Tetia Lee, Executive Director
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2019
FRANKFORT FUTURE LEADERS ADVISORY COUNCIL,
WABASH HEARTLAND INNOVATION NETWORK, AND
TIPPECANOE ARTS FEDERATION DEDICATE NEW FRANKFORT MURAL
Lafayette, Ind-Frankfort Future Leaders Advisory Council, Wabash Heartland Innovation Network and Tippecanoe Arts Federation dedicated the newest public art piece in Frankfort, Indiana, on August 30, 2019. The mural was created as a student project to promote quality of place in Frankfort. This piece was made possible through funding provided by Frankfort Future Leaders Advisory Council and WHIN Walls via Wabash Heartland Innovation Network and the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. It is the first completed piece for WHIN Walls, a project announced in July with the goal to create a new public art piece in each county of WHIN's service region (Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Cass, Fountain, Montgomery, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White).
The mural was completed by Bedford artist Metabyte in late July and is located at the 51 West Event Center, 51 West Clinton Street in Frankfort, Indiana. Representatives from WHIN, TAF, and the City of Frankfort were on site to speak on the impact of this public arts initiative. "This is going to create opportunities to improve the quality of life in Frankfort and other communities in the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network. It is truly a way that we can improve quality of place in the region," said WHIN RFC Program Coordinator Lynette Bleed. TAF CEO Tetia Lee spoke of similar sentiments, stating, "It is the strength of all of you in the community that has made this work. We are excited to see all of this region connected through the arts."
Frankfort Future Leaders Advisory Council member Daniel Garcia explained why they chose to explore an interactive public art piece. “We wanted to focus on something that would add beauty to our downtown and would allow people to be a part of the project. We feel that this mural can bring people together and enhance the downtown atmosphere." The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on July 26 during Frankfort’s 25th annual Hot Dog Festival.