Plymouth, IN – Bison sightings took place in Marshall County today as local organizers eagerly awaited this special delivery! The Marshall County Historical Museum (123 N Michigan, Plymouth) and the Bremen Center for Seniors (103 W Plymouth, Bremen) are providing a new home for these white giants that will soon be in the hands of local artists for a transformation to reflect local history and community pride. 

The life size bison sculpture that now resides inside the Marshall County Historical Museum will be painted by Heartland Artists and it will eventually reside outside of the Museum when completed. Heartland Artists have created a design that will display all parts of Marshall County; places, buildings and history. Visitors to downtown Plymouth will be able to view the artists’ painting the bison through the Michigan Street Museum window. There will also be a community wide naming of the Bison during the time it is being painted. Project coordinators, Linda Rippy, Marshall County Historical Museum Executive Director, and Shelley Heiden of Heiden Creative, are grateful to the following sponsors of the bison including: MC Historical Museum & Crossroads Center, MC Community Foundation, MC Tourism, Friends of the Library, Pilot News, Ancilla Domini Sisters, Mayor’s Youth Council, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Heartland Artists Gallery,   Heiden Creative, CTE Solutions,  Tri Kappa, Doug Haberland, Shirley Casbon, Linda Rippy, Paul & Carol Nye and Kevin Boyer.

 “Bremen's Theta Delta chapter of Psi Iota Xi members were very enthusiastic to sponsor a Bremen bison" said Janet Davis, president of Theta Delta. "Not only is it a great way to celebrate Bremen's heritage and Indiana's Bicentennial celebration, but it also supports a statewide art project, all of which aligns with philanthropic interests and goals of Psi Iota Xi.”

In February, the Indiana Association of United Ways (IaUW) was excited to receive the first bison as part of a statewide public art project. Throughout the spring season, motorists on Indiana’s roads might see life-size white fiberglass bison being hauled by trailer to the Hoosier artists who will decorate them.

An officially endorsed legacy project, the “Bison-tennial Public Art Project” aims to celebrate Indiana’s rich history in our 200th year.

The bison public art pieces will be highlighted along the Bicentennial Torch Relay route, running from September 9 through October 15, 2016, culminating in Indiana’s Statehood Day on December 11, 2016.

“We are excited for this new and unique way to engage with our communities across the state. We believe this project will be a chance for counties to display their county pride and individuality while simultaneously boosting awareness about Indiana United Ways and Funds’ community efforts and initiatives,” says Sarah Nahmias, Board Chair of Indiana Association of United Ways.

IaUW welcomes Hoosiers across the state to get involved in this project. Interested sponsors, artists and community organizations may contact their local United Way or IaUW for county-specific details for the project. Information will be posted throughout the project at www.indianabisonart.org. The hashtag #IndianaBisonArt captures bison sightings and design progress on Social Media.

“We encouraged businesses and organizations to help sponsor a bison in each of Indiana’s 92 counties! We understand this is the first-of-its-kind statewide public art project in the country. Hoosiers joined forces with Indiana’s United Ways in celebration of our 200th Statehood Day,” remarked Perry Hammock, Executive Director of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

The Indiana Association of United Ways (IaUW) represents 60 United Ways throughout Indiana. Together, Indiana’s United Ways raise and invest approximately $100 million each year in local communities. To learn more about Indiana Association of United Ways, visit www.iauw.org.

For over 50 years, the United Way of Marshall County has continuously conducted annual fundraising campaigns in support of local health and human service nonprofit organizations. The United Way has been the conduit for helping thousands of individuals, regardless of income level, contribute to a united community cause. United Way volunteers have spent millions of hours advocating for much needed programs and services that help build a stronger community and, as a result, the United Way has allocated more than $8 million to local agencies for everything from basic necessities like food to tutoring programs for youth to helping the elderly get to the doctor. The United Way of Marshall County remains committed to igniting the caring power of the human spirit to help meet the most basic needs of education, health and financial stability. Together we create a stronger future for Marshall County. To learn more about the  United Way of Marshall County, visit www.marshallcountyuw.org.

For more information, visit www.indianabisonart.org or contact Heather Davis, heather.davis@iauw.org or Linda Yoder, lyoder@marshallcountyuw.org

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