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HOOSIER HISTORIA

First announced in October 2023, Hoosier Historia is a partnership with the Indy Arts Council and the Marion County Capital Improvement Board to celebrate and promote Indiana artists, engage Hoosiers across all counties in the All-Star effort, and celebrate Indiana’s love affair with Hoosier Hysteria and high school basketball. Fans voted for their favorite high school basketball stories from a pool of 50, a list determined by a committee of sports journalists, members of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, former coaches and players, former administrators, and other experts. The 24 highest vote-getters were announced in March.

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NBA ALL-STAR 2024 HOST COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES ARTISTS FOR HOOSIER HISTORIA ARTS PROJECTS

KEY POINTS:

·    In March, the NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee announced the stories for the Hoosier Historia arts program, a statewide effort that gave Hoosiers the chance to vote on the most iconic moments from Indiana high school basketball history.

·    After a competitive application process led by the Indy Arts Council, the 24 artists who will bring these moments to life have been chosen and announced.

·    The selected artists will paint their interpretations on 6-foot basketball sculptures, which will be on display throughout the Downtown Home Court during NBA All-Star 2024.

·    The program is an important component of NBA All-Star 2024, highlighting the integration of arts and sports while celebrating Indiana’s unique basketball history and tradition.


INDIANAPOLIS – The public voted, and iconic memories were chosen, and now the artists for Hoosier Historia have been selected, the NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee announced today. The group of 24 diverse artists from across the state will bring to life their interpretations of some of the most memorable and iconic people, moments, and places in Indiana basketball history on 6-foot basketball sculptures. These large public art pieces will be on display throughout the Downtown Home Court for the duration of NBA All-Star 2024.

“Indiana has immense artistic talent that will be on display during NBA All-Star 2024, and Hoosier Historia is a way to showcase that talent while celebrating what makes Indiana’s basketball tradition so special and unique,” said Mel Raines, President of the NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee and President and Chief Operating Officer for Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

The artists were chosen following a comprehensive, competitive process led by the Indy Arts Council. After selection each was asked to submit designs for their individually assigned Hoosier Historia moments, and they will be working over the next two months to complete the projects in time for NBA All-Star 2024 beginning on February 16. The artists will work out of a shared painting space in downtown Indianapolis.

The following are the selected artists and their respective Hoosier Historia moments:

Tasha Beckwith - Ben Davis Girls Basketball Tallies Longest Winning Streak in State History

JD Bills - Unique Indiana High School Mascots

Tiffany Black - Warsaw’s Judi Warren Wins the First Indiana Miss Basketball in 1976

Jourdain Brown - New Castle and Seymour Race to Be the Nation’s Largest Gym

Christopher Catalogna - 1985-1987 Marion Giants Dynasty

Matthew Cooper - Evansville’s Lincoln High School Becomes a National Power in the Face of Segregation

Gary Gee - The First Indiana Mr. Basketball is Named

Becky Hochhalter - The Milan Miracle

Christina Hollering - The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle

Scott Johnson - Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse – Built for the High School State Tournament

Martin Kuntz - Indiana’s Class Basketball Debate

Niesha Lake - Rick Mount Makes the SI Cover

Shaunt’e Lewis - Indiana’s Family Dynasties

Felix “Flex” Maldonado - 1971 East Chicago Washington – “Once in a Generation!”

Kwazar Martin - The Indiana State High School Basketball Tournament

Travis Neal - The Franklin Wonder Five

Ashley Nora - The Indiana-Kentucky High School Basketball All Star Series

Andre Parnell - The Wizard of Westwood was First the Magician of Martinsville

Kyle Ragsdale - “We Grow Basketball Here” – Indiana’s Pipeline to the Pros


Lucie Rice - Iconic Indiana Gyms

Mitchell Schuring - Muncie Central’s Unmatched Record of Success

Mirvia Sol Eckert - One of the Very Best Ever – George McGinnis, Steve Downing, and the 1969 Indianapolis Washington Champions

Kevin James Wilson - Crispus Attucks and a Culture Shift in Indiana Basketball

Koda Witsken - Indiana’s Title IX Legacy

First announced in October 2023, Hoosier Historia is a partnership with the Indy Arts Council and the Marion County Capital Improvement Board to celebrate and promote Indiana artists, engage Hoosiers across all counties in the All-Star effort, and celebrate Indiana’s love affair with Hoosier Hysteria and high school basketball. Fans voted for their favorite high school basketball stories from a pool of 50, a list determined by a committee of sports journalists, members of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, former coaches and players, former administrators, and other experts. The 24 highest vote-getters were announced in March.

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