Katrice Albert
Executive Vice President of Inclusion & Human Resources
NCAA
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Katrice is the NCAA’s executive vice president of inclusion and human resources. In this role, she leads efforts to enhance diversity, inclusion, leadership development, and education and community engagement. Additionally, she is responsible for leading national office employee relations, performance management, professional development, and compensation and benefits programs. She has served in executive capacities with the University of Minnesota System and at Louisiana State University.


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Rishard Allen
Grant Services and Education Partnerships Coordinator
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Rishard Allen is the Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, assisting with the administration of arts education initiatives and grant programs for individual artists and arts organizations. Prior to working at the Arts Council, he was the Program Director at Arts for Learning Indiana and was an Emerging Field Leader with WolfBrown, assisting with a nationwide evaluation of the Any Given Child initiative. Rishard also serves on the Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Steering Committee for Americans for the Arts.


Anne Basting

Anne Basting
Founder and Director, TimeSlips
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Anne is Founder and Director of TimeSlips, and Professor of Theatre at the Peck School of the Arts. In 2016 she was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. She is the author of / contributor to many articles and 3 books, including Forget Memory: Creating Better Lives for People with Dementia (2009), and The Penelope Project: An arts-based odyssey to change elder-care (2016). She is an internationally recognized speaker on the arts and aging.


Pam Breaux

Pam Breaux
President/CEO
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

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Pam joined the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) in 2015 as president and CEO. A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Pam has held leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. While in Louisiana state government, she was secretary of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism (CRT), assistant secretary of CRT (overseeing its cultural development portfolio), and executive director of its state arts agency (the Louisiana Division of the Arts). 


Maurice Broaddus
Artist and Writer
Khepw Institute
Indianapolis, Indiana

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A community organizer and teacher, Maurice’s work has appeared in magazines like Weird Tales, Asimov’s, and Uncanny Magazine. Some stories have been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. His books include: The Knights of Breton Court, the steampunk novella, Buffalo Soldier, the steampunk novel, Pimp My Airship, and the middle grade, The Usual Suspects. As an editor, he’s worked on Dark Faith, Streets of Shadows, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror, and Apex Magazine.


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Amina Cooper
Public Director, Public Art CLT
ASC

Amina has spent the past ten years developing strategies that increase the capacity of community-based artists and arts organizations. She has served as a curator and public arts manager at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), helping to lead conservation, maintenance, policy development and commissioning for the county. With an interest in best practices and cultural equity, Amina has worked on projects involving strategic planning, community outreach and fundraising for public art projects in underserved communities


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Michael Daehn
Associate Professor of Theatre Education and Directing
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

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Michael is an Associate Professor of Theatre Education and Directing at Ball State University. He created the theatre department’s nationally recognized Theatre Education program and was recently awarded the Educational Theatre Association’s Founder’s Award. Daehn is the co-State Captain for Americans for the Arts, one of the co-creators of the nationally acclaimed Prism Project, which uses the arts to work with autistic students and has directed over 180 theatrical productions, including 5 Facing Project performances.


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Keesha Dixon
Executive Director
Asante Children’s Theatre
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Keesha has been Executive Director of Asante Children’s Theatre since 2005. However she has been associated with ACT since 1993, first as a parent supporting her son’s involvement, then volunteering as the costume designer and managing director. Keesha has over 38 years of experience in nonprofit business, information systems and arts administration. Artistically, she spent ten years, as a performer with Drums of West Africa where, under the tutelage of Prince Julius Adeniyi, she toured with the Festival of Cultures showcasing the culture of the Yoruba people to school children throughout the US and Canada.


Marcy Dodson
Adult Engagement and Program Manager
Indiana State Museum
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Marcy is the Adult Engagement and Program Manager at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. After years working as a performer or educator in various capacities, Marcy currently acts as a bridge between the museum and the community with the goal of creating programs and experiences for museum visitors that are driven by mission, exhibit and collection content that connect with local artists and community partners.


Tom Fansler
Founding Principal / CEO
Tii Environments
Indiana

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Tom has spent decades making innovations in the design, fabrication, and construction of outdoor environments throughout the country. He has served as president of Smock Fansler Construction Company and CEO of Tiii Environments since 1999. Using his extensive background in construction and fabrication, he works to create iconic public art installations that stand the test of time. Tom has built a reputation for his quality craftsmanship and creative approach to solving complex construction challenges.


