Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann recently announced that The Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development have awarded six Indiana communities funding for quality of place initiatives under the Place Based Investment Fund.
Each community will receive grant funds ranging from $35, 000 to $50,000 to fund parks, public venues and other quality of place projects.
“Community gathering places are vital centers of activity for Hoosier cities and towns,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. “Our team looks forward to seeing these innovative projects completed and the long-term benefits they provide to the winning communities.”
Wabash Marketplace Inc. was one of the winners of this grant. Community organizations and leaders including the City of Wabash, Economic Development Group, Wabash County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, The Honeywell Foundation, Inc., and the Wabash County Historical Museum have pledged support to make this grant a reality.
“It is a 1:1 matching grant,” said Patrick Sullivan, Wabash Marketplace director. “We received $46.000 in grant dollars from tourism and ORCA and $46,000 will be match funds.”
This grant will help Wabash Marketplace Inc. continue to execute projects that are part of the Public Art Master plan. The first phase was community preparation that included the additions of the new bike racks, benches and trashcans. Phase two included developing public art projects in strategic locations throughout downtown, such as the Mammoth Wall Mural and the soon to be installed Veteran’s Plaza Rehab.
This new grant will allow Wabash Marketplace Inc. to continue these installations downtown with projects such as the Museum’s Caboose Park project, redeveloping the North/South Alley into a useable, communal space, rehabbing an existing public parking lot and continued installations of bike racks and benches.
The public art master plan as well as the design of the projects is a creation of Wabash Marketplace, Inc.’s Public Art Subcommittee in conjunction with the City of Wabash. This subcommittee (a subset of the Design Committee) was created in June 2012 and is chaired by Andrea Zwiebel, a local artist and program manager at the Honeywell Center. Other members of the Subcommittee are Abby Hoy, Amanda Jones-Layman, Jordan Tandy, Kellie Brace, Pete Jones, Laura Wagner, Janet Ecklebarger and Mary Hettmansparger.