Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 30, 2014

Painted bison to celebrate Indiana bicentennial


The Associated Press

Indianapolis — Painted bison sculptures and quilted gardens are set to pop up in honor of Indiana's bicentennial celebration.

A state commission led by first lady Karen Pence has approved those projects and several others to mark Indiana's 200th anniversary of statehood in 2016.

Children's books related to state history, art exhibits and a digital archive of old photos from albums or attics were some of the approved legacy projects.

Approved projects also include a "Bisontennial" in North Manchester, which will feature at least 15 bison sculptures painted by eighth graders. Another will decorate the Heritage Trail driving route in northern Indiana with quilted gardens memorializing state heritage.

Pence says the diversity of these projects exemplifies the strong grassroots momentum the Bicentennial Commission is seeing.