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Embracing Community Change through the Arts

Our communities continue to change in their composition of culturally, geographically and socially diverse and access-challenged residents. Looking for ways to broaden your reach? Want to take the initial steps towards systemic change? Join us for this tri-state colloquium exploring best practices and practical planning tools for arts leaders and their community partners in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

This two-day colloquium will feature sessions with nationally-recognized experts exploring how arts organizations can broaden their reach and include all community facets to advance initiatives. The first day will highlight best practices for embracing these changes through leadership development, decision making, programming, and community involvement. The second day will focus on the practical tools for participating communities to take the initial steps towards a community plan. Register now to be a part of this important conversation.

Dates and Times:
Thursday, April 18th, 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (including reception)
Friday, April 19th, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Click here for a schedule of events.

Hosted by: University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center with an evening reception at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture (Notre Dame, IN)

Registration: $50 per individual; $125 per community team of 3. Click here to register.

  • Community teams of arts leaders, community development and educational leaders, and elected officials are encouraged to attend. Registration includes meals and evening reception for each participant. Dietary restrictions and accessibility needs must be received by April 4, 2013.
  • From Michigan? Contact Emily Hellmuth to see if you qualify for a scholarship courtesy the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

  • The Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities has provided funding to offset attendance costs for Hoosier residents with disabilities. For more information or to apply, contact Kristina Davis at or (317) 232-1279 or via Relay IN at 711 or 800-743-3333.

Presented by: The Indiana Arts Commission, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio Arts Council

Keynote Address: Eduardo Díaz, Director, Smithsonian Latino Center, "The Other is Us; Managing Diversity and Inclusion"

Speakers, Presenters, and Facilitators:

  • Andrés Tapia, President, Diversity Best Practices
  • Aaron P. Dworkin, Founder and President, The Sphinx Organization
  • Ken Carlson, Senior Program Officer, Arts Midwest World Fest
  • Gay Hanna, Executive Director, National Center for Creative Aging
  • Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, President/CEO, The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel
  • Drew J. Klacik, Senior Policy Analyst and Demographer, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI
  • Jim Hirsch, Executive Director, Chicago Sinfonietta
  • Tod Minnich, Executive Director, Honeywell Foundation
  • Ethan Crough, Foundation Director, Speaker, Leader
  • Terry Whitt Bailey, Director of Community Development, City of Muncie
  • Omari Rush, Education Manager, University Musical Society, University of Michigan
  • Sherry Stark, Executive Director, Centra Foundation Inc.
  • Libby Chiu, Former Chief of Staff, Illinois Arts Council
  • Juana Guzman, Enhanced Revenue for Creative Markets Consultant, I Juana Know, Inc.
  • Sara Peterson, Management Consultant

The following hotels in South Bend are offering discounted rates for colloquium attendees. Mention "Indiana Arts Commission" when booking.

Parking will be available on-site in the visitor lot across the street from the center. For the evening reception at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, shuttles will be provided.

Currently touring with Arts Midwest World Fest, Çudamani will perform a vibrant musical and dance repertoire on day 2 of the colloquium that evokes the traditions of their native Bali.

Advisory Committee:
To view a complete list of the 16-person advisory committee for Embracing Community Change through the Arts, click here.

Embracing Community Change through the Arts is supported by The Joyce Foundation: Improving the Quality of Life for People in the Great Lakes Region and Across the Country. Learn more at Additional support is provided by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities, the Ohio Arts Council, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Arts Midwest, the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Contact Emily Hellmuth at (317) 232-1284 or

Artwork by Warren Miller.

Click here for a list of past capacity building workshops.

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