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You are Invite to Participate in Art Spaces Surveys

In an effort to measure the impact of Art Spaces sculpture collection on the cultural vitality of the Wabash Valley we are reaching out to the community to receive feedback about Art Spaces' public outdoor sculpture collection and programs.

To provide your input please take our survey via

This survey takes only a few minutes and involves an easy rating system and fun sculpture location map to complete.

Starting March 24th and continuing through April residents in Vigo and other surrounding counties may receive a phone survey asking for their thoughts on outdoor sculpture in the Terre Haute area. These random public surveys will be conducted by students from Indiana State University's Research Lab.

In April, ISU students will also conduct on-site surveys at the location of several of the sculptures.

We encourage you to participate because community input is of great value in determining Art Spaces future mission, community role, services and program planning.

2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony April 16th

Art Spaces, Inc. and ISU Community School of the Arts are pleased to announce a free open to the public award ceremony to honor the winners of the 2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition.

The Awards Ceremony will be hosted by St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in the Rooney Library on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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 2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition is 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.

For more information please call Art Spaces at (812) 235-2801 or ISU Community School of Arts at (812) 237-2528 or access websites or


"The Wabash: Volume II"

Following the success of The Wabash, which was released in December, 2012, musicians and composers were inspired to create The Wabash: Volume II.

These fresh collections of songs about the Wabash River performed by musicians with roots in the Wabash Valley of West Central Indiana and East Central Illinois include new songs and old favorites. Both CDs 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 at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation; Wabash Coffee Shop in Hutsonville, 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.

Join the Conversation of "Turn to the River" Reconnecting Plan

Turn to the River is a comprehensive plan in which public art and design plays a central role in reconnecting Terre Haute's downtown with the Wabash River, which flows along the west side of the city.

The planning process commenced in the fall of 2012 and will be completed in June of this year. Community engagement has been fantastic and we are excited to build on the momentum generated.

A Public Open House will be held on Tuesday, April 29th between 12:00-6:30pm at Art Spaces downtown office, 669 Ohio Street. You may stop in any time of the open house to view the plan draft in a large format and speak with members of the project team.

Starting on April 15 a draft of the plan will be posted in an interactive format on-line, allowing access for you to become part of the conversation by visiting the website to contribute comments and questions. Each Thursday the website will be updated with new postings. The website will be active till end of May.

To join the on-line conversation and view plan draft visit:

Turn to the River is funded in part by a planning grant through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through its 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; and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College and Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability.

Newspaper Articles:

"Turn to the River - Community Conversation"

Businesses look to reconnect City with River

Group wants to connect city with river

"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 June 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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