About Year of the River
2013 Year of the River is a community-wide initiative based in West Central Indiana providing arts, cultural, environmental and educational events throughout 2013 that are focused on the Wabash River, and rivers and water as they affect our lives. It is spearheaded by: Art Spaces, Inc. - Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection; Arts Illiana; and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Permanent Art Collections, all located in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The arts offer extraordinary avenues for engagement and understanding and the three lead organizations are pleased for the arts to play an active role in encouraging a positive and active relationship of West Central Indiana with the Wabash River.
Understanding that this river is the reason that settlements first occurred in this region, many organizations are coming to together to reclaim, enhance and protect this valuable natural resource. In recent years the City of Terre Haute, Wabash Valley Riverscape, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Indiana State University, have focused their attentions on the Wabash River, looking at its current realities and future possibilities.
Wabashiki, a recently designated 2400 acre site at the edge of the city offers a unique attribute that not many communities have so near to a metropolitan center. This area will now be able to do its work as a wetlands, and will encourage a focus on sustainability as Terre Haute grows and develops in ways that make sense for a bright and lively city in the 21st Century.
2013 Year of the River offers opportunities for exploration,partnership, involvement and understanding, to positively impact the region in which we live and work. Knowing that a river is affected by its entire watershed, we are joined in this project by representatives from counties immediately around Vigo in the West Central Indiana Wabash River watershed.
More than 50 groups and organizations have elected to participate. Public events taking place throughout 2013 will include: a Big Read, a Native American mound celebration, concerts, plays, nature walks, an outdoor art festival, cleanup projects, poetry competition, art exhibits, historical exhibits, group prayer sessions, murals, discussion series, lectures, tree planting, duck races, a midnight run, a mural, a photo contest, hands on classes and more.
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It is anticipated that events and projects will have positive lasting impact on the region beyond 2013. It is an exciting opportunity for the arts to play an active role in this community's future. Terre Haute is at a fascinating, energetic and critical juncture, and through 2013 Year of the River, arts, cultural, environmental and educational organizations will help us all to think more about our beautiful river, the original reason people chose this area as a viable and lovely place to live.