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.

Art Spaces is issuing a Request for Qualifications for Professional Services for the Design Development Phase of Turn to the River. Firms with a proven record of achievement in visioning, design, placemaking and revitalization are invited to participate in a creative initiative that will bring positive and long lasting change to an important but neglected area of the city’s downtown.  The selected Design Team will provide all services necessary to develop the identified Project Scope from Schematic Design to Design Development.

The focus area 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.  To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities visit http://www.arts.gov.

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.

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: