IN Light IN Festival in Indianapolis, Aug. 26-27, 2016
By Sarah Howard
Central Indiana Community Foundation
What does our city have in common with London, Prague and Amsterdam? From 8:52 p.m. to 1:02 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, Indianapolis will harness the power of light, technology and creativity for a world-class event unlike anything the Circle City has seen before.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of The Indianapolis Foundation, the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), in partnership with Northern Lights.MN, is producing IN Light IN, a dazzling, free, two-day interactive light festival, featuring artists and performers from Indianapolis and beyond, plus some of the city’s most inspiring places.
The event, sponsored by The Indianapolis Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment and many other generous sponsors, will feature more than 20 light installations and programming on the Downtown Canal and along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail on Walnut Street.
“The Indianapolis Foundation has been a leading force in community-building for 100 years.” said Brian Payne, president and CEO of CICF, “As the Foundation looks forward to its next 100 years of service, it is fitting that we will honor the organization by creatively transforming some of our city’s most inspiring places in ways that could not have been technologically possible even a few years ago,”
CICF announced plans for the IN Light IN festival yesterday at a press conference on Monument Circle. The announcement included a sneak peek at At Night We Light Up, a digital installation by Brooklyn-based artist Amanda Browder on the IPL building. Amanda’s digital installation on the IPL building can also be seen on July 5-7, July 21-23, July 28-31, Aug. 8-10, and Aug. 21-27.
Other art and experiences participants can explore include a large-scale, interactive video projection installation by New York City collective, YesYesNo on the entire facade of the Scottish Rite Cathedral; a roving light-based fashion showcase by Indianapolis’ own Pattern collective; a 24-foot illuminated canopy by the Muncie-based PROJECTiONE on the pergola of the Marriott Residence Inn on the Canal; and an immersive 360-degree sound and video installation by Big Tent. For more information about IN Light IN, including a full list of artists, performances and installations, visit http://www.INlightINfestival.org/.
Celebrating 100 Years of Indianapolis Philanthropy
In 1916, former U.S. vice president Charles Warren Fairbanks, Eli Lilly and Company president Josiah K. Lilly, civic leader Henry H. Hornbrook and others formed the first Board of Trustees of The Indianapolis Foundation—one of the first community foundations in America. Over the next century, the foundation helped launch or support a great number of the city’s most important not-for-profits. Today, vital community organizations like Second Helpings, The Mind Trust, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and United Way of Central Indiana exist thanks in part to grants or support from The Indianapolis Foundation.
The organization’s centennial is being marked with a yearlong celebration, including IN Light IN and a gala on Saturday, Aug. 27, which will feature $1 million in surprise grants to organizations that reflect the values, history and mission of The Indianapolis Foundation and a commitment to the future of Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Foundation also established two $100,000 Ben Franklin Funds, built from gifts of $100 and $1,000 from community donors. Each fund will be invested in CICF’s endowment investment pool and will not be accessed until The Indianapolis Foundation’s bicentennial in 2116, when the funds, valued at an estimated $100 million, will be released and used for the public good. For more information and to donate to Ben Franklin Funds, visit www.BeIN2016.org/BFF.
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $701 million public foundation transforming the lives of Central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to address community needs and seize opportunities. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991.
For more information about CICF, call 317-634-2423 or visit http://www.cicf.org/.