Debbie Fetzer
Teacher
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Debbie is currently a middle school science teacher, but also is the coordinator of ISD’s Vibrations performance group. Vibrations uses ASL, dance, and visual effects to express music. Debbie is also lends support to other ISD stage shows.


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Sally Gaskill
Strategic National Arts Alumni Project

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Sally Gaskill is a veteran arts administrator who has managed SNAAP, the national survey of arts graduates, since 2008. Based at Indiana University, SNAAP – the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project – investigates the educational experiences and career paths of arts graduates in North America and is governed by a distinguished national board of directors.


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Rev. Forrest Gilmore
Executive Director
Shalom Community Center
Bloomington, Indiana

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Rev. Forrest Gilmore is the Executive Director of the Shalom Center, a resource center in Bloomington, IN for people experiencing extreme poverty. He is a Unitarian Universalist minister and a graduate of Cornell University and Starr King School for the Ministry.


Elaine Grogan Luttrull
Founder / CPA
Minerva Financial Arts
Columbus, Ohio

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Elaine is the founder of Minerva Financial Arts, a company devoted to building financial literacy and empowerment in creative individuals and organizations. Her workshops and presentations have been featured nationally by a variety of groups, and her On-Ramp program in Indiana has served nearly 70 Hoosier creatives. She teaches at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where she served as the Department Head for Business & Entrepreneurship from 2014-2018.


Jennifer Harbaugh
Teacher
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Jennifer teaches high school English, and leads the Drama Club. In addition to major spring shows, like Pinnochio and Wizard of Oz, she has been involved in other schoolwide shows, like ISD’s 175th anniversary variety show and Arts Showcase.


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Nichelle M. Hayes
Leader of the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC)
Indianapolis Public Library

Nichelle M. Hayes MPA, MLS, is the Leader of the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC). The space serves as both windows and mirrors for the community. The CBLC is comprised of a collection (physical & digital), programs and exhibits. She’s a lover of Poetry and considers herself a lifelong learner. She is a blogger at https://thetiesthatbind.blog where she discusses genealogy and keeping families connected. Hayes is a native of Indianapolis. She is an Information professional, a genealogist & civic leader.


Gayle Holtman
President/CEO
ArtMix
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Gayle serves as President & CEO of ArtMix, Inc. an Indiana nonprofit providing access to the arts for people with disabilities. An Indy native, Holtman graduated from Wittenberg University with a BA in Music Education. In 2008 she was named Outstanding Special Needs Educator of the Year by the Art Education Association of Indiana, and in 2011 she received a Community Arts Leadership Award from the Indiana Coalition for the Arts.


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Catherine Hughes
Museum Consultant
Indianapolis, Indiana

Catherine was Director of Museum Theatre at Conner Prairie, which partnered with Asante Children's Theatre on Giving Voice: African-American's Presence in Indiana's History, which recently won the American Association for State & Local History’s Award of Excellence. A theatre practitioner, educator and researcher, Hughes founded the International Museum Theatre Alliance, has taught at IUPUI and Butler, and wrote Museum Theatre: Communicating with Visitors through Drama. She has spoken widely on the use of theatre in museums and received a PhD from Ohio State.


Chloe Illene
Artistic Director
New Industry Dance
South Bend, Indiana

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Chloe is the Artistic Director of New Industry Dance. She believes strongly in the power of movement to learn about ourselves and the world around us. She has worked vigorously to forge partnerships with various organizations in South Bend and seeks to demonstrate the ways art and dance can be used to support a community. Chloe holds a dual degree in Anthropology and French with a minor in Dance from Indiana University, South Bend.


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Kris Johnson
Museum Director
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Kris is the director of the Indiana Deaf History Museum located at the Indiana School for the Deaf. She specializes in accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities, and volunteers here time as advisor for special projects and programs for Indiana museums and arts organizations.


Oreo Jones
Staff Artist
Big Car Collaborative
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Oreo (Sean Smith) is that pair of Air Jordans too scuffed up to wear in public, but you do it anyway because they still feel right. Hailing from Warsaw, Indiana, Jones has made Indianapolis his creative mecca. A multi-talented artist who delves into sound, music, and visual experimentation, Jones shares and expand the minds of people in surrounding neighborhoods, while helping the city grow.


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Rachel Kavathe
Lanscape Architect
Tii Environments
Indiana

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Rachel is an artist, landscape architect, and city planner. Her work focuses on public space design, sculpture and site-specific art installations.
Rachel has over 15 years of experience working with communities throughout Indiana on community-wide master planning initiatives, park and public space design, and public art initiatives. She is a licensed landscape architect and a certified city planner.


