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September 10, 2014 / ivytechartspartner

Registration to open soon for Creating Vibrant Communities through the Arts colloquium

(Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that registration will open September 19, 2014 for a two-day colloquium on economic development through arts integration for arts organizations and community partners in Indiana and Michigan.


The IAC, in partnership with Ball State University’s Building Better Communities, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and South Shore Arts will present Creating Vibrant Communities through the Arts, October 9 – 10, 2014 at the Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, Munster, Indiana.


The colloquium will feature sessions with regionally and nationally recognized presenters exploring best practices and practical planning tools for cultural districts, public art, and historic preservation. Day one will feature best practices while day two will focus on effective planning.


Keynote speaker for the conference is Matthew Mazzotta, a conceptual artist who creates permanent and temporary public interventions that range from opening up new social spaces inside the built environment, to addressing more pressing environmental issues, but always with a focus on community and public participation. Matthew’s work evolves from an interest in exploring the relationship between people and their environments, as well as between each other. To learn more about Matthew and his work, please visit:


Space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended. To reserve your spot prior to the opening of registration, please visit and complete the brief contact information form.


Registration is $90 per person and $200 per team of three. Teams representing artists, arts administrators and community / civic leaders are highly encouraged.


Please visit: for more information about the colloquium including agenda and scheduled presenters.


“Communities considering development of a cultural district, a public art program, or historic preservation projects will benefit from attending this colloquium,” said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. “This is the third iteration of our Creating Vibrant Communities series. The first two sold out quickly, so early registration is encouraged as space will be limited.”


Creating Vibrant Communities through the Arts is made possible by: The Indiana Arts Commission, Ball State University’s Building Better Communities, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, South Shore Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. South Shore Arts also serves as the IAC Regional Arts Partner for Region 1.


The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.

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