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Social Alchemy Symposium- Imaginary Cities, The Arts and Healing

Apr 13 @ 10:00 am 9:30 pm CDT

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The Social Alchemy Symposium is a participatory mini-conference happening online and in person in New Harmony, Indiana April 10-13, 2022.

Each day is themed and each Facebook invite is focused on single days. The symposium is free to attend either virtually or in person. Donations are appreciated and can be made via the registration link.

Discounted lodging is available at the New Harmony Inn (details below). Attendees are welcome to join any parts of the conference in person, online, or both. Registration is required to support communication and feedback.

Wednesday, April 13
Zoom/Rapp-Owen Granary   9:00 – 9:45 am

Inclusion & access with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail & Neighborhood
Development with DeAmon Harges [neighborhood organizer] & Brian Payne
[CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation & driving force behind the
Cultural Trail].

10-10:50 am central time
Opening conversation:
Utopian literature/writing in New Harmony with Susan Neville [fiction
writer/essayist], Matthew Graham [Indiana Poet Laureate], Adrian Matejka
[poet & IU professor] & Kevin McKelvey [poet & UIndy professor]

11 am-12pm central time
Utopic Cultural Projects Conversation – Visual Art, Music & Movement with
Keesha Dixon [Asante Arts Institute of Indianapolis], Docey Lewis [designer],
Lauren Curry [musician] & Oreo Jones [musician & WQRT radio manager].

12:00 – 1:00 pm central time
Rapp-Owen Granary
LUNCH & Listening party

1:15-2:15 central time
Afrofuturism, Utopia & Dystopia with Maurice Broaddus [author]. A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in places like Lightspeed Magazine, Black Panther: Tales from Wakanda, Weird Tales, Magazine of F&SF, and Uncanny Magazine, with some of his stories having been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. His books include the sci-fi novel Sweep of Stars; the steampunk works, Buffalo Soldier and Pimp My Airship; and the middle grade detective novels, The Usual Suspects and Unfadeable. His project, Sorcerers, is being adapted as a television show for AMC. He’s an editor at Apex Magazine.

2:30-3:30pm central time (Zoom/Atheneum)
Imaginary Cities – Utopia & Dystopia in Thought, in Art, & in Culture with
Darran Anderson [author] (via zoom). Anderson is the author of Imaginary Cities and Inventory. Imaginary Cities was chosen as a best book of 2015 by the Financial Times, The Guardian, and the A.V. Club. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, the TLS, frieze magazine, Wired, and the Architectural Review. He was born in Derry, Ireland, and lives in London.

4:00m – 6:00 pm central time
Zoom – Artist-led video tours of New Harmony


Note: New Harmony, IN (CST) and Indianapolis, IN (EST)are in different time zones. Central time is one hour earlier than Eastern.

More about the Symposium:
The Social Alchemy Symposium is a participatory mini-conference happening online and in person in New Harmony, Indiana April 10-13, 2022.
Twice the site of utopian experiments in communitarian living, New Harmony is now a town rich in beauty, culture, and history. And it makes the perfect location for people to enjoy some moments of respite and reconnect with others through conversations about the roles of art, design, and place in society.

Conversations — led by more than 20 notable authors, artists, designers, researchers, and philosophers from Indiana and around the world — will look at the role of utopian thinking today and tomorrow while connecting with the past.

The symposium — organized through a partnership between Big Car Collaborative, the University of Southern Indiana, Historic New Harmony, and the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art — is made possible by Indiana Humanities, the Efroymson Family Fund, and New America. Additional partners include Indiana State Museum and PATTERN Magazine.

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Apr 13
10:00 am – 9:30 pm CDT
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419 Tavern St.
New Harmony, IN 47631 United States
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