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Jon Kay
Director
Traditional Arts Indiana

Jon directs Traditional Arts Indiana at Indiana University, where he also serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. He is the author of Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers and the edited volume The Expressive Lives of Elders: Folklore, Art, and Aging. Jon also creates exhibitions, public programs, and documentaries about the traditional arts in Indiana.


Mark Kesling
CEO
The da Vinci Pursuit
Indiana

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Mark is a pioneering artist and science educator in the field of museum education and design for more than 30 years. He has designed, created and managed major exhibits and installations in museums including The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, The Carnegie Museum, The Exploratorium, the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, and currently serves as the founder & CEO.He is currently the Founder and CEO of the daVinci Pursuit. Mark continues to provide leadership in art and science through the design of a “museum without walls”.


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Allie Kast
Neighborhood Engagement Program Manager, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Allie is the Neighborhood Engagement Program Manager at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB). In her role, she works with residents and organizations across the city, alongside KIB programs, to ensure that each KIB project in their neighborhoods reflect their history, culture and needs. Her background within KIB and with the City of Indianapolis equip her with a knowledge in neighborhood history and collaboration, while her drive to learn more about Indy’s neighborhoods keeps her searching for more!


Renée La Schiazza
Manager of Programs and Social Media
Great American Songbook Foundation
Carmel, Indiana

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Manager of Programs & Communications Renée joined the Great American Songbook Foundation in February 2018. She was no stranger to the Great American Songbook Foundation, as she was a 2012 Songbook Academy Alum and interned for the organization in 2013. Renée holds a B.F.A. in Music Theatre and a B.A. in Arts Administration from Elon University. She is an accomplished performing artist with experience as a professional actor, associate director/music director and choreographer.


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Joe LaMantia
Community Artist
Bloomington, Indiana

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Joe is a community artist who is both a facilitator and a collaborator. Throughout the Midwest for the past 25 years he has worked with schools (preschool-college) and community organizations to create art that has celebrated community. The completed 3-dimensional school projects have had a varied focus, some center on school tradition, local history, identity, or are created as a teaching tool. With organizations the focus has also been varied, from homelessness to democracy.


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Andrea Ledbetter
Decay Devils
Gary, Indiana

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Andrea is a photographer, writer, researcher, registered nurse, and one of the founding members of Decay Devils, Inc., dating back to 2015, when the group decided to become an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to preserve historical landmarks in their hometown and beyond.


Chris Lewis
Executive Director
Great American Songbook Foundation
Carmel, Indiana

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Chris is Executive Director of the Great American Songbook Foundation, a role he assumed in January 2017 after five years as Director of Programs. He oversees all the organization’s activities, including management of the Songbook Archives & Library, the Songbook Exhibit Gallery, the Songbook Hall of Fame and all educational and outreach programming. Chris and Lisa Lobdell produced the very first Perfect Harmony Program.


Lisa Lobdell
Archivist
Great American Songbook Foundation
Carmel, Indiana

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A certified archivist, Lisa joined the Great American Songbook Foundation in May 2010 after completing her graduate degrees in library science and history. She has moved the collections twice, provided input on the design of office space, and serves as both head librarian and museum curator along with her archival duties. Today she oversees a team of volunteers and interns who work to make all of our collections accessible in a variety of ways to our user community.


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Eduardo Luna
Staff Artist
Big Car Collaborative
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Born in Mexico, raised in the Midwest, Eduardo is passionate about bringing the two cultures together. He is a founding member of NOPAL Cultural Center, a Latino-American arts organization. He also manages events and appearances of his friend El Camaron Electronico, a luchador whose mission is to bring culture to the community.


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Shaunta Marsh
Lead Curator, Director of Programs and Exhibitions
Big Car Collaborative
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Shauta is a co-founder of Big Car Collaborative and curates commissioned exhibits at Tube Factory and other Big Car locations. From 2011-2015 she was executive director of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art where she featured multiple early-career national and local artists who went on to international acclaim.


