STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
Pam Blevins Hinkle, Director
Erin Kelley, Program Director
LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Community Engagement Director
Pam Blevins Hinkle
Pam is an arts administrator and community-engaged musician with 35+ years of nonprofit management experience and 25+ years as a choral conductor. She has lived her life at the intersection of the arts, religion, and civic life, and has served as Spirit & Place Director since 2006.
A graduate of Butler University’s Jordan College of Art (arts administration), Pam has worked for cultural and historical institutions in Indiana and Pennsylvania including Sweetwater Art Center (Sewickly, PA), Western Pennsylvania Historical Society (Pittsburgh, PA), Indianapolis Art Center, and Butler University. For eight years, she owned and managed The Hinkle Group, a consulting practice which served nonprofit institutions working in health/human service, higher education, religion, arts/culture, and social service.
She has received numerous awards including the IUPUI Inspirational Woman Award, Indiana Arts Commission individual artist grant, and a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She leads spontaneous singing for conferences and events, co-leads SongSquad Indianapolis and the Indy Justice Choir, produces the Indy Winter Solstice Celebration, and more.
Currently Pam also serves on the Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee; Matthew’s Voices Board of Directors; Reconnecting Our Ways Steering Committee; and MusicCrossroads Advisory Board, Visit Indy.
LaShawnda Crowe Storm
Crowe Storm is a mixed media artist, activist, community builder and occasionally an urban farmer. Whether she is making artwork or sowing seeds, Crowe Storm uses her creative power as a vehicle for dialogue, social change and healing. Crowe Storm has worked with diverse communities to build collaborations, empower community voice and to creative approaches to addressing difficult dialogues and community organizing. As the Community Builder and Organizer for the Northwest Area Quality of Life Plan, she worked with residents to translate their vision of community self-determination into an Action Plan with more than 100 community lead efforts in nine core initiatives, including Community Safety and Peacebuilding to Youth Development.
At the core of Crowe Storm's creative practice is a desire to create community; any community in which the process of making art creates a space and place for difficult conversations around a variety of topics, with an eye to community healing. In her words, "If life were a photo, then my artwork would be the film negative, seeking to explore those aspects in our society that have been ignored or forgotten. By printing these negatives, I give voice to the marginalized and disregarded aspects of our society."
Crowe Storm has an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (graduate fellowship in sculpture) and a B.A. in Mass Communications and English Literature / Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. Selected awards include a 2012 Emerging Vision Residency from Michigan State University, a 2011 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship (Arts Council of Indianapolis), and a 2010 Artist-in-Residence (Indianapolis Parks and Recreation). Her training includes, but is not limited to, Racial Justice Leadership Institute (The Center for Racial Justice Innovation), Community Organizing (Don Washington), ABCD (The Learning Tree), Community Leadership Certificate (Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, Ivy Tech), Undoing Racism and Community Organizing Training (Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond, Child Advocates), Civic Reflection Dialogue Training (Project on Civic Reflection), Comprehensive Community Development Training (Indiana Association for Community Economic Development) and Engage: Organizing Skills for Community Change (Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center).
As Spirit & Place Program Director, Kelley oversees the annual Spirit & Place Festival by working with 100+ community partners across sectors and disciplines. Kelley manages the Civic Saturday program which is an art and humanities-based series that aims to unite people in (little “d”) democratic fellowship. She also supports Spirit & Place’s Powerful Conversations on Race series which uses the civic reflection dialogue method to discuss racial history and oppression. A forthcoming series, The Corona Dialogues, will begin in the fall of 2020 and will also use the civic reflection method to unpack inequities the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the surface of American life.
A native Hoosier, Kelley completed her Bachelor's degree in sociology and history from Ball State University and earned her Master's degree in public history from IUPUI. She previously served Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Indiana Historical Society for 10 years. Kelley even briefly served as the Communication Director for the Marion County Clerk in 2014 when same-sex marriage became legal in Indiana.
An active community member, Kelley’s volunteer work includes service with the League of Women Voters where she has played many roles at the both the local and state levels, including (co)president. She also served on the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association board as a “zone delegate” (neighborhood liaison) and on The Immigrant Welcome Center's "Welcoming Indianapolis" Steering Committee. She was one of the original organizers of a grassroots civic initiative called “IndyTalks,” which had the goal to bring people together to “converse, connect and create.” In 2018, Kelley was one of 20 fellows chosen from around the country by Citizen University in Seattle to attend their inaugural Civic Saturday training.