Friendship Alley in downtown Columbus is about to receive an extension and a facelift.

Students in the Ivy Tech Community College Columbus School of Art and Design, and high school students selected for a special summer camp at Ivy Tech, are researching the project now, and soon will begin designing a new look for the alley that will feature bright murals with a nod to Columbus’ famous architecture.

Friendship Alley, or Friendship Way as it is also known, is a paver-lined walkway in the 400 block of Washington Street leading to the parking garage at Jackson and Fourth streets.

For the Friendship Way Bicentennial Mural Project, the students, working with R. Lloyd Brooks, program chair for visual communications, and other Ivy Tech facility, will redesign the look of the area leading into the Jackson Street Garage, now a somewhat dark concrete corridor devoid of ornamentation.

In addition to redesigning that space, the students will work on an urban walls project, creating murals for the sides of the buildings that line the Friendship corridor, and filling boarded-up, rounded window spaces above the alley with public art.

For more on this project, see Wednesday’s Republic.


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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.