IDEA Learning Series

In partnership with the Indy Arts & Culture Equity Taskforce, the Indy Arts Council is pleased to offer two new IDEA* learning opportunities starting August 2022. Indy Arts organization CEOs, staff and board members are welcome to attend for free.

*IDEA = inclusion, diversity, equity, access

Advancing The Equity Journey | Register Now

This monthly speaker series will pair a local arts leader with an IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, access) consultant to discuss a specific aspect of their equity journey. The topics are based on themes that emerged from the 2022 Annual Grants Program panel review.

Third Fridays | 10 - 11 a.m. (virtual) | REGISTER

August 19 | White Supremacy in the Arts
Benjamen Douglas and Bandwidth Projects
Watch the Recording | View the Slides

September 16 | Creating a Racial Equity Centered Strategic Plan
The New Harmony Project, Lisa Mount & Sam Morreale of Artistic Logistics, and Keryl McCord of Equity Quotient
Watch the Recording | View the Slides | View the Strategic Plan Document

October 21 | Juneteenth Program Planning Discussion 
Angelina Moore & Shanna Martin of The Children's Museum of IndianapolisJames Webb Jr. of Indy Juneteenth, Chrystal Ratcliffe & Garry Holland of NAACP
View the Recording | View the Slides | View the Juneteenth History Presentation

November 18 | Establishing Authentic Partnerships
Eiteljorg Museum, Arte Mexicano en Indiana, and Cecile Shellman
Watch the Recording | View the Slides

December 16 | What's the Difference? Equity vs Diversity
Judith Thomas, Deputy Mayor, City of Indianapolis
Watch the Recording | View the Slides

January 20 |Growing Board & Staff Diversity 
Julia Holbrook & Eric Salazar of Classical Music Indy and consultant Jennifer Burch
Watch the Recording | View the Awake to Woke Report

Rising To The Challenge | Register Now

These monthly peer learning sessions will feature arts organization leaders who will present challenges they are facing in their IDEA journey. They’ll seek the collective input of their peers in helping them address those challenges. Come ready to share, discuss, and learn.

Last Tuesdays* | 10 - 11 a.m. at Indy Arts Council | REGISTER

August 30
Sapphire Theatre, Indiana State Museum, Indiana Writers Center

September 27
District Theatre, Harrison Center for the Arts, Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis

October 25
Summer Stock Stage, Arts for Lawrence, Dance Kaleidoscope

November 29
Indy Fringe Theatre, Arts for Learning, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir 

December 13
Phoenix Theatre, Classical Music Indy, The Eiteljorg Museum

January 31
Storytelling Arts, PATTERN, Kids Dance Outreach

*The December event will be on the second Tuesday of the month.

The IDEA Learning Series is made possible with support from the City of Indianapolis and Glick Philanthropies. If you have questions about the program, please contact Channie Jones, Director of Equity Partnerships, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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