Faculty & Staff Directory
Campus Address: The Polis Center, 1200 Waterway Blvd.
Spirit & Place Director
B.S. in arts administration, Butler University, 1983 Graduate work in community arts management, Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois-Springfield), 1985-87 Civic Reflection Dialogue training, 2009 and 2016 Undoing Racism training, 2015 Community Choir Leadership Training, Ubuntu Choir Network, 2015
A native of Franklin, Indiana, and a graduate of Butler University’s Arts Administration program, Pam is an award-winning musician and nonprofit leader. She has secured millions in funding for cultural, historical and community organizations, spearheaded strategic planning and evaluation efforts, and created numerous entrepreneurial and collaborative programs that bring together creativity, community-building, and spirituality. Since 2006, Pam has served as director of Spirit & Place (www.spiritandplace.org), a community initiative of The Polis Center and part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Spirit & Place is a platform that connects 20,000 Central Indiana residents through events, skill-building, and conversations that launch innovative experiments, reveal invisible stories, and spark radical collaboration. Celebrating the theme of POWER in 2017, Spirit & Place's current projects include Powerful Conversations on Race (a monthly discussion series), Equity in Action (a monthly discussion series), Community Innovation Lab (a national pilot project that leverages artistic processes to address economic inequity), and the annual Spirit & Place Festival, which features performances, lectures, panel discussion, exhibits and more over 10 days in November. A recipient received of the 2003 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, awarded by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Pam is also a singer, instrumentalist, composer and choral conductor. She has led college, church, and community choirs, including 13 years as artistic director of the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus. Presently, Pam is the choir director for the Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly; a member of THIN AIR, a five-piece ensemble that creates fully-improvised performances; and co-founder of SongSquad, Indianapolis only all-ages, non-auditioned community choir that is dedicated to enlivening public spaces through shared song.
Interdisciplinary collaboration, community development, equity and inclusion, economic inclusion, civic engagement, music improvisation, choral music, singing, chant, creativity
SAMPLE OF WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS OFFERED: Singing in the Streets (April 2016) via SongSquad, a workshop on songs for protest and resistance. Healing Songs for Tumultous Times via SongSquad (June 2016) Sound Collaboration, IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI (August 2015). A sound-based workshop on the principles of effective collaboration for Honors Students (using body percussion and voice). Adjunct Faculty, Arts Administration class at Butler University (2012 and 2014). Sound Collaboration: Play Your Part, Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (July 2014). A sound-based workshop on the principles of effective collaboration for teens (using boomwhackers and mailing tubes). Unitarian Universalist Church West, Brookfield, Wisconsin (May 2014). While their music director was on a 30-day sabbatical, I led the music program and choir, provided special workshops for congregation and community, and collaborated with the minister to design a Taize-style service (including a new composition). Presenter, Arts Evaluation Session, Indiana Evaluators Association (January 2013). Body Music Weekend Retreat (March 2013). Explored the human body as instrument through singing/chanting, body percussion, dance/movement, and more. The Art of Congregational Singing, Heartland UU District Conference (2009). Led a workshop for lay leaders and clergy at the annual conference on how to lead group singing. Welcoming Transgendered Persons (Spring 2001 in Portland, OR and July 2004 in Montreal). A presentation about welcoming transgendered persons in gay and lesbian choruses at conferences hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses.
* 2017 Individual Artist Grant from Indiana Arts Commission * 2015 Inspirational Woman Award from the IUPUI Office for Women * 2014 One of 12 selected participants for the inaugural Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Seminar, a project of Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary * 2013 Individual Artist Award from the Indiana Arts Commission * 2004 Indiana Arts Commission Studio Award from Mary Anderson Center for the Arts * 2003 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis
ESSAY, "Mining, Minding, and Making Stories,"In the Interim: Strategies for Interim Ministers and Congregations (2013), eds.Keith Kron and Barbara Child.
* Radio Host: “Spotlight Indianapolis,” WIBC’s public affairs program (2014-2016). * Race and Cultural Relationship Leadership Network, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (since 2013) * Board of Visitors, Jordan College of Fine Arts, Butler University (since 2009, assistant chair since 2012) * Advisory Board, Fine Arts Program, Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana (2012–present) * Super Bowl Committee, Arts and Cultural Programs Subcommittee (2012). * Steering Committee for Food For Thought, Indiana Humanities Council (2010) * Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) of Choruses, Festival Selection Committee and Artistic Director-in-Residence Selection Committee (2009).