Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County on Thursday awarded a $20,200 grant to Art Spaces that will help make the Paul Dresser sculpture, “A Song for Indiana,” a reality. This planned artwork will be the newest addition to Terre Haute’s Cultural Trail, which was started in 2010 by Art Spaces with the “Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads” sculpture.
“This grant puts us on the homestretch of raising the $80,000 for this project. This unique sculpture with new landscaping and signage will be a great addition to the Paul Dresser Historic Home and Fairbanks Park. We believe it will become a destination site for visitors who want to know more about this world-renowned composer,” said Mary Kramer, executive director of Art Spaces.
Terre Haute native Paul Dresser’s song, “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” became the second best-selling song, in terms of sheet music, during the 19th century. This song became the official state song of Indiana in 1913.
“It is astonishing how many notable and world-renowned cultural figures Terre Haute has produced. These are our people, they represent our heritage, and we should claim them and celebrate them. The Cultural Trail is designed to do that,” said Kramer.
Since 2003, Art Spaces has partnered with other organizations in the community to build a unique collection of public art throughout the community with a particular emphasis on the revitalization of downtown Terre Haute.
“100+ Women Who Care is proud to be a part of building the Cultural Trail. Art Spaces has done a fantastic job of developing Terre Haute’s public art collection while also bringing attention to our community’s rich history,” said Teresa Exline, co-founder of the local 100+ Women Who Care chapter.
This is the second community grant awarded by 100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County, a group formed earlier this year to provide female philanthropists with opportunities to support local charitable organizations in a significant way. The group now has more than 200 members. Its first grant of $17,200 was awarded in February to the Council on Domestic Abuse for upgrades to its emergency shelter. At each quarterly meeting, members are allowed to submit an organization for which they would like to advocate. Three names are drawn and each woman has five minutes to present the organization and why it should receive the group’s support. The members vote, and one organization is selected to receive the funds that come from each member paying $100 per meeting. Members also pay a $100 annual membership fee that goes to an endowment fund for future grants.
“It is amazing how quickly our membership has grown. Vigo County is blessed to have many caring women in our community. It is great to see this new organization making such an impact so quickly,” said co-founder Beth Tevlin, executive director of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.
More information on Art Spaces is available at www.wabashvalleyart
spaces.com. Information on 100+ Women Who Care can be found at http://100womenwhocarevigocounty.wordpress.com.