For Freedoms Partnership – Panel Discussion
Join Cardinal Stage on Saturday, October 20 at 6:30 pm prior to the performance of The Christians for a pre-show discussion on Freedom to Worship, and what that freedom means and how it’s perceived in today’s society. Panelists include Brian Richardson Jr. (Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at IU SPEA), Bridget McIntrye (Director of Religious Education at St. Paul Catholic Center), Danielle McClelland (Executive Director of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater), and Rev. Forrest Gilmore (Executive Director of Shalom Community Center), and is moderated by Dawn Johnsen (Professor of Law at Indiana University).
When: Saturday, October 20 at 6:30 pm, followed by a performance of The Christians at 7:30 pm
Where: Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium (122 S Walnut St.)
Admission: The panel is FREE and open to the public. The following performance is ticketed – tickets can be found here.
The panel discussion is presented in partnership with the City of Bloomington and the For Freedoms Project – 50 State Initiative to bring artists of various backgrounds together to discuss freedom in the context of fear, want, worship, and speech.
Since 2016, For Freedoms has produced special exhibitions, town hall meetings, billboards, and lawn sign installations to spur greater participation in civic life. This year, For Freedoms launched its 50 State Initiative, the largest creative collaboration in our nation’s history. Their goal is to encourage broad participation and inspire conversation around November’s midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of over 300 artists and 200 institutional partners who are producing nationwide public art installations, exhibitions, and local community dialogues in order to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse. Centered around the vital work of artists, For Freedoms hopes that these exhibitions and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism. More info: forfreedoms.org.
More information on the panelists:
Brian Richardson Jr. serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Through his professional role and civic involvements, he strives to create change and foster inclusive spaces.
Bridget McIntrye is currently on the pastoral team at St. Paul Catholic Center as the Director of Religious Education. Her primary role is to provide faith formation enrichment to children, youth, and families. She has been a member and/or an employee of St. Paul Catholic Center since the early 1990’s as an undergraduate student at IU.
Danielle McClelland has served as the Executive Director of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater since 2001, with side gigs as stage and screenwriter, director, and performer; IU Arts Administration professor focusing on the intersection of art and social change; and consultant to other communities planning historic theater renovation or performing arts center development. A little-known secret: Danielle once belonged to Foursquare Gospel, an evangelical Pentecostal church in Seattle, WA.
Rev. Forrest Gilmore is the Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, a home away from home for people experiencing extreme poverty, especially hunger and homelessness. Forrest is also the Community Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington.
Dawn Johnsen is a professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and has worked in both the Clinton and Obama administration in the Office of Legal Counsel. She serves as director and secretary of the board of directors of the Guttmacher Institute, a leading sexual and reproductive health research and policy organization. She also serves on the academic advisory board of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Her research interests include issues of separation of powers (especially presidential power) and civil liberties (especially reproductive rights). She teaches Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, and Seminars in the Separation of Powers and Sexuality, Reproduction and the Constitution.