The Cotterman Fund
The Tipp City Area Arts Council can trace its beginning back to a single event and the vision of a single person.
“Windows on Tippecanoe” with the vision of community member Ellen Cotterman. Area artists donated original art work, which was then mounted in old window frames and hung on a downtown building during the summer of 2008. In October of that year, a gala auction was held and the artwork was sold. The revenue and enthusiasm generated by this event was channeled into what became Tipp City Area Arts Council.
Long time Tipp City resident Ellen Kaye Cotterman was known for her civic activism and her promotion of art education. Ellen was an author, an artist, a naturalist and an entrepreneur. She was committed to the economic vitality of downtown Tipp City. She was pivotal in the formation of the Tipp City Area Arts Council and was a lifetime member.