Burns Harbor is one of 13 communities throughout the state 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 histor.
Next year’s season of the Food Truck Square is slated to open on May 26. For more information on further event dates and activities, visit www.Facebook.com/BHFoodTruckSquare.