Terre Haute Living December 2016 - Page 18

Art Spaces A rt Spaces of Terre Haute started as an economic development and city beautification initiative by establishing a worldclass sculpture collection that is unique to the city. “Our role is to provide public art and the design of public places to enhance economic growth, enrich cultural experiences and build a legacy for future generations,” said Mary Kramer, executive director. Turn to the River, a major multi-year project Art Spaces embarked upon in 2012, will positively impact a six-block area, reconnecting Terre Haute’s downtown with the Wabash River through public art and design. This includes the four-square block government campus, and a riverside property where a designed green space and overlook will help people connect with the river in healthy and meaningful ways. “The arts can bring vision to urban design and we believe that makes a big difference in how and where people choose to live,” Kramer said. Trumpeting a Decade - Revealing the Heart of a City Through Public Art is a new book that was produced to celebrate Art Spaces’ first decade (2005-2015). “It features an outstanding collection of photographs by Fran Lattanzio and Austen Leake, both from Terre Haute, and the book was designed by another talented local artist, Sala Wong,” Kramer said. “The images offer many varied perspectives of each of the 18 sculptures now in the Art Spaces Collection and the book also includes text offering glimpses into the sculptors’ concepts and processes, and tells the story of Art Spaces, offering a wonderful example of community members springing into action to revitalize their city and rekindle its spirit. It is really quite amazing to me to see how the vision of those founding members has taken shape.” The arts not only have the power to transform the landscape of a city, but they can bring about community engagement and unusual partnerships that strengthen daily life. Anyone purchasing a book is helping Art Spaces continue with upcoming projects since proceeds directly support the organization. Art Spaces is normally open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is at 669 Ohio St. in downtown, and 18 Terre Haute Living • December 2016 Mary Kramer of Art Spaces and artist Bill Wolfe sit with the bronze sculpture of Max Ehrmann after its unveiling in August of 2010. Wolfe created the sculpture. (Photo by Jim Avelis) people may write through info@wabashvalleyartspaces.com or call 812-235-2801. The book may also be ordered online through www. wabashvalleyartspaces.com. tribstar.com/terrehauteliving