A refresh is in full swing on the west side of the swinging bridge at the Winamac Town Park as part of a long-term community enhancement project we are leading, Art in the Park. Our goal is to revitalize this area of the park for enjoyment by both residents and guests through updating the space and the incorporation of artwork. The space was chosen because is open to the public and embodies many of the natural and community resources that can be enjoyed in Pulaski County.
PCT members and community volunteers have been hard at work refreshing the space including removal of debris and trash, power washing, painting, staining, and removal of overgrowth on the walking trail. This work set the stage for the installation of two new bench swings and new artwork. These components will be revealed during a public celebration, Art in the Park, a free event open to the public on May 7th, 11 am - 2 pm.
The celebration on May 7th includes free hands-on activities, art on display, a live mural by Indiana artist Zach Medler, the reveal of new artwork created by Winamac artist Patrick Pitcher, the dedication of two new bench swings supported by the Breygogle and Darda families, the planting of two memorial trees, an Art of Pickleball demonstration and opportunity to try the equipment out, a balloon artist, and food trucks.
“It is truly inspiring to witness the hard work and collaboration going into this project to positively impact Pulaski County. So many people have come together and rolled up their sleeves to provide an additional opportunity to embrace the pace of Pulaski County. We look forward to celebrating on May 7th and hope to see many smiling faces there,” stated Brandi Larkin, Founder, and President of Pulaski County Tribe.
The next steps in the Art in the Park project include the addition of plant life, an interpretive sign near the artesian well, and the installation of artwork selected by community votes.
This project is made possible through the collaboration of various community organizations as well as the Indiana Arts Commission and Tippecanoe Arts Federation. “From the smallest rural communities to the largest cities, we see arts and creativity improving quality of life and driving economic development, and this funding will support the projects and organizations around the state at the heart of this progress," said Lewis Ricci, IAC Executive Director. "It is an honor to support work that is strengthening the fabric of Indiana communities."