LAFAYETTE— Wabash Avenue has been undergoing a facelift over the last several years, but it is about to get a lot more colorful.
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation will work with 10 artists to place murals on at least 9 facades on and around Wabash Avenue, with a dedication ceremony planned at the Junction House on Aug. 18 from noon to 4 p.m, part of the organization's Street Art Paint Out initiative.
Tetia Lee, executive director for TAF, said working alongside Cameron Moberg, artist and curator for the project, they had their eyes set on a few surfaces to showcase murals in the historic neighborhood, but Lee also worked in with local officials to identify additional spaces for murals. TAF worked to build compelling cases for those home and business owners to allow murals painted.
Lee said the Wabash neighborhood was a perfect example of a community on the rise that would benefit from TAF's project.
"There are generations of families that have lived in this neighborhood since the 1860s when the canal was constructed," she said. "It has a wonderful, historic story from the past of Lafayette, and it has had some less than awesome moments in its time, but since Habitat for Humanity has moved to the neighborhood, they have built that trust and personal investment into building homes and helping neighborhood members with forming their neighborhood association as well as construction of the Junction House."