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City of Bloomington, Indiana

Mayor John Hamilton

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Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Arts, 812-349-3534,

City Announces Public Art Collaboration with Creative Time

Bloomington, Ind. - The City of Bloomington is proud to announce its participation in a national public art project, Pledges of Allegiance, with the New York-based public arts nonprofit Creative Time. On Tuesday, November 7, the City of Bloomington will hoist the sixth public artwork in the Pledges​ ​of​ ​Allegiance​ series. The public is encouraged to attend the public artwork raising on November 7 at 10:30 a.m. outside City Hall, 401 N. Morton.

Pledges of Allegiance is a serialized commission of sixteen flags, each created by acclaimed artists to reflect the current political climate. Flags will be raised at varying public spaces across the United States over the course of a year.

Over the past four decades, Creative Time has collaborated with thousands of artists throughout New York City and across the country, partnering with landmark organizations and city agencies such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard, MoMA, The High Line, Grand Central Terminal, Central Park Conservancy, and the Office of the Mayor of New York City. Notable projects include the 9/11 memorial Tribute in Light, Kara Walker’s A Subtlety at the former Domino Sugar factory, and Duke Riley's Fly By Night.

“Bloomington’s participation in this national public art initiative is thrilling, and we are proud to partner with Creative Time to activate a new display of public art,” commented Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Arts.

With questions or concerns, please contact Sean Starowitz at 812-349-3534.


Pledges of Allegiance is a nationwide public art project by Creative Time. The project is a serialized commission of sixteen flags, each created by acclaimed contemporary artists: Tania Bruguera, Alex Da Corte, Jeremy Deller, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ann Hamilton, Robert Longo, Josephine Meckseper, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Jayson Musson, Ahmet Ögüt, Yoko Ono, Trevor Paglen, Pedro Reyes, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nari Ward.

Each flag embodies art’s ability to channel political passion, providing a unifying symbol around which to unite, as well as a call-to-action for institutions nationwide to raise upcoming Pledges of Allegiance flags in solidarity with Creative Time.

Pledges of Allegiance aims to inspire a sense of community among cultural institutions, beginning with an urgent articulation of the political demands of the moment. Each flag points to an issue the artist is passionate about or a cause they believe is worth fighting for, and speaks to how we might move forward collectively as a country. To inaugurate the project, Creative Time raised Marilyn Minter’s RESIST FLAG on the roof of its headquarters on Flag Day, June 14.

Pledges of Allegiance was originally conceived by Alix Browne and developed in collaboration with Cian Browne, Fabienne Stephan, and Opening Ceremony.


Creative Time, the New York based public arts non-profit, is committed to working with artists on the dialogues, debates, and dreams of our time. Creative Time presents the most innovative art in the public realm, providing new platforms to amplify artists’ voices, including the Creative Time Summit, an international conference convening at the intersection of art and social justice.

Since 1974, Creative Time has produced over 350 groundbreaking public art projects that ignite the imagination, explore ideas that shape society, and engage millions of people around the globe. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has been at the forefront of socially engaged public art, seeking to convert the power of artists’ ideas into works that inspire and challenge the public. Creative Time projects stimulate dialogue on timely issues, and initiate a dynamic experience between artists, sites, and audiences.

For more information on Creative Time please visit To connect via twitter use @CreativeTime and via Instagram use @CreativeTimeNYC. To share the project on social media use the hashtag #PledgesofAllegiance.