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Owl You Need is Love - Public Art Project

Our mission is to lead the community in the humane treatment of all animals. We focus our efforts on needs in our community. This year, we are excited to announce a collaborative project with local businesses and artists to bring the good that we do to public light.  

Who: Humane Indiana is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. This year, we are championing a public art project that brings together our organization with local businesses, schools, organizations, members and residents of the community, and artists.  Its goal is to bring awareness of our mission, commitment, and services to the community by way of OWL PUBLIC ART. Participation in the project will benefit animals at Humane Indiana’s Shelter and Clinic in Munster and services and educational programming at its Wildlife Education Center in Valparaiso.  

What: Through a wonderful partnership with Popa Heating & Cooling, Owner Pat Popa has led the design and production process of these magnificent owl sculptures. These four-foot high, 50 lb., fiberglass figures are a blank canvas for local artists to display and tout their creativity. Participants have the opportunity to purchase or sponsor an owl and work with a local artist on design of the sculpture. The figure prototype for the art initiative was made possible through a generous donation from the Arlene Heward Estate.

Where: Once an artist has completed design of the owl, it’s ready to be displayed at the sponsor’s/owner’s location choice by July 15th. Owls that have been sponsored but not purchased, will be showcased at Owl You Need is Love Auction in November, where they will be auctioned as part of Humane Indiana’s fundraising efforts to support animals at our Shelter and Wildlife Center.   

When: We ask that all submissions for participation in the Owl Public Art Project be received by June 1st. Sculptures will be delivered to participants within 7-10 working days and finished, designed pieces should be displayed outdoors no later than July 15th for the entirety of the exhibit which runs through October 15th.    

Why: Humane Indiana offers a variety of services to ensure the welfare of all animals and wildlife. In 2018, our shelter admitted 2,352 animals, of which 2,093 were adopted, 70 were placed with rescues, and 49 were reunited with their families. We also trapped and neutered 157 feral cats, and our Wildlife Center in Valparaiso admitted 1900 wild animals. As our numbers demonstrate, our services are essential to animal welfare in our community. The Owl Public Art Project helps us to continue and grow these vital programs.    

How: Your participation in the Owl Public Art Project is simple. Once you have secured your submission and deposit for participation, production of your fiberglass owl will begin. During that time, you will plan and create the artwork for your sculpture with your selected artist. You may choose from our pool of artists or you may opt for an independent artist of your choice. The artwork will be submitted to Humane Indiana for approval, and once you have received confirmation to move forward, your artist may begin their work.


Earlier Event: February 23
Mammal Bowl - Valparaiso