Don’t Miss Big Car’s Social Alchemy Symposium: Culture and Community in Context

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Discussions about art, design and social positioning are headed to New Harmony, IN — or wherever you are, thanks to Zoom — through the Social Alchemy Symposium, a conversational mini-conference hosted by Big Car Collaborative. The symposium will feature 20+ speakers leading conversations on utopian thinking from April 10-13. The best part? It’s free to attend (although donations are always welcome)!

The event’s speakers include authors, artists, designers, researchers and philosophers. Big Car is striving to improve communities through heightened creativity, so conversations will address past, present and future perspectives on the relationship between the built environment and social good. You’ll find pros on the list such as “Station Eleven” author Emily St. John Mandel, fantasy/horror writer Maurice Broaddus and Detroit Contemporary Art Museum director Cara Courage

Sound up your alley? You can check out the schedule for more information on each speaker and events. Really, there’s something for everyone.

Social Alchemy is putting a strong emphasis on fostering connections with others, so visitors are encouraged to attend any of the events taking place either in-person or online. After all, Big Car’s mission is all about bringing art to people and people to art. Registration is required, so go ahead and sign up here if you’re interested. 

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

Pssst — not from SoIN and need a place to stay? You can call the New Harmony Inn Resort & Conference Center at 812 -682-4431 and mention “Social Alchemy Symposium” to book a room at a discounted rate. We hope to see you there (and promise it’s worth the drive)!

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