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Amber Martinez
Artistic Director
Meztli-Cultural presents Anderson Folklórico

Amber has been committed to teaching Mexican and Mexican American folk arts, music, and dance traditions for over 30 years. Her family founded Meztli Cultural, an entity that promotes art, music, and dance through performances and workshops. Since 2014, Amber has served as the Artistic Director of the Folklorico dance troupe, Meztli-Cultural presents Anderson Folklórico. Additionally, she is a Dance Captain and Assistant Instructor for Ballet Folklorico Mosaicos, an Indianapolis-based youth dance program. Amber is a recipient of the 2020 Traditional Arts Indiana Apprenticeship award. Through this program, she will teach an apprentice the cultural knowledge and the skills needed to perform Zapateado, a traditional Mexican folk dance form kept alive in many regions in the United States that incorporates percussive footwork and a blend of both improvised and choreographed steps.


Renae Mayes
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and School Counseling
Ball State University
Muncie Indiana

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Renae is an associate professor and Director of the MA Program in School Counseling at Ball State University. Her research focuses on giftedness and disabilities, black children and adolescents, and urban education.


Callie McCune
Coordinator, Public Programs
Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Callie is a native Midwesterner, museum educator, fierce researcher, expert crafter, and connoisseur of great ice cream. As a member of the Indiana Historical Society’s Education and Community Engagement team, she works with artists, archivists, and actors to plan mission-driven events on the seedy, fascinating, delicious, and overlooked parts of Indiana’s history (often with matching earrings).


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Aili McGill
Board Member
The da Vinci Pursuit
Noblesville, Indiana

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Aili is a museum education and community development professional with fifteen years of experience engaging audiences in history, science, and art programming. She holds a BA in Museums and Museum Management from Earlham College and an MA in Museum Studies from Indiana University. She is currently the Executive Director of Nickel Plate Arts, which serves five communities on the eastern side of Hamilton County. McGill is also a Board Member for the daVinci Pursuit, which connects communities through art and science.


Kim McKenzie
Muncie OUTreach
Facing Project Community Partner
Muncie, Indiana

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Kim is an Indiana boomerang: a native who has returned to live after decades in other locales. To make her hometown a better place for queer youth than it was for her in the 1970s and ‘80s, she has volunteered for Muncie OUTreach (LGBTQ youth group) since her return and is the assistant director.


Michael McMillion
Program Assistant
The LGBTQ Center
South Bend, Indiana

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Michael is the Program Assistant of The LGBTQ Center, Northern Indiana’s only organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ inclusivity and experiences located in South Bend. Carrying a performance background in music and dance, Michael works to connect creative and artistic communities with that of the Center’s; and to create accessible programming and events for the surrounding community at large. Michael holds a degree in music and dance from Indiana University South Bend.


Breanca Merritt

Breanca Merritt, Ph.D.
Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy, IUPUI
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Breanca is the Founding Director of the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy at the School for Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. Her research focuses on the role of equity in public policy, with an emphasis on complex social issues related to quality of life. She works with area organizations who work with at-risk populations to support efforts in program evaluation, research, and capacity building.


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Brenda Meyers
President / CEO
Hamilton County Tourism

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Brenda Myers is President and CEO of Hamilton County Tourism, Inc., where she oversees destination and tourism economic development. Myers and her amazing staff of more than 20 have created a nationally accredited, fully integrated marketing and product development program that focuses on business intelligence, community and destination management, as well as innovative promotions. Myers has more than 35 years of experience in tourism development, working in cultural attractions management as well as in tourism development for the state of Indiana.


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Miah Michaelsen
Deputy Director
Indiana Arts Commission
Bloomington, Indiana

Miah is the Deputy Director of the Indiana Arts Commission where she oversees day-to-day operations, strategic planning, capacity building and outcomes assessment work. Previously, Michaelsen served as the Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts for the City of Bloomington. She has taught arts marketing as an arts administration adjunct faculty member at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and has served as an independent consultant to Indiana communities seeking direction on cultural and community planning.


Julia Muney Moore
Director of Public Art
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Julia has been a curator, educator, and public art administrator for over 30 years, the last 5 of which have been with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She is an elected member of the national Public Art Network Council of Americans for the Arts, serving on its Cultural Equity subcommittee.


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Khaula Murtadha
Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Community Engagement
School of Education, IUPUI

Murtadha served as Executive Associate Dean of the IU School of Education at IUPUI from 2001 to 2007 and was previously Associate Vice Chancellor for Lifelong Learning. Murtadha was also integral in the expansion of the Center for Urban and Multicultural Education at IUPUI. A dedicated advocate of urban education, she has worked diligently to create collaborative learning opportunities involving both IUPUI and Indianapolis Public Schools students. She taught graduate coursework in school/community relations, supervision, and curriculum in the Urban Principal Preparation program, as well as doctoral seminars in race, culture and gender.


