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Aili McGill

Executive DirectorNickel Plate Arts


Member Since September 2022




I am the director for this new, wonderful arts organization that is working to promote arts and cultural efforts in six communities in Central Indiana. I collaborate with artists, community members, and other key constituents to ensure that there are always multiple, low-barrier ways to engage with the arts in these six towns! Specialties: I specialize in organizational leadership and change management. In regards to my Museum Studies degree, I have extensive expertise in staff management, museum theater and 1st-person historical interpretation, as well as conducting and applying guest research to new and existing experiences. I also have a strong background in improvisational theater and organic gardening. Finally, I am an experienced illustrator and am currently working on an exciting project that I plan to launch in late 2016 or early 2017.

Published content

11 Ways to Find Inspiration When Running Your Business

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Business inspiration can come from any number of places, and sometimes it's the last place you'd expect. When seeking inspiration, there are countless places you can turn to explore diverse perspectives and innovative ideas. For example, books, conferences or podcasts that cover topics both within and outside of your industry can provide fresh insights that can be applied to your own business challenges. Whether they're in a "rut" or just looking for new ideas to enhance their workflows, it's important for business leaders to find reliable sources of inspiration to guide them. Below, a panel of Rolling Stone Culture Council members explain where they turn to for help with creative problem-solving or creating new products in their businesses and how other leaders can follow suit.

Six Ways Art Lovers Can Help the Arts Thrive


There are many ways that we, as individuals, can advocate for the visual and performing arts in our own backyards, tone down partisan rhetoric and invite our neighbors and peers to share in the amazing benefits of the arts.

12 Effective Ways to Gain and Build Trust With a New Business Partner

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As with any other relationship, trust between business partners is paramount for mutual success. When it comes to business partnerships, the right one can often lead to a whole host of new opportunities, such as attracting new customers, diversifying your revenue streams or helping your teams innovate through challenges. When working with someone new, however, there must be a level of trust involved so that each partner feels as though they have skin in the game. Establishing trust takes time, but there are steps leaders can take to help foster that trust from the very beginning. To help, a group of Rolling Stone Culture Council members share their best advice below.

14 Important and Worthwhile Goals Companies Should Set for 2023

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Setting relevant and meaningful goals for your company will motivate employees and help boost business overall. The first few weeks of the new year is the perfect opportunity for businesses to reflect on the previous year and set new goals accordingly. By looking at what worked and what didn't, you can understand what changes to make to reach meaningful, realistic and relevant objectives by the end of 2023. Moreover, having goals can help you rally your team for a common cause and inspire greater collaboration and productivity. To that end, 14 Rolling Stone Culture Council members each share one goal companies should set for themselves this year, and why they believe this goal is so worthwhile. If you're looking for inspiration on where to focus your efforts, consider starting here.

13 Effective Strategies for Managing the Stress of the Fast-Paced Culture Industry

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In an industry that moves at breakneck speeds, it helps to have some coping strategies when you're feeling stressed out. Whether you own a bustling restaurant, are involved in the ever-changing fashion or music businesses or are trying to advocate for change on a major scale, working in the culture space often involves a hectic lifestyle. While it's an exciting space to be in, it can often be fast-paced and overwhelming, which can quickly lead to stress and burnout. Managing stress can be done in many different ways, from taking small breaks throughout the day to prioritizing passions outside of work. Below, a panel of Rolling Stone Culture Council members share some ways they unwind from the pressures of their industry and how doing so keeps them at the top of their professional game.

How to Keep Business Costs Low Amid Inflation

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Despite rising costs, there are some simple, clever strategies that can save your business money in the long run. With the cost of goods on the rise, many business owners worry they’ll lose profit by maintaining their current prices or lose customers by raising prices to match the inflated purchasing costs. Though inflation continues to interfere in this way with the day-to-day operations of many businesses, business owners have several options for saving money at their disposal. Below, 10 Rolling Stone Culture Council members share their best tips for managing your budget and keeping costs low in the face of inflation.

Company details

Nickel Plate Arts

Company bio

Nickel Plate Arts is an art center created by the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau that supports, promotes and provides outstanding arts experiences in six communities along the Nickel Plate Railroad in Hamilton County. We offer great experiences for art lovers, artists, students and corporate partners who care about the arts! Our main campus is located in downtown Noblesville at 107 S 8th Street. Nickel Plate Arts invites you to start your adventure here at the main campus and learn about the art class offerings, visit the gallery, meet artists in their studios, and discover art-based activities happening regularly. Then explore art events taking place in Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Atlanta, Arcadia and Tipton, too.



Area of focus

Promote Art
Art Classes
Experiences for Art Lovers

Company size

11 - 50