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Site improvements and program enhancements continue at the Burns Harbor Food Truck Square as the Town was awarded two grants.
Burns Harbor is one of 13 communities throughout the state — and only community in Northwest Indiana — to receive the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) creative placemaking consultancy.
Through the giving, Burns Harbor receives 50 hours of technical assistance from an experienced consultant. Together, the consultant and Town will work to further insert arts and culture into the Food Truck Square through artistic storytelling. Consulting work began earlier this fall and is expected to be completed by June 2018.
This past summer, local graffiti artist Castulo “Cas” Perez created welcome signage to the Food Truck Square through the Porter County Community Foundation’s Sparking the Arts grant. The spray-painted canvases were created at an Arts on the Square event held July 19.
In early 2017, Town leaders identified placemaking as a key priority for Burns Harbor to develop a sense of place and pride for residents, visitors and businesses.
“The Redevelopment Commission believes creative placemaking efforts are critically important for establishing the Burns Harbor Food Truck Square four-acre site as a community gathering space and stimulating further downtown development,” RDC President and Town Councilman Marcus Rogala said.
The Redevelopment Commission activated the Food Truck Square last summer as part of an overall mission towards economic and community growth. Located on the historic former site of the Westport Community Club, Burns Harbor leaders hope to leverage the site’s ambiance to increase the Town’s identity. As the Town celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Food Truck Square also serves as a site activation to build upon Burns Harbor’s charming heritage and history — to help create a pedestrian-friendly town center and continue to evolve Burns Harbor into a vibrant small town.
Next year’s season of the Food Truck Square is slated to open in May 26, 2018. For more information on further event dates and activities, visit www.Facebook.com/BHFoodTruckSquare. Interested food/sales vendors or sponsors may contact Councilman Rogala at firstname.lastname@example.org or 219-406-3272. Vendor applications and sponsorship sign-up forms are available at www.BurnsHarbor-in.gov under the Business & Development tab. Those looking for a charming outdoor venue space are also encouraged to contact Rogala to book a party or event.
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is the State of Indiana's arts agency. Its mission is to positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our State's citizens and communities.
Artists, arts organizations, arts activities and other cultural goods and services are a key component of quality of life. When these “cultural assets,” as we call them, are integrated into the public spaces and everyday habits of our communities, it’s called creative placemaking. Creative placemaking can make a place safer, healthier, more beautiful, more interesting, more fun, or a range of other community goals.