Call for Proposals: 5×5 READ INDY

Indiana Humanities LogoIndiana Humanities and Indy Reads are teaming up to host a 5×5 event on Thursday May 14th. 5×5 is a platform for new and innovative ideas related to the arts. We eagerly seek inventive and inspiring proposals on the theme READ INDY.

We’re looking for ideas that use literature, reading, and/or the written word to create powerful arts and humanities experiences for the people of Indianapolis.

We’re inspired by projects like St. Paul’s Sidewalks Poetry and Maine’s “Stories for Life” alternative sentencing program, the tantalizing blurriness between the words “story” and “game,” and the myriad work of the Indiana-based Center for Civic Reflection. We think reading and literature can address important needs, like sustaining the bonds between an incarcerated father and his child or helping veterans reflect on and make sense of their military service. We believe everyone should get a chance to encounter the beauty and pleasure of literature, in unexpected places and during even our most mundane activities.

IRBlogo-243x300We invite you—artist, scholar, student, organizer, educator, Hoosier—to think big about how reading and the written word can deeply and positively impact people’s lives, and how the creative potential of the arts and humanities can help make it happen in Indianapolis. We challenge you to find ordinary places or everyday experiences that could be transformed by the infusion of reading and words. We encourage you to think of ways that reading together might change how we do our work, how we understand our lives and our world, or how we relate to each other.

The winning project, selected by a panel of judges with audience input at a live event on May 14, will receive $10,000 to take the proposal from idea to action.

We can’t wait to see your ideas for projects or program ideas that will, in the words of Plan 2020, build a more “authentic city life.”

Big Questions to Think About

  • How can the written word—literature, poetry, drama, essays—solve real problems in our city? Can literature intervene where other methods can’t?
  • How can the act of shared reading create or strengthen bonds among strangers, neighbors, families, friends, coworkers, or classmates—and inspire them to make their community better?
  • What wacky, imaginative, singular encounters with literature, reading and big ideas can draw new people into the arts and cultural life of Indianapolis?

Guidelines to Follow

  •  Anyone in the Hoosier state—individuals, collectives or organizations–is eligible to submit a proposal except employees or board members of Indiana Humanities and Indy Reads. We’re open to ideas from both individuals and non-profit organizations, so long as your idea will directly impact and serve Marion County.
  • Submissions must involve the humanities and/or arts (we know, we know—the lines are very fuzzy). Basically, if your proposal involves people having powerful experiences with the written word, you’re covered.
  • Submissions must be received via the online application by Friday, April 10.
  • Five finalists will be selected to present their ideas to a panel of judges and a live audience on the evening of Thursday, May 14. Finalists will be notified by Monday, April 20.
  • Finalists must be available for the event on May 14th from 4pm-9-pm.
  • Finalists must be available for a 1-2 hour meeting with Indiana Humanities and Indy Reads to go over logistics and presentation tips; this meeting will be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time in the three weeks prior to the May 14 event.
  • A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the winning presenter to implement their idea.
  • Only one idea per applicant will be accepted for READ INDY. You can apply again for other 2015 5×5 competitions.

Other Things to Keep In Mind

  • Think not only in terms of public projects but also of public programs that can engage a neighborhood, a community or a city in imagining a brighter future for Marion County.
  • You may propose a stand-alone project, program or series, or explain how the $10,000 prize will help you launch a larger, more long-term initiative.
  • The more participatory your proposed project idea, the better. In other words, we’re not terribly interested in proposals for book manuscripts. In your application, share your ideas about who will participate and what their participation looks like.
  • Finalists are often judged not only on the creativity of their idea, but also the feasibility. Do you have a realistic budget and work plan? If your idea requires the buy-in of key stakeholders, how will you get them on board?
  • Is someone else in the community already doing a project similar to the one you are proposing? Do an environmental scan to see if you are duplicating existing efforts. If your idea is similar, this may be an option for a creative and exciting partnership.
  • Bear in mind, individuals who apply must have fiscal sponsorship in order to accept the $10,000 prize. There are lots of great organizations in Indianapolis who can offer fiscal sponsorship: do your homework and we’ll be happy to direct finalists to sponsor organizations if they still need it come May.

How to Apply

Complete the short online application, making a compelling case for how your idea aligns with READ INDY, and what you will be able to accomplish with a $10,000 prize. The application deadline is Friday, April 10; no late applications will be accepted. Finalists will be notified by Monday, April 20. Finalists will pitch their ideas on Thursday, May 14 at Fountain Square Theater.

