Tuesday, March 22, 2022 5:49 PM
The Kosciusko County Convention and Visitors Bureau (KCCVB) and the Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) have partnered to recently develop and deploy assets showcasing local art in the community, including a map Google interactive called All Things Art, a brochure of art spaces and a Public Art Trail Challenge digital passport, featuring sculptures, murals and art-related resources in Kosciusko County.
The All Things Art Interactive Map was developed to promote art and raise awareness of these assets and places throughout the county. It encourages both visitors and residents to explore and find joy in experiencing arts and culture in the community, according to a KCCVB press release. KEDCO leadership partner Suzie Light shared a vision for the project, and Grace College student Telly Varga, who served on the KEDCO team as an intern, was instrumental in identifying locations and map making. KCCVB now manages the tool.
“The arts certainly improve the quality of life in a community and have an economic impact by making a community a more attractive place. This provides more opportunities for residents and visitors to explore art installations throughout the county, whether it’s visiting the Wagon Wheel Theater or discovering art sculptures along the trails, all will find inspiration to pause, reflect and enjoy,” Light said.
From the All Things Art map, KCCVB created an Art Spaces brochure, containing the names and locations of many sculptures and murals in Kosciusko County. It was created as part of the Spaces Brochures series launched by KCCVB. Other brochures include Blue Spaces, Wild Spaces, Trail Spaces, and Play Spaces, all of which were created to put Kosciusko County’s outdoor resources in one easily accessible location.
Additionally, the KCCVB used the content developed for the map to create a Public Art Trail Challenge Passport. It is a completely free digital passport that users can register and access over the phone, featuring murals and sculptures in the county. When users visit and check in to 15 different art locations across the county, they will earn a free pair of sunglasses with All Things Art printed on them. Once users have visited all 32 locations, they will be entered into a draw for $100 at Winona Village. The draw will take place on March 15, 2023.
This pass was created as part of a series of digital passes called Engage Kosciusko Experience Passports. Other passes include a Trail Blazer Challenge Passport and a Sipping Trail Savings Passport.
“Art has the power to connect people of different ages and backgrounds and enhances the economic and social development of our communities. We are excited to launch these tools which will put these art-related resources in one place for visitors and residents to explore,” said Laura Rothhaar, Marketing and Communications Manager at KCCVB.
For more information on all of these assets – the All Things Art Map, Art Spaces Brochure, and Public Art Trail Challenge Passport – go to https://visitkosciuskocounty.org/all-things-art-3/ or stop by visit the visitor center in Warsaw.
Additionally, follow KCCVB on Facebook and Instagram @VisitKosciuskoCounty.
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