The workshops vary by community and audience. They are typically a one-day workshop that spans several hours, beginning in the morning and concluding in mid-afternoon. However, they can also be a two-hour event with a keynote speaker, a mobile bus tour, or anything in between. A nominal fee can be charged to participants to cover the cost of meals and materials. The cost of the speakers, planning, and promotion will be covered by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, Indiana Humanities, and event sponsors. After the workshops, The Bowen Center for Public Affairs will provide additional consultation as requested.
The following partners have agreed to lend their expertise and support as a part of the program: 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Commission; Community Based Projects, Ball State University; Governor's Council for People with Disabilities; Indiana Association of Cities and Towns; Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Indiana Farm Bureau; Indiana Grantmakers Alliance; Indiana Historical Society; Indiana Landmarks; Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs; Indiana Office of Tourism Development; and Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.
Regions must submit a proposal by March 15 to Vasicko via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Dr. Sally Jo Vasicko, co-director, Bowen Center for Public Affairs, North Quad 294, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.
The following information should be included in the proposal:
- Name and contact information of lead community partner;
- List of partner organizations and contact person for each organization (it is recommended that applicants include a broad range of community organizations that will play a role in the planning and implementation process);
- Three potential dates from June 1 through Nov. 30;
- Answers to the following questions: Why is this topic an important one to the community? How will better understanding your past help position your community for the future? What do you want to accomplish during the session?; and