We hope you can join us for our 16th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture. This year we will hear from best-selling author and world-wide speaker, Lynne Twist at Indiana Landmarks in Indianapolis on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The topic is “The Soul of Money: Shifting from Scarcity to Abundance.” The lecture begins at 6:00 pm with a reception to follow. This talk will address the mindset of scarcity and how it grips us, having us live in a constant state of worry and fear, rather than allowing us to see the bounty, flow, generosity and sufficiency that is available to each of us in life.
Ms. Twist is the author of the best-selling, award-winning book “The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Life and Money.” Founder of the Soul of Money Institute, Lynne has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries in board retreats, workshops, keynote presentations and one-on-one coaching in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, strategic visioning and creating a healthy relationship with money.
This spring break, twenty-two students from Herron’sfurniture design, visual art, and visual communication design programs traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, with associate professors Aaron Ganci and Helen Sanematsu to experience one of Europe’s modernist design epicenters. They traveled via bicycle to design studios, museums, and cultural attractions and sampled a plethora of Danish cuisines.
“It was inspiring to see my students experience Denmark. We visited several design agencies to learn about their people-centered approach to design, went to a few museums, had a bike tour of the city with a local designer, and made a dinner together to experience hygge. Our trip to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art was especially inspiring because we had a personal tour from their director of education who taught us about the history of land, the collection, and the architecture. I can’t wait to get back with more students!”
—Aaron Ganci, associate professor of visual communication design
“The museums we visited during our study abroad were amazing and made me fall in love with the arts all over again. But above all, the talks with the designers were what stood out to me.
We went to EGGS Design and spoke to Katja [Egmose] and Nikolaj [Bebe], who are the creative directors for EGGS in Copenhagen. Katja had us do an exercise where a few groups had arthritis and the other groups were mute. The groups with arthritis (I was in that group) had to tape their knuckles and wrists, which would mimic the lack of movement with arthritis.
This was an important exercise because we had to go to the grocery store and pick up ingredients to make lunch while our hands and wrists were taped. This seemed weird at first, and we got some interesting looks from the people in the store, but as we were shopping – trying to hold on to the basket, use our phones to look up translations, and take out our credit cards – it all made sense.
Design isn’t about making something pretty; design is about creating a solution to a problem. Our problem was the fact that everyday tasks were made more difficult because of our mobility issues. Katja said we should always try and put ourselves in the shoes of the people for whom we are creating a solution.”
—Romarie Quinones-Perez, visual communication design student
“Being exposed to well-designed solutions that address a particular problem has had the biggest influence on me. I am now confident that I can provide techniques and ideas similar to the ones used in Denmark for problem solving in the United States. For example, at the airport, instead of scanning your ticket when they start boarding, you scan your ticket to get into a seating area when you first arrive at the gate, therefore, making the boarding process quicker and less stressful.”
—Caila Lutz, visual communication design student
“Denmark always ranks in the top 3 of the world’s happiest countries, and it was awesome to get some idea of why by being there and hanging out with Danish folks. We used our previous experience in design to share our own networks with our students, and we all learned a lot about how design can make life better.”
—Helen Sanematsu, associate professor of visual communication design
“Everyone there was so kind! Me and the other grad student took a day trip to Møns Klint, a beach with giant white sand cliffs. We had a four-mile hike to get to there, after a train and two bus rides. During our hike back, it started to rain and the wind was really strong. We stopped to use the restroom in what turned out to be a nursing home and the manager offered us a ride to the train station. It was a 40-minute drive and she told us a lot about Denmark and even stopped at a couple churches to show us the architecture and art inside.
I think part of why everything felt so intentionally placed and beautiful in Denmark is because the people there really value what they have – not just as possessions but also in terms of quality and design as well as togetherness. So many things there are designed to maximum potential and to be aesthetically pleasing, which compliments their emphasis on togetherness and coziness. It is definitely something I have taken home with me and makes me look at things differently.”
—Tiffany Pierce, visual art student
“The people there were amazing, and the architecture was breathtaking. It was an incredible experience I would want to have again and again!”
