Signs connect municipalities

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From left: Nickel Plate Arts Director Aili McGill, Indiana Office of Tourism Development Director Mark Newman and Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear unveil the Noblesville sign outside of the Judge Stone House. (Photo by Robert Herrington)

From left: Nickel Plate Arts Director Aili McGill, Indiana Office of Tourism Development Director Mark Newman and Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear unveil the Noblesville sign outside of the Judge Stone House. (Photo by Robert Herrington)

One by one, the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled each of the interpretive signs that dot the Nickel Plate Arts trail from Fishers to Tipton on June 18.

The Interpretive Signage Project was created through a $9,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and a matching grant from the HCCVB.

“It takes a lot of money to produce signs,” HCCVB Executive Director Brenda Myers said. “We’re always looking for ways to connect the six-city concept.”

Each of the metal signs includes a map of the Nickel Plate Arts trail, historic photos of the town and its history. Signs were placed in Tipton, Atlanta, Arcadia, Cicero, Noblesville and Fishers.

“It’s great to support an artisan, feature an artisan and tell a story,” Myers said. “We’re weaving the six towns together.

“The signs show the rich, creative culture that exists in Hamilton County,” Mark Newman, director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, said. “Arts can be a unifier for a community – a great place to live and an attraction to visit.”

Newman said the goal of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development is to foster connecting people, communities and regions

“This sign project is the embodiment of that vision,” he said. “Signs point the way. They give us direction.”

The signs were created by local artists Bonnie Ramirez and James Sholly.

“It was a joy to work with another artist, especially when it is a different medium than me,” Ramirez said. “I love the way it looks.”

Nickel Plate Arts Director Aili McGill said the signs symbolize the next stage of identity and development of NPA.

“It’s so exciting to have this tangible signal of our next step,” she said. “We really struggled to have a visual presence in each town. It’s great to have a presence in each town in how united we are in inspiring people in art and bringing the community together through art.”

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