STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
Pam Blevins Hinkle, Director
Erin Kelley, Program Director
LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Community Engagement Director
Pam Blevins Hinkle
With 30 years of nonprofit management experience and 20 years as a choral conductor, Pam has lived her life at the intersection of the arts, religion, and civic life.
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.
Pam is also an instrumentalist, choral conductor, songwriter, and workshop leader. In 2003 she received a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis through which she studied drumming (with ethnomusicologist Sally Childs-Helton), music improvisation (with cellist David Darling, founder of Music For People), as well as chant and ritual song from many traditions. She has served as choral director for college, church, and commmunity choirs, including 13 years as artistic director of the Indianapolis Women‘s Chorus, 18 years as choir director at the Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly, and 10 years as music director/producer of Indy's annual Winter Solstice Celebration. Pam is also a member of THIN AIR, an improvisational ensemble, and leads workshops in chant, body music, and music improvisation for numerous community organizations and choirs throughout the Midwest. She is also assistant chair of the Board of Visitors for Butler University's Jordan College of Arts, advisory board member for the Fine Arts Program at Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana, and member of the Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee.
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 has previously served as the Education Director for the Indiana Medical History Museum and Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Indiana Historical Society, where she worked for 10 years.
Her work at the IHS included building community relationships and positioning the Indiana History Center as a community forum and place for civic dialogue. An active community member, Kelley’s volunteer work includes involvement with the League of Women Voters of Indiana, Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee and in 2013 she served on The Immigrant Welcome Center's "Welcoming Indianapolis" Steering Committee which aimed to make Indianapolis a more inviting place for newcomers.
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).