w/purpose Invited to Bring “Flava” to Evansville Art District

What do you get someone for their 200th birthday?

Tough decision, right?  Evansville’s art and design community showed up to the party with a newly dedicated outdoor gallery and sculpture park located in south-central Evansville.

Not a bad way to kick off the bicentennial!  As if that wasn’t enough, inside the card was an additional $46,000 in cash prizes for winners of Sculpt EVV, a juried outdoor public sculpture event located in the Haynie’s Corner Arts District.

Moreover, it was the first of many steps to bolster support and show commitment to the districts art-filled future.

In an effort to actively promote and enhance Evansville’s art and design future, the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) established a unique redevelopment area and overlay for the Haynie’s Corner Arts District, an area of about 50 square blocks of mostly residential uses with a commercial core.

Additionally, the City of Evansville has selected Indianapolis based w/purpose to collaborate on urban strategy efforts in Haynie’s Corner, which includes leading the urban branding initiative, a process by which the identity of the community is established and marketed in a cohesive, cognizant fashion.

w/purpose will actively work alongside residents to incorporate place-making strategies into the vernacular landscape, which will strengthen the district’s visual coherence and  messaging.

w/purpose will be working closely with local firms Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates, a full service survey planning, engineering and environmental firm and local architecture firm VPS.

When asked about the future of Haynie’s Corner, w/purpose principal Wil Marquez said, “We want to work alongside our community partners to develop something that will be edgy while stretching resident’s minds. Our gift or flavor (“flava”) on design, will be an experience we look forward to sharing.”

Residents and interested parties of Haynie’s Corner Arts District are encouraged to participate and share ideas at an upcoming Neighborhood Workshop.  The workshop will be on Saturday December 8, 2012 at Center of Hope Church (808 S.E 3rd Street, Evansville IN). The half day event is scheduled from 8:30 till noon with light breakfast and refreshments served.

Input/suggestions following the workshop can be submitted to Bob Grewe via email to RGrewe@blainc.com or by calling 812.479.6200 ext. 168.