Sarah Norman
Assistant Manager
Garfield Park Arts Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Sarah is a painter, illustrator, crafter, and art educator. She is the assistant manager at the Garfield Park Arts Center where she has worked for over 6 years, passionately sharing the arts with the community. Sarah loves teaching others how to make things with their hands, and she likes getting goofy with kids. She lives in Indianapolis with her boyfriend and 2 cats.


Brian Norton
Director of Assistive Technology
Easterseals Crossroads
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Brian currently serves as the Director of Assistive Technology at Easterseals Crossroads. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Clinical Assistive Technology and the INDATA Project, a federally funded statewide assistive technology program for the agency. He is a RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Professional, and is the host of “ATFAQ – Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions” a podcast and radio show. He is well-known for his creative approach to helping people lead more independent and fulfilling lives through the use of Assistive Technology.


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Patrick Quigley
Events Director
The Well
South Bend, Indiana

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Patrick volunteers as the event coordinator at The Well, a nonprofit coffeeshop venue in South Bend that hosts live music, dance events, galleries, theater, and other art events. The Well focuses on creating space for young and new artists to showcase their art alongside professional and touring artists. Patrick also works to curate a performance space with accessibility regardless of financial capability for patrons.


Sherrell Robinson
Director of Programs and Events
Madam Walker Legacy Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Sherrell is the Director of Programs and Events for the Madam Walker Legacy Center (the Walker). Within this position Sherrell works to develop and coordinate programs and events, produced by the Walker, as well as partnered with local and national artists, organizations, and entrepreneurs to help execute the mission of the Walker. Her passion to marry arts and culture with entrepreneurship, while advancing the Walker’s namesake legacy is an exciting challenge Sherrell genuinely appreciates.


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.


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Paige Sharp
Deputy Director of Programs
Indiana Arts Commission
Indianapolis, Indiana

Paige serves as Deputy Director of Programs for the Indiana Arts Commission where she oversees, directs, and manages statewide services and grant programs funding over $3.5 million state and federal dollars to Hoosier artists and organizations each year. She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago and has served as a passionate arts professional since. Her over 20 years of arts service has focused on arts education, community arts program development, exhibition development, and grantsmaking. She has also served on multiple boards and committees from local to national.


Gina Shultz
Manager, Therapeutic Programs
Easterseals Crossroads
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Gina was born and raised in a small town in Michigan and moved to Indianapolis in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation in 2008 and has worked as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the past 10 years. She is a member of Recreation Therapists of Indiana and is the Manager of Therapeutic Programs at Easterseals Crossroads. She works with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings and is passionate about adaptive exercise, sports, and recreation and leisure with a focus on active inclusion.


Allegra Sorley, M.M., NMT, MT-BC
Musician-in-Residence and Music Therapist
Woodland Terrace of Carmel
Carmel, Indiana

Allegra Sorley is a graduate of Ohio University where she received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance, and pursued a graduate equivalency in Music Therapy.  She currently lives in Carmel, Indiana where she serves as the Musician-in-Residence and Music Therapist for Woodland Terrace of Carmel, a Justus senior living community.  She also consults regularly with the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Perfect Harmony program to advise staff and volunteers on the most effective non-clinical use of music.


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Becky Sprinkle
Artist

Becky is a retired Director of Guidance for North Lawrence Schools in Bedford, Indiana. Growing up on a farm near Tell City, Becky began singing country and gospel music with her father when she was two-years-old. She and her ninety-year-old dad currently have a Gibson Family old time string band that plays at fundraisers, farmers' markets and local restaurants. She also plays frequently at Spring Mill State Park, locally for farm-to-table Dinners, at the Patoka Winery, and at the Limestone Cafe in Bedford. She has been a regular performer for the Hometown Radio Show in Paoli and on WBRO radio station in Crawford County. Becky plays guitar, harmonica, banjo, dulcimer and sings. Through her music jams Becky has made countless friends, and hopes to continue to do so for many years.


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Sean Starowitz
Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Arts
City of Bloomington
Bloomington, Indiana

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Sean lives/works in Bloomington and is the Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Arts. His notable projects include Fresh Bread, BREAD! KC and Byproduct: The Laundromat. He has also explored curatorial projects such as The Speakeasy, and Vagabond, Kansas City’s premiere pop-up restaurant. He has contributed writings to Proximity Magazine and Temporary Art Review, and has lectured at Queens College in New York, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, and at American University in Washington D.C.


