Pam Blevins Hinkle–arts administrator, song leader, composer, officiant, tree-lover, and kazoo fanatic–has devoted her life to projects that blend creativity, community-building, and spirituality. She has served as director of Spirit & Place since 2006, and is a certified trainer in Civic Reflection Dialogue (focus on race and racism) and Restorative Practices with additional training in Arts Based Community Development and Mental Health First Aid. In addition to her work with Spirit & Place, Pam leads spontaneous group singing for conferences and events, co-leads SongSquad Indianapolis with her brother Adam, co-produces the Indy Winter Solstice Celebration, and more. As a composer she specializes in short, layer songs than are taught by ear in minutes to audiences of all skill levels. Pam has received numerous awards including the IUPUI Inspirational Woman Award and the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Community Engagement Director LaShawnda Crowe Storm is also 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 pioneer creative approaches to addressing difficult dialogues, community organizing and addressing social ills. LaShawnda has an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in Mass Communications and English Literature / Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. She is a Civic Reflection Dialogue trainer with a focus around race and racism. Her training includes, but is not limited to Arts-Based Community Development, Racial Justice Leadership Institute. Trauma Informed Community Development, Community Leadership Certification, and Comprehensive Community Development Training.
Erin Kelley is a public historian, public programming professional, dog-lover, beer geek, and voter. At Spirit & Place she serves as the Program Director where she oversees the annual Spirit & Place Festival by working with 100+ community partners across sectors and disciplines. Kelley was selected as one of twenty recipients from across the country in 2018 for Civic Saturday training by Citizen University and conducts these civic gatherings in Indy 2-3 times a year. Prior to Spirit & Place, she served as Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Indiana Historical Society. Kelley is an active member and past-president of the League of Women Voters where she advocates and educates on issues ranging from voting rights to redistricting reform.
Administrative Assistant Randy Talley is a dance and theatre artist with a BFA in dance from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a 15 year career as a principle dancer with Wild Space Dance Company. Randy trained in the classical Modern Dance techniques of Fall and Recovery made famous by the master Doris Humphrey. Randy has studied Ballet, Partnering, Contact Improvisation, Theatre, and Acting extensively and created many original works. As a teacher, Randy spent years working with students at all experience levels, and continues to teach at Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective. As a teacher, Randy instills in his students the many benefits the performing arts offer including team work, accomplishing a common goal, problem solving, conflict resolution, discipline, inventiveness, and the joy of performance. Randy is a great lover of root-beer, golf, most major sports especially football, and he loves to travel.
Alex Westlund is the inaugural Major Gifts Officer for Spirit & Place, with more than 5 years in higher education fundraising work. Passionate about community and nonprofit work, Alex is eager to integrate Community Centric Fundraising throughout Spirit & Place’s fundraising practices. Prior to Spirit & Place, she worked as a Regional Gift Officer at the IU Foundation. Alex is an avid reader, animal lover, and Olympic weightlifting enthusiast. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and two dogs, Daisy & Roxie.
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