Explore one arts council’s decision to not only bring art experiences to their community, but also to shape the mindset of the community through inclusion, intentional partnerships, and engaging the next generation. The session leader, Paul Satchwill, will also share his experience of moving to a small community as a gay man and finding inclusion and opportunity for expression through the local arts council. You will leave this session with next steps to applying a similar approach to your rural community.

In this session you will:

  • Learn specific steps that arts organizations can do to practice inclusivity and create access in their communities.

  • Understand the particular challenges rural communities face in the inclusivity space.

Presented by:


Paul Satchwill
Social Media Chair
Batesville Area Arts Council
Batesville, Indiana

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Paul is an English teacher at Batesville High School. Paul’s writing has been featured in the New York Times, and he recently released a collection of essays published in the book "Project 229: A Photographic Journey." As a member of the LGBTQ community, he believes that the most direct path to inclusion is to be heard and to listen to others. There is little more powerful than being understood and accepted within a community.