COMMUNITY CONVERSATION SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
FOLLOW UP NOTES
from the Community Conversation of August 13, 2015
NEXT COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
6:30 at the BC Library
ART & MUSIC CONVERSATION
Brown County Art Colony of the Midwest http://www.browncounty.com/art-colony-of-the-midwest
Title: Brown County: An Art Colony's History... an Art Colony's Future
Three topics for discussion:
1) Memory, Creation and Performance: Our Rich Heritage of Artists (would focus on visual arts, music, theater and storytelling) This permits an inventory of what we have historically and who is active now.
2) A Center for the Arts: Bringing Together All our Venues (Redbrick and Online) for Coordinated Programming, Education, and Entertainment.
3) Making it Happen: Coordination (Calendar), Marketing and Promotion
Brown County needs to improve itself as a center for arts
* Lyn Letsinger Miller, President of the Board of Directors, Brown County Art Gallery, on Brown County’s place in the larger art world
*Jon Kay, Director of Traditional Arts Indiana and Professor of Practice, Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, on music and traditional arts in Brown County
*Pam Raider, Managing Producer, WFHB’s Brown County Hour, on the story-telling tradition in Brown County
*Scott Hutchinson, Executive Director, Brown County Art
Guild, on the NEA initiative “Our Town” and on networking our assets
*Teresa Anderson, T. Anderson & Associates, on wellness and heritage tourism and how to structure its promotion
*Nancy Crocker, Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Local Business Owner, on the role of the Chamber and local entrepreneurship
*Joe Wray, Brown County Commissioner and President, Brown
County Redevelopment Commission, on the role of local government
Background: How is Brown County perceived today? What changes or improvements do we want in Brown County for the future? How can Brown County efficiently and effectively prepare to meet the future? As Brown County’s Vision 2010 was winding down, these were the questions that catalyzed a Needs Assessment and new visioning project for 2020 called "Brown County 2020: A Vision for the Future." This document does not so much lay out a specific action plan, as set forth the guiding values of the community with ideas of how these might be reflected and implemented. The underlying vision of V-2020, grounded in community input and many meetings of interested parties and stakeholders, informed a newer initiative in 2013, titled "Leading Brown County." This latter document, to be read in conjunction with Vision 2020, was designed to assist leaders to identify and capitalize on strategic opportunities. We urge all interested parties to consult both "Vision 2020" and "Leading Brown County," available on the website of the Brown County Community Foundation – www.bccfin.org under Resources.