Founding Board Members John David Lutz, Jeff Sparks, Walt Wangerin Jr., and Gary Bayer with honorary founding board member, Jane Owen
In April of 1986, a group of theatre, film, and television professionals gathered to explore the trend in the entertainment arts toward exploitative and sensational material.
They concluded there was a need to engage and support writers whose work sought a goal beyond mere entertainment, work that sought to empower and uplift. It was out of this meeting that The New Harmony Project was created.
For more than three decades, The New Harmony Project has gathered a community of artists together in the spring of each year to serve writers who are striving to make a difference. With the peaceful serenity of New Harmony, Indiana as the backdrop, writers are provided time and space to create, develop, and workshop new scripts.
The Project stands apart from other organizations with its focus on community. Conversations are had, meals are enjoyed, and the work is shared collectively. Artists join the conference as individuals, and leave as a family.