Five by Five Starts with Big Car’s Event Feb. 8 at Service Center

With its arts-idea-pitching event on Feb. 8 at Service Center for Culture and Community, the Indianapolis-based community arts organization Big Car kicks off a new initiative that will award $10,000 to one winner at each of four themed events in 2013.

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), the Efroymson Family Fund and the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation are funding the series, called Five by Five, as a platform for sharing innovative arts ideas in Indianapolis. The goals are to help projects get off the ground while launching a fun series of idea-generating events, hosted and shaped by some of the city’s most important creative leaders.

The other three events — hosted by local not-for-profits People for Urban Progress, IndyHub and Harrison Center for the Arts — take place in April, June and September. Host organizations design each unique event, selecting the finalists and handling the judging. The only rules: projects must involve the arts; and each event features five finalists, presenting five slides in a maximum of five minutes. The winner at each receives $10,000.

Big Car’s theme for the Feb. 8 event is Revolutionize Your City: Art + Technology = Innovation. The call is simple: People with Indianapolis-related project or program ideas that bring art and technology together — could be low-fi or cutting-edge technology — email a 300-to-500-word description with three jpeg images (sketches, concepts, past work) to Big Car executive director Jim Walker at jim@bigcar.org by January 23. The five selected presenters will be notified by Jan. 25. Their slides will then be due on Feb. 6. Presentations will take place at a free public event at Service Center on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.

A team of collaborators will help Big Car on the event and with selection and judging of ideas. Teaming up on the Revolutionize Your City Five by Five are Central-Indiana-based tech, design and startup innovators Dreamapolis, Idea Architects, IndySpectator, KA+A, The Levinson Center, SmallBox, and Verge.

The broad themes for the three other Five by Five events are Make Your City (People for Urban Progress), Face Your City (IndyHub) and Connect Your City (Harrison Center for the Arts).