Each year, Indiana Humanities and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University hold a Community Conversations series designed to help communities tackle challenging issues. The focus of the series for the next three years will be Bicentennial 2016: The Next Indiana.
Over the past four years more than 20 Indiana regions have been selected to participate in the series, which is aimed at helping the community build on its strengths and meet its challenges.
Selected regions, lead partners and topics for 2013 include:
Evansville. Historic Southern Indiana, a heritage-based program out of the University of Southern Indiana, will examine the city’s history and work with cross-disciplinary groups to revitalize center city neighborhoods.
Hamilton County. The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau seeks to lead a meaningful cross-county conversation about how Hamilton County’s heritage can be preserved and presented for the future.
La Porte. The La Porte Historic Preservation Commission will use this opportunity to discuss best practices for historic towns to revitalize in the 21st century.
Lawrence County. The Lawrence County Economic Growth Council will lead a conversation to celebrate its past and present and identify its path to the future.
Dates and details for the conversations are still being determined.
The goals of the Community Conversations will be to:
The workshops vary by community and audience. They are typically a one-day workshop that spans several hours, beginning in the morning and concluding in mid-afternoon. However, they can also be a two-hour event with a keynote speaker, a mobile bus tour, or anything in between. A nominal fee can be charged to participants to cover the cost of meals and materials. The cost of the speakers, planning and promotion will be covered by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, Indiana Humanities, and event sponsors. After the workshops, The Bowen Center for Public Affairs will provide additional consultation as requested.
In 2012, communities selected were: Dubois County, Elkhart County, Kosciusko County, Wayne County and the 20-County Trenton Gas Dome region.
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.