History of Muncie gets Garfield treatment for ArtsWalk Digital Art Event

Scene from the Muncie Digital Trailer for ArtsWalk 2015Scene from the Muncie Digital Trailer for ArtsWalk 2015. A short clip is embedded in this story. Don't miss it!

By: Gail Werner—

Ball State University’s IDIA Lab in partnership with Paws, Inc. has created a special digital art event in honor of Muncie’s sesquicentennial celebration. The multimedia event will take place during Muncie’s ArtsWalk at 8 p.m., Oct. 1 at the corner of East Charles and South Walnut streets.

Jim Davis’ Garfield will virtually host the event, which will feature historical imagery and clips of Muncie mentions in pop culture. “We wanted to create something fun and tongue-in-cheek, but also positive and optimistic about the city’s future,” said John Fillwalk, director of IDIA and senior director of the university’s Hybrid Design Technologies initiative.

“We were able to get a sneak peek at the community collaboration piece and I think ArtsWalk guests are in for a real treat,” said Cherly Crowder, events coordinator for DWNTWN, the city’s downtown development campaign. “John and his team’s creative ability to take an idea from conception to completion has been awesome.”

Other community partners for the digital art event include the Delaware County History Society, Muncie Arts and Culture Council, Center for Middletown Studies and Ball State University Libraries.

For more about ArtsWalk, visit www.downtownmuncie.org/artswalk

Watch the :40 second trailer below. Editor’s note: You MUST watch all of this. It’s very entertaining. 


Gail Werner is Media Relations Strategist, Division of Strategic Communications at Ball State University