Reading at the table will be presented by Wendy Vogt. Wendy Vogt, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of anthropology at IUPUI. In 2012, she received her doctorate from the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her research interests include politically engaged anthropology., migration, transit journeys, violence, political economy, human rights and transnational feminism. She teaches courses on Cultural Anthropology, Race & Ethnicity, Gender & Sexuality, Migration, Ethnographic Methods, Anthropological Theory, Applied Anthropology and International Studies.
Lives in Transit chronicles the dangerous journeys of Central American migrants in transit through Mexico. Drawing on fieldwork in humanitarian aid shelters and other key sites, the book examines the multiple forms of violence that migrants experience as their bodies, labor, and lives become implicated in global and local economies that profit from their mobility as racialized and gendered others. At the same time, it reveals new forms of intimacy, solidarity and activism that have emerged along transit routes over the past decade. Through the stories of migrants, shelter workers and local residents, Vogt encourages us to reimagine transit as both a site of violence and precarity as well as social struggle and resistance.
In our next “Five Questions” Q&A series, where we ask various Herron faculty members for sage advice and insights about their chosen creative disciplines, Potter shares his insights on creative inspiration, the importance of an arts education, and more.
HERRON: You’ve had lots of experience working with art on a large, sometimes national scale. What inspires you creatively?
POTTER: Like many artists, I was an introverted kid and also a dyslexic one. Art was another world that I could go into. I would draw constantly and would fall asleep drawing, staining my bed with magic markers. The inspiration then was fantasy creatures – dragons and unicorns. In high school, I was inspired more by punk rock culture and the grittiness of it. At this point in time, I thought that photography was my medium.
When I first started art school, I was inspired by surrealism; the stranger the better. As I viewed more artwork, I was inspired by the works of painters like Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Jasper Johns, and more.
Currently, an old sketchbook of mine has inspired me and the concept of abstraction. Experimenting with a new, different medium also sparks creativity. The creative process as a whole is something I really enjoy engaging in. What I have tried to advise my students to do is stay curious about what inspires them.
HERRON: In 2007, you received the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Creative Renewal Fellowship, which allowed you to travel to Germany as well as Marfa, Texas. What did you gain from the experience?
POTTER: Going to Germany let me visit the Bauhaus, an art school famous for its unique take on design. In Marfa, I got to see the work of Donald Judd. I first saw his art in the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, in the 90s. I was blown away but I didn’t completely understand it. The sculpture was a series of 10 metal boxes that changed subtly in color.
I have been curious about Judd’s work ever since. He is described as being a minimalist artist, a form of art that focuses on essential elements of form and space. His work overlapped with sculpture, painting, design, furniture, and architecture.
Additionally, in the Marfa exhibit, there were talks by artists like Andrea Zittel and the architect David Adjaye, and the band Sonic Youth put on a free concert. But most importantly, I was able see Donald Judd’s work installed the way he intended it to be. The installation of 100 cubes within converted military barracks was amazing. The polished metal cubes became almost transparent.
HERRON: Describe foundation studies at Herron. What can students gain from the courses within it?
POTTER: Foundation studies is a program for first-year students that allows them to find their niche and medium before declaring their majors. Two examples of classes I teach within the program are Drawing I and Drawing II. Drawing is often one of the classes that students feel the most nervous about. It is not uncommon for students to tell me that they have never drawn before. However, if they thought back to when they were very young, they would remember days of drawing with crayons in kindergarten.
I think the initial nervousness comes from the idea that their drawings should look like a photograph, but that is not always the case. Drawing from observation is more about learning to see things deeply and learning to translate the three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional format. Drawing is about teaching the hand and the eye to communicate with one another. I think this is a beautiful thing. That is why we have the class and that is why I am here.
Foundation studies is a collaborative space as well and fosters dialogue between the students. It’s a place for them to explore. Herron has a particularly strong foundation studies program. It’s difficult, but beneficial.
HERRON: Do you have any advice for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in the arts?
POTTER: Your education is a gift you give yourself. It’s important to honor that gift. My education gave me many opportunities, such as the studying abroad I mentioned before. Many people told me not to major in art but I decided it’s what I’m doing in the moment that’s important, not where I end up.
An art and design degree creates a marriage between intellect and creativity and if that appeals to you, you should pursue it.
HERRON: Lastly, we hear you’re learning to play the banjo?
POTTER: With the banjo, I wanted to pick up something as a beginner. Spending as many years painting as I have, it’s easy to forget that feeling. As a teacher, I think that’s a good thing to do every once in a while, going through the process of learning something new. Reminding yourself of that experience is always beneficial.
