Julie Warren is
wrapping up her Open Scene grant consultancy with the Burns Harbor
Redevelopment Commission and gave an overview of her findings and
recommendations for Food Truck Square (FTS) at its meeting Wednesday night.
that she’s been in contact with the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, which this
year is heading up FTS, Art Barn, The Chesterton Art Center, and South Shore
Arts. The Chesterton Art Center is considering how it could contribute to
FTS by having artists do demonstrations or hold classes. South Shore Arts
may serve as a connection to live performance groups.
everyone seems excited to help make FTS bigger and better. “The sense was
the arts organizations are really excited to be a part of it,” she said. “I
think they all really appreciate the idea of bringing arts and culture into
a public space. It’s a big deal to activate that space and create a place
where people are excited to get together.”
Warren also said
her report will contain some free and inexpensive ideas for marketing FTS,
but she does think hiring an agency or partner to create a brand identity
for Burns Harbor and FTS would be beneficial. “I think there could be a
message that is really unique to the area you guys could come up with.”
According to Warren, obtaining that message would be a small investment for
Warren’s last visit, and her final report will be completed next month.
Rongers and Rogala took a moment to thank her for her service and expertise.
Food Truck Square
Rogala reports that
the Chamber is working on combining the vendor applications for Food Truck
Square. Currently there are separate applications for those applying for
space on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The cost for vendors will also increase
from $40 to $45. The cost will be $50 for those who need electric hook-up.
Rogala also said
the budget will be finalized by Feb. 14 and is expected to make more use of
money from sponsors and fees than previous years when the RDC has largely