TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Art Spaces launched the start of Turn to the River Friday during a press conference with city and county officials, as well as area legislators and representatives from the Art Spaces’ board.
Turn to the River is a multi-year project of Art Spaces to reconnect downtown Terre Haute with the Wabash River through public art and design.
The Wabash River is what connects Terre Haute to the world, Art Spaces Executive Director Mary Kramer said Friday during a press conference announcing the new initiative.
“We’re lucky to have it on our doorstep, and it deserves our care and attention,” she added.
The first of at least five phases will be the replacement of a fountain at the Terre Haute City Hall. Future endeavors will include adding an event space in the parking lot for farmers’ markets, food trucks and festivals. The initiative will also bring a river overlook to the community that will be a “quick walk from downtown,” Kramer said.
The first phase of construction will be funded by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation through the Wabash River Regional Development Authority, the City of Terre Haute, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment, Vigo County and other local individuals and businesses.
Additional support for the conceptual and design work was provided by Terre Haute Department
of Redevelopment, Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College, Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability and 100 Women Who Care Vigo County, as well as dozens of area business and individual donors.