Harris Wofford’s legacy can be found in many of the United States’ most prominent philanthropic initiatives.
The former United States senator co-founded the Peace Corps. He served as chief executive officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs AmeriCorps and other volunteer domestic programs. He attained these posts and accomplishments after serving as an advisor to President John F. Kennedy and marching alongside Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama.
Just months before his Jan. 21 death, Wofford met with IUPUI philanthropic studies archivist Angela White concerning his 40-plus boxes of materials, memos and transcripts of his seven decades of national service work. There were only a few degrees of separation between Indiana University and the longtime politician and activist from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. After some meetings, the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives at IUPUI, which supports the work of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, among other clients, were deemed a suitable home for the materials, which were rescued from soot-filled storage spaces and a guest bathroom’s shower stall.
“It’s surprising how many boxes you can get into a shower stall,” White recalled while surveying some of the boxes shelved in the archives below University Library.
In early March, White returned from Wofford’s funeral service in Washington, D.C., with more boxes of records, photos and copies of articles scheduled to arrive soon.
Most of Wofford’s surviving civil rights and political career records can be found in the Bryn Mawr College archives, but national service was a significant part of Wofford’s career and drive.
“He served as co-chairman of America’s Promise,” White said. “There’s a little bit of stuff related to his time in the Senate around national service.”
White spent three days sorting receipts, grocery lists and personal letters from the national service materials. Still, it will take her and her staff at least a year to fully process the materials. Only then will they be opened to IUPUI students to study.
“We really had to go piece by piece, which is not something I have to do with most collections when I’m packing them up,” White explained. “There’s a lot more sorting that needs to happen.”
Over the past few weeks, White dove into a few boxes and found some interesting artifacts: a color photograph of Wofford with Sen. Ted Kennedy; a copy of a May 1, 1964, Peace Corps Ethiopia News publication; and a memo to then-President Bill Clinton regarding a discussion they had about national service while on Air Force One.
With a small fraction of the materials analyzed, White has found treasures among the mundane. Still, all items will be made available in time — they must be logged and organized first. About 70 years’ worth of national service materials demands careful attention.
“The thing about Harris Wofford is he’s the most important person whose name you don’t really know,” White said. “Some people say, ‘He was always in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing.’
“He doesn’t have the name recognition of a Kennedy, but his fingerprints are all over — the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, civil rights.”
This year, more than 70 students from IUPUI’s Alternative Break Program traveled across the United States to explore the root causes of social issues and expand their mindsets about everyday challenges others experience.
During spring break, six groups traveled to five major cities to examine community access to health care, disability rights, immigration and social entrepreneurship, urban education and LGBTQ+ issues, food security and redevelopment, prison justice, and gentrification that could lead to health disparities.
Two student groups went to New Orleans while the others explored Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Charleston, West Virginia. While learning about their individual topics, participants took part in service and educational activities that best suited the issues they were observing. Some students organized food pantries, while others facilitated programs and visited historical locations, local businesses and organizations that provide support services.
Alternative Breaks is a “by students, for students” IUPUI program — where group leaders, or Alternative Break Scholars, build their designated trips from the ground up. These student leaders develop educational materials for fellow students at each location and lead post-service reflection times about the service performed each day. Reflection helps guide students through critical questions that challenge their previous perspectives of each issue while providing new viewpoints and building community among the participants.
Trip leader Kevin Sanders, whose group traveled to Washington, D.C., to examine health care for those with disabilities, said his trip worked to dismantle stigmas often associated with having a disability. He said they visited lobbyists and trade associations that have an interest in promoting disability policies, organizations that provide access to health care, and nonprofits that fund research and supportive services for people with disabilities, such as the Alzheimer’s Association and the U.S. Access Board.
Sanders explained that his participants learned about legislation up for debate in Congress and discovered obstacles individuals with disabilities must go through to receive health care.
Alternative Breaks Scholar Mariana Lagunas led a group to Atlanta that studied social entrepreneurship and immigration. Lagunas and her fellow students learned about fostering social entrepreneurship from Cox Enterprises, and Global Growers shared with them how the company helps immigrant and refugee communities with sustainable agriculture in Atlanta.
