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2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry CompetitionWinners Announced

Art Spaces, Inc. and ISU Community School of the Arts are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition.

The Elementary School Winners are Jason Parsons, Katie Collins and Ariel Keep. Middle School Winners are Jessie Clark, Megan Freeman and Brooke Bertram. High School Winners are Colin Dombrowski, Blaine Scroggs and Madison King.

Adult Winners are Grand Prize, Frances Hubbs; Second Prize, Patrick Barcus; and Third Prize, John Davidson. Rachelle Martin Wilburn received the Art Spaces Choice Award and Kevin Hoolehan received the ISU Community School of the Arts Award.

Individuals living, working, or attending school in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties were encouraged to submit poems inspired by this year's theme Treasures. 270 poems were received from 228 people with the competition being adjudicated by Jayne Marek, Indiana author, photographer, and teacher.

Jayne received a B.A. in English from St. Olaf College, an M.A. in English from Washington State University, a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame. She has taught at colleges and universities in Illinois, Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana and in Hungary where she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in English at the University of Debrecen. Currently she teaches creative writing, literature, film studies, and other topics at Franklin College in Indiana.

The Awards Ceremony to honor the winners was held at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College April 16th. The 2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition was sponsored by St. Mary-of-the-Woods College with additional support from Arts Illiana, Barnes & Noble at ISU, Big Picture, Center for Community Engagement at ISU, Creative Writing Committee of ISU's Department of English, Delta Kappa Gamma, Downtown Terre Haute, Inc. The Golden Frame, River Wools, Vigo County Historical Society and Wise Pies.


Join the Conversation to Reconnect Terre Haute's Downtown with the Wabash River

Turn to the River is a comprehensive plan to discover ways in which public art and design will help to reconnect Terre Haute's downtown with the Wabash River.

The planning process started in the fall of 2012 and will be completed in July 2014. Turn to the River has been built through community participation- help keep the momentum going by reviewing and commenting on the plan draft at this link:

The website is in an interactive format on-line, allowing everyone to become part of the conversation. Comments and questions are welcome. The website will be updated weekly with new questions. The website will be active till end of May.

To join the on-line conversation and view plan draft

Turn to the River is funded in part by a planning grant through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the Our Town initiative. Our Town programs support creative placemaking projects to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core.  Additional support is provided by Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment, City of Terre Haute (Arts Grant), Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College and Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability.

For more information write: or call 812-23-2801

Newspaper Articles:

TTR open house

"Turn to the River - Community Conversation"

Businesses look to reconnect City with River

Group wants to connect city with river


"The Wabash: Volume II"

Following the success of the CD, The Wabash, musicians and composers were inspired to create The Wabash: Volume II.

This fresh collection of songs about the Wabash River performed by musicians with roots to the Wabash Valley of West Central Indiana and East Central Illinois include new songs and old favorites.

Both CD's are available through Art Spaces for $10 each and at various shops and venues including in Terre Haute: Baesler's Market, The Corner Grind, Barnes & Noble at ISU, Arts Illiana, Headstone Friends, American Tile & Sales, Pro Trade Tool & Supply; in Lafayette, IN the Tippecanoe Arts Federation; Wabash Coffee Shop in Hudsonville, IL and online at CD Baby

Both CDs were produced to raise funds for "The Paul Dresser Project", which will honor the world-renowned composer and Terre Haute native, with a sculpture near his boyhood home in Fairbanks Park. His best known work, "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" was adopted as the state song of Indiana in 1913.

"2013 Year of the River"
Provided an Impressive Array of Events

2013 Year of the River logo

2013 Year of the River a community-wide initiative based in West Central Indiana provided arts, cultural, environmental and educational events throughout 2013 that were focused on the Wabash River, and rivers and water as they affect our lives. It was spearheaded by: Art Spaces, Inc. - Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection; Arts Illiana; and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Permanent Art Collections, all located in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The arts offer extraordinary avenues for engagement and understanding and in 2013 Year of the River, the arts were active in inspiring, connecting, engaging and revitalizing the Wabash Valley.

Many organizations came together to reclaim, enhance and protect this valuable natural resource. In recent years, the City of Terre Haute, Wabash Valley Riverscape, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Indiana State University, have focused their attentions on the Wabash River, looking at its current realities and future possibilities.

Wabashiki, a recently designated 2400 acre site bordering the Wabash River at the western edge of the city offers a unique attribute that not many communities have so near to a metropolitan center. This area will now be able to positively function as a wetlands, and will encourage a focus on sustainability as Terre Haute grows and develops in ways that make sense for a bright and lively city in the 21st Century.

More than 90 groups, organizations and individuals participated in presenting 312 events including a Big Read, a Native American mound celebration, concerts, plays, nature walks, an outdoor art festival, cleanup projects, poetry competition, art exhibits, historical exhibits, group prayer sessions, murals, discussion series, lectures, tree planting, duck race, a midnight run, photo contest, artists lectures, hands on classes and more.

2013 Year of the River is already having a positive impact beyond 2013 and involved groups in the Wabash Valley area already are discussing another community-wide initiative for 2015!

Here are some articles featuring 2013 Year of the River:

Year of the River: Year-long celebration officially begins

Living on the banks

'Year of the River' brings focus to our Wabash bond

Hoosiers reflect on passions for Wabash River

ISU celebrates the "Year of the River"


Art Spaces to Honor Paul Dresser

Art Spaces will honor Paul Dresser, Terre Haute native and author of Indiana’s state song, with a sculpture near his home in Fairbanks Park. The installation and dedication are planned for Summer 2014.  Art Spaces anticipates that this sculpture honoring this world renowned cultural treasure  will become a destination site, attracting visitors as well as residents and students. Learn more about this project.

Articles Related to Paul Dresser:

' A Song for Indiana' to raise money for Dresser Sculpture

Mark Bennett: "A century later, 'On the Banks of the Wabash' still rises above Indiana politics"

"'On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away' honored after 100 years as Indiana's state song"

"City of Terre Haute honor April 22 as Paul Dresser Day"

"Happy Birthday to Paul Dresser"

Bond of Brothers

Sculpture deadline extended

New public art project achieve goal

For more information about Paul Dresser, visit one of these websites:
Songwriters Hall of Fame: Paul Dresser
Paul Dresser: Popular Songwriter Crafted State Song
Indiana History: Paul Dresser


Artist Bill Wolfe with "Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads"
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