  • "Sports and arts have always been great teammates in Indianapolis, and we're going to see that on full display during NBA All-Star weekend," said Julie Goodman, president and CEO of Indy Arts Council.

The big picture: The host committee also announced "The Tip Off," an opening ceremony at Bicentennial Unity Plaza that will feature live music and local officials.

Of note: The jam-packed slate of All-Star events is funded by a Lilly Endowment grant.

Between the lines: Organizers are planning a combination of light-based public art installations and sculptures celebrating Indiana's basketball history, storefront murals, graffiti art, interactive pieces and the return of BUTTER — Indiana's equitable fine art fair.

Plus: Under the leadership of Mali Simone Bacon and Alan Bacon of GANGGANG, a "cultural corridor" will also be created along Washington Street to showcase local music, food and comedy.

  • "The art and culture committee has developed incredible activations to welcome residents and visitors to downtown, integrating an unprecedented number of artists into NBA All-Star weekend," said Bacon.
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