Cities, counties and regions across Indiana are encouraged to apply for a facilitated workshop in their community that could help them better understand their past and prepare for a monumental event in their future – Indiana’s Bicentennial.
The Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University, Indiana Humanities, and the Indiana Office of Rural and Community Affairs will hold Community Conversations designed to help communities tackle challenging issues. The focus of this year’s Community Conversation series will be Bicentennial 2016: The Next Indiana.
Deadline to apply: August 15.
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During the past 200 years, Indiana communities have changed a great deal in size, economics, and government structure. These workshops will help serve as a catalyst for the necessary, but difficult, conversations about how communities can prepare for the next 200 years.
If selected, communities will develop a local steering committee and meet with Indiana Humanities and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs to create a customized program to be held in the fall of 2014 or the spring of 2015. A dozen statewide organizations also provide resources to the program.
Selected regions, lead partners and topics for 2013 included:
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. Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. 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.
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.
Regions must submit a proposal to Ms. Susan Gerard at firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Ms. Susan Gerard
Bowen Center for Public Affairs, North Quad 294 Ball State University Muncie, Indiana 47306
Download the application.
The following information should be included in the proposal:
Communities will be selected and notified by September 4, 2014.
Visit www.bowencenterforpublicaffairs.org for more information, or contact Ms. Gerard at 765.285.8941.
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.