Art Spaces awards grant for sculpture in honor of Lost Creek Settlement | Local news

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Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Inc. has received approval for a $ 35,000 artistic project grant to support Lost Creek – “Celebrating the Story of an African American Settlement,” a sculpture project planned for the trail culture of Terre Haute.

Art Spaces aims for the project to raise awareness of this aspect of Terre Haute’s cultural history and celebrate the diversity that has helped shape and continues to animate the city and region, the organization said in a statement. Press.

The Art Spaces project is one of 1,248 projects across America totaling $ 28,840,000 that have been selected to receive this first round of funding for fiscal year 2022 in the Artistic Project Grants category.

Art Spaces Executive Director Mary Kramer said, “I know I speak for everyone at Art Spaces when I express how thrilled I am to have such a great fundraising start. for this important project and I am very grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts. They truly value the arts as a path to understanding and strong communities. “

Dee Reed, Art Spaces Board Member and Descendant of Lost Creek Settlement, added, “This is a great opportunity to celebrate an African American community that embodied sacrifice, persistence and success. Through this rich history, we remember the many contributions that these descendants made to this community and to this country. “

The grant will support a new public artwork to celebrate the Lost Creek Settlement, formed in the early 1800s by a group of free African Americans fleeing growing dangers to them in the Southeastern United States. They were among the first non-native settlers of the Wabash Valley.

Working with the direct descendants of the original settlers and other members of the community, Art Spaces will place an original work of art in a public place to illuminate this unique aspect of Terre Haute’s history and the strong contributions of the members. from Lost Creek Settlement to the establishment, to the city’s growth, strength and continuity.

More information about Art Spaces is available on its website, wabashvalleyartspaces.com. More information on other projects included in the Endowment for the Arts grant is online at arts.gov/news.

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