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Indiana Author Awards Launch, Oct. 21, 2019 @inhumanities @artscouncilindy

October 7, 2019 Leave a comment

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By Greg Weaver
Indiana Humanities

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 7, 2019)—The expanded Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards, newly powered by Indiana Humanities, will launch on Oct. 21. 2019, 4 to 6 p.m. with special cocktails, on-demand poetry and a pop-up bookstore at a free Indianapolis Artsgarden event celebrating Hoosier writers and readers.

The public is invited to attend “Write Now: A Celebration of Indiana Literature,” where details about the expanded awards program will be revealed. The event will feature poets Adam Henze, Tony Brewer and Blaine Carrell creating new works on demand and an Indy Reads Books popup store of books by Indiana authors. Snacks, drinks and a complimentary signature cocktail or Sun King beer will be served.

Re-fashioned as biennial honors, the expanded Indiana Authors Awards also will offer author talks and writing workshops across the state, all aimed at celebrating Indiana writers, shining a light on the Hoosier literary community and deepening connections between the state’s writers and readers.

“We look forward to launching the expanded Indiana Authors Awards with an event that matches the excitement of today’s Indiana literary scene,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “Indiana authors are creating adventurous and surprising works, and we intend to reflect that in everything we do.”

“Write Now,” the awards and related programming are made possible through the generous support of Glick Philanthropies, which invited Indiana Humanities to re-imagine the Indiana Authors Awards and build on the successful program guided by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation for the past 10 years.

“We’re excited to continue celebrating Indiana authors and offer more ways to showcase their award-winning work to a wider audience through Indiana Humanities’ established and expansive statewide network,” said Marianne Glick, chair of the Glick Family Foundation and daughter of Eugene and Marilyn Glick. “Our state is producing many wonderful writers, and we want to be sure they are known to Hoosier readers.”

WHAT: Write Now: A Celebration of Indiana Literature

WHEN: Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m.

WHERE: Indianapolis Artsgarden

COST:  Free

RSVP:  https://writenowindiana.eventbrite.com/

In addition to honoring the best books written by Indiana writers, the Indiana Author Awards – which will be awarded next in 2020 – also will encourage residents to read and recommend more works by Hoosier authors and help make them more widely known in Indiana and across the nation.

Among the new initiatives will be:

  • More awards in more categories, to better honor the breadth of writing in Indiana, from fiction and nonfiction, to graphic novels and genre fiction, to poetry and drama, to books for young readers, teens and adults. Nominations for the 2020 awards will open Oct. 21.
  • More opportunities for Hoosiers, especially students, to meet and interact with authors. The Novel Conversations Speakers Program, which features Indiana Authors Awards winners, will expand to include writing workshops. Applications are now open to book an author talk or writing workshop in 2020. Learn more at http://www.indianahumanities.org/indianaauthorsawards.
  • A communications blitz after each round of awards to increase awareness and excitement among Hoosier readers. Among other things, every library in the state will receive posters, bookmarks, and other materials to create displays and programming around selected books.
  • Starting in 2021, a statewide “rock star” tour, featuring one of Indiana’s high-profile literary all-stars. Over an intensive week every other fall, thousands of Hoosiers will have the opportunity to hear from a favorite writer and connect with other readers.
  • A new monthly book review column, offered to newspapers around the state and posted online, that will help readers find their next great Hoosier read. Each review will be written by an Indiana author.

Full details about these changes will be announced at “Write Now.” Sign up to attend the event at https://writenowindiana.eventbrite.com/.

To keep up with the Indiana Authors Awards, including deadlines, winners and other news, Hoosiers also can sign up for the authors awards newsletter at http://www.indianahumanities.org/indianaauthorsawards  and follow the Indiana Authors Awards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Indiana Authors Awards

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards honor the best books written by Indiana authors. Awarded every two years, they celebrate Indiana writers, shine a light on the Hoosier state’s literary community and deepen connections between Indiana writers and readers. They were established in 2009 as a vision of Eugene and Marilyn Glick and are a new component of Indiana Humanities’ rich and diverse literary programming.

About Glick Philanthropies

Glick Philanthropies is a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity. Together, Glick Philanthropies strives to strengthen the quality of life in central Indiana and in communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located to ensure that people in those local communities can reach their full potential and lead lives of dignity. Glick Philanthropies includes the Glick Family Foundation, Glick Family Housing Foundation, Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), and Glick Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI). Since 1982, Glick Philanthropies has awarded over $150 million to charitable causes and has led a transformative effort to improve education and economic opportunity on Indianapolis’ far eastside where the Gene B. Glick Company was originally headquartered. Learn more at http://www.glickphilanthropies.org.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read and talk. Learn more at http://www.indianahumanities.org.

Stipends Available to Indiana Nonprofits

August 13, 2016 Leave a comment

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 http://www.indianahumanities.org/filmdiscussion. 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 www.indianahumanities.org/filmdiscussion. 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 www.indianahumanities.org.

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 www.wfyi.org.

Indiana Humanities Historic Bar Crawl, June 2-3, 2015

Indiana Repertory Theatre

The IRT is one of the venues during the Historic Bar Crawl. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Kristen Fuhs Wells
On behalf of Indiana Humanities

An upcoming bar crawl through downtown Indianapolis on June 2-3, 2015 will pair adult beverages with historic tales (and re-enactments) of the city’s workers through the decades.

For the third year in a row, Indiana Humanities will host a bar crawl to take history-lovers on a theme through the ages.

Participants will start and end at a courtyard overlooking Meridian Street and journey to four different locations, hearing about how strikes, civil rights and economic conflicts shaped much of the city’s history.

“The bar crawl is one of our most popular events because it allows people to learn about our past and connect with each other in a really fun way,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO at Indiana Humanities.

“This year’s theme is a nod to Indiana’s working people. In an unconventional way, we’ll tell a few surprising and little-known stories about how our jobs – and benefits – became what they are today.”

The PunchIN’ the Clock-themed event will feature interactive performances by Indiana Historical Society actors at each stop, including a boycott of shops where African Americans were not permitted to work in the 1930s, an airline strike led by stewardesses in the 1950s and a chance to experience historic workplaces.

PunchIN’ the Clock: An Indiana Humanities Historic Bar Crawl

WHEN:
Tue/Wed, June 2-3, 2015, 6-9 p.m.

WHERE:
Locations include The Basement’s Courtyard on Meridian Street Bridge, Spoke & Steele, Conrad Indianapolis and the Indiana Repertory Theatre (some details won’t be announced until the evening of the event).

COST:
$50 (Ticket price includes food and drink at each location, as well as at the pre- and post-gatherings).

Reservations required:
http://2015barcrawl.eventbrite.com/.

The event is held in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and Sun King Brewing Company and is sponsored in part by CityWay. Other in-kind partners include: The Basement, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Conrad Indianapolis, Spoke & Steele and Downtown Indy.

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. As a convener, leader and partner, Indiana Humanities promotes the public humanities and engages Indiana’s community of minds to create stronger, more vibrant communities. Learn more athttp://indianahumanities.org/.

Mass Ave ‘Crime and Punishment’ Bar Crawl, June 3-4

Inside the Art Bank Gallery.

The Art Bank Gallery, one of the participating venues in this event.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kristen Fuhs Wells
Indiana Humanities
http://indianahumanities.org/

An upcoming bar crawl along Indianapolis’ Massachusetts Avenue will pair adult beverages with historic tales (and re-enactments) of crime and punishment in the city. This year, the Indiana Humanities historic bar crawl has expanded into two nights and will take place on June 3 and 4. Participants will start and end at the Indianapolis City Market catacombs and journey to four different Mass Ave locations, hearing a historic tale about a notorious Indy crime at each spot.

“The bar crawl allows people to connect to our past and each other in a really fun way,” said Brandon Judkins, director of programs for Indiana Humanities. “The great legends and forgotten tales of Indianapolis has quickly made this one of our most popular events. What better way to experience the seedier side of history than with a drink in hand?”

The Crime & Punishment-themed event will feature interpreters and performances at each stop, including a rousing courtroom debate (attendees will cast their jury vote regarding infamous KKK leader and accused murderer D.C. Stephenson) at The Hall (formerly Old City Hall) and a behind-the-scenes of tour of Art Bank Gallery, the site of one of John Dillinger’s early bank robberies.

Crime & Punishment, Indiana Humanities’ Historic Bar Crawl

When:
Tuesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 6–9 p.m.

Where:
Locations include the Indianapolis City Market, The Hall and Art Bank Gallery (some details won’t be announced until the evening of the event)

Cost:
$50 (Ticket price includes food and drink at each location, as well as at the pre- and post-parties)

Reservations required.

The tour’s historic interpretations and performances will be provided courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society. Sun King Brewing Company is the title sponsor.

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. As a convener, leader and partner, Indiana Humanities promotes the public humanities and engages Indiana’s community of minds to create stronger, more vibrant communities. Learn more at http://www.indianahumanities.org.