In South Africa, an international Fish Crimes symposium taking place in Cape Town has revealed the murky underworld of the global trade in illegal fishing. As CCTV’s Travers Andrews reports, every year coastal countries lose billions of dollars in revenue due to the theft of their natural resources by criminal organizations.
Greensburg, IN—Thursday, the Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County unveiled its new office, talked about new efforts to advance the ARTisTREE District, and announced a unique new way to accept donations.A ribbon cutting was held at the Arts Council’s new office located in Greensburg City Hall. According to Arts Council Board President David Fry, “The location made sense as we interact with the Economic Development Corp, Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Greensburg and the City in developing the ARTisTREE District and its amenities. The potential for the District to impact the City’s core is significant. Of course, our County-wide efforts continue as well.” He continued, “We owe a huge thanks to employees from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana who volunteered to paint our new office.” Fry explained the office is primarily open on Tuesday at the present time, but the group hopes to expand those hours in 2020 as the need dictates. “We conduct so much of our business via social media, e-mail and the web, that a full-time physical presence is less of a priority. We encourage the public to contact us using online tools or by phone at 812-593-9738 with questions.”Following the ribbon cutting and open house, the group held its annual meeting to report on activity during 2018-2019. A group from LEAD 2.019 made a presentation relating to their project of advancing the awareness and engagement within the ARTisTREE District. The designation of the ARTisTREE District and the attempt to receive State designation as a certified cultural district was a highlight of the meeting. The State’s process will be open again in 2020 and the group intends to follow up their 2018 effort with lessons learned. A significant impact to that effort will come through a partnership with the Decatur County Community Foundation to conduct a Master Plan for the District. The Foundation has supported the process with funding to engage landscape architect and city planner, Rachel Kavathe of LOCI Creative to lead the process. The plan will provide a step-by-step checklist of activities necessary to advance the District. Also highlighted in the meeting was the contribution of “Barklee” to the Tree City Dog Park and serving as a catalyst for the Rebekah Park mural and spray pad art.Finally, the announcement of new technology to support the Arts Council was unveiled. The group can now accept donations through the Alexa service by simply stating, “Alexa, donate to the Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County.” A donation minimum of $5 is in place and the supporter must have voice purchasing enabled on their unit.