In May 2017, California artist Cameron Moberg wowed the community with his "Be The Change" mural in downtown Fowler. The monarch covered wall has already become an iconic piece of Benton County. Since the mural was finished, Benton Community Foundation and the Town of Fowler have turned their attention to the dirt lot surrounding the mural.
    Situated along 5th Street, between the historic Fowler Theatre and Adams Avenue, “Monarch Commons” will include a beautiful gathering area at the foot of the "Be The Change" mural. The space will include: outdoor dining tables, a covered stage area, a grassy area for casual seating, landscaping designed to attract butterflies, and a monarch sculpture (created by local artists Rick and Rita Hadley)
    The adjacent parking lot will provide much needed spaces for popular movie premiers and events happening in the Commons. On occasion, the parking lot may be closed off to host larger events such as classic car shows or downtown celebrations.
    Determined to make this vision a reality, the Community Foundation has committed $150,000 toward the Monarch Commons project.
    Thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation and a handful of early supporters, this is the homestretch of fundraising for the project. Monarch Commons has been selected to be part of the CreatINg Places program.
    When the community meets the crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by the Jan. 10 deadline, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will match the contributions.
    That final $100,000 will ensure that construction on Monarch Commons can begin in early 2019.
    “This project will create a beautiful and useful space in our downtown,” said Linda Brouillette, President of the Fowler Town Council. “As a community gathering spot, the space has so much potential to benefit downtown businesses and the adjacent historic Fowler Theatre. We are grateful for the support and generosity of Benton Community Foundation and the IHCDA to see this dream turn into a reality.”