Fishers receives cultural district designation from Indiana Arts Commission

A map depicting the City of Fishers’ Nickel Plate District, which recently designated as a Statewide Cultural District by the Indiana Arts Commission. (Submitted photo)

On Dec. 7, the Indiana Arts Commission designated the City of Fishers’ Nickel Plate District as a Statewide Cultural District.

Fishers applied for the designation in September as public and performance art has increased within the Nickel Plate District. Public art examples include painted electrical boxes, banners along The Edge parking garage and a mural at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt. The city also renovated the Nickel Plate Amphitheater and hosted the inaugural Spark!Fishers celebration in June.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the Indiana Arts Commission,” Deputy Mayor Leah McGrath stated in a press release. “This is such an exciting moment for our community. This designation signifies not only our commitment to advancing arts and culture in Fishers, but is also recognition of the vibrancy and cultural significance of the Nickel Plate District. The Statewide Cultural District designation helps to further root the Nickel Plate District and will guide decisions with community programming, architecture, public art, and more.”

Fishers’ Nickel Plate District is part of 10 Statewide Cultural Districts in Indiana, which include districts in Carmel, Noblesville, Bloomington, Columbus, Madison, Nashville, Jeffersonville, Terre Haute and Tippecanoe.

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