TILT: An Arts & Humanities Mixer

Reinventing the traditional lecture to blend the best of both worlds

TILT: An Arts & Humanities Mixer

In celebration of National Arts & Humanities Month, Indiana Humanities and the Arts Council of Indianapolis host TILT: An Arts & Humanities Mixer. TILT is designed to reinvent the traditional lecture, pairing one arts expert and one humanities expert to discuss two completely different topics followed by a quirky and highly participatory Q&A from the audience.

The goal? An evening that showcases the variety of the arts and humanities and that unleashes the sense of experimentation, fun and thoughtfulness that animates our work.

The audience is encouraged to unleash their inner nerd, soaking in fascinating, possibly obscure and hopefully new information.



2016 Topics
  • Woolen Trade Blankets and The Birth of Style Writing (Fiona McDonald and Samuel E. Vazquez)
  • Mr. Coffee Pot and The Blues/Banjo (Rebecca Shrum and Gordon Bonham)
  • Sci-Fi Movies and 16-mm Film (Sarah Skwire and Kassim Norris)


2015 Topics
  • Society Pages and Pipe Organs (Cathy Day and Michael Pettry)
  • Warren G. Harding and Flamenco (Ted Frantz and John Alvarado)

Read this recap.




TILT 2017 features two rounds. In each round, a pair of speakers, one from the arts, one from the humanities, will each give a short talk (10-12 minutes) on their topic. After the brief presentations, the audience is encouraged to think outside the box, asking questions that relate both topics to each other or that can be answered by both speakers.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Speak Easy Downtown

Round 1: Afrofuturism and Letterpress (Leah Milne and Katherine Fries)
Round 2: Jeremy Bentham and Compact Discs (Rebecca Shindel and Rob Dixon)

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for time to mix and mingle. Program starts promptly at 6 p.m. We will conclude around 7:30 p.m. Complimentary drinks and light hors d’ouevres will be provided.


This event is hosted in partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The Arts Council of Indianapolis fosters meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. The Arts Council is an organization that advocates for the need and importance of broad community funding and support for a thriving arts scene; innovates by constantly pursuing and promoting innovative ideas and programs that better serve the area, its artists, and arts organizations; and connects artists, audiences, businesses, foundations, and arts and cultural organizations with opportunities to explore and expand central Indiana’s creative vitality.

The Arts Council owns and operates two performance and exhibition spaces, the Indianapolis Artsgarden (attached to Circle Centre Mall) and Gallery 924 (at 924 N. Pennsylvania Street). The Arts Council allocates public funding to arts and cultural organizations through a competitive grant program; offers fellowship opportunities including the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, the Transformational Impact Fellowship, and the Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship; provides programs, services, and technical assistance for artists and arts organizations; and manages the city’s public art program. The Indy Arts Guide provides a comprehensive arts calendar featuring thousands of events, performances, and exhibitions throughout central Indiana.