An ongoing conversation tackling the tough questions about the city's cultural identity.


What do the arts mean in Indianapolis? What unique challenges and opportunities does this city pose for artists and arts organizations? How can they survive and thrive in the 21st century?

With help from Michael Kaiser, an internationally renowned voice in arts management, local arts leaders gathered at the University of Indianapolis on Dec. 10 to begin an ongoing conversation about arts and culture in Indianapolis.

Panelists included:


Michael Kaiser

John F. Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts
Author, The Art of the Turnaround

Dennis Ryerson

David Hochoy,
Dance Kaleidoscope

Glen Kwok,
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Beth Outland,
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Steven Stolen,
Indiana Repertory Theatre
  Jim Walker,
Big Car
  Kathleen Hacker,
University of Indianapolis


Continue the Conversation

While we plan for the next conversation, it's important we continue the discussion started on Dec. 10. We encourage you to engage with your fellow arts enthusiasts by asking and answering questions via Twitter and Facebook. Have a comment or question you would like included in the next conversation? Feel free to email it directly to us.