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The fall is a time of art and craft festivals, not to mention a time when many performing arts organizations and presenting venues begin their seasons. For the Indiana Arts Commission, this fall marks a time of planning, as well as implementing new technology to encourage our constituents to assist us with that planning.
Working collaboratively with the Indiana State Library and our Regional Arts Partners, we will host a statewide Web Cafe to enlist public input on the next phase of the IAC's Strategic Plan. The purpose is to learn what you, our constituents, believe should be our top goals, objectives and priorities for the final (2014-2016) phase of the current Strategic Plan.
This Web Cafe is a first for the Arts Commission, but also a step toward greater engagement with our audience. When we developed the current Strategic Plan, we held a series of public forums throughout the state to gather public input that shaped the goals and objectives for the Plan. By embracing this technology, and through the generous assistance of the Indiana State Library and Regional Partners, we will accomplish in one virtual statewide meeting what once took several weeks to accomplish.
The Web Cafe will be Thursday December 5, 2013 at 10:00 (EST). The host site is the Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room 19. Live audiences will be able to take part in the Web Cafe either by attending the presentation at the host site, or at one of the satellite sites hosted by our Regional Arts Partners. Please click www.in.gov/arts/2835.htm to see more information about the Web Cafe and how to be a part.
Todd Wetzel, Director of Convocations at Purdue University, will serve as facilitator. Prior to joining Purdue, Todd served as the first director of the Vincennes University Center for the Art. He is also a national board member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Over the past two decades, Todd has served a variety of capacities in the arts presenting field, including serving on the boards of organizations such as the Indiana Presenter' Network. He has also served as a grant panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.
As stewards of the public's resources for the arts, the Commission has been and continues to be committed to enlisting the public's voice in our planning process. I hope you will take the opportunity to attend the Cafe at one of our satellite locations, or at the host site. For those unable to attend at either the host site or a satellite site, we will also offer a webinar session at 6:00 p.m. (EST) that same day for anyone wishing to attend via their home computer or any public computer (with Internet access).
We are excited to utilize this technology to enable Hoosiers everywhere to have input in shaping the strategic direction of the Commission over the next three years.
We want to hear from you.
All the best,