BEN TAPPER earned his Bachelor of Political Science from Manchester University and his Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University. Ben has worked in community outreach and advocacy in Indianapolis, Indiana. He started his career as an Americorps VISTA fellow in the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation, and has recently worked for the Christel House Academy Network of Schools and Southeast Community Services.
Ben currently serves as the Faith Formation Coordinator for First Mennonite Church while pursuing his Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. In addition to his work at First Mennonite Church, Ben is also a professional speaker.
MANON VOICE is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and is a poet, spoken word artist, freelance writer, hip-hop emcee and social justice activist. She has performed on many diverse stages in the power of word and song and has taught and facilitated art, poetry and spoken word workshops through organizations such as Regeneration Indy and Women Writing for a Change. She has been a featured panelist for Indianapolis based organizations, Indy10 Black Lives Matter, Don’t Sleep and events such as IUPUI’s 2017 Social Justice Symposium, focusing on the intersections of race, gender, art and activism. She is actively the Mentor Match Coordinator of Homelessness Prevention at the Indianapolis based organization, Trusted Mentors, which seeks to reverse homelessness and incarceration through the power of relationships.
She is a proud board member of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, a private, non for profit organization whose mission is to ensure equal housing opportunities by eliminating housing discrimination through advocacy, enforcement, education and outreach. She has volunteered for organizations such as Life Bridges and Global Gifts, and is a facilitator and hip-hop music instructor for Kuumba Academy, an organization that seeks to promote positive behaviors through the teaching of music and examination of musical influences. She is the host and founder of Project 5547 Poetry Night at CoalYard Coffee in Indianapolis’ Irvington neighborhood. In 2017, Manon Voice was awarded the Power of Peace Award from the Peace Learning Center of Central Indiana for her work in the community.
Manon Voice seeks to use her art and activism to create a communal space where dialogue, transformation, discovery and inspiration can occur.