Art is all around us and impacts our lives daily. It's no different in our community and the Arts & Cultural Council has a mission to "promote support and enhance arts & cultural activities through education, exposure and participation." Founded in 1995, the Arts Council's Board is made up of arts organizations, arts supporters and artists! In August of 2018 the Council took on a new role as the oversight board for the ARTisTREE District.
Since its beginning, the Council has provided a broad spectrum of support, events, public art and advocacy for other arts programming. Over the years we've sponsored events like the Purdue and Miami University's Glee Clubs, The Nutcracker by Evansville Dance Theater and "A Night at the Opera" featuring talented locals who had gone on to other areas to pursue their artistic dreams. The Council has been involved with the downtown mural project and others. Now, we are focused on enhancing and promoting the ARTisTREE District.
Most recently, the Council was a catalyst to a new mural in Rebekah Park, commissioned a unique art form and brought another new piece of public art to Rebekah Park. The chainsaw-carved, five-foot, lovable hound "BARKLEE" was carved from the remnants of an ash tree removed from Rebekah Park. Barklee is permanently stationed at the entrance to the Tree City Bark Park.
One of our newest projects is to work with the Parks & Recreation, City and County on advancing a proposed amphitheater in Rebekah Park. This smaller venue would prove to be a great fit for duos, combos, small bands, or an orchestra. Imagine a summer picnic on the lawn with family and relaxing music. We have received a $12,000 grant from Duke Energy to help advance the project and are working with the Parks & Rec and the Decatur County Visitors Commission to pursue other funding options. Total project cost is in the $100,000 neighborhood with landscaping and lighting included.
We welcome your input and encourage to contact us through this site or feel free to contact one of our board members listed at the bottom of this page.