The third event in the series, hosted by IndyHub, the 20 & 30-something social/professional organization. Held on Georgia Street downtown, outside the Omni Hotel.
The Project finalists:
1. “ink.love” by Aaron Story, Irvington Terrace Neighborhood. ink.love is a tribute to Millenials (adults born after 1980) and celebrates Irvington Terrace’s 1913 centennial with a road tattoo on E. Washington St.
2. “Indy Writes Books” by Alyssa Newerth, Indy Reads. This place-based literary arts project will capture the stories of where we live and grew up, our childhood friends from next door, where we bought our 1st homes, and where we barbeque with our neighbors.
3. “IndyGo Inside Out” by Katie Basbagill, Harrison Center Artists. This project proposal is about photographing and highlighting IndyGo bus drivers as part of the international “Inside Out” public photography project that is taking place all over the world.
4. “Indy Full Circle: Roger Gohl’s Waving Flