IWU and University of Indianapolis, in collaboration with Marion Design Co., host inaugural art + design conference

University of Indianapolis and Indiana Wesleyan University, in collaboration with Marion Design Co., will host the inaugural SEAD [Socially Engaged Art + Design] Indiana Conference, a historical event. SEAD Indiana inaugurates a convening on socially engaged arts, design, and placemaking for Indiana colleges and universities.

The two-day conference will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 on the campus of University of Indianapolis (1400 E Hanna Ave, Indianapolis) and Saturday, Nov. 17 at Marion Design Co. (302 South Washington, Marion).

Attendees will participate in hands-on workshops that focus on community engagement, economic and arts development, socially engaged art, and placemaking, through which speakers and facilitators will expand attendees’ knowledge of applied practices. Presentations in Indianapolis will explore activating community through festivals, parades, games, artist spaces, sculpture, murals and parks. Attendees in Marion will explore design education, design thinking, placemaking and community art. 

Join a wide variety of students, faculty, and community members for a series of presentations, workshops, and activities on community innovation where nationally known speakers will offer creative insight, practical methods, and introduce attendees to socially engaged projects utilizing design and the arts.

For more information on SEAD Indiana Conference, visit www.seadindiana.com/.

University of Indianapolis and Indiana Wesleyan University are dedicated to empowering campus communities around the state to impact their surrounding neighborhoods through art and design. UIndy’s Master of the Arts in Social Practice Art is a new program for students with degrees in art and design, theater, dance, music, or creative writing to evolve theri existing creative practice to work with community groups, nonprofits, local government, and businesses in social practice and creative placemaking. IWU’s Design for Social Impact degree prepares undergraduates to become leaders of social change through strategic design thinking, organizational learning, and active community engagement. To learn more about IWU Division of Art + Design, visit www.indwes.edu/undergraduate/division-of-art-and-design/.

Marion Design Co. works to revive, empower, and propel community forward by creative placemaking initiatives and creating sustainable design solutions developed through education and collaboration with local students and community. To learn more about Marion Design Co., visit www.mariondesign.co/.

Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953