Indiana Corn Checkoff Sponsors Amazing Maize Traveling Exhibit
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 29, 2015) — If there’s one thing Hoosiers are familiar with seeing this time of year, it is corn growing.
This summer at the Indiana State Fair, visitors to the Visit Indiana Harvest Building, formerly the Food Pavilion, will have a chance to learn about this Indiana crop and why it’s important to our state, nation and world.
Indiana Corn Marketing Council - corn checkoff organization - was a local presenting sponsor of the original Amazing Maize exhibit that premiered in 2011 at the Indiana State Museum. In 2014, the State Museum debuted a smaller, traveling exhibit that will tour the state, including a stop at the fair August 7-23. The traveling exhibition is presented by ICMC with national support from Dow AgroSciences LLC and the Ford Motor Company.
“For the Indiana State Museum to spend the time and resources to build an exhibit focused solely on our crop demonstrates the important role it has played throughout time,” said Dennis Maple, ICMC president. “Thousands of visitors explored the exhibit while it was featured at the State Museum and now many more Hoosiers will have the opportunity to see it as it travels the state.”
From September 2011 through March 2013, the “Amazing Maize: The Science, History and Culture of Corn,” exhibit was open at the Indiana State Museum. During that time, ICMC – the corn checkoff – had the opportunity to host several events at the museum, including a corn farmer appreciation day and several educational workshops for school groups of all ages.
After it wrapped at the State Museum, the entire exhibit was sold to the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. and the museum staff spent the next year and a half developing a traveling exhibit that is smaller in size. Its first stop was at Angel Mounds State Historic Site near Evansville earlier this year.
The new traveling exhibit details the 10,000-year long genetic journey of corn, the scientific, economic and cultural significance of the plant and its impact on people’s daily lives.
“We think it is an important role for our museum to address how agriculture has shaped our modern way of life,” said Tom King, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum. “The story of corn is significant, and that is reflected in the exhibit’s scope.”
Divided into seven sections, the 3,000 square foot exhibition includes interactive tools used to farm, grind and cook corn, an interactive station on genetic modifications of corn over time and a large display of products with corn as an ingredient, aptly named The Corn Pile.
“Indiana corn farmers are excited to see the Indiana State Museum take the Amazing Maize exhibit on the road so a whole new crop of Hoosiers will be able to see the story of corn and the integral role it has played in not only our rural communities, but our state as a whole,” said Maple. “Those who visit this exhibit will never think of a field of corn as ‘ordinary’ again. Instead, they will see the plant for what it truly is — the result of an extraordinary story about humankind and its ingenuity.”
For more information about ICMC’s support of the Amazing Maize exhibit, visit www.incorn.org.
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting producer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives.
This communication was funded with corn checkoff dollars.