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Web cafe gives Hoosiers voice in statewide arts

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You can have a voice in the future of Indiana’s arts.

That’s the idea behind what is billed as a Web cafe, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Bartholomew County Public Library Red Room.

The project to get input for the next phase of the Indiana Arts Commission’s strategic plan is an effort with the Indiana State Library and regional arts partners, such as the Columbus Area Arts Council.

Attendees should arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. for pre-

announcements and coffee, according to the arts council.

Lewis Ricci, Indiana Arts Commission’s executive director, will review the strategic plan. However, a quick review beforehand will give participants an idea of the work the commission has been doing over the past three years. Participants will be asked to identify and vote on top goals and objectives for the final phase of the plan. All input and results gathered will be collected and posted on the commission’s website following the Web cafe.

“This Web cafe is a first step for the arts commission, but a step toward greater engagement with our constituents,” Ricci said. “By embracing this technology and through the generous assistance of the Indiana State Library and regional partners, we will accomplish in one virtual statewide meeting what once took several weeks to accomplish.”

Get involved

What: Indiana Arts Commission’s web cafe

When: 10 a.m. Thursday

Where: Red Room at Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus.

Why: To help shape the commission’s strategic plan by voting on top goals and objectives.

How: Participants can familiarize themselves with the commission’s current strategic plan by going online at

Information: Paige Sharp, 317-232-1278 or Jeff Kuehl, 376-2535.

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