Lagunas’ group performed hands-on services like assembling picnic tables, weeding crop beds and clearing out produce crates for members of the community.
“The whole point is to move students along this active citizen continuum,” Lagunas said. “You have to live a lifestyle based on what you understand, and volunteering is only the first step. We’re hoping to get students from just living to volunteering and becoming active citizens.”
Many Indiana nonprofits lack basic information technology tools that would help them better communicate and serve their constituents, operate more effectively and efficiently, and offer more assistance to the communities they serve.
The report is based on a wide array of Indiana-based nonprofits, from traditional public charities and religious congregations to other tax-exempt entities such as membership associations and advocacy groups.
“Most people probably cannot imagine getting along without access to the internet or a full range of IT tools,” said Kirsten Grønbjerg, Distinguished Professor at the O’Neill School and Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, who directs the Indiana Nonprofits Project. “However, that is the situation many Indiana nonprofits find themselves in, as our report shows.”
More than one-third of the 1,036 Indiana nonprofits surveyed do not have an organizational website, although 60 percent use social media frequently or almost all the time, the report finds. More than one-third rarely or never use electronic financial records or IT security, and two-fifths rarely or never use electronic client or member records.
The use of these internally or externally focused IT tools varies by a number of nonprofit characteristics. Overall, the age of the organization, how formalized it is — for example, the number of organizational components, such as written policies, it has in place — and the primary mission appear to be particularly important.
The report also explores the types of challenges Indiana nonprofits face in using information technology. Creating and maintaining an engaging and current website was the most widespread challenge, according to the report.
Indiana nonprofits also indicated they confront other challenges in applying IT — such as using donor databases — and in capacity, such as identifying IT tools and resources or training staff and volunteers.
IT challenges also differ according to various characteristics of the nonprofit organization, but board vacancies appear to be particularly important, after controlling for all other factors. For example, nonprofits with board vacancies encounter challenges in ensuring all needed IT activities are carried out. Also, those with major IT challenges find it difficult to recruit and keep board members.
“We hope Indiana policymakers and philanthropic funders will read the report and consider ways in which they can support efforts to strengthen the capacity of Indiana nonprofits to obtain and use information technology,” Grønbjerg said.
On the Bloomington campus, the SERVE IT Clinic is already using the report findings to prioritize its efforts of providing state-of-the-art technology services to local nonprofit organizations.
“The report offers the clinic’s students a way to understand the full scope of technological needs that these important community institutions face,” said Una Thacker, assistant director of the clinic. “Being able to tie their work to real community needs helps our students recognize the importance of the services they provide.”
About the report
This is the third report based on a major 2017 survey of Indiana nonprofits from the Indiana Nonprofits Project. It is the first report based on the survey to provide an in-depth analysis of a particular aspect of nonprofit management.
Future reports in this series will focus on program evaluation, advocacy and political activities, human resource management, and other aspects of nonprofit organization leadership.
These analyses are a joint effort of the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. The co-authors of the briefing include project director Kirsten Grønbjerg and research assistant and Indiana University undergraduate student Payton Goodman.
For more information, contact James Boyd at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 812-856-5490 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Adriene Davis Kalugyer at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, 317-278-8972 or email@example.com.
At a time when our country may feel divided, what are the hopes and beliefs that unite us as Americans? In partnership with the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, the Carmel Clay Public Library is hosting discussions designed to engage our community in thoughtful and respectful dialogue. The conversation series will explore themes from American Creed, a PBS documentary featuring former Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice, historian David Kennedy, and a diverse groups of Americans as they explore what ideals we share in common as a nation.
Thursday May 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm
American Creed Community Conversation: Film Screening
Join us for a screening of the American Creed documentary followed by an opportunity to engage in conversation on themes from the film including the idea of a unifying American creed.
Thursday May 16, 6:30-8:00pm
American Creed Community Conversation: Who is counted?
Explore what citizenship has meant over the generations through historical works and conversation facilitated by IUPUI faculty members.
Suggested background reading:
William Tyler Page, “The American Creed”
James Baldwin, “The American Dream and the American Negro”
Mari Evans, “I am a Black Woman”
Thursday May 23, 6:30-8:00pm
American Creed Community Conversation: We the People
Who are “we the people” and who gets to define the American creed? Join us for discussion on immigration facilitated by IUPUI faculty members.
Suggested background reading and viewing:
Jose Antonio Vargas, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant”
Brent and Craif Renaud, New York Times Documentaries, “Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis”
Thursday May 30, 6:30-8:00pm
American Creed Community Conversation: Civic Engagement
Join IUPUI faculty to consider what civic engagement means and the interplay between engagement at the local level and with the sprawling community that is the United States.
Suggested background viewing:
Eric Liu for TED-Ed, “How to Understand Power”
All programs will be held in the Carmel Clay Public Library Program Room and are free and open to the public. For a closer look at topics and suggested background materials for each event in this conversation series, please visit carmel.lib.in.us/americancreed.
American Creed: Community Conversations is a project of Citizen Film in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Writing Project, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Carmel Clay Public Library was one of 50 US public libraries selected to take part in American Creed: Community Conversations.
Ian Burke, a senior studying biochemistry, got involved with his community quickly. A student mentor for the scholarship students working to plan the day of service, Burke believes the experience is essential not only to making his community a better place but also to improving his professional skills.
“I plan on applying to medical school,” Burke said. “Professional skills, time management and leadership are all things I’ve learned in community service, and all are needed in medicine.”
Burke will serve as a student leader during the March 30 César Chávez Day of Service. Hundreds of students will engage with nonprofit organizations throughout the day. There is still time to register to be part of the event.
César Chávez is considered a hero for farm laborers and is hailed as one of the greatest American civil rights leaders. The campus also celebrates his legacy with a student-organized dinner.
As a member of a fraternity and the Honors College, Burke had to satisfy requirements for community service hours, but students wanting to further their service with communities have found a special outlet in the Center for Service and Learning.
“I just connected with being able to do something positive for the community,” Burke explained. “The impact is a big thing for me.”
The Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship Program was established in 1999. Students like Burke interact with community organizations, lead projects, write about their experiences, and lead reflective and educational dialogue with their peers on-site. Burke said most of his fellow Jaguars are drawn to deeper community-engagement experiences after their first service day experience.
“At the end of the day,” Burke added, “I try to drive home the message: ‘Yeah, you got your service hours, but did you get anything else?'”
Taking service to work
Burke believes his community-based experiences will apply to his post-IUPUI career. He’s learned project management and programming skills to go along with his biochemistry degree.
“I plan on getting involved with nonprofits during my professional life,” he said. “A lot of the concepts I’ve learned from here, I’ll take with me to whatever I do. I think it would be my responsibility to continue to help my community.”
And Burke believes that culture of service will continue at IUPUI for another 25 years or more: “I see a lot of students engaging with the community and realizing they can be a part of it.”
“There will be some people in attendance who lived this show,” said Williams, a communications and community engagement strategist who also wrote 2018’s “Divine Nine,” which was staged in the Campus Center Theater. “Most will know much more than we could possibly convey onstage, and there will be some who will learn from it.”
Williams and director Marvin Bardo, who received his master’s degree from the School of Education in 2018, will present a multimedia play with live music, dance, video, and a cast of community and IUPUI performers. Bardo said he first became interested in the history of Indiana Avenue when he was a high school student in northwest Indiana. Classmates moving to Indianapolis to attend IUPUI raised his awareness even more.
“But I had no idea about the combination of the two,” said Bardo, who has directed shows at the Walker Theatre, “and I had no idea about the amount of rich history that was associated with both.”
Jay Fuqua, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the Herron School of Art and Design in 2015, portrays a preacher on the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in “The Price of Progress.” The young actor sings and raps in other scenes, too. Fuqua cherishes his years at IUPUI and says his performance has brought him greater appreciation for the history that surrounds the campus.
“Coming into this play, I was completely surprised by the history of IUPUI — how it all began,” Fuqua said. “I had no idea of the struggle and the price it actually cost to have this establishment that we have here today.”
John Hayes, who works in the payroll department in the Office of Financial Services, has been at IUPUI for just a few months, but he brings 40 years of theater experience to the show. As a new Jaguar, he, too, was impressed by the history around the university and how Williams and Bardo were able to transform the stories to the stage.
“I’ve learned more in this show than any other in my 40 years,” said Hayes, who portrays an IUPUI English professor throughout “The Price of Progress.” “It’s informational, and it’s entertaining.”