The Glick name is plastered across Indianapolis, usually connected to Indianapolis arts and humanitarian efforts. The wealthy Hoosier family has contributed greatly to the revitalization of the Circle City, and their contributions seem never ending. Wednesday, June 30 the Indianapolis Cultural Trail celebrates the dedication and illumination of the Glick Peace Walk starting at 8:00 pm. The celebration is free and all Indianapolis people are invited to honor the newest Indianapolis attraction. The Glick Peace Walk not only offers more public Indianapolis art, but also honors fourteen world changing Americans.
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick is a world class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects the five downtown Indianapolis cultural districts which include Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave, the Canal and White River State Park, and the Wholesale District. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail also connects to the Monon Trail, allowing easy access to Broad Ripple Village from Indianapolis downtown. Each location is a hub of Indianapolis art, Indianapolis culture and entertainment.
June 30 marks the unveiling and illumination of the newest addition to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the Glick Peace Walk. In addition to Gene and Marilyn Glick’s $15 million gift to the Cultural Trail, they also gave $2 million to honor fourteen life changing Americans, whose lives were dedicated to peaceful pursuits in an attempt to change the world forever. The Glick Peace Walk runs parallel to the Cultural Trail on Walnut Street, where ten sculpture or luminary gardens have found new homes. Each garden illuminates the life story of an honored American through intricately laid images in granite terrazo. The artistic installations acts as a timeline of their life with points of life and a magnificent portrait etched in glass and framed by a custom made stainless steel sculpture.
Defined as “a person of prominence or brilliant achievement” or “a body that gives light,” luminaries are the central theme of this new public art instillation. The luminaries to be honored along the Glick Peace Walk include Susan B. Anthony, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, Jonas Stalk, Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington and the Wright Brothers.
Ten luminary gardens will be located along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail along a median on Walnut Street between Meridian Street and Capitol Avenue. The luminary garden dedicated to Abraham Lincoln will be located at the southwest corner of Washington and Illinois Streets. Martin Luther King Jr.’s luminary garden will be located on the southeast corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Streets.
“With the Glick Peace Walk, we hope to honor ‘luminaries,’ people of peace whose creativity, perseverance and concern for others improved live for everyone who came after them,” said philanthropist Gene Glick. Beginning July 4 at 5:30 pm WFYI TV-20 will broadcast a half hour documentary on the making of the Glick Peace Walk and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail called “Together in Peace.”
Don’t miss the dedication and illumination of the Glick Peace Walk Wednesday, June 30 at 8:00 pm. Indianapolis artists and Indiana Repertory Theatre regulars Priscilla Lindsay and Rob Johansen will lead the ceremony to honor each person as the gardens are unveiled and illuminated. Indianapolis music will be provided by Ronen Chamber Ensemble and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, who will lead attendees in “Let There Be Peace On Earth” by candlelight. A cash bar will be available starting at 8:00 pm, and the Unveiling and Illumination Ceremony will start at 8:45 pm.
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Dedication and Illumination of the Glick Peace Walk
Wednesday, June 30 at 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Cultural Trail
701 North Illinois Street (corner of Illinois and Walnut Streets)