first_imgCatalysts for Change: REN ART WLKBy Bobbi Jo Sammons, President, Main Street RensselaerOur Main Street Rensselaer, Inc. (MSR) Summer of 2019 project was the creation of an art mural along the riverfront wall facing Potawatomi Park and phase one of the REN ART WLK in downtown Rensselaer.We wanted the mural to be an added attraction to the area offering an additional point of interest thereby integrating the arts more fully and fostering inspiration in our community. Our hope was that the art mural would reflect a freshness of vision and design while bringing a unique, dynamic energy to our community. The addition of the rest of the murals was something beyond our wildest dreams for our community.Such improvements in the heart of our community would promote community pride, attract community members/visitors from all over the state to the downtown area, and improve the overall “walkable community” theme that we have been promoting with our recent projects. The art murals are consistent with the proposed improvements included in the Parks for People Campaign and the proposed City of Rensselaer Downtown Revitalization Plan.Click here to read the entire article. Wishing you a creative National Arts and Humanities Month,Bridget EckertDirector of Marketing and CommunicationsIndiana Arts [email protected] 607-3505 1. Explore the importance of arts-based infrastructureLed by three artists and a curator from Big Car Collaborative (three of whom offer perspective from growing up in small-city or rural Indiana and the fourth from rural Mexico), this session illuminates how to build community cohesion work in a challenged area.2. Get the youth in your community engaged with preservationLearn about examples of creative placemaking projects that sit at the intersection of arts and historic preservation and that include networking with non-traditional preservation collaborators such as local graffiti artists and muralists. Public Art Sessions at the Indiana Arts HomecomingOctober 24-25, 2019, Downtown Indianapolis images from the instagram accounts linked below 3. Create accessible public art with important design standards in mindBefore any public art project begins, artists and designers must take certain steps during the planning and design process to ensure a project is accessible to all. Learn about case studies and best practices for accessible public art in communities across Indiana and across the country.4. Increase equity in through a public art programAccess to public art projects may be inadvertently cut off for some artists unless equity is kept at the forefront. This participatory workshop will guide participants through ideas to create equity in public art.Click here to learn more about the conference and register. Take Flight, mural, camer1 Friends Tell Friends About Arts OpportunitiesWe’re here for a good alliteration and sharing opportunities to help bring the arts to communities across our state. Take a look at what we’ve rounded up this month.Bring a community performance to your town with this no match grantPrepare Students with Disabilities for Careers in the Arts (webinar)Apply to join the Anderson Museum of Art team as Executive Director (job)Show your art on social media for National Arts and Humanities MonthJoin this Creative Conversation on how to increase public access to artMove Hearts, Minds & Bodies through Dance Integration (workshop) Big Car Collaborative Bee SanctuaryBig Car Collaborative Inspiration from InstagramFollow these accounts for inspiration from some public art powerhouses!Cameron Moberg (his work is featured in this month’s headline story!)Megan JeffersonPamela BlissChristina HolleringJiffy Lube IndyForecast Public ArtJeffersonville Public Art CommissionPutnam County Mural ProjectColossalWabash Valley Art Spaces (Merit Award Recipient for Conceptual Design) Bridget Eckert Two people playing guitars in an outdoor spaceBatesville Area Arts Council FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more