New Vision for Vigo County Government Campus

The Art Spaces, "Turn to the River" project, has a vision for the county's government campus.

Posted: Mar 27, 2019 10:39 PM
Updated: Mar 27, 2019 10:40 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) -- It's a project that's been in the works since 2012.

Now, the Wabash valley art spaces "Turn to the River project" is almost ready to break ground.

"It's about creating a wonderful public space that is in the government campus and at the river." Mary Kramer, Executive Director of Art Spaces said. 

Tuesday night Kramer presented the vision to the County Council.

Council President Aaron Loudermilk said he thinks it's important for the council to see before making a decision on the jail location.

"Just to illustrate to the council what it would mean if the jail was put on the government campus location.," Loudermilk said. "I think it was important for all the council to understand what she had envisioned for that property and what the reality could become for that property in this community."

Kramer says she wants to see a more welcoming and inviting area.

She says most people are only in that area if they have to.

She wants to see people going there because they want to.

With more green spaces, and an easier way to get to and see the river, plus opportunities for other things like festivals or concerts.

Kramer said work could start as soon as this summer.

Looking for artists to help bring the vision to life and she's ready for that to happen.

"Boy, I've been working on this project a long time. I'm excited about having this for Terre Haute," Kramer said. "It's a city with amazing people I think they deserve to have a really beautiful government area and a pathway to the river so I'm excited about that."

One of the unique things about this particular project is right now it's not using any local government funding.

Kramer says right now 100% of the funds are from state or national grants or from donations.

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