Tetia Lee, Chief Executive Officer
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
(765) 423-2787

October 30, 2019


Lafayette, Ind.- The Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) and Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) have facilitated the completion of the second public art piece in the WHIN Walls initiative. WHIN Walls, funded by a $150,000 Regional Cultivation Fund Grant from WHIN, aims to beautify underdeveloped areas in WHIN's ten county service region, as well as improve quality of life, increase community pride, and celebrate the arts.

The mural, titled City of Gems , was completed by Colorado artist Sandra Fettingis at 63 East Clinton Street in Frankfort. Fettingis was chosen by a group of stakeholders and community leaders. During the project, Fettingis was able to connect with the community, explaining:
"Immersing myself for a solid week in Frankfort, IN brought a new level of comfort and excitement to the project, fueling my ambition to create a piece the community could feel positive about. I connected with a wide range of people during the project on a real human level, and that made me feel really good about painting a piece for the town of Frankfort at large. I feel there is a slice of each of them in that mural, along with the stories we shared and that really completes the piece for me in the best way."
The Frankfort community provided additional support to realize this vision including the Clinton County Community Foundation, NHK, the City of Frankfort, Mayor Chris McBarnes, Annie Bacon, Joseph Blake and Ironmen Properties, Gem City Junction, Frankfort Public Library, TAF Regional Advisory Council members Jamie Anderson and Susie Blackmore, Wendi Hall, and the local stakeholder group including Vicki Moyer, Alyson Mahn, Amaris Orozco, Michael Clossin, and Sydney Hundley.

The WHIN Walls project continues in Spring 2020, and applications are currently open for any interested artists. Artists are asked to complete an Request For Qualifications, which can be found here . For more information about the project or application process, please contact TAF CEO Tetia Lee at .
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