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Turn to the River

Turn to the River is a comprehensive plan to reconnect downtown Terre Haute with the Wabash River through public art and design. An Our Town creative placemaking project, it was made possible with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and with additional support from Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment, a 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.

With the plan completed, Art Spaces plans to move to the design phase for several key components of Turn to the River in spring 2015. Community engagement will be a critical component of this phase, as it was throughout the planning process, and partnerships will be essential in moving the plan forward.

Turn to the River actively contributes to the economic vitality and livability of Terre Haute and the west-central region of the Wabash Valley. Anyone seeking more information or involvement is encouraged to contact Art Spaces at 812-235-2801 or


2015 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition Announcement

Art Spaces in partnership with ISU Community School of the Arts is pleased to announce the 2015 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition.

The competion honors Terre Haute's internationally treasured poet, Max Ehrmann, whose works were inspired by a love for his own community, its natural surroundings, and its people.

The Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition encourages the writing of original new poetry as a contemporary art form deeply rooted in tradition and fosters an interdisciplinary connection between art forms.

Eligibility: The competion is open to individuals and students living, working, or attending school in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and/or Vigo Counties of Indiana.

Theme: The theme of this year's poetry contest is This Corner of the World. No more than two poems per contestant will be accepted.

Entry is Free!

Prizes: Adult and student winning categories with 14 prizes awarded.

Submission Dates: Submissions will be accepted between January 1, 2015 and February 16, 2015. Entries received after February 16th will not be considered for the competition.

An Indiana poet will complete the judging of the poetry.

For Entry Form and Procedures: Entry Form and Procedures 2015

The Ehrmann Legacy Sponsor: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Other Sponsors: Big Picture, Center for Community Engagement of Indiana State University, Creative Writing Committee of Indiana State University's Department of English,
Downtown Terre Haute, Inc., River Wools, Vigo County Historical Society, and Wise Pies.

For Further Information: Call Art Spaces at 812-235-2801 or email

Or call Community School of the Arts at 812-237-2528 or email website


Reeve Hall Sculpture Project

Art Spaces is working with Indiana State University to provide a unique outdoor sculpture to be located on the center island in the wide corridor between the two four-story buildings comprising Reeve Hall, a new residential facility on the campus. Madeline Weiner of Denver, Colorado was recently selected as the artist for this project, which will be completed and dedicated in April 2015.

The sculpture will be in a location where it will be enjoyed by residents of Reeve Hall as well as other students, faculty, staff and the public.


Public Dedication of "A Song for Indiana" Sculpture Oct. 15th

A new Art Spaces sculpture by Teresa Clark celebrating Paul Dresser, Indiana's state song, and the Wabash River was dedicated Wed. October 15th in Fairbanks Park. There were around 120 people in attendence. The program of speakers included Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, Senator Tim Skinner, Troy Fears of Terre Haute Rotary Club, Beth Tevlin of 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County, Marylee Hagan Executive Director of Vigo County Historical Society, Mary Kramer Excutive Director of Art Spaces and the artist, Teresa Clark. Tom Roznowski sang "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" with the attendees joining in on the chorus refrain.

The new sculpture is located just west of downtown and is situated near the Wabash River adjacent to the childhood home of Paul Dresser, a world renowned musician (1858 - 1906) from Terre Haute who wrote "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away". The song was declared Indiana's official state song by the General Assembly on March 14, 1913.

Art Spaces anticipates this sculpture will become a destination site, attracting visitors as well as local residents and students. Learn more about this project.

Check out the youtube video link showingcasing the dedication, per courtesy of Neil Garrison.

Recent Terre Haute Trib- Star articles about the sculpture and dedication can be found on the Sept. 30th and Oct. 2nd front pages and the Oct. 17th page A12 editorial.

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


"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.





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