APPLICATIONS WILL GO LIVE ON MARCH 10; CHECK 5X5 WEBSITE..

About 5×5

5×5 is a platform for new and innovative ideas related to the arts. At each of four events throughout the year, five finalists have five slides and five minutes each to present a creative project or program for the city of Indianapolis. Finalists present their ideas to a live audience and panel of judges. At each event, one winner will be awarded $10,000 to put their idea into action. The series of idea-generating events is hosted and shaped by some of the city’s most important young creative leaders.

5×5 was launched in 2013 by Central Indiana Community Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and the Efroymson Family Fund as a way to inspire, ignite and financially support creative and innovative ideas related to the arts.

In 2015, 5×5 is partnering with Plan 2020, the Bicentennial Agenda for the City of Indianapolis. Indiana Humanities and Indy Reads will kick off the year with READ INDY, followed by AUTHENTIC INDY with the Harrison Center for the Arts, DREAM INDY with Big Car, and INVEST INDY with Verge.

About Indy Reads

The mission of Indy Reads is to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.

Contact Information

Alyssa Newerth, Director of Advancement at Indy Reads. (317)275-4048

Leah Nahmias, Director of Programs at Indiana Humanities (317)616-9804

Indy Reads Books Weekly Calendar Update

March 26th 7 pm – Performer Chris Arnott brings his acclaimed storytelling series, “Get to the Point,” all the way from New Haven to the Indy Reads Books stage. Here’s how Arnott describes the series: “I want to honor the current idea of what storytelling means—the cathartic personal anecdotes and amusing modern adventures which fuel The Moth and This American Life—but I’m also a theater guy, a history buff, a voracious reader and the son of a Classicist. So I want to open the series to monologues, myths, orations, poetry, performance art and, as they say, more.”

March 27th 7 pm – IUPUI Student Reading Series. Terry Kirts presents the latest installment in the series featuring student and community writers performing fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

April 1st 7 pm - Indy Word Lab presents a creative writing workshop, open to the public. Participants will be met each month with a special guest writer, who will put attendees to the test with craft exercises. Afterward, small group workshops will come together for an end discussion about writing and the work produced that evening.

April 5th 7 pm – Indy Jazz Fest brings a unique, all-ages show to be performed for First Friday. Join us as Indy Reads Books turns into the city’s only underage jazz club, with some of the best young performers you’ll ever see.

April 6th 2 – 4 pm – Indy Type hosts their second ever meeting to talk typography. Amateurs, professionals, and typography enthusiasts of all stripes are encouraged to attend for an afternoon of discussion and exercises.

April 9th 7 – 8:15 pm – Mandy Vickery, of the Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, will lead a meditation class. Everyone is invited to attend this class, titled “Work Without Worry” and free to the public. More on Mandy Vickery and the Buddhist Center can be found online at meditation-indianapolis.org.

April 11th 6 pm – In conjunction with the Dyslexia Institute of Indianapolis, Ray Boomhower will present his newest book, “The People’s Choice: Congressman Jim Jontz of Indiana.” Focusing on Jontz’s life and career, Boomhower will also speak on how he came to write this book and his research process. Come hear the unique story of how Jontz grew up in Indianapolis and came to be involved in the environmental movement, his three terms in congress, and his ultimate career fighting for the working people and environment of Indiana.

April 15th 7 pm – Indy Actor’s Playground performs at Indy Reads Books. Hosted by Lou Harry and Bill Simmons, this play reading features a rotating cast of local actors from the IRT, Phoenix Theater, Theater on the Square, and many others, performing a play reading in an intimate setting. No props, no preparation, just great actors selecting and reading the plays they’ve always wanted to perform.

April 18th 6 pm – 8 pm – Indiana Young Writers present a student reading.

April 25th 7 pm – IUPUI Student Reading Series. Terry Kirts presents the latest installment in the series featuring student and community writers performing fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

April 27th 4 pm – Professional origami artist Brian K. Webb visits Indy Reads Books! Whether you’re an experienced origami artist or are still trying to perfect your first paper crane, come learn tips and tricks about the fascinating art of paper folding!

May 3rd 7 pm – The Indy Jazz Fest High School All-Stars perform for First Friday. Join us as Indy Reads Books turns into the city’s only underage jazz club, with some of the best young performers you’ll ever see.

