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2017 Schedule and Activities

photo of keynote speaker Matthew Fluharty, Art of the Rural

Wednesday, October 4
Those arriving the night before will technically be on-their-own BUT we will provide a suggested itinerary for dinner + fun + music + nightcap options in Fountain Square.
Thursday, October 5
All day The Indiana State Museum is home to Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. Catch these charming characters wandering throughout the Homecoming or visit the puppet theater on level two of the museum. 
10:00 a.m.–Noon Registration
Spiro-graph Machines
Typewriter Poets
11:00 a.m.–Noon Lunch
Noon–1:20 p.m. Welcome and Keynote with Matthew Fluharty from Art of the Rural
1:40–3:00p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:20–4:40 p.m. Breakout Sessions
5:00–7:00 p.m. Mix & Meet Opening Reception
Friday, October 6
All day The Indiana State Museum is home to Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. Catch these charming characters wandering throughout the Homecoming or visit the puppet theater on level two of the museum. 
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Yoga on the Canal
7:30–9:00 a.m. Resource & Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. Traditional Arts Performances & Demonstrations
9:00–10:20 a.m. Breakout Sessions
10:40–Noon Breakout Sessions
12:20–1:20 p.m. Big Thoughts, Small Talks Networking Lunch
1:40–3:00 p.m. InstaGrant Spectacular
Breakout Sessions* are divided into four tracks:
  • DESIGN Relevance is our future. How can we engage differently?
  • PREPARE We know a lot. How can use we what we know?
  • SPOTLIGHT Hoosiers do great work. What can we learn from each other? 
  • CHANGE Our effect radiates outward. How can the arts be an agent for change?

You are more than welcome to mix and match which sessions you attend. All sessions will be held at the Indiana State Museum.

*Sessions are subject to change. 

Wednesday Fun Extras

Dinner Recommendations

Just getting into town? Drop off your bags and head to Fountain Square–the fun has already started!

  • Pure Eatery, Food that’ll make you feel like you made a good life choice  $
  • Kuma’s Corner, Burgers and metal music  $$
  • La Margarita, Funky Mexican and premium tequilas  $$
  • Siam Square, Punchy, flavorful Thai fare   $$
  • Thunderbird, Bold cocktails and southern rustic atmosphere  $$
  • Pioneer, European comfort food $$$
  • Bluebeard, Contemporary American Cuisine, $$$

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Action Duckpin Bowling

Fountain Square Theatre Building
Knock a few down with Indiana Arts Commission staff Paige and Anna to get this shindig rolling on Wednesday night. Duckpin bowling is a vintage variation of the game we all know and love. Bowling shirts not required, but a sense of humor is!  
  • Free for Indiana Arts Homecoming guests
  • Free street parking
  • Cash bar and snacks for purchase
More fun Indianapolis things to do online at IndyArtsGuide and Do317!

Thursday Fun Extras


Create a work of your own with Muncie artist Jogn Morris' original Sprio-graph machines.

Typewriter poetry

Poets: Shana Ritter (Bloomington) and Wendy Vergoz (Indianapolis)
On-the-spot poetry
Yes it's true
We sure hope they write something
Better for you

Mix & Meet Opening Reception

Celebrate the opening of this year's Indiana Arts Homecoming and check out what's on exhibit at the Herron Galleries. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks await you along with interactive art and live screen printing with Cat Head Pres and Herron School of Art + Design students.

Dinner Recommendations

Georgia Street: 10 minute walk from Holiday inn Express

  • Hotbox Pizza $
  • Kilroys Sports Bar $
  • Claddagh Irish Pub $$
  • Mikado Sushi $$
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory $$
  • Punch Bowl Social $$
  • Harry and Izzy's $$$

Massachusetts Avenue: 30 minute walk/10 minute drive

  • Bakersfield Mexican Cuisine $$
  • Bazbeaux Pizza $$
  • Bru Burger $$
  • Livery Latin Cuisine $$
  • Macnivens Scottish Cuisine $$
  • Mesh American Cuisine $$
  • Union 50 $$
  • Rathskeller German Cuisine $$$

Friday Fun Extras

Morning Yoga Meet Up on the Canal

Set your intentions. Stretch yourself. Get ready for another full day with Yoga on the Canal led by local instructor Kevin Lemons.

Resource & Networking Breakfast

For the wide-awake crowd, breakfast is a great time for networking, so we made sure you have plenty of time and space to do just that. But for others, it is a slower time. With that in mind, we are offering up a slew of resource tables to explore.

You will find representatives from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Arts Midwest, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Communities Institute, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Prosperity Indiana, Serve Indiana, Traditional Arts Indiana, and more. You will be able to find out about IAC programs and its regional partners.

Traditional Arts Performances & Demonstrations

Indiana is rich in traditional culture. Experience a few of the traditional crafts of our fellow Hoosiers starting at breakfast on Friday morning.

Stephen and Nancy Dickey, Musicians
Tony Artis, African American Drum Making
Larry Haycraft, Hoop Net Making
Katrina Mitten, Miami Bead Artist
Jason Nickel, Blacksmith

Big Thoughts, Small Talks Networking Lunch

This is one of our favorite parts of the agenda and should have something for everyone. First, grab a lunch, then pick your seat. You will have a lot to choose from.  You’ll find:

  • Additional community engagement topics – Working with Diverse Communities, Learning to Listen, and Indiana’s Cultural Districts: Connecting Creative Assets to Economic Development
  • Opportunities to start something new – Arts Advocacy in Indiana, Artist Meetup, Working with Makerspaces
  • Extended Q&As with presenters that build on the sessions you attended 
  • Education topics – Indiana DOE Standards Development & Arts Education; PACE Program Recruitment & Arts Integration; and Advocacy with Indiana Arts Education Network
  • Conversations with morning resources that caught you eye – Arts Midwest, IAC Regional Arts Partners
  • Brainstorming to Jumpstart Homecoming 2018 and ways to take this year’s learning back with you. 

You can even curate your own table - gathering attendees around a topic of interest to you. No matter what, you’ll have lunch with new friends who share similar interests. 
Wait! You want a break before the InstaGrant Finale? We can accommodate that too – ask us about the Indiana State Museum’s 92 County Walk Scavenger Hunt!