ACSI and Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County
This program is the result of collaboration between the Arts Council of Southern Indiana, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.
Eagle and Gold Scout badges are the height of achievement in both organizations. To earn this honor couts must complete a project that increases their skills, benefits their community, and includes their fellow members.
ACSI and HFFC worked together to create a program where scouts are paired with professional artists to learn a skill or dying art form. The scouts are required to submit a project proposal to the Arts Council and a grant proposal to the Horseshoe Foundation. Once the project is approved, the Arts Council identifies and recruits and artist to work with the scouts.
Only one scout can receive an Eagle Scout badge per project. It is the scouts’ responsibility to recruit other scouts to help with the project and to solicit donations and materials for the project. Scouts help each other on Eagle Scout projects so that for each project several scouts get the experience.
The Horseshoe Foundation recognizes the leadership it takes for a Girl Scout to receive the Gold Award or a Boy Scout to receive Eagle Scout. In an effort to assist where funding is needed beyond donated materials, the Foundation has committed a small fund pool with a maximum of $250.00 per project to help scouts accomplish their projects by providing funding to pay for professional artists.
Past projects have included; a handicapped accessible stone path to the Carriage House Classroom at the Arts Council, a hand carved stone bench, a horticulture project to beautify the Veterans Memorial, and a stone mosaic at the entrance to the Arts Council.