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The $20K Competition About Race at IMA, Nov. 1

The Toby Theatre at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Toby Theatre at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Aroundindy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Jessica Kiefer
On behalf of the Spirit & Place Festival

The 18th annual Spirit & Place Festival celebrates theme of RISK November 1-10, 2013, beginning with an opening night event that will focus on the four finalists in a call-out for original projects centered on a daring idea for reshaping notions of race in Central indiana. The “$20K: A Competition About Race” event will take place Friday, November 1, at the Toby, Indianapolis Museum of Art, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at imamuseum.org.

Audience members will cast their votes as four innovators (detailed below) vie for a $20,000 award. The winner will be selected by a combination of judge and audience votes. A panel of judges has determined the four finalists. For more information, visit www.spiritandplace.org. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is located at 4000 Michigan Road.


  • Javier Barrera – Latino Youth Collective
    Project Title: Race: A Look Inside
  • DeShong Perry-Smitherman – A Girl’s Gift, Inc.
    Project Title: My Mentor, My Self
  • Danicia Malone – Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center
    Project Title: The Lost Race
  • Pete Hylton – IUPUI School of Engineering & Technology, Motorsports Engineering Program
    Project Title: A Competition About Race Using Racing 


  • Gloria Berlanga King, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Wishard Health Services
  • Hope Hampton, Director of Community Relations, Christian Theological Seminary
  • Erin Kelley, Program Designer
  • Felipe Martinez (chair/moderator), Associate Executive Presbyter, Whitewater Valley Presbytery
  • Toby Miller, Director, Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network, a standing committee of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee
  • Helen Sanematsu, Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design, Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI
  • William Taft, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Service Corporation


The Spirit & Place Festival catalyzes civic engagement, respect for diversity, public imagination, and enduring change Spirit & Place is a collaborative community project managed by The Polis Center, part of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Major partners include Lilly Endowment Inc.; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; The Scott A. Jones Foundation; Bohlsen Group; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF Fund; IUPUI; IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis Public Library and more than 200 other community partners and donors. For more information, call The Polis Center at 317-274-2455 or visit www.spiritandplace.org. The 2013 festival takes place November 1-10.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Bohlsen Group.

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