Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) Tuesday announced more than $414,000 of grant funding for 38 IN Indiana Public Art Activation and IN Indiana Placemaking projects in 26 counties across Indiana.

Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund was awarded an IN Indiana Public Art Activation Grant for a building mural.  The mural will depict a lake scene and will include a quote from Kurt Vonnegut Jr. as well as an iridescent dragonfly in the foreground.  “This mural depicts both the beauty of the lake and the connection to Vonnegut. The dragonfly is a symbol of good water quality and Vonnegut’s time spent at Lake Maxinkuckee is well documented.” said LMEF President Debbie Palmer. 

“It is wonderful to see each corner of the Hoosier state driven and motivated to create spaces and works of art that will help tell Indiana’s story,” said Lt. Gov. Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “As each individual project is completed, Indiana’s character and culture will be put on display for Hoosiers and visitors to appreciate.”

“We are thrilled to continue creating spaces throughout Indiana that link each of our communities together in a way that shows there is something truly unique to find wherever you are IN Indiana,” said IDDC Secretary and CEO Elaine Bedel. “These projects not only give us the opportunity to illustrate Indiana’s authentic story, but they also enable us to add to the beauty of Indiana’s landscapes.”

Projects were selected based on quality of the submitted design, with preference given to high-view locations. IDDC has included a diverse group of locations and projects from urban to rural settings, in both large and small communities, in different regions of the state.

Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund Inc. (“LMEF”), including the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council (“LMEC”), established in 1983, is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping Lake Maxinkuckee and its surrounding watershed clean, healthy and safe through research, education and collaboration.  Learn more about Lake Maxinkuckee, LMEF, LMEC and how you can get involved at