Turn to the River is a comprehensive multi-year project to reconnect downtown Terre Haute with the Wabash River through public art and design. The arts are at the core of this exciting urban redevelopment initiative and professional artists and stakeholders have worked with Art Spaces to host numerous community charrettes and symposia to develop concepts for the connecting areas.

The focus area includes the 4-square block government campus that encompasses Terre Haute City Hall, Vigo County Courthouse and the current Vigo County Security Center, slated for re-purposing within several years.  A designed walking promenade will lead people through this area and the city’s parking lot to the river, where a city-owned property, One Wabash, will be redesigned as a public green space with an overlook and possibly a flexible performance structure for public events.  The City Parking Lot may become feasible as a space for public weekend events such as Farmer’s Market, Arts Festivals and other community happenings.

Art Spaces has recently been recommended for a National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant of $75,000 that will enable us to move forward with the Design Development Phase of Turn to the River this fall! 

“Design Development is so important to the progress of Turn to the River and our central government area is significant to our city’s history and should be a lively and attractive place. A riverside green space and overlook will provide an important connection between our urban and natural environments. Through public art  we can link to our region’s cultural stories.

The City of Terre Haute is the primary governmental partner on the project, but Art Spaces will also work closely with Vigo County officials to ensure that the designs complement the existing architecture and serve the needs of city and county operations on the site.

Jennifer Perry, Region 6 Commissioner to the Indiana Arts Commission, noted that “This grant comes at an ideal time for our community.  It may even be the largest arts grant ever given to our region.  This project is a shining example of the positive outcomes that can result when the arts and government, and the private and public sectors work together.  When we collaborate with a shared goal, it results in a better outcome for all.  We’re thrilled that the National Endowment for the Arts wants to see that too.  This project is about art in action, the best kind of action to benefit all citizens.”

The public is invited to join Art Spaces and the City of Terre Haute for a public picnic at the City Hall Government Plaza. For more details, click here.

Partnerships are essential to the success of the project.  Anyone seeking more information or involvement is encouraged to complete the form below or contact Art Spaces at 812-235-2801 or info@wabashvalleyartspaces.com.

You may access the 2012-2014 Turn to the River Plan here.

Click here to view the 2015 Concept Booklet.

Click here to view additional concepts for the “Civic Plaza” area.

Use the form below to submit your feedback on the Turn to the River project: