Sun receives grant money
to pursue business development
RISING SUN, Ind. (March 2007) Rising Sun,
Ind. was among a handful of communities awarded a state grant in January
to help promote entrepreneurial efforts.
Indiana Lieutenant Gov. Becky Skillman and the Indiana Office of Community
and Rural Affairs in January awarded 23 communities throughout the state
with Rural Entrepreneurial Support and Workforce and Educational Development
Grants that totaled $2.7 million.
The new Rural Capacity Grants were created to help develop creative
ways to build capacity in workforce development and rural entrepreneurship.
These grants help fulfill the priorities in the Rural Indiana Strategy
for Excellence, or RISE 2020.
Sherry Timms, executive director of Rising Sun-Ohio County Convention
Tourism & Visitors Commission, said her community was only one of
seven communities to get the entire $150,000 grant.
Timms said Rising Sun Tourism and the Rising Sun Regional Foundation
each provided $18,750 in a cash match. Rising Sun will use the grant
money for a project to improve artist-entrepreneur success rates, increase
cultural opportunities for residents and visitors and strengthen Rising
Suns position as a desirable tourist destination.
She said for communities that do not have an industrial base as an economic
developer, the arts have become a focus for possible further economic
development. Rising Sun, with its Pendleton Art Center and other art
venues, has already become known for its arts culture. We want
Rising Sun to become an arts destination, said Timms.
She said the project hopes to increase tourism and stimulate economic
The community hopes to do that by offering arts education in visual,
performance, music and writing and by developing incubator businesses
Timms said a collaborative project with Historic Downtown Main Street
Program, Rising Sun Tourism and Rising Sun First plans to use the grant
money to develop existing tourism venues to help develop artists to
teach workshops and to offer workshops on rural entrepreneurship to
Timms said one goal of the project is to build a solid foundation to
support the success of artists in the rural economy by using the Rising
Sun Economic Education Power Tools Kit, a program she hopes other rural
communities will be able to adopt and implement.
As part of the program, artists will attend workshops to learn the necessary
skills for financial management, marketing, distribution, human resources,
product development and retail tactics.
Those artists will be taught to design, teach and market workshops that
will share their talents. They will be able to earn income through teaching,
will provide the region with additional cultural education and increase
tourism revenues by hosting visitors to the region who participate in
Timms said the project hopes to encourage not only local artists to
participate in workshops, but also hopes to attract national and international
arts professionals for inclusion in the workshops as well.
One example of such a workshop being planned is for a director of a
Paris, France, opera to visit Rising Sun and offer a workshop on French
Literature and opera for university professors.
Other possible workshops involve Broadway directors offering a lecture
series and a seminar by an international harpist.
We want to try to mesh the workshops with community events, such
as a workshop on flat picking by two famous bluegrass musicians during
a festival, or a workshop on quilting in correlation with a quilt celebration
and community quilting bee, said Timms.
Although the grant wont support every idea, it does get things
rolling she said.
There are numerous projects in the planning stages, including a possible
summer art program for teens and an arts curriculum that involves local
artisan residents working in conjunction with the local school system.
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