In 2018, the City of Rushville held a series of public discussions to create an arts master plan. With an emphasis on economic development through creating arts and cultural opportunities to enhance quality of life, imagine:nation, the arts & cultural council of Rush County was born.
By the end of 2019, we became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with several successful events under our belt, including the first open mic to be held in Rush County.
We moved into our current home, the Booker T. Washington School in 2021. Learn more about this iconic building and an important part of our community's heritage.
WE ARE ENGAGING COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO...
Support existing and hosting new live performances: art, music, performing arts
Engage youth and seniors in visual and performing arts learning opportunities
Highlight local architecture and landscapes (historic districts/tours)
Develop a makers space/gallery for public arts exhibitions/enjoyment/sales
Participate in local festivals to heighten awareness and build Rush County's arts culture
Pop-up art experiences in public spaces
Art installations in public trails and spaces
We imagine a community where everyone is included, can gain exposure to new ideas and express creativity.
Rushville and Rush County will be known as a community leader in arts-led community economic development, growing the population and attracting businesses through investment in quality of place and culture. These investments will build on existing assets and traditions and focus on downtown Rushville, parks and public spaces, and the schools. The art focus will be on performing and visual arts and engage people of all ages and abilities to promote diversity and inclusion.