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 placemaking initiative and professional artists have worked with Art Spaces to engage community members and stakeholders through charrettes, symposia, focus groups and one-on-one meetings to develop the concepts. Turn to the River’s recently completed design development of the central portion of the government campus was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation through the Wabash River Regional Development Authority.
Art Spaces and Taylor Siefker Williams Design group were recently awarded a 2019 Merit Award for Turn to the River Conceptual Design by the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Art Spaces will begin implementation of the project soon and currently is seeking an artist/artist team to design the central sculpture/fountain.
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. The City Parking Lot is envisioned as a designed, safe, green space, with a festival/gathering space that may accommodate Farmer’s Market, Arts Festivals and other community happenings.
Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group of Indianapolis recently completed the design development for the area that forms the central civic plaza. In summer 2019, Art Spaces began the search for an artist/artist team to design the central sculpture/fountain and plans to select an artist in early 2020.
Turn to the River Design Development has been 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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