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The Wabash Avenue neighborhood is now alive with color thanks to Wabash Walls project

A two-week project that brought artists from all over and graffiti to Lafayette walls is now complete. The Tippecanoe Arts Federation held a dedication today to celebrate with neighbors.

Posted: Aug. 18, 2018 5:21 PM
Updated: Aug. 19, 2018 2:46 PM

Lafayette, IND. (WLFI) - A two-week project that brought artists from all over and graffiti to Lafayette walls is now complete. The Tippecanoe Arts Federation held a dedication today to celebrate with neighbors.

The Wabash Walls dedication invited community members to meet the artists at The Junction House. People could participate in creating some art themselves at the dedication. Blank canvases were provided for everyone to contribute to, that will remain at The Junction House.

The project was made possible by the collaboration of various community organizations and $50,000 from the City of Lafayette.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski attended the event and shared his enthusiasm for supporting the project.

The people of the Wabash Avenue neighborhood are pleased too.

“Folks are excited about the kind of revitalization of this area,” said Tippecanoe Arts Federation Executive Director Tetia Lee. “I think that it's really highlighting the work that Habitat (for Humanity) and the City of Lafayette have done to invest in this area and to really improve quality of life for each of the residents.”

Stepheney Bible works for Habitat for Humanity and worked closely on this project. She also is very close to those in this neighborhood. She said they have been praying for some sort of miracle for years.

And now, those prayers have been answered.

Walls that used to be empty are now full of color brought by artists from near and far.

Zach Medler is a one of the Wabash Walls artists and he resides in Lafayette. He knows the impact the art will have on his hometown.

“It's there, you know,” he said. “It's there and people see it everyday where they look at it intentionally or not it affects the way we live in town and it's just uplifting.”

The murals can be found all along Wabash Avenue starting at Elm Street and ending just south of Alabama Street.

The dedication concluded with a bike tour of all the murals. Click here to see a map of the mural locations.

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