New networking group seeks involve younger audiences in arts


Graying audiences and older donors are a familiar challenge and concern for administrators in the arts, and one that goes back for years.

But the Center for the Performing Arts has a unique answer to the warning call and an option for young arts and cultural enthusiasts who want to get involved at the new Center.

Launched officially after the Savion Glover performance on April 1, the new young professionals networking group, The Scene, promises to be a unique blend of professional and social opportunities for younger residents in Carmel.

Organized by Heather Mourer and Anne O’Brien of the Center for the Performing Arts, The Scene will be a mix of exclusive offers from the Center, social events, volunteer opportunities, and also professional networking events. 

“We really researched in the area and in the community to find what people wanted and desired this kind of group to be, and it helped us shape what it would become,” said O’Brien. “The nature of the Center is entertainment and enjoyment, so The Scene will be about that sort of social togetherness and, just because of its nature, also about networking.”

While the group is undoubtedly focused on the opportunities, O’Brien also knows The Scene will be a chance to address members as donors and also help create a core group of supporters and arts advocates for the arts and Center. 

“For us this is an opportunity to help people expand and enhance their experience with the Center,” said O’Brien.

Additionally, regular and open events for the first several months and into the future of the organization are all about creating a cohesive and lasting experience with the arts. By mid-summer, O’Brien said she hoped The Scene would be ready to formalize the leadership board and also have a growing membership.

To learn more about The Scene or attend the next social event on May 2, visit The Scene at

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