MEDIA CONTACT:
Tetia Lee, Executive Director
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
(765) 423-2787

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2019

WABASH HEARTLAND INNOVATION AWARDS TIPPECANOE ARTS FEDERATION REGIONAL CULTIVATION FUND GRANT

Lafayette, Ind. – The Tippecanoe Arts Federation is honored to announce that it is a recipient of a Regional Cultivation Fund Grant, awarded by the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) in the amount of $150,000. The funds will be used to fund public art projects in each county of the WHIN Region (Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Cass, Fountain, Montgomery, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White). The goal of this project is to beautify underdeveloped areas in these counties, improve quality of life, increase community pride, and celebrate the arts.

TAF will be administering and facilitating the entire program, including arranging artists, organizing workshops, and overseeing the completion of each piece. The project will involve collaboration between TAF and Purdue and Ivy Tech students, as well as core committees located in each county. Each piece will also include an IoT (Internet of Things) component to better align with WHIN’s programs. This could involve QR coding or a piece of technology built into the structure itself.

The first mural under this funded program is located in Frankfort, Indiana. Planning and development is already underway, with the artist selected by community members. Residents will be alerted of painting schedules, workshops, and dedications as the information becomes available.
Sources
Jessica Strasburger, Communications Coordinator, Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN): Jessica@whin.org and Jason Tennenhouse, VP Strategy & Design, Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN): Jason@whin.org

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.