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Heather Davis with Bison


Indiana United Ways to Launch a Statewide "Bison-tennial" Public Art Project

Indianapolis, IN - Indiana United Ways (IaUW) is excited to facilitate the "Bison-tennial" Public Art Project in partnership with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. This officially endorsed legacy project aims to celebrate Indiana's rich and diverse history and unique features.

What better way to celebrate the state's 200th birthday than with a Public Art Project? Artists will decorate 5-foot-tall fiberglass bison for public display throughout Indiana. The end goal is that at least one - if not a herd - of bison will be on display in each of Indiana's 92 counties.

The bison are expected to be complete around May of 2016, with appearances in the local community throughout the summer. These public art pieces will also be highlighted along the Bicentennial Torch Relay route, running from September 9 through October 15, 2016, culminating in Indiana's Bicentennial Statehood Day on December 11, 2016.

"We at Indiana United Ways 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 [NAH-me-iss] , newly elected Board Chair of Indiana 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 soon at

"We encourage businesses and organizations to help sponsor a bison in each of Indiana's 92 counties! We understand this would be the first-of-its-kind statewide public art project in the country. Hoosiers may join forces with Indiana's United Ways in celebration of our 200th Statehood Day," remarked Perry Hammock, Executive Director of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

Heather Davis of IaUW imagines how Indiana counties will decorate their bison.

About Indiana United Ways

The Indiana United Ways (IaUW) represents 61 United Ways throughout Indiana. Together, Indiana's United Ways raise and invest approximately $100 million each year in local communities--with a special focus on education, financial stability and health. To learn more about Indiana United Ways, visit IaUW will celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial with three legacy projects across the state. For more information about the Bison-tennial Public Art Project, visit or contact Lucinda Nord,, 317-502-8504 cell, or Heather Davis,, 317-926-1492.

About the Indiana Bicentennial Commission

The Indiana Bicentennial Commission is a fifteen-member body, chaired by Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton, charged with overseeing the planning and execution of a statewide celebration for Indiana's 200th birthday. First Lady Karen Pence serves as official Bicentennial Ambassador. Indiana's 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor our state's 200 years of history, but do so in a way that engages all 6.5 million Hoosiers and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations. The commission encourages every community in Indiana to take part in this unique celebration.

Visit to learn more about Indiana's bicentennial history in the making.


Lucinda Nord, 317-502-8504 cell

Heather Davis, 317-926-1492