When “Love Where you Live” author Peter Kageyama visited the Montgomery County in 2018, he held a workshop with a small group of Montgomery County residents that concluded with an exercise brainstorming new, exciting projects to enhance the community.
This led to a conversation of bringing art to historic downtown Crawfordsville. The idea gained momentum when the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network awarded a grant to the Tippecanoe Arts Federation to install murals in the 10 county WHIN region for a project known as “WHIN Walls.” The Montgomery County Community Foundation also pledged additional funding for the installation.
A local planning committee, with the help of TAF, has worked to make this idea a reality. Downtown Crawfordsville will soon see a new mural in the alley between the Montgomery County Community Foundation and Milligan’s Flowers and Gifts at 119 E. Main St.
Jenna Morello, a New York-based artist will be visiting the community to complete the mural. She is scheduled to be in town from Sept. 23 through Oct. 5 and the community is welcome to stop by anytime to watch her paint. Morello’s typical daily schedule will likely be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In addition to her daily work, the community is also invited to attend the following scheduled events to celebrate the new piece and Jenna’s visit.
• 9-11 a.m. Sept. 25 — coffee and donuts with Morello. Hosted by the Montgomery County Community Foundation
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2 — Art Walk, sponsored by the Art League of Montgomery County. Pick up a map and explore art on display in downtown merchants’ windows.
• 11 a.m. Oct. 2 — Dedication of the Wall. Hosted by the Art League of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Community Foundation
• 4 p.m. Oct. 2 — Oktoberfest. Enjoy local food, drinks, and music at Pike Place.
Additional partners on the downtown mural installation include B&L Engineering, City of Crawfordsville and Wabash College.
More information about the project, as well as event updates, is available at www.mccf-in.org/alley-art.