Heart & Soul Talks: Engaging the Arts in Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul Talks

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm


The arts can be a creative, meaningful, and effective way to engage residents, particularly those who might not otherwise get involved. In this free 60-minute talk you’ll hear how communities come together using the arts as part of Community Heart & Soul™.

Presenters include:

Lindsay Varner, project director, Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul in Pennsylvania. Lindsay is using her background in oral history to inspire storytelling efforts in Carlisle.

Debbie Moreno, project coordinator, Galesburg on Track in Illinois. Galesburg has tapped local artists in a variety of creative ways, including a portrait project, logo contest, and expressing residents’ ideas as art.

Vasanthi Meyette was an active volunteer in her town’s Community Heart & Soul project in Essex, Vermont, which included a community-wide arts project called Mobilize Essex. More than 70 volunteers and dozens of students from six schools teamed up to create mobiles. The mobiles represent the shared community  values that emerged from Essex’s Heart & Soul project and hang for all to see at businesses and public buildings in town.