Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Thursday, October 5 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Engaging Community through Cultural Arts Experiences

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Participants will hear how creative activities can engage community members of all ages! Arts learning activities can provide a way for people to participate in programs that dovetail with the many resources available at libraries. COMPAS staff will highlight programs we have done in libraries around the state, and share the successes (and challenges) of those experiences. We will also discuss ways that programming can reach difference populations. Staff will share activity ideas. The session will include a hands-on activity where participants can try Rangoli - colorful patterns made with rice grains, flour, sand or chalk. Rangoli is created during Diwali, where Hindus draw bright patterns on the floor by the front door to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes.


Shakun Maheshwari

Shakun Maheshwari is a professional artist from India. She provides workshops and residencies that engage participants in traditional folk art.

Betsy Mowry Voss

Arts Innovation Director, COMPAS
Betsy Mowry Voss, M.A., is the Arts Innovation Director at COMPAS, a non-profit arts and education organization with artists who work statewide. Mowry Voss has been coordinating community programming for more than 20 years.

Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 105