Muncie Arts and Culture Council to Hold Birthday Celebration

Source: Press release, via carlschafer@bsu.edu

Two years after its beginnings as a monthly conversation among artists and cultural organizations, the Muncie Arts and Culture Council (MACC) is incorporating to advocate for the arts as an economic engine in the region and to establish the Muncie Arts and Cultural District. Members of MACC will gather on Friday March 25 at 11:30 am at Cornerstone Center for the Arts for a vote to establish its organizational rules and to elect board members and officers. An informal birthday party will follow to celebrate the event and to recognize the many people who have contributed to the group’s formation. Mayor McShurley will be in attendance.

The Muncie Arts and Cultural District was established by a proclamation of the city council in August 2009 comprising four areas of the city including downtown, Minnetrista, Heekin Park, and parts of the Ball State campus. MACC has secured a grant from the Ball Brothers Foundation to begin posting signs and marketing the district.

“Our work has been encouraged by the Muncie Action Plan,” said Carl Schafer, chair of the current executive committee for the group. “Establishment of the District was voted on by our community to be among 47 actions that rose to the top out of over 1,600 ideas.” In the coming years, supported by the Muncie Action Plan, MACC will place gateway signs and kiosks drawing on Muncie’s glass heritage to distinguish the District with a unique identity. A Cultural Trail consisting of bike lanes on city streets will link the District’s four areas to each other and to the Cardinal Greenway.

The district and the trail will heighten awareness of the abundance of cultural assets in the city and encourage growth in the arts and culture sector of Muncie’s economy which already has an output of $89 million annually according to a 2009 study by the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research.