Ball State University’s new president Geoffrey S. Mearns spent Wedneday, Sept. 13 listening to Muncie’s concerns about local schools and neighborhoods and the university’s role in addressing them.
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I am grateful to everyone who joined us for the first community forum, which focused on educating our children and rebuilding our neighborhoods. I benefited from hearing good, constructive ideas, and I was inspired by the passion and devotion that people have for the future of Muncie. 

The next community forum in this series, which Ball State is hosting with The Star Press, will focus on arts and culture. It will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. at Minnetrista. I invite you to join us.

Along with education and economic development, which is the topic of our third community forum, arts and culture play an important role in a community’s health and vitality. They bring enjoyment, of course. But these activities and events also provide enriching perspectives, intellectual stimulation, and opportunities for public involvement. And arts and culture introduce our children to career opportunities they may never have considered. In short, the arts fuel community and economic development.

Muncie has a good arts and culture scene, with museums, galleries, performing arts venues, festivals, arts-related businesses and art in public places. These offerings are guided by the Muncie Arts and Culture Council. The MACC’s goal is to “create, educate, advocate, nurture and inspire integration of the arts via civic initiatives…