Indiana Association of United Ways to Launch a Statewide “Bison-tennial” Public Art Project

Last Updated on January 21, 2016 by cassnetwork

bison Indiana Association of United Ways 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 are excited for this new and unique way to engage with our community. We believe this project will be a chance for Cass County to display its pride while simultaneously boosting awareness about Indiana United Ways and Funds’ community efforts and initiatives,” says Joyce Mayhill, Executive Director of United Way of Cass County.

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 is posted 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.

Cass County Online