Muncie Neighborhood Visual Identity Design (ongoing)

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The City of Muncie has diverse communities with friendly people, exciting pasts, and outstanding cultural amenities that make it a desired place to live, do business, and visit. Starting in Spring 2019, Studio 165+, an immersive design studio in the School of Art, began working with neighborhood committees to develop their visual identity, elevate their image and evoke a sense of pride in residents. The students researched each neighborhood determining unique key aspects, characteristics, challenges, and opportunities. After developing a neighborhood identity, they created designs to captured those characteristics and established style guides to help the neighborhoods illustrate graphic standards and rules to ensure consistency and continuity across applications and platforms. The neighborhoods done so far include Gatewood, Halteman Village, Westbrier, Old West End, Robinwood Estates, Forest Park, McKinley, Southside, Riverside/Normal City, and Whitely.  With input from residents of each neighborhood, they created a variety of materials including logos for each neighborhood to choose from, each one tailored to what makes that area of our community special–from the mid-century architecture of Halteman Village, to the open hands of Whitely.

If Studio 165+ is coming to your neighborhood soon, please fill out this brief questionnaire to help them get started on your new neighborhood identity.

Photo Gallery | You can also check out the great work they’ve done so far!

Awards & Recognition:

Whitely Community Identity Design

  1. American Graphic Design Award (National Award)
  2. American Advertising Federation East Central Indiana, Silver ADDY (Local Award)

Old West End Neighborhood Identity Design

  1. American Advertising Federation East Central Indiana, Gold ADDY (Local Award)
  2. American Advertising Federation East Central Indiana, Judges Choice ADDY (Local Award)
  3. American Advertising Federation East Central Indiana, Best of Show ADDY (Local Award)

Studio 165+

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Spring 2019

Faculty Mentor: Shantanu Suman
Department: Art
Community Partner: Building Better Neighborhoods, Muncie Action Plan, Halteman Village, Robinwood Estates, Westbrier Neighborhood, Whitely Community, Old West End
Students: Nikki Abel, Ashley Allegretti, Hanna Boggs, Mariah Drake, Kate Hamilton, Valerie Francis, Emily Lipps, Sylvia Marbach, Samantha Robbins, Cameo Smith, Ashlyn Sterling, Katie Strader, Angel Winchester

Fall 2019

Faculty Mentor: Shantanu Suman
Department: Art
Community Partner: Building Better Neighborhoods, Muncie Action Plan, Forest Park, McKinley Live Learn Neighborhood, Southside Neighborhood
Student Team: Samantha Robbins, Ashlyn Sterling, Dominic Zelli, Erin Mawhorter, Jared Carter, Joel Hall, Katie Strader, Katie Hamilton, Mariah Drake, Ashley Allegretti, Jakob Rosenberger, Mariah Jester, Nikki Abel

Spring 2020

Faculty Mentor: Shantanu Suman
Department: Art
Community Partner: Building Better Neighborhoods, Muncie Action Plan, Riverside/Normal City
Student Team: Samantha Robbins, Ashlyn Sterling, Katie Strader, Valerie Francis, Angel Winchester, Hanna Boggs, Mariah Drake, Cameo Smith, Kate Hamilton, Ashley Allegretti, Sylvia Marbach, Nikki Abel, Dominic Zelli, Erin Mawhorter, Jared Carter, Joel Hall, Jake Gesick, Aubrey Hayden, Xander Crawley, Kimberly Holbrook, James Ong Jakob Rosenberger, and Mariah Jester

Story Maps from and for “South-of-the-River” Neighborhoods in Muncie

This project aimed to engage students from different disciplines in a community mapping initiative in two neighborhoods in the Southside of Muncie (Forest Park and Thomas Park). Students learned about critical and creative approaches to cartography and strategies for participatory mapping, with an emphasis on data collection, production of maps, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Story maps and a preliminary cultural neighborhood atlas were the two principal deliverables of this project.

