Valparaiso, Indiana (Valpo) cannot get enough competitions. You’ve read about their ascension into the semi-finalist round of the America’s Best Communities Competition, here, and the preparation for the Summit on April 27 to compete for a place in the finalist round, as well as their recently adopted Creative District Plan.
As part of the growing momentum and first steps to implementing the Creative District Plan, Valpo is competing for an ArtPlace grant from the National Creative Placemaking Fund. Their proposal, The enLIGHTen Neighborhood Project, seeks to connect artists, students at Valparaiso University and community members by working together to design and implement a unique and creative lighting installation project.
EnLIGHTen would split the distance between Valpo’s Downtown and Creative District to Valpo University by creating a permanent lighting and public art feature at the intersection of Morgan Boulevard and Indiana Avenue. The project will not only encourage more walking from one place to the other, it will make the area safer, too.
“This is going to provide a nice connection between the university and the community,” expresses Eric Johnson, Dean of the College of Engineering at Valparaiso University, “From the college of engineering standpoint, though, I’m more excited because it gives our students the chance to create exciting and neat products. This will give them a chance to really think about how they can impact the community with what they do.”
Part of this recent submittal included creating a short video showcasing what makes the team, project and community unique. Take a look!