Erin Kelley

Program Director

Erin Kelley is the program director for the Spirit & Place Festival – an annual civic festival managed by the Polis Center which explores the important role the arts, humanities, and religion play in community life. Erin oversees the annual festival by working with community partners and creates year-round programming opportunities for the public. A native Hoosier, Kelley completed her Bachelor’s degree in sociology and history from Ball State University and earned her Master’s degree in public history from IUPUI. She has previously served as the Education Director for the Indiana Medical History Museum and Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Indiana Historical Society, where she worked for 10 years. Her work at the IHS included building community relationships and positioning the Indiana History Center as a community forum and place for civic dialogue. An active community member, Kelley’s volunteer work includes involvement with the League of Women Voters of Indiana, Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee and in 2013 she served on The Immigrant Welcome Center’s “Welcoming Indianapolis” Steering Committee which aimed to make Indianapolis a more inviting place for newcomers.