Four Indiana communities have been selected to host a Community Conversation that will help them better understand their past and prepare for a monumental event in their future – Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016. This is the sixth year for the series, convened by Indiana Humanities, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The focus of the Community Conversation series is Bicentennial 2016: The Next Indiana.
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. Cities, counties and regions across Indiana were encouraged to apply.
Selected regions, lead partners and topics include:
Each county will develop a local steering committee and meet with Indiana Humanities, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs and OCRA to create a customized program to be held in 2014 or the spring of 2015. A dozen statewide organizations also provide resources to the program.
The goals of the Community Conversations will be to:
Over the past five years more than 20 Indiana regions have been selected to participate in the Community Conversation series, which is aimed at helping the community build on its strengths and meet its challenges. The cost of the speakers, planning and promotion will be covered by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, Indiana Humanities, OCRA, and local event sponsors. After the meeting, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs will provide additional consultation as requested. Details, including dates and locations, about each Community Conversation are still being determined. Contact Kristen Fuhs Wells (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. BH