Get to Know Our Two New Staff Members!

As you know, we welcomed two new staff members to our team this year; Community Engagement Director LaShawnda Crowe Storm, and Program Director Erin Kelley. But how much do you really know about Erin and LaShawnda? We asked our new directors a few fun questions to help us—and you—get to know them a little better! Keep reading to learn about why they joined Spirit & Place Festival, what dreams they have for the future, and their hidden secret talents.

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Erin Kelley
Program Director

Q:Home town?
Speedway

Q: College?
Ball State (B.S. in sociology & history ) and IUPUI (M.A. in public history)

Q: First job?
Gift shop cashier at the Indianapolis Zoo when I was 14.

Q: Favorite childhood memory?
Riding my bicycle all over town with my friends with no instruction other than to be home by the time the street lamps turned on.

Q: If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Honest, Hardworking, Impish

Q:What attracted you to Spirit & Place Festival?
I’ve loved being a part of the festival as an attendee, program partner, and volunteer for more than a decade. Being a part of the festival as a program partner and (committee) volunteer made me a better public programmer and helped me understand the power of community collaborations. To actually be getting paid to work with others and help them see the benefits of being engaged with Spirit & Place is still a bit unreal to me!

Q: What dreams do you have for Indy?
My dream for Indy is that it can achieve greatness in a new and different way from other growing cities; I want Indy to be a place that makes space for everyone, from all walks of life and backgrounds.

Q: What is one secret talent you have?
I am unnervingly adept at picking things up with my toes.

Q: Favorite blog:
Museum 2.0 by Nina Simon.

Q: Favorite Indy restaurant:
This changes frequently, but right now I’m a fan of Bent Rail.

 

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LaShawnda Crowe Storm
Community Engagement Director

Q: Hometown?
Indianapolis

Q: College?
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Q: What Attracted you to Spirit & Place Festival?
Lots of variations on the same theme.

Q: What dreams do you have for Indy?
Racial Equity

Q: What is one secret talent you have?
Dancing under the stars.

Q: Favorite blog?
For Harriet

Q: Favorite Indy Restaurant?
Bru Burger

And now you know our new staff members a little better than you did before!  We are so excited to see how Erin and LaShawnda help shape Spirit & Place Festival in the future and what we can dream up together for the 2015 Festival!

What’s a secret talent YOU have that no one knows? Share with us on Facebook and/or Twitter!

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