On Sept. 4, the City of Noblesville and Nickel Plate Arts held a ribbon cutting for the newly activated North Alley. The North Alley activation includes an archway entrance, sun sail shades, tables and chairs and Gobo theater lights, which project images onto a brick wall and new planter boxes.
“Our goal for downtown Noblesville is to create an improved space for citizens to enjoy while still preserving the historical downtown aspect,” Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen stated. “We are pleased with how the North Alley activation turned out and we are eager to continue to utilize more alley spaces on the square. Be on the lookout for continued activation of our downtown alleys.”
Improvements also include a mural featuring the state of Indiana. Nickel Plate Arts and the city selected artist Andrea Haydon for the mural and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, which funded it.
“We are impressed with Andrea and her talent she showcased with this mural,” Nickel Plate Arts Executive Director Aili McGill stated. “As a Noblesville native herself, we are happy to feature a local artist. Andrea’s bright and energetic concept matched the idea that will continue to enhance the alley and attract more people to enjoy our downtown area.”