Project Maps:
Old and New Funcies of the South Side of Muncie | The Best of Forest & Thomas Park/Avondale | Reminiscing Labor Life on the Muncie Southside

Faculty Mentor: Jörn Seemann
Department: Geography
Community Partner: Forest Park Neighborhood Association, Thomas Park/Avondale Neighborhood Association
Students: Kyle Amonette, Austin Berry, Elizabeth Carpenter, Alex Darland, Mitch Grime, Kyle Kedra, James Longwith, Kyle Marsh, Tim Martin, Tyler O’Riley, Justin Parsons, Caitlin Stankovich, Rebecca Stroud

Dinner at the Whitehouse – October 29, 2016


When: Saturday, October 29 at 6:30pm
Where: Forest Park Elementary School – 2517 W. 8th Street
Reservations: Call 298-0844
Cost: $30/person

Gourmet historic dinner prepared by American Federation of Chefs
Fabulous speaker, Dr. Phyllis Zimmerman presents “Behind the Scenes: Living in the White House”

100% of proceeds go to operating the Senior Center

See the menu (pdf)


Forest Park Senior Center Wellness Day – September 19, 2016

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Muncie Delaware Senior Center proudly presents Wellness Day, 2016!

When: MONDAY September 19 from 9:00am – 12:00 noon
Where: Forest Park Senior Center – 2517 W.8th Street – 2 blocks west of Batavia

Get your blood pressure checked, your hearing tested, pick up the latest health information and get your FALL FLU SHOT.

Walgreens will handle the paperwork for Medicare and your insurance to ensure there is no cost.  Talk with medical experts about your vision and hearing, aging and exercise, aging and nutrition. Find out about the newest cancer treatments and how you can help those undergoing treatment by providing transportation.

Download the flier (pdf)

Forest Park Senior Center Fish & Chicken Fry – September 23, 2016

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Muncie Delaware Senior Center extends an invitation to our Fish & Chicken Fry Dinner!

When: FRIDAY, September 23 from 4:30-6:30pm; doors open at 4:15pm
Where: 2517 W. 8th Street—former Forest Park Elementary School—stretching two blocks
Cost: $9.00/persons 13 and older; $4.50/persons 5-12; children under 5 eat free!

For only $9.00 a person, you can have your choice of fish or chicken, hush puppies, green beans, bread and butter, dessert, and drink. A great deal for a great meal.

Enjoy a tasty dinner, live music, and help raise money for the Senior Center!

Music provided by Jeanette Maxfield on the organ.  All proceeds go directly to the Senior Center which is partially supported by Community Development.

Download the flier (pdf)

For more information call 289-0844 | Where Seniors gather to meet new friends and learn

Programs for September 2016 at the Forest Park Senior Center

The Forest Park Senior Center invites you to attend their upcoming September events!

The theme for movies in September is “Strong Women”.  Each movie will shine a spotlight on ordinary women who have their inner strength tested, often frequently, and how they cope.

Tuesday, September 6th @12:30 – MOVIE – “Places in the Heart” starring Sally Field, Danny Glover, John Malkovich

Friday, September 9th @12:30 – MOVIE- “The Mirror Has Two Faces” starring Barbra Streisand, Lauren Bacall and Jeff Bridges

Saturday, September 10th 8a-3pm – Second Saturday Flea Market in the GYM. Bargains galore!

Monday September 12th -12n – Monica Winkler from Meeks returns to celebrate September birthdays and anniversaries and any other special occasions

Friday, September 16th and Saturday 17th – Dialogue Church will host a rummage sale in the gym with lots of bargains and treasures

Tuesday, September 20th – MOVIE- “A Home of Our Own” starring Kathy Bates

Thursday, September 22nd – Round Dance lessons and classes start again – check out the fliers on the gym door

Thursday, September 22nd – MOVIE – “Calendar Girls” – starring Helen Mirren, Julie Walters

Friday, September 23rd 4:30-6:30pm – SENIOR CENTER FISH FRY – What a meal and what a deal!  Help raise funds for the center.

Tuesday, September 27th – MOVIE-“Corrina Corrina” starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta


Download the calendar (pdf)