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Tuesday afternoon the Jasper Arts Commission listened to a report from education coordinator Donna Schepers in regards to schools starting educational programs that are put on by the arts department after she visited a number of school officials around the area before the upcoming fall semester.

One of which in particular is already having 2 regional schools requesting information in the interest of signing up for the regional Christmas program.

She says that these are schools with significant numbers that have participated in the past by signing up for the program.

Shepers also described the collaborative work being accomplished with the German American Bank team and their float, that is hosting the fiber-glass bison from the Kennedy Center Project teams.

Both teams are finishing up details to participate in the Strassenfest parade together and Shepers says gab has been an amazing team to work with saying they are a team that was open to take on this project with such professionalism and kindness.

This fiber-glass bison is separate from the German-flag themed bison at the German American boulevard that is in fact sponsored by ROJAC.

Shepers told the arts commission if they had any suggestions as to where this artistic bison should be placed after the parade that she would relay that to the Kennedy Center Project teams.

Also yesterday Emily Colucci announced that the art guild exhibit last month was a hit as far as the sale of art pieces.

Another upcoming event is the 2016 community bicentennial invitational exhibit began august 3rd and running through august the 30th with the reception taking place on august 11th from 5 till 7 pm. there will be local painters, potters, writers, singers, and many more.

Corina Mack told the commission that the stand-in the arts department took part in was a success at the touch-a-truck event and was well attended with children and their families.

Regarding the mural on the soon-to-open brew coffee place she says things are still a work in progress and that after Strassenfest there will be a notification to reach out for potential community volunteers to partake in the mural with the artist Jesa Simon.

Also, the art center received a grant for $1500 from the Dubois County community foundation which will cover art supply costs of the artist.

The cultural center project was also mentioned as city attorney Renee Kabrick says that at some point there will be a joint meeting between the arts commission and the library to view the steps and visuals that need to be taken with the potential Jasper Cultural Center.

The commission also spoke about the jasper leads community fund drive making progress in the funds being raised as they wanted to reiterated from when the jasper public library announced that the collective group has currently reach 1.2 million dollars with about $500,000 to raise, in order to match the $1.7 million gift challenge from Jim & Pat Thyen, with the hope of raising even more. they mentioned that even a local merchant, finishing touches, at the jasper downtown courthouse square is showing their support by posting information on their display window.

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