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Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park, Aug. 27, 2016

August 13, 2016 Leave a comment

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Kay Feeney-Caito
On behalf of the Feast of Lanterns

The Feast of Lanterns annual, family-friendly festival organized by the Lanterns Foundation Inc. is slated for Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, from 4:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. at Spades Park, 1800 Block of Nowland Avenue, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Admission is free.

This colorful and visually-appealing one-day festival features glowing lanterns, food trucks, live music from local and national bands, a kids zone, community vendors, artists, yoga, a beer garden, and more. Festival attendees can enjoy the event after dark when one can see and enjoy the lanterns and lights throughout the festival.

The Feast of Lanterns Festival is host to over 30 local artists with items for sale, neighborhood organizations, games, and performances. Food trucks include Duos, Citizen Hash, Calliope Sno Balls, Cosmic Chrome, Gauchos Fire, General American Donut Company, Taste of Caribbean, Der Pretzel Wagen, Kickstand The Flying Cupcake, Gordon’s Ice Cream and more. The beer garden will feature Metazoa, Flat 12 Bierworks, Ash & Elm Cider Company and Tastings Wine.

Live music features Damon Karl, The Punkin Holler Boys, Busman’s Holiday, Bonessetters, Rodney Stepp & The Steppin’ Out Band featuring Steve Cooper and The Pork and Beans Brass Band.

Feast of Lanterns is sponsored by John Boner Neighborhood Centers, Eskenazi Health, Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub, Near Eastside Area Renewal, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Tick Tock Lounge.

FREE parking will be available at Circle City Industrial Complex located at 1125 Brookside Ave. Park free and walk down the new Pogue’s Run Trail to Spades Park and the Feast of Lanterns.

All are invited to bring family and friends and be a part of over a decade of community tradition. For more information, visit

Stipends Available to Indiana Nonprofits

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By Kristen Fuhs Wells
Indiana Humanities

INDIANAPOLIS (August 12, 2016)—Nonprofit organizations can apply for a $100 stipend to host a film screening and community discussion about the past, present and future of Indiana.

In celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial and its Next Indiana thematic initiative, Indiana Humanities collaborated with WFYI Public Media to create a special episode of the documentary film series Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana.

Entitled “The Next Indiana,” the episode captures the unique moment in 2016 as Hoosiers look back and celebrate the state’s rich history, as well as look forward and imagine Indiana’s future.

A companion discussion guide, created by Indiana Humanities, is available to the public for free and can be downloaded at It includes tips for starting conversations, finding great facilitators and leading meaningful discussions.

“The film is a great jumping off point for thoughtful, open-ended and imaginative conversations about Indiana’s future,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “You’ll meet people from across the state who are committed to making their communities better and they’re hopeful about the future. We think the remarkable and inspiring stories are worth talking about with friends and neighbors.”

Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana explores Indiana’s 200-year history through the descendants of ordinary Hoosiers who lived through extraordinary times. Hosted by historian Dr. James Madison, the four-part series dives into Indiana’s most pivotal moments.

The Next Indiana episode features Hoosiers who are taking on today’s biggest challenges—changes in industry and agriculture, population growth and decline, planning for a high-tech future—so that their communities are more resilient and prepared for the future.

“We at WFYI are proud to offer the insightful documentary, Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana, as a window into the history of our state and its people. The final episode, The Next Indiana, in particular, truly lends itself to dialogue about what we want for Indiana’s next chapter. We look forward to the conversation,” said Clayton Taylor, vice president of television production, WFYI.

Schools, libraries, community centers and other tax-exempt organizations interested in hosting a public screening of episode four of Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana and subsequent discussion can apply for the $100 stipend to pay for items like food and beverage, a room rental fee, or for a facilitator.

Awarded organizations will also receive a copy of “The Next Indiana” episode to host the public screening and discussion between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. Stipends will be awarded on a rolling basis and awarded to communities based on criteria outlined in the application.

To apply to host a program and receive a stipend, visit The film will run on public media stations across the state this fall; check local listings for dates and times.

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. Learn more at

About WFYI
As a PBS and NPR member station that also produces local and original content, WFYI Public Media serves the public through six 24/7 digital broadcast services. WFYI Public Radio operates on two distinct stations – 90.1 FM and 90.1 HD2 The Point, while WFYI Public Television operates three DTV services (20.1, 20.2 and 20.3). Through intentional community engagement, WFYI has a strong education component, particularly as a hub for the public media initiative American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, and an ongoing public presence as an organization that amplifies the voices of our community. Learn more at