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Locations Chosen For Community Conversations

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Indiana Humanities and Ball State University's Bowen Center for Public Affairs are preparing to host their third annual Community Conversation series to identify needs for specific regions of the state. Several cities will host the events this year.

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May 2, 2011

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Six Indiana cities and counties have been selected to host a Community Conversation customized to meet their region’s most critical needs. This is the third year for the series, convened by Indiana Humanities and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University.

Selected regions and topics include:

Madison: Collaboration and community development
Muncie: The future of governing
Franklin: Arts and culture as a community and economic development strategy
Marshall County: 21st century learning strategies
Whiting: Arts and culture as a community and economic development strategy
Cicero: Arts and culture as a community and economic development strategy

“These conversations allow Indiana communities to address a critical need through respectful, civil dialogue,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “By offering a facilitated support system to help communities convene a diverse group of community stakeholders, we provide a productive platform for determining innovative solutions, sharing new ideas and connecting existing vital community resources.”

The Bowen Center for Public Affairs and Indiana Humanities will work with local partners to:

· Convene a regional conversation among community leaders and citizens from public, private and non-profit sectors.

· Evaluate possible solutions for addressing community challenges and discuss best practices.

· Provide regions with access to resources, technology, and expertise in the creation of solutions to regional problems.

· Provide ongoing consultation.

Several statewide partners have committed to lending their expertise and support to the Community Conversation series, including:

· Community Based Projects, Ball State University

· Indiana Association for Community Economic Development

· Indiana Association of Cities and Towns

· Indiana Farm Bureau

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities
· Indiana Grantmakers Alliance

· Indiana Landmarks

· Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs

· Indiana Office of Tourism Development

· Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick

· Jeffersonville/Clark County NAACP

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with another set of Indiana communities to create meaningful discussions that promote collaboration and serve as catalysts for change,” said Sally Jo Vasicko, co-director of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs.

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 meeting, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs will provide additional consultation as needed. Details about each Community Conversation are still being determined.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. As a convener, leader and partner, Indiana Humanities promotes the public humanities and engages Indiana’s community of minds to create stronger, more vibrant communities. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.

About the Bowen Center for Public Affairs

The Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University advances the ideals of civic literacy, community involvement, and public service exemplified by the career of Dr. Otis R. Bowen. The Center leads the way in Indiana toward an energized citizenry and vital community life. Learn more at www.bsu.edu/bowencenter.

Source: Indiana Humanities

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