May 6th 7 pm – Indy Word Lab presents a creative writing workshop, open to the public. Participants will be met each month with a special guest writer, who will put attendees to the test with craft exercises. Afterward, small group workshops will come together for an end discussion about writing and the work produced that evening.

May 10th 7:30 – “A Film to Decrease Worldsuck – The Nerdfighters Documentary” has its Indianapolis premier at Indy Reads Books. Author John Green and his brother Hank, known online as the beloved VlogBrothers, have developed a massive following through their postings on YouTube. Using their influence for good, the VlogBrothers have encouraged their fans to ‘decrease worldsuck,’ and make the world a more awesome place to be. This documentary follows the Nerdfighters (how VlogBrothers fans are collectively known) and how they’ve striven to make the world a better place to be.

May 17th, 7 pm – Restoration Press presents an evening of poetry with a group of renowned local poets, including JL Kato, Mary Sexson, Dan Carpenter, and Thomas Alan Orr.

June 1st 6 – 9 pm – Help Trade School Indy kick off their next great year of the most diverse, interesting classes in the city! Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve previously participated in a class or are interested in learning more about teaching and participating in this barter based program operating around Indianapolis.

Alex Mattingly
Indy Reads Books - Manager
317-384-1496

Indy Reads Spring 2013 Calendar

Be sure to attend the events our friends at Indy Reads Bookstore.  Here’s their 2013 calendar.

Feb 1st 6pm – 9pm – Get excited about this year’s Alphabet Affair! Indy Reads presents, in preparation for the annual Alphabet Affair, our first ever One Liners competition. Come deliver your best movie lines for a chance to win two tickets to the Alphabet Affair.

Feb 2nd 1pm – 4pm – Trade School presents a Letter Writing Social, led by Brittany West. Participants will revive the lost art of writing letters. This event requires registration through Trade School Indianapolis.

Feb 4th 7pm – Indy Word Lab presents a creative writing workshop, open to the public.

Feb 6th 7 pm– Trade School presents a class on cuddling, led by Mayowa Tomori. This event requires registration through Trade School Indianapolis.

Feb 9th 2-4pm – Typography enthusiasts are invited to come to the first call out meeting for anyone interested in guided exploration of the art of typography.

Feb 9th 6 pm – Brett Wiscons book launch for the novel “Friend or Foe,” first in the Bear Whitman mystery series

Feb 14th 7 pm – Michaal L. L. Collins, poet and former student of Etheridge Knight, will read.

Feb 18th 7 pm – Indy Actors’ Playground performs.

Feb 21st 7 pm – IUPUI Student Reading Series

Feb 23rd 4-7 pm – Brad LaMar launches the first of his new young adult series, titled “The Obsidian Dagger.”

Feb 23rd 7 pm – Jen Tucker reads and signs her new comic memoir, “The Day I Lost My Shaker of Salt.”

Feb 28th 7 pm – Roving Cinema presents “The Neverending Story.”

March 1st 7 pm – Indy Jazz Fest’s High School All Stars will perform for First Friday.

March 4th 7 pm – Indy Word Lab presents a creative writing workshop, open to the public.

March 5th 7 pm – Dan Wakefield comes to Indy Reads Books to host a screening of “Going All the Way,” based on Wakefield’s novel.

March 7th, 5:30-7:30 pm – IN Conversation records their regular podcast at Indy Reads Books.

March 13th 7 pm – Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, author of “Spark,” will read from and sign copies of her book, published by local small press Engine Books.

March 14th 5 – 7 pm– Lorene Burkhart comes to speak and sign books, including her most recent, “Bootstraps: How Women Pull Themselves Up Through Tough Times.”

March 22nd 7 pm – Indy Reads Books hosts a reading and discussion of Ray Bradbury and “The Martian Chronicles,” as part of a weekend long celebration of the author in conjunction with Bookmama’s and the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies.

March 23rd 7 pm – Vouched Presents reading series

March 27th 7 pm – IUPUI Student Reading Series

April 5th 7 pm – The Indy Jazz Fest High School All-Stars perform for First Friday.

April 7th 7 pm - Indy Word Lab presents a creative writing workshop, open to the public.

April 13th 7pm – Butler University MFA Reading Series

April 18th 6 pm – 8 pm – Indiana Young Writers present a student reading.

April 25th 7 pm – IUPUI Student Reading Series