Washington County

Washington County

Washington County is a rural community in southern Indiana with a population of 28,036. Several towns and cities comprise Washington County, including Campbellsburg, Hardinsburg, Little York, Livonia, New Pekin, Salem, and Saltillo.

Residents and tourists alike enjoy the recreational and cultural resources of Washington County, home to the historic Beck's Mill, Delaney Park, Knobstone Trail, John Hay Center, Depot Railroad Museum, the Salem Speedway, and the Pekin 4th of July celebration, which proudly claims title to the oldest consecutive 4th of July celebration in the United States.

IU students and faculty are working with Washington County leaders and residents on projects ranging from exploring agritourism models to increasing performing arts opportunities. 

Projects

This project will look at opportunities for pocket parks, splash pads, rails to trails, festivals for the arts, interactive installation artwork, after-hours at the museum, and informational markers to enliven the rich history in the community and assets such as the Monon Trail, walking trail, Crown Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Street, Becks Mill, and Lake Salinda.

Community Partner
Washington County Family YMCA, Washington County Chamber of Commerce

IU Instructor
Daniel Luis Martinez, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Project Course
TBD

This project will focus on creating a one-stop place for residents to access help of all kinds. Washington County has many organizations that offer services for homelessness, addiction, and other services, but not together in one location. Students will work with community leaders to develop a plan for an organization that meets a variety of local needs.

Community Partner
Tara Kritzer, Washington County Chamber of Commerce

IU Instructor
Laura Littlepage, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Project Course
SPEA-V 450 Homelessness in America, fall 2020

Washington County is home to many outdoor recreation sites, and there is great opportunity to launch programs that encourage residents and visitors to enjoy the sites. Students in Alison Miller's recreational sport programming course will brainstorm creative outdoor recreation programming ideas for community members to consider implementing.

Community Partner
Keith Barry

IU Instructor
Alison Miller, School of Public Health

Project Course
SPH-R 230 Recreational Sports Programming, 38 students, fall 2020

Since the Washington County Family YMCA opened in 2004, it has offered a variety of valued programs for all age groups in the community. Dr. Julie Knapp's class will create and research innovative programming ideas that meet the needs of the county youth of Washington County, specifically addressing opportunities to gain social connections as well as health knowledge and skills.

Community Partner
Washington County Family YMCA

IU Instructor
Julie Knapp, School of Public Health

Project Course
SPH-R 220 Foundations of Public, Nonprofit, and Community Recreation, 12 students, fall 2020

Agriculture is important to the identity of Washington Countydefining the landscape, culture, and economyand the Washington County Tourism Board see an opportunity to expand agritourism. Student consultants from the Kelley School of Business will explore how to spur agritourism in Washington County by looking at successful county models, identifying community partners, and creating a pitch to secure those partnerships.

Community Partner
Byron Fagg, Danielle Howell-Walker, Purdue Extension

IU Instructor
Tara Layous, Kelley School of Business

Project Course
180 Degrees Consulting, fall 2020

The Master of Fine Arts Fall 2020 Graphic Design seminar students, led by Assistant Professor Sarah Martin, are partnering with the Salem community to create highly effective wayfinding solutions that support the city of Salem’s goals of guiding visitors to Salem's important resources, landmarks and points of pride.

Community Partner
Tara Kritzer, Kristy Purlee, Karen Barry, Judy Johnson

IU Instructor
Sarah Martin, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Project Course
SOAD-S 559 MFA Graphic Design Seminar, fall 2020

This project will develop an action plan to increase performing arts participation and for continuing the IU Rural Arts Series programs and expanding them county-wide.

Community Partner
Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Washington County Theater

IU Instructor
Adrian Starnes, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Project Course
A450/Y500 Seminar in Rural & Grassroots Arts, 9 graduate students, fall 2020

To meet community needs, expand services, and improve facilities, the Washington County Family YMCA needs a capital expansion plan. Dr. Bree Josefy's graduate accounting students will conduct a feasibility study to determine the scope and form of the capital expansion plan.

Community Partner
Washington County Family YMCA

IU Instructor
Bree Josefy, Kelley School of Business

Project Course
BUS-A 569 Field Consulting, fall 2020

The Arts and Humanities Council and the Center for Rural Engagement are are planning for multidisciplinary team of faculty, students, and artists to investigate the history, culture, and traditions of the mill with an eye toward preservation, sustainability, and future programming.

Community Partner
Friends of Beck's Mill

IU Instructor
Ed Commentale, Arts and Humanities Council

Project Course
TBD

Campbellsburg is currently home to around 600 residents, and the town holds a rich history and active community. Students in 180 Degrees Consulting will work with the leadership of Campbellsburg to strategize how they can attract tourists, residents, and visitors

Community Partner
June Greene, Sue Bennett

IU Instructor
Tara Layous, Kelley School of Business

Project Course
180 Degrees Consulting, fall 2020

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