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Final Enrollment for Spring Session at Cornerstone Center for the Arts Is January 30th

By Dee McKinsey— MUNCIE, Ind.—Final registration for the Spring Semester at Cornerstone Center for the Arts is Jan.  30. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 31 and continue until April 22. Cornerstone is more than 60 classes both in-person and virtually in the categories of visual arts, dance, movement, literature, martial arts, and wellness arts. Cornerstone also is offering some new classes: Virtual Classes Adult History of Dance I Adult History of Musical Theatre I In-Person Classes Adult Acting I Adult Improv…

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Muncie Arts and Culture Council Receives Grant From National Endowment For the Arts

By Muncie Arts and Culture Council— MUNCIE, Ind.—The Muncie Arts and Culture Council is one of 15 Indiana non-profit arts organizations and cultural programming providers to receive a 2022 Arts Project grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. MuncieArts received a matching $30,000 Arts Project Grant to support its PlySpace Residency Program. The funds will be used to bring 12 visiting artists to Muncie to work collaboratively with non-profit organizations, schools, and community groups on special community-focused projects. “These National Endowment…


Muncie’s Own Red-tail Land Conservancy Wins $5K Mountain DEW Outdoor Grant

By PepsiCo— PURCHASE, N.Y.— MTN DEW® has announced the 40 recipients of the MTN DEW Outdoor Grants program, which awards $200,000 to organizations championing the great outdoors across the United States. Muncie’s Red-tail conservancy was one of the winners, receiving a $5,000 grant. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 7.1 million more Americans enjoyed outdoor recreation in 2020 than in the year before – with a record 53% of Americans participating at least once. Recognizing the unprecedented number of people who…


Muncie Action Plan’s Task Force 4: Creating Attractive & Desirable Places

By Gretchen Cheesman— MUNCIE, Ind.– The Muncie Action Plan (MAP) spent much of 2021 in partnership with representatives from the Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission and NEXT Muncie surveying Muncie’s citizens and working with the urban planning firm czb in the development of the new Strategic Investment Plan for the City of Muncie. The last large-scale MAP planning took place in 2009 and although two updates have been completed since, we are excited to put into place the newest large-scale engagement effort where Muncie’s residents…


Two Long-Time Muncie Public Library Employees Set To Retire

By Susan Fisher, Muncie Public Library— MUNCIE, Ind.—Muncie Public Library (MPL) has announced the upcoming retirement of two long-time employees: Gary Bartling, Facilities Manager, and Beth Kroehler, Library Assistant Director. Bartling has been at MPL since 1972. He was 16 years-old and working as a newspaper delivery boy when one of his customers, Ermal Johnson, an MPL librarian, suggested  he should apply for a route driver position at the library. He did and was hired. That part-time job became his…


The Community Foundation Granted a Total of $3.75 Million in 2021

By Kallie Sulanke— MUNCIE, Ind.—The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that $3,763,453 was granted to enhance the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County in 2021. Most grants are awarded through permanently endowed funds that benefit our community today and always. Through the Quarterly Competitive grants program, non-profit organizations were awarded $995,402 in highly competitive grants. Grants address the broad needs of Muncie and Delaware County in the areas of arts and culture, community betterment, economic development, education,…


Red-tail Land Conservancy Creates Strategy for Protecting Indiana’s Wildlife

By Kelley V Phillips— ECI land trust’s new conservation plan responds to habitat loss, development, climate change; interactive map. MUNCIE, Ind. – Building on two decades of experience and knowledge, Red-tail Land Conservancy has launched a plan that will guide their work to preserve land in east central Indiana for the next 10-15 years. This Strategic Conservation Plan prioritizes ecological biodiversity, natural area connectivity, water quality, carbon trapping, and public accessibility. Red-tail serves Delaware County and is headquartered in Muncie, IN. “There…


Muncie Action Plan Task Force 3: Strengthening Pride and Image

By Susan Volbrecht— MUNCIE, Ind.– The Muncie Action Plan (MAP) spent much of 2021 in partnership with representatives from Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission and NEXT Muncie surveying Muncie’s citizens and working with the urban planning firm czb in the development of the new Strategic Investment Plan for the City of Muncie The last large-scale MAP planning took place in 2009 and although two updates have been completed since, we are excited to put into place the newest large-scale engagement effort where Muncie’s residents helped…


United Way Supports ‘Friend to Friend’ Utility Assistance Fund

By Kim Williams, Vice President of Donor Relations— EAST CENTRAL INDIANA – Each year, frigid temperatures throughout the Heart of Indiana region produce large utility bills for local residents. Thousands of local families struggle to cover the cost of those bills and face the possibility of utility disconnection and the resulting loss of heat during the coldest months of the year. The Friend to Friend Utility Assistance Fund provides help to struggling local families at risk of losing heat in…


Paid Teacher Learning and Exploration—Educator ‘Maker in Residence’ at Madjax

By Madeleine Mills-Craig— MUNCIE, Ind. – Calling all teachers and educators! Is there a topic you are excited to explore to bring new insights and real-life application to your classroom? Have your students ever asked, “Why do I need to know this” or “When will I ever use this”?  We have the perfect opportunity for you to lead your own educational project the way you want to. Bring your interests and build collaborations with other educators, gain access to new…