2011-2012—Planning & Implementation
“Art in Town Hall” series in Fishers was created, transforming lower- and upper-level lobbies into an arts gallery, free and open to the public. The idea of a Fishers Amphitheater for the performing arts developed, and a Nickel Plate District was created. The City of Noblesville worked with Hamilton County Tourism Inc. to acquire three historic, but neglected lots on 8th Street. The partners received grants and $1.5 million was invested in that block. The Nickel Plate Arts Campus was born, serving as a “trailhead” for the initiative. Hamilton County Tourism hired a professional staff director, eight artists moved from other locations to serve as artists in residence, and Nickel Plate Arts moved to its second phase. The Fishers Amphitheater opened. Noblesville began a BSU Building Better Communities consultancy to help define a downtown arts district and an arts master plan.