Promoting Sustainability

Hands on Indiana

Celebrating Community

Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial

For every hand created, there was a pledge to sustain Indiana’s Air, Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity.

by Hands on Artists

Public Engagement Art Project

Hands on Indiana the pilot project by Hands On Artists, was a public engagement art project celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016. Together with Sustainable Indiana 2016 and Earth Charter Indiana, they are promoting awareness of sustainable living for now and future generation.

Collecting Pledges


The project was hosted at these events:

April 25, 2014 – Indy’s Earth Day Celebration, White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN

January 6, 2016 – Big Car Collaborative, 1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, IN

March 29, 2014 – Earth Charter Indiana fundraiser, Indianapolis City Market, 222 E Market St Indianapolis, IN

June 5, 2016 – Indianapolis Public Library, 40 E Saint Clair St Indianapolis, IN

June 11, 2016 – Circle City Indy Pride Festival, American Legion Mall, 700 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN

June 21, 2016 – Indiana Recycling Coalition Conference 2016, Marriott East Hotel, Indianapolis, IN

August 20, 2016 – Indiana State Fair, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN

December 2, 2016 – Happiness House, 1135 Cruft Street, Indianapolis, IN

3,057 Pledges

3,057 Hands

Hands on Indiana was a Public Engagement Art project to celebrate and promote sustainability for Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016.

3,057 hands were collected and every participant took a pledge:

To celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial, I pledge to sustain the Air, Water, Energy, Food and Biodiversity in Indiana’s Third Century.

Huge Success

See The Results

Below are a few images from the events as well as some of Marilyn’s favorite “hands”.

Big Car Event

Circle City Indy Pride Festival

Indiana State Fair

Some of Marilyn’s Favorite Hands


Create Your Own

Watch this video to learn how to take apart a computer keyboard, color it, trace your hand, and cut it out. Next: Scan it and tape to your window or hang on your wall!

Reach Out to Marilyn for Your Next Project

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