New Art Work Coming To Warsaw

May 13, 2024 at 7:29 p.m.
“The Joker” by John Mishler is pictured at Bixler Park. Photo provided.
“The Joker” by John Mishler is pictured at Bixler Park. Photo provided.

By Staff Report

The Warsaw Public Arts Commission (WPAC) was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC).
The purpose for the ICA grant is to help communities highlight the economic growth and social well-being that comes from arts and culture within a community. The WPAC received the award in June 2023 and will wrap up the grant project in August 2024.
The grant, called Creative Convergence, has assisted the WPAC with three projects for 2024.
First is to refurbish and permanently install six artworks in our community donated by Milt and Marie Holmgrain. The artworks were created by Milt Holmgrain and John Mishler, Goshen. The first installed artwork, titled the Joker, may be viewed at Center Lake in Bixler Park. Kerr Park is slated to house a three-piece Mishler sculpture in mid-to late May.
Secondly, the WPAC will create an Art Works Campaign, promoting the vibrant arts and culture already found in Warsaw. Community members and visitors are encouraged to visit local art galleries such as Atelier and Lakeland Arts Association; check out public artworks found on All Things Art https://visitkosciuskocounty.org/all-things-art; take in a show at the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts; make a purchase by local artists at The Market on the first floor of the KEDCO building or local farmer’s market; enjoy live music in Center Lake Park - the list goes on.
And finally, WPAC will be adding a new sculpture to the city’s public art collection. Artist Gail Christofferson, Bowling Green, Ohio, has designed a sculpture, “Reflection,” that will be installed in Center Lake Park in August with the help of Warsaw Parks Department. The artist will invite community members to help assemble a portion of the sculpture at the June 21 Downtown Third Friday. More information on these events are forthcoming.
WPAC was created in 2015 by then Mayor Joe Thallemer who appointed the all-volunteer group representing various interests in the arts. WPAC’s mission is to further develop Warsaw as a culturally-rich place to live, work and play for all ages. Visit the Warsaw Public Arts Commission Facebook page to learn more.
Financial support for the WPAC and the Creative Convergence project can be given to the ArtFULLY Warsaw fund via the Kosciusko Community Foundation at www. kcfoundation.org/donors/donatenow.

The Warsaw Public Arts Commission (WPAC) was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC).
The purpose for the ICA grant is to help communities highlight the economic growth and social well-being that comes from arts and culture within a community. The WPAC received the award in June 2023 and will wrap up the grant project in August 2024.
The grant, called Creative Convergence, has assisted the WPAC with three projects for 2024.
First is to refurbish and permanently install six artworks in our community donated by Milt and Marie Holmgrain. The artworks were created by Milt Holmgrain and John Mishler, Goshen. The first installed artwork, titled the Joker, may be viewed at Center Lake in Bixler Park. Kerr Park is slated to house a three-piece Mishler sculpture in mid-to late May.
Secondly, the WPAC will create an Art Works Campaign, promoting the vibrant arts and culture already found in Warsaw. Community members and visitors are encouraged to visit local art galleries such as Atelier and Lakeland Arts Association; check out public artworks found on All Things Art https://visitkosciuskocounty.org/all-things-art; take in a show at the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts; make a purchase by local artists at The Market on the first floor of the KEDCO building or local farmer’s market; enjoy live music in Center Lake Park - the list goes on.
And finally, WPAC will be adding a new sculpture to the city’s public art collection. Artist Gail Christofferson, Bowling Green, Ohio, has designed a sculpture, “Reflection,” that will be installed in Center Lake Park in August with the help of Warsaw Parks Department. The artist will invite community members to help assemble a portion of the sculpture at the June 21 Downtown Third Friday. More information on these events are forthcoming.
WPAC was created in 2015 by then Mayor Joe Thallemer who appointed the all-volunteer group representing various interests in the arts. WPAC’s mission is to further develop Warsaw as a culturally-rich place to live, work and play for all ages. Visit the Warsaw Public Arts Commission Facebook page to learn more.
Financial support for the WPAC and the Creative Convergence project can be given to the ArtFULLY Warsaw fund via the Kosciusko Community Foundation at www. kcfoundation.org/donors/donatenow.

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