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Tetia Lee, Executive Director
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
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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.
Lynette Bleed (WHIN) and Tetia Lee (TAF) gave remarks at the dedication ceremony.
Representatives of WHIN, TAF, and City of Frankfort pictured with mural artist, Metabyte.
About Frankfort Future Leaders Advisory Council
Frankfort Future Leaders Advisory Council is a group created by Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes that is dedicated to creating a strategic vision on the future direction of Frankfort from the youth perspective. This select group of high school students participate in leadership training and work on specific projects for the betterment of Frankfort.

About Wabash Heartland Innovation Network
WHIN serves 10 counties in North Central Indiana in an effort to develop the region into a global epicenter for digital agriculture and next-generation manufacturing empowered by data-science and Internet-enabled sensors of all types. In addition, the organization’s regional cultivation initiative is designed to increase the vitality, education and connectivity of the Wabash Heartland region.

About the Tippecanoe Arts Federation
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation is the umbrella organization and arts council for 14 counties. TAF provides educational opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary arts, outreach programs for both underserved and at-risk youth, and funding for capital and operational expenses to fellow arts organizations region wide. Established in 1976, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation serves as a model for arts advocacy by promoting the role of the arts within our region. More information is available at TippecanoeArts.org.