Wednesday January 17 6:59 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Save the Date for the first annual Arts Homecoming

10/04/2017 - 09:00
10/06/2017 - 09:59

Keynote Speaker Announced!

Our keynote speaker, Matthew Fluharty, is a visual artist, writer, and field-based researcher living in Winona, Minnesota, a town placed along the Mississippi River. Matthew founded Art of the Rural to recognize, preserve, and grow the many aspects of rural culture, even as our rural communities shift and change over time.

Matthew holds a PhD in English and American Literature from Washington University in Saint Louis. He is the Executive Director of Art of the Rural, a member of M12 Studio, and he serves on the national council of Common Field.

Top 5 things to look forward to at the Homecoming

Opening reception at Herron School of Art and Design
Live voting for Indiana's first ever InstaGrant recipient
Sessions that challenge assumptions and push boundaries
Creative inspiration from Indiana innovators who are walking the walk
Friday morning public art stroll on the canal cultural trail

Sessions are divided into four tracks; design, prepare, spotlight, and change. You are more than welcome to mix and match which sessions you attend. Session details are being updated constantly, so check back on our website for additional information.

We are excited to introduce the first four sessions of the Indiana Arts Homecoming!

Challenge Our Assumptions
Community engagement is more than audience development or marketing, it’s a means to inclusion, relevance, access, and sustainability. It doesn’t mean that we can’t keep doing our art, but it does mean change to the way we connect with and include our audience in our work.
Brenda Johnston, Butler University

Demystifying the Numbers
We can learn a lot from data, but we have to know how to find it, read it, and be comfortable using it. Yes, even artists and arts organizations need to be able to “speak data” (in every department). In this session we’ll conquer the data that confounds us.
Breanca Merritt, Indiana University Public Policy Institute

The Artist and Public Art Projects: Voices from the field
Public arts projects have long been a front line for community engagement. In this session you’ll hear experienced artists and arts management professionals discuss projects large and small, complex and simple, permanent and temporary.
Julia Moore, Moderator, Indianapolis Arts Council
Wil Marquez, Panelist, Design Bank
Quincy Owens, Panelist, Artist
Meredith Lynn, Panelist, Indiana State University

ReCreating the Dynamic: The arts and economic development
We all have assumptions about how the arts work with economic development. But are we right? Let’s spend some time talking about what does and doesn’t work then see if we can create a productive dynamic – one with clear communication, aligned values, and collaboration based on common goals.
Susan Mendenhall, Moderator, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
Brian Sheehan, Panelist, City of Rushville
Ellen Cutter, Panelist, Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.
Keira Amstutz, Panelist, Indiana Humanities Council
Eric Shields, Panelist, Cardinal Strategies LLC

Get ready to challenge your assumptions about creative placemaking and economic development, learn how to "speak data", and push forward creative public arts projects... and that's just in the first half of day one! Information on all sessions can be found on our website.

And most importantly... register!

Registration is available online for $75 per person. Don't delay–space is limited and spots are filling up quickly!

Here's some of what's in store for you at this year's Arts Homecoming:

Connect with peers and build new connections
Gain new skills for engaging your local community and growing your collaborative networks
Celebrate the Hoosier arts innovation and impact that's happening all over our state

Sounds fun, right? We think so too. Click and we'll send you an email when registration opens in early July.