I want to thank the Herald for running the story about the Community Butterfly Project, which has the potential to increase tourism, educational opportunities, and present a unique historical aspect of our community. However, I would like to clarify three points.
The Ottawa Community Arts Council is part of the steering committee. The Arts Council plays a significant role as the holder and conservator of Bill Howe’s estate and whose permission is necessary to replicate Bill’s work and oversee and direct the perpetuation of his legacy. Members of the steering committee have contributed significantly thus far but it will take the work of the entire community to see the Community Butterfly Project’s vision come to fruition.
The article did not capture the magnitude of that vision. It is a three-year project consisting of three fundamental phases. Creating the pivotal Howe painting mural is only Phase I of the project. It is more than a simple mural. I urge people to read about similar community mural projects Loewenstein has undertaken, like Joplin at
http://kcur.org/post/lawrence-artist-dave-loewenstein-power-murals#stream/0 and view a video from the documentary Called to Walls at www.calledtowalls.com
Phase II involves establishing public butterfly gardens, educational opportunities for young and old, and community activities such as the Butterfly Quest for outside visitors and Franklin County citizens. The goal of Phase III is toward conservation and to erect a permanent exhibit of Howe’s life and work. The project as a whole holds a unique advantage for Ottawa.
Fundraising is crucial and it is the efforts and contributions of individuals, organizations and local entities that will make the greatest impact on moving this project forward! For a short project presentation or to find out how your organization or school can get involved contact Lenni 242-2085, Susan at 242-1411 or Sue at 242-3169.
Debra Sue Dunlap,
OCAC Howe Estate Director