Nancy Stewart
Commissioner
Indiana Arts Commission
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Nancy graduated from college with an Arts History degree. Since moving to Fort Wayne from San Diego, California in 1972, she has been an active community volunteer. She served as President of the Junior League of Fort Wayne, Chairman of the Canterbury School Board (eight years) and as Chair of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Nancy Co-Chaired Capital Campaigns for the Arts Plaza, Museum expansion, Arts United Auer Center and most recently for a Community Grief Center. She continues to be involved with the Boards of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Arts United and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.


LaShawnda Crowe Storm
Community Engagement Director
Spirit and Place
Indianapolis, Indiana

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LaShawnda is a mixed media artist, community organizer and occasionally an urban farmer. She uses her creative power as a vehicle for dialogue, social change and healing. LaShawnda’s practice is rooted in processes where making art creates a space and place for difficult conversations. She has received numerous awards for both her art and community activism including an ArtPlace America National Creative Placemaking Award, DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award and a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship


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Quinton Stroud
Doctoral Candidate, Education Policy Studies
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

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Quinton is a third year doctoral candidate pursuing a degree in educational policy studies with a minor in philanthropic studies. Prior to attending Indiana University, he worked as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a Washington D.C. based think tank. His research focuses on the intersection of the arts, education, philanthropy, and the policymaking process. He is a native of Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He recently published his first children's book, The Wonderful Thing About Yemaya, which he is extremely proud of.


Leila Tamari
Senior Program Officer
ArtPlace America
New York, New York

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Leila is the Senior Program Officer at ArtPlace America. In her three year tenure at ArtPlace, she co-designed and co-led the National Creative Placemaking Fund, which invested $86.4 million in 279 creative placemaking projects across the United States from 2011-2017.


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Kisha Tandy
Curator of Social History
Indiana State Museum
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Kisha is the Curator of Social History at the Indiana State Museum. In this position, she researches, collects and presents content and exhibits related to Indiana’s cultural heritage. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in American History and Master of Library Science from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.


Kelsey Timmerman
Founder / Executive Director
The Facing Project

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Kelsey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Where Am I ...? series including most recently Where Am I Giving: A Global Adventure Exploring How to Use Your Gifts and Talents to Make a Difference. He is also a founder of The Facing Project.


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Dani Tippman
Artist

A member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and resident of Fort Wayne, Dani learned about traditional plant usage from her family and elder community members. Dani makes sweetgrass baskets and uses plants not only food and medicine, but as a vehicle for Myaamia cultural preservation and telling stories. For more than 30 years, Dani has served as an artist-in-residence and taught programs for a variety of herb and gardening groups, Native American centers and organizations, as well as national and state parks. In 2019, Dani received the Traditional Arts Indiana Apprenticeship award in order to pass on her ancestral cultural knowledge to her daughter.


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Michael Twyman
Principal/Owner
InExcelsis

Michael R. Twyman, Ph.D. is the Principal/Owner of InExcelsis, a private consulting firm that works with institutions and corporations seeking to maximize their performance and effectiveness. Dr. Twyman has assisted many organizations with governance, cultural competency, strategic planning, fund development, program management, and evaluation. He has distinguished himself as a subject matter expert in diversity, inclusion, and equity. Twyman is currently an associate faculty member of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.


Samuel E. Vázquez
Visual Artist
Brooklyn, NY

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Samuel is a visual artist working primarily in found materials and mixed media. His inspiration is rooted in the New York City subway style writing movement of the 1970s and 80s. In 2017, Vázquez was a featured artist in City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the 70s & 80s at Newfields. He served as a Scholar in Residence at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute (2017-2018) and received a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis (2017-2018).


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Jim Walker
CEO / Lead Artist
Big Car Collaborative
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Jim works as a public and social practice artist, placemaker, photographer, video and sound artist, designer and writer. He’s founder and CEO of Big Car, a nonprofit arts organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jim began working as a journalist at age 16, writing and taking photos for his hometown paper in Warsaw, Indiana.


Scotty Zwicker
Teacher
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Scotty teaches middle and high school art classes in a variety of media. Scotty is also a De’VIA artist. De’VIA stands for Deaf View/Image Art, and represents deaf experiences and culture. Scotty incorporates De’VIA into his teaching, and has brought other De’VIA artists to ISD to work with students and for conferences.