Past Workshops and Events

2017 Workshops/Events

Indiana Arts Homecoming 2017

We were proud to present our new annual convening of Indiana's statewide arts community: artists, arts organizations, arts educators, arts supporters — anyone and everyone who wants to come together and grow Indiana's vibrant arts scene. There, arts peers celebrated, connected, and gained new skills for engaging their community. 

From the Ground Up: A Creative Placemaking Workshop

This high-energy day and a half-long workshop introduced the practice of creative placemaking as a viable strategy for small and/or rural Indiana communities and neighborhoods. Sessions focused on practical ways to get started and how to make a meaningful impact and were led by artists and creative placemaking professionals from throughout Indiana and the Midwest.

2016 Workshops/Events

How-To Artist Workshops for Developing Site-Specific Projects, Summer 2016

Artists learned how to create a successful site-specific, community-based arts project through the lens of the Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant program. Each workshop featured a professional peer artist there to share their advice and experience, a naturalist for understanding how to operate in a park setting, and IAC staff there to help guide best practices to securing funding, particularly through the  Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites program.

2014 Workshops/Events

Creating Vibrant Communities through the Arts, October 8–9

This two-day conference was held at the Munster, Indiana Center for Visual and Performing Arts October 9 & 10! Back by popular demand, the conference focused on economic development through arts integration, and was presented by the Indiana Arts Commission, Ball State University's Building Better Communities and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Conference presenters focused on key tracks of public art, cultural districts, and historic preservation.

Come Together, August 8

Come Together: Arts Boards, Staff, & Community Engagement was a one-day conference for the staff and boards of arts organizations on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Sessions led by a wide array of field professionals and academic faculty explored important areas where organizations can become stronger and more effective, including building partnerships, board leadership, successful fundraising, and more. Come Together: Arts Boards, Staff, & Community Engagement was presented by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Leveraging Creativity, May 15–16

Leveraging Creativity: Artists, Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property Law featured sessions led by nationally and regionally recognized presenters. The two-day conference was one part artists' workshop, focusing on entrepreneurial skills that artists need in order to advance their careers, and one part academic conference focused on current intellectual property issues arts administrators, lawyers and scholars may face when working with artists. The conference was held at the Indiana State Museum with portions at The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design.

2013 Workshops/Events

Creating Vibrant Communities through the Arts, June 6–7

Creating Vibrant Communities through the Arts featured sessions with regionally and nationally recognized presenters exploring best practices and practical planning tools for cultural districts, community engagement, arts business incubators, rural and urban revitalization, and community planning. Arts organizations and community partners from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio gathered at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana for this two-day capacity building workshop. 

Embracing Community Change through the Arts, April 18–19

Arts leaders and their community partners in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio convened at the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Indiana for this conference. Sessions featured nationally-recognized experts exploring how arts organizations can better represent all community facets and advance diversity initiatives through leadership development; decision making and programming; and community involvement. The Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture hosted an evening reception and Çudamani performed a vibrant musical and dance repertoire evoking the traditions of their native Bali.