By: Shelley Shekell—
MUNCIE, Ind. – Delaware County’s Indiana Bison-tennial Public Art Project will reach its permanent destination at Tuhey Park during a dedication ceremony on October 6 from 4-5 p.m.
At 4:30 p.m., Mayor Dennis Tyler will give a proclamation to honor the bicentennial event and the significance of artist Denise King’s design. King, inspired by the Lenape, painted the bison to represent the vibrantly colored beadwork and designs of Delaware County’s first people.
Delaware County students also made an impact on this project. On Sept. 27, fourth-grade students from area elementary schools assembled at the Fieldhouse for Bicentennial Torch Relay festivities. There, students were able to enter a contest to name the bison. The winner of the contest will be announced at the ceremony.
The Bison-tennial Public Art Project was created by the Indiana Association of United Ways as a way to LIVE UNITED in celebrating Indiana’s bicentennial. United Way of Delaware County convened a committee to lead the project locally. This committee included key partners from the Muncie Arts & Culture Council, the Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, City of Muncie, and Delaware County’s Bicentennial Activities Coordinator.
This project, made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, engaged community members with Muncie’s history and the state symbol.
For more information about Delaware County’s Bison-tennial Public Art Project, visit www.invitedtoliveunited.org/bison-tennial.
About United Way of Delaware County
United Way of Delaware County, Indiana engages the community to improve lives by focusing resources on health, education and financial stability. It works to create lasting change in community conditions. Governed by a 15-member board, this organization has served Delaware County since 1925. For more information, contact 765-288-5586 or visit www.InvitedToLiveUnited.org.
About the Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County
Overseen by a nine-person board of directors, the Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc. encourages philanthropy, assists donors in building an enduring source of charitable assets, and exercises leadership in directing resources to enhance the quality of life for residents of Muncie and Delaware County. To learn more, visit www.cfmdin.org.
About the Muncie Arts & Culture Council
The Muncie Arts and Culture Council seeks to create, educate, advocate, nurture, and inspire integration of the arts via civic initiatives and through engagement with individual artists and arts organizations in the Muncie area. The council established the Muncie Arts & Culture District, which advocates for the arts as a major economic engine in this region. For more information, visit munciearts.org.