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PlySpace Artist Residency Collaborates On Outdoor Sculpture Installation at Prairie Creek Reservoir

By Erin Williams— Muncie, IN—PlySpace and Mid-Indiana Trails (MINT) have joined forces to provide an outdoor installation of permanent and temporary sculptural installations by PlySpace Summer 2020 Residents, Ashley Beatty and Jeff Schofield. This work will be on view at Prairie Creek into the fall. PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council which promotes community collaborative projects throughout the city of Muncie. During their residency at PlySpace this August, Beatty and Schofield have installed sustainably…

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Muncie, Indiana Named 2020 All-America City Award Winner

By The Muncie Action Plan— Muncie, IN—Muncie, Indiana has been recognized as one of 10 All-America City award winners. The National Civic League presented this honor to recognize Muncie’s work in inclusive civic engagement to address health and well-being and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders.  Since 1949, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award. This year, Muncie showed us how a determined community…


Community Foundation Grants Additional $8,000 in Recovery Funding to Community Organizations

By Kallie Sulanke— Muncie, IN—The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded an additional $8,000 to four nonprofit organizations to support emergency response and recovery efforts related to the COVID-19 crisis. Community Foundation staff continue to connect with and listen to the plans, challenges, and needs of a variety of vital community organizations across Delaware County. Decisions for this sixth round of response funding were made to come along side these vital community organizations with identified needs related to community recovery related to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This is the sixth round of response funding including…


Muncie Pride Festival to be a Virtual Event

By Amy Leffingwell— Muncie, IN—Due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Muncie Pride will be a virtual event rather than being held at Canan Commons, as originally planned. The six-day event will take place September 14ththrough the 19thfrom 7:00 -9:00 p.m. each night. “While we are disappointed, this will not be an in-person event. Safety is paramount for participants and attendees,” said Steven Knipp, Pride executive director. “Doing a virtual event is a challenge, but Muncie Pride plans to…


‘The Future of Medicine’: Local Partnership Enhances Muncie as One of The State’s Leading Medical Hubs 

By: Melissa Jones— MUNCIE, IN — According to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Delaware County has the fourth-highest number of primary care physicians per capita in the state—a ranking that should mean the county is one of the healthiest. But it’s not.  Of Indiana’s 92 counties, Delaware County ranks 85th. So where’s the disconnect?  Even with Indiana’s fourth-highest primary care physicians per capita, the county has just one primary care physician per 1,030 patients. In fact, the United States as a…


Muncie Competes For National Civic League Honors

By Erin Moore, BSU Office of Community Engagement— Muncie, IN—All Muncie residents are invited to watch local advocates share our city’s story with the National Civic League for their 2020 All-America City Award at 12:45 pm EST on Monday, August 17. The performance will be livestreamed and available to the broader community from the League’s website and Facebook page. The All-America City Award is the National Civic League’s flagship program. Started in 1949, the program honors ten U.S. communities each…


Six Women To Be Honored At Women’s Equality Day Program

By: WaTasha Barnes Griffin— MUNCIE, IN — The Coalition of Women’s Organizations will have its annual Women’s Equality Day program at 5 p.m. on Aug. 26th. The celebration will honor six local women who have made significant contributions to the community. The program will be a live virtual event.   The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. The passage marked the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country. This event will…


Web of Support Releases Free Videos and Sharable Postcards To Spread Messages of Gratitude and Encouragement

By: Andrea McDermott— Muncie, IN—Web of Support: Everybody Succeeds, a mentoring initiative of the Muncie Action Plan, uses a relational approach to help youth and adults identify, expand, and strengthen their support systems. This spring, Web of Support Ambassadors participated in a four-week virtual “Deep Dive” series to explore how the Web of Support model can help build resiliency in families and communities during the COVID quarantine. The groups have created sharable postcards and informational videos to spread messages of…


Cornerstone Center for the Arts Welcomes New President and Chief Executive Officer

By: Claire Downes— Muncie, IN—Allison K. Bell, daughter of the late newscaster, Steve Bell, and his late wife Joyce Bell, joins Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Muncie, Indiana as President and Chief Executive Officer starting August 3, 2020. Bell will bring a new vision and innovation in arts education classes at the arts center. She, and her team of directors, will host classes in-person and virtually in areas of music, art, dance, theatre, and wellness. Bell will explore new…


Ball Brothers Foundation Funding Supports Students in Navigating Graduation Requirements

By: Ball Brothers Foundation— MUNCIE, IN—As high school freshmen and sophomores return to school this fall—whether virtually or in-person—among the changes they face are ensuring that they meet new graduation requirements focused on career exploration and employment skills. Passed by the Indiana state legislature in 2018, the new requirements are designed to expose students to a variety of careers, customize students’ high school experiences to align with their career interests, and prepare students with employment skills. To meet these new…