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Kosciusko County

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International, national, regional and local artists are encouraged to apply for Make It Your Mural Fest! Each artist can submit up to two mural designs in up to two counties in Northeast Indiana. In summer 2020, the jury will select one artist and one design per county.

Before applying, however, artists are encouraged to study each county to create a customized design inspired by the county's past, present and future.

Below you'll find information about Kosciusko County including background information as well as wall and mural specifications. Please use this information to inspire your mural designs! 

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Get to Know Kosciusko County

Kosciusko County is rich with tradition and beautiful landscapes combined with engaging living amenities. With a strong value on place-making and collaborative efforts, Kosciusko County leaders encourage the constant betterment of the community. Discovering Kosciusko County as a place to live means becoming acquainted with its friendly people. It is about discovering and enjoying uniqueness in quality of place. It’s about coming to understand and embrace our relaxed, yet progressive, lifestyle that values, faith, family, friends and fun.

Kosciusko is one of the counties in the northern Indiana Lakes Region. Kosciusko County was organized between the years 1835 and 1837 and is named in honor of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish Lithuanian statesman and military engineer who fought with George Washington in the Revolutionary War. His English name was recorded as Thaddeus Kosciusko (kos-kee-oss-ko). He was born in Warsaw, Poland. Kosciusko County is the fifth largest land area county in the State of Indiana, with a total of 531 square miles.

The population of Kosciusko County in 2017 was just under 79,000. Warsaw, the county seat, is named after the capital of Poland in tribute to Tadeusz Kosciuszko. It was platted in October of 1836. Early Warsaw, Indiana contained traders, trappers, and merchants supplying manufactured goods to area farmers. Because of the central location in the lake region, tourists soon began visiting Warsaw with its two lakes in the downtown district. Eventually, these tourists made permanent residences in the area, with industry soon following. In 1854, Warsaw became a town, and the initial census on February 2 of the same year, showed a total of 752 residents in the town limits.

Today, Warsaw is a populous city with nearly 15,000 residents. Warsaw is 42 miles from Fort Wayne, 50 miles from South Bend, 115 miles from Lansing, Michigan, 116 miles from Indianapolis, 122 miles from Chicago, Illinois and 214 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio. Warsaw is home to the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. This theatre-in-the-round was founded in 1956 and still exists today bringing annual Broadway-quality performances to Warsaw in a unique and intimate setting. The East Fort Wayne Street Historic District, Kosciusko County Jail, Warsaw Courthouse Square Historic District, Warsaw Cut Glass, and Justin Zimmer House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Kosciusko County Mural Wall

Location: Dennie Building, 212 S. Buffalo St., Warsaw, IN 

Wall size: 2,100 square feet

Wall texture: Painted concrete, brick and wood

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Considering applying for this county mural installation? Click here to download the full information for Kosciusko County to inspire your mural design. 

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