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 placemaking 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.

Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group of Indianapolis was selected in spring 2018 for the Design Development Phase of Turn to the River, which is now underway.  Revised Concepts/Beginning Drawings will be reviewed at a public meeting on Tuesday, September 18th from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Terre Haute.  A presentation by the design firm will begin at 5:00 pm.

In July Art Spaces hosted architect Chris Cornelius, a member of the Oneida Nation, who spent three days in residency.  His concepts and feedback will be incorporated within the designs.  Two artists will visit Terre Haute in September.  A public charrette will be held on the campus of ISU on September 25 from 10am – 12 pm in DeDe II of the Hulman Memorial Student Union Building.  Katie Hargrave and Brett Hunter will lead the charrette in partnership wtih students from the Spring 2018 Public Art/Public Health Class and students in the 2018 Curatorial Studies class of the Department of Art and Design.  That same day, at 5:15, Art Spaces is hosting the artists for Art Chatter at the Terre Haute Brewing Company.  The public is invited to both events and no rsvp is required.

The focus area of Turn to the River includes the 4-square block government campus that encompasses Terre Haute City Hall and Vigo County Courthouse.  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.

Turn to the River is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Matching funds are provided by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation through the Wabash River Regional Development Authority.  To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities visit www.arts.gov.

The City of Terre Haute is the primary governmental partner on the project and Art Spaces also works 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.

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: