Color the World With Love Mural Project Gets Underway

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Severns and Lisa Boyles are joining forces again to create a mural in the Rivoli Park Neighborhood under the banner of Color the World with Love. In the fall of 2013, they lead a group of painters in the creation of a mural on the southwest corner of E. 10th Street and N. Sherman Drive. This April, they plan to teach a mural painting class using the 9th Street railroad underpass as the canvas. This corridor has been in need of care and in addition to the abatement of the graffiti through the mural painting, a group of neighbors and concerned members of the community has committed to cleaning up litter on a regular basis as well.
In the fall, students from Paramount School of Excellence helped with the mural painting. The geometric designs of Andrew Severns make it accessible for people to help to complete the design. The mural on 9th will have a motif that acknowledges the Rivoli Theatre amid the shapes. The Color the World with Love project plans to include at least three youth groups in the painting this spring. Groups from Edna Martin Christian Center, Brookside Park and East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center plan to paint the mural. Others are invited to join in the mural painting by contacting Lisa Boyles at or (317) 372-6983.
The Color the World with Love mural project will present at Pitch Feast on Monday March 30th at 6:30 p.m. Pitch Feast is organized by Dreamapolis and is held at the Speak Easy in South Broadripple at 5255 N. Winthrop Ave. The cost is $5 and includes food while you mingle. After listening to the presentations of the social entrepreneurs, you decide for whom to cast your vote and the winner gets the pot. If the Color the World with Love project wins, it will use the money to sponsor the participation of youth groups in the completion of the mural on 9th Street.
A couple businesses in the Rivoli Park Neighborhood have already donated to the project. Tim and Julie’s Another Fine Mess on 10th Street and AmeriFab, Inc. on 9th street have contributed to the cause. People can donate through the Web site. It is estimated that the project to paint both sides of the 9th street underpass will cost a total of $15,000.
People are also invited to sign up for the painting class through the Web site. Painting sessions will be on every Saturday in April from 1-3 p.m. for a cost of $30 each. There will be a special session on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22nd from 5:30-8:30 p.m. where participants will paint and also join in a home-cooked meal and get a chance to socialize with the artist and organizer for only $35.