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Fairbanks Symposium

Building Vibrant Cities Through Art

UIndy's Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives + Indiana Humanities + Arts Council of Indianapolis

Friday, February 5, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EST)

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What: Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership
When: Friday, February 5, 2016

Where: Schwitzer Student Center's UIndy Hall, University of Indianapolis (Click here for directions.Free visitor parking is available on UIndy's campus in lots 1, 2 and 3 (see campus map). 



11:30 a.m.: Registration

Registered attendees should check in for the event just outside of UIndy Hall in UIndy's Schwitzer Student Center. Guests will receive details from UIndy Assistant Professor of Art & Design Barry Barnes about a public art project they'll work on throughout the day. 

12-1:15 p.m.: Keynote and Lunch With a Side of Clay, UIndy Hall B

Penny Balkin Bach, Executive Director of Association for Public Art, and Michael Kaufmann, Vice President of Civic Investment for Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County will engage in an INconversation during lunch. 

1:15-1:30 p.m.: Break

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Changing Urban Areas through the Arts, UIndy Hall A

For the first 30 minutes, we'll hear from five different members of the arts community about five art ideas that have changed Indianapolis. Participants include: 

  • Richard McCoy, director, Landmark Columbus
  • Julia Moore, director of public art, Arts Council of Indianapolis
  • Mark Ruschman, chief fine arts curator, Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites
  • Scott Stulen, curator of audience experience, Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Jim Walker, executive director and founder, Big Car

Then Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will discuss the exciting ways that Gary is rebuilding itself through an arts-based place-making strategy.

2:45-3 p.m.: Break

3-4 p.m.: What's Next on Indianapolis's Arts Landscape?, UIndy Hall A

We'll find out what's coming soon to the Indianapolis arts landscape during a panel discussion moderated by Arts Council of Indianapolis President and CEO Dave Lawrence. Panelists include:

  • John Barth, former Indianapolis City County Council at-large member
  • Lewis D. Ferebee, superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Joanna Taft, executive director, Harrison Center for the Arts 

4:15-5:30 p.m.: Public Art in Indy: Roland Hobart and a New Era in the City, CDFAC Art Gallery 

The event will conclude with a reception and celebration in UIndy's art exhibition in Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, where the gallery features "Public Art in Indy: Roland Hobart and a New Era in the City." 

This event is free, but registration is requested. 


The Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership is hosted by the University of Indianapolis’ Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, in partnership with Indiana Humanities and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. It is made possible through the generous support of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.

Lewis D. Ferebee

When & Where

University Of Indianapolis
UIndy Hall, Schwitzer Student Center
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227

Friday, February 5, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EST)

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UIndy's Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives + Indiana Humanities + Arts Council of Indianapolis

UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives uniquely blends past, present and future. Founded in 2011, the Institute houses the archives of innovative mayors Richard Lugar, William Hudnut III, Stephen Goldsmith and Bart Peterson, and also is a hub for conversations about vital issues in civic life.

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating program that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis fosters meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.

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