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Schmitt Furniture News Rack

Little Free Library Unveiling

Ceremony on April 22nd, 2016


In collaboration with the News and Tribune, the Arts Council of Southern Indiana and Schmitt Furniture have launched The Schmitt Furniture News Rack Little Free Library Project.  Allowing local youth philanthropy groups the opportunity to raise funds, and local high school art clubs to design and create these wonderful boxes. Placed in neighborhoods in Floyd and Clark County, they will provide a communal source of literature for those who are interested.


Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Youth Philanthropy Council will be dedicating two boxes that were created in 2016 by the council as a community service project.


A ribbon cutting ceremony and light refreshments will be held on April 22, 2016 at:

     ~ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Main St, New Albany, IN:  4:00 – 4:30pm

     ~ Steamboat Park, Port Fulton,  320 Division Street, Jeffersonville, IN:  6:30 – 7:00pm


This event is intended to celebrate the spectacular achievement of community and cooperation, and to celebrate our local artists and new opportunities for artistic expression.  


YPC created two boxes by collaborating with New Albany and Providence High School Art Clubs.


The box installed at St. Paul’s was created by the New Albany High School Art Club and was designed and executed by YPC member Rosie Brown. St. Paul’s has a wonderful history of supporting the arts, and there will be another dedication held at Art on the Parish Green in June.


The box installed in Steamboat Park was designed and created by the Providence Art Club. The project was directed by YPC member Jenna Gilley, who worked with the Port Fulton Neighborhood Association to create a theme and install the box. Port Fulton Neighborhood Association has been a huge supporter of local artists and art in the past and the box will display the rich history of the Port Fulton neighborhood.


We are immensely proud of the youth groups for raising over two-thousand dollars, and Jeffersonville, New Albany and Providence High Schools for book drives that resulted in hundreds of books, ranging from pre-k to adult literature.  The event will celebrate YPC and their dedication to philanthropy in our region.


The Arts Council received a Community Catalyst Grant from the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana that will enable us to expand and continue the project over the next two years. For more information, to sponsor a box, or donate books for the project, contact Julie Schweitzer at the Arts Council of Southern Indiana.


The event is free and open to the public.

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