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1/28 Meeting Recap

February 3, 2010

In attendance at this month’s meeting were Jennifer Hodge from the Capitol Tour Office, Pam Bennett from the Indiana Historical Bureau, Michelle Anderson from the Indiana Arts Commission, Rodney Lomax from the Indiana State Museum, and Elizabeth Schoettle, Katie Springer, and Virginia Vought from the Indiana State Library.

Subcommittee members reported on their work promoting the Census. The State Library has Census displays on the first floor and in the genealogy section of the library.  Pam Bennett gave her permission to put additional displays in one or two of the window displays on Ohio Street.  The State Library finally received a CCC support grant for Census bookmarks to distribute to Indiana libraries.  The Library’s plan for Census Day involves an event aimed at State employees, featuring coffee and donuts and Census promotional item giveaways.  They will work to promote the event in the state cafeterias.  Katie Springer is conducting two public programs about the Census questionnaire.  She is available to take her one-hour program on the road to any organizations who are interested.

Pam Bennett suggested that Katie Springer put a display out in the Statehouse during the legislative session with the Census banner, materials, and her PowerPoint presentation on loop.  Jennifer Hodge said that she would check on the availability of dates before March 15th.  If a screen is needed for the PowerPoint, Michelle Anderson offered one from the Indiana Arts Commission.

Jennifer Hodge reported that the Census banner was borrowed for Statehood Day.  She has been in contact with a high school group in Monticello who have been studying the Census.  They will be visiting the Statehouse on February 11th or 25th (TBD). Jennifer will invite Commissioner Everson to meet with them and she is looking for any ideas of materials she might distribute to the 50 students.  Virginia Vought will see if the State Library has any materials to share.

Jennifer requested that Elizabeth Schoettle send her information on the Census web billboard that the State Library and Indiana Arts Commission are using.  Click here for information about using the web billboard.  The Indiana Historical Bureau is working on using it in addition to their link to Census information.  It was recommended that Elizabeth ask the State Library Communications Director to send the web billboard to the Public Information Officers listserv and the agency heads listserv.  Pam Bennett also recommended that some Census information and links to materials be sent to Communique.

Rodney Lomax reported that Census slides are in rotation above the State Museum ticket counter.  The IMAX slide has been prepared; he will speak with the new person in charge of the IMAX about getting it put up before shows.  The State Museum was contacted by some officials from the Census Bureau, who brought a table to their Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, attended by 4500 visitors.

Michelle Anderson reported on the Indiana Arts Commission’s recent activities, including

  • Article in January edition of Arts:92, their newsletter with a demographic of arts administrators, legislators, educators, citizens, and organizations.
  • Email to all 12 Regional Arts Partners (RAP) requesting their help in promoting the Census through their websites, e-newsletters, events, etc.  Included “Talking Points” attachment, a link to the Indiana Census website, and permission to use aforementioned Arts:92 article as they deemed appropriate.
  • Arts Council of Indianapolis (our Region 7 RAP) runs a monthly group of Arts Marketers from organizations around Indianapolis.  At their December meeting, they hosted Amos Brown, who spoke about the importance of the Census.
  • Had a display set up with the Census banner and information at Arts Day at the Statehouse on Tuesday, January 26, 2010.

Their pending promotions include an Arts:92 article on homepage of website and an article in ArtsEye, their e-newsletter with a demographic of artists (to be sent out early February).

The Census banner is still available for display at your events or programs.  It is an attractive, free-standing vertical poster.  Contact Carol Graham at the Indiana State Library to book: cgraham at library.in.gov.

Our next meeting will be held Thursday, February 25th at 2PM in Roberta Brooker’s office at the Indiana State Library.  Please be thinking about how you might promote or celebrate Census Day, April 1, 2011.

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