For many years, Star Trek fans in Bloomington, Indiana casually discussed, plotted, and joked about creating a monument to its future Starfleet captain, similar to the one for Captain Kirk in Riverside, Iowa. In early 2019, unbeknownst to one another, three separate groups began planning to make the fantasy a reality. They eventually met and merged together, in mid-2019, as a fiscally sponsored project of Artisan Alley.
In October of 2020 they installed a celebratory memorial to Captain Kathryn Janeway, the Star Trek: Voyager character, and highlighted her connection to Bloomington, IN, her future birthplace. More recently the Project has evolved into the Janeway Collective Inc. and has been approved as a 501(c)3 non-profit. They are now working autonomously, alongside partner Artisan Alley to continue their mission of education within the STEAM programs.
ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE
The Captain Janeway Bloomington Collective was formed in early 2019 with the goal of seeing the city of Bloomington, IN honor Star Trek: Voyager’s Captain Kathryn Janeway, who will be “born” there May 20, 2336.
Our objective was to establish a public art display as a monument to Captain Janeway, with a target installation date of May 20, 2020. As part of this installation, the Janeway Collective is planning a commemoration event to celebrate the character and her future birthplace, with activities highlighting Janeway’s strong leadership, and the science and technology from the Star Trek universe, and how they impact us today. She was installed October 4th by Cyclops Studios, the Project Director and General Contractor, and it was unveiled to the public on October 24th
Captain Janeway showed humanity, integrity, and determination in the face of repeated challenges to her principles. She represents ideals that the citizens of Bloomington and Monroe County aspire toward and qualities we look for in our leaders. Captain Janeway should be honored in her hometown, and the Captain Janeway Bloomington Collective is here to make it so.
Current Board Members
- Lee Lawmaster, President
- Melissa Kocias, Vice-President
- Mary Beth Kaczmarczyk, Treasurer
- Jenny Kelly, Secretary
- Adam Nahas of Artisan Alley, Fiscal Sponsor
- Peter Kaczmarczyk, Founding President, At-Large
- Marina Kravchuk, At-Large
- Dave Cooley, At-Large
The ongoing mission sets forth three main goals:
- To promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education
- To embody the equity and humanitarian values promoted by Star Trek
- To provide for the maintenance of the statue for generations to come
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For more info about the Janeway Collective Inc, visit https://janewaycollective.com/.