Logansport will have a little more art downtown this summer in the form of panels on the Cass County annex buildings on Sixth Street.
The panels will go up thanks to a $5,000 Quick Impact Placebased (QUIP) Grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and the Indiana Arts Commission.
“The mural project, entitled ‘See Yourself in Logansport’ and ‘Mírateen Logansport’ will be created and implemented by Logansport High School art teacher Amy Werner, local artist Mollie Graybeal and 30 high school students,” according to a press release from Logan’s Landing.
The non-profit Logan’s Landing, which promotes Logansport’s downtown and projects that enhance it, is the official recipient of the grant.
“Mírateen Logansport” is the Spanish translation of “see yourself in Logansport.”
The art class starts June 1, and the project will happen through it, according to Arin Shaver, who is helping lead the project.
“Logansport High School students designed the art work,” Shaver said.
The students and helpers will all have personal protection equipment and will take social distancing measures seriously, according to the press release.
The City of Logansport, Cass County Commissioners and Community Corrections, Logansport High School and a local artist made the project happen as partners. The matching grant program funds “transformational projects” that make communities creative and starts conversations, according to the release.
The Indiana Arts Commission funded the grant to make “quality of place” projects. The city will have to provide matching funds for the grant.
“Creating a place where people want to live is a critical element to creating a sustainable, interconnected community and strong economic development strategy,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “I’m excited to see how these communities will become better connected and filled with such beauty through these grants.”
The competitive QUIP grant program is in its fourth year of promoting projects that improve quality of life in Indiana municipalities.
OCRA formed the new partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission to designate additional funding for artistic projects.
“We’re excited to partner with OCRA to provide even more communities in our state with funds that focus on the arts,” said Lewis Ricci, Executive Director of Indiana Arts Commission. “Cultural vibrancy attracts employers and employees and drives more economic development in communities and in the state.”
For more information about the grant, visit in.gov/ocra/quipgrant.