The Herald Bulletin

December 5, 2013

'Before I die' comes to some parts of Indiana

By Kelly Dickey
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON -- The “Before I die I want to…” craze that’s spread across the globe has reached parts of Indiana.

Although walls in Anderson haven’t been plastered with chalkboard paint, inviting anyone to write their dreams for the public to see, Hoosiers across the state have done just that.

Ten West Center for the Arts Theatre Program in Fortville assembled a wall that opened in June. For three months people posted their desires on the wall, ranging from “have kids” to “eat my body’s weight in chocolate.”

Sixteen “Before I die…” walls were spread out across Muncie, for four weeks this fall. Union Chapel Ministries posted the walls on empty buildings, firehouses, in Ball State’s Village and even created traveling walls to take to football tailgates.

Four boards are still “alive” in Indianapolis, West Lafayette and Lafayette.

“Before I die…” chalkboards aren’t shared just within their own communities. When a board is “born,” those who created the wall posts pictures and history of the project on beforeidie.cc. If a board is no longer up, the website also specifies when it “died.”

The chalkboards have been erected in more than 60 countries, which can be viewed on the “Before I die…” website.

— Kelly Dickey

The Herald Bulletin