Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Celebrates Community, Economic Impact of Indiana’s Longest Rail-Trail. Photo by: Angie Pool

Cardinal Greenway Trail Voted 2018 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee

By: Patricia Brooks— Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Celebrates Community, Economic Impact of Indiana’s Longest Rail-Trail  Washington, D.C.—Today, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nation’s largest trails organization, announced the induction of Indiana’s Cardinal Greenway Trail into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. Stretching nearly 62 miles between Marion and Richmond—featuring shaded woods, running rivers, urban centers, small towns and bucolic farmland—the Cardinal Greenway is the…

Camp Adventure is an outdoor education facility on the southwest side of Muncie. BBF Rapid Grants in 2018 helped to support renovations at the camp as well as a “Challenge Education” course at Camp Adventure for Cowan Community School’s 7th graders. Photo provided.

Ball Brothers Foundation Grants Promote Outdoor Learning         

By: Jud Fisher— Muncie, IN—A series of Rapid Grants awarded by Ball Brothers Foundation this spring and summer is supporting efforts to connect learning, nature, and youth. “Recent research suggests that the average American child spends several hours a day in front of digital screens,” shared Jud Fisher, president and chief operating officer of Ball Brothers Foundation in reflecting on…

Jonathan Jones. Photo provided.

Motivate Our Minds Announces New Executive Director

By: Michelle Kinsey— Muncie, IN –Jonathan Jones has been named the new Executive Director of Motivate Our Minds. “Motivate Our Minds is excited to have Jonathan Jones join the organization as Executive Director,” said Derek  Wilson, MOM board vice president. “He brings quality experience leading similar programs in Indianapolis and exudes professionalism. We can’t wait to see the positive impact…

A story performance from the inaugural A Midsummer Night's Narrative Storytelling Festival. Photo provided.

The Facing Project to Hold Second Annual Storytelling Festival at Madjax and Cornerstone Park

By: Amory Orchard— Muncie, IN—On July 28th, The Facing Project will hold its second annual “A Midsummer Night’s Narrative Storytelling Festival” on the theme of Unity. The festival begins at 5 PM and will include a Writers Fair with local authors, a meet and greet with celebrity storytellers and writers, opportunities for attendees to share their own stories through “Humans…

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Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery Opens at Cornerstone Center of the Arts

By: Jessie Fisher— Muncie, IN—Cornerstone Center for the Arts is excited to announce the opening and dedication of the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery. This is a well-deserved recognition of Muncie Center for the Arts founder Judy Barnes and her vision for Cornerstone Center for the Arts. This renovation of the second-floor west wing includes new flooring, updated lighting, and renovated…

Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie collected school supplies during its Stuff the Bus event during the week of July 9-13. Photo provided.

Get School Supplies at the Back To School Extravaganza on July 20th

By: Amy Gibson— Muncie, IN—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie, in partnership with AIM, Meridian Health Services Pediatrics and Suzanne Gresham Center, and Inside Out, will be holding a Back 2 School Extravaganza at their Madison Street Clubhouse, on Friday, July 20th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. To celebrate the end of another successful summer of AIM programming, and help…

Laura Lauer looks on as a group solves a problem during a TechWise Academy middle school robotics class. Photo provided.

TechWise Academy and Innovation Connector Hosts Tech Summit to Raise Money for Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie STEAM Program

By: Brandon Coppernoll— Muncie, IN—TechWise Academy is partnering with the Innovation Connector to invite the community to participate in a number of computer science activities in a Tech Summit. On Wednesday, July 18, 6-7:30 p.m., parents and children are invited to learn more about command blocks in Minecraft, Roblox development, and try coding LEGO EV3 Mindstorm, WeDo, and Ollie robots….

Jeff Lang. Photo provided.

Jeff Lang Named 2018 United Way of Delaware County Campaign Chair

By: Juli Metzger— Muncie, IN—Jeff Lang remembers sitting in the audience at Cornerstone Center for the Arts for last year’s wrap-up rally of the 2017 fundraising campaign for United Way of Delaware County. Casey Stanley, known for the production value he brings to any stage, used a drum roll to announce the campaign had exceeded the goal but not his…

PlySpace Resident Fellow Dave Rowe. Photo provided.

Open Studio and Casting Demonstration By PlySpace Resident Fellow Dave Rowe

By: Erin Williams— Muncie, IN—PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program based in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District in downtown Muncie, Indiana and produced by Muncie Arts and Culture Council. The 2018 PlySpace Summer Term welcomed Resident Fellow Dave Rowe to participate in the artist-in-residence program for 9 weeks. During his time at PlySpace, Dave has worked in the studios at Madjax…

Richard Armstrong. Photo provided.

Camp Crosley YMCA Director Retires After 33 Years of Service

By: Kristen McConnell— Muncie, IN –The YMCA of Muncie Vice President of Association Resources, Richard Armstrong, will be retiring in August. Richard’s  YMCA career has span 33 years and included YMCA’s in  Teneesee, Texas, Maine and Indiana. Armstrong’s last 22 years have been spent creating a deep impact for the YMCA of Muncie at Camp Crosley YMCA. Under Armstrong’s leadership, Camp…