IDEA Conference

IDEA logo over a photo of the conference

When? March 6, 2021
Where? Pruis Hall on Ball State’s campus
Cost? As always, it’s FREE!

Seating will be limited to meet CDC distancing guidelines as well as any Health Department requirements in place at the time of the event.


Two participants shaking handsThe Muncie Action Plan, Shafer Leadership Academy and Building Better Neighborhoods are partnering once again to support the development of neighborhood leaders.

For the last five years 130 citizens have gathered each March for the Neighborhood IDEA Conference. (Read the Muncie Journal article about last year’s conference)

This year’s I.D.E.A. Conference will look a little different. We will gather in-person and stream the event live on MAP’s Facebook page. 2021 will be a celebration of your efforts to meet the needs of your residents, to stay connected, to make change happen during a pandemic all while facing a myriad of challenges. We will not have break-out sessions, but will ask presenters to prepare 7 minute presentations that will be shared with the entire audience.

We want to hear your successes, your struggles, your stories from 2020.

Do you have an idea you would like to share at the conference or a topic you want to see discussed?


We are taking submissions through December 5, 2020.

Last Year’s Conference Agenda:

10:00 – 10:50 am             Session Block One
FACING CHALLENGES: Muncie Community Schools: The Future is Bright: Panel
LOCAL GOVERNMENT: You Count! (and so do your neighbors) w/Kallie Sulanke
CAPACITY BUILDING: Grant Writing 101 w/Donna Browne Materials:

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES: Art in the Community w/Rachel Cohn
11:00 – 11:50 am             Session Block Two
FACING CHALLENGES: Dementia Friendly Communities w/Mandy Williams Materials

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Making Democracy Work w/Teresa Basey
CAPACITY BUILDING: Visual Identities for Muncie Neighborhoods w/Shantanu Suman
COMMUNITY INITIATIVES: What’s Next in Community Economic Development: w/Dr. John West and Bryan Preston
12:00 – 12:50 pm             Lunch Keynote:
DEPARTMENT HEAD PANEL City of Muncie: Department Head Panel facilitated by Aimee West
1:00 – 1:50 pm                  Session Block Three
FACING CHALLENGES: Muncie Resillence Plan w/Dr. Michael Burayidi
LOCAL GOVERNMENT: The Public Bank and Its Relevance to Muncie’s Future w/Andrew Dale
CAPACITY BUILDING: Resident Listening w/Joy Rediger Materials:

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES: Web of Support: How Everybody Succeeds w/Kyra Zylstra Materials:

2:00 – 2:15 pm                  Afternoon Announcements
2:15 – 2:30 pm                 Doors Open to the Public
2:30 – 3:30 pm                STATE OF THE CITY with Mayor Dan Ridenour


Contact Krista Flynn, BSU Office of Community Engagement at

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