Public ideas needed at art projects

A public meeting is set for Monday evening to generate feedback needed to create one permanent piece of art for Jennings County High School and another for North Vernon.

The 5:30 p.m. meeting will be at the Stellar Building, 50 Short St. in downtown North Vernon. The purpose is to gather stories, ideas and opinions of what is important to the community to inspire the two works. The meeting will last about an hour and light refreshments will be served.

The project is designed to create visual images of an activity, event or philosophy that represents the community, said Karen Chilman, the high school’s fine arts chairperson and an activist for the arts in the county.

“We need many ideas for this in order to make this project a good representation of our community image,” Chilman said.

Discussion at the meeting will be led by Hoosier story teller Bob Sander, also an Arts for Learning teaching artist since the 1980s, to glean a concept of the important images of the community. After meetings at the high school and in the community, Sander will suggest a theme for the two art works. Artists will then be commissioned to create each piece.

The project, led by Chilman, is being made possible by a grant from Arts for Learning and the National Endowment of the Arts. The grant stipulates the both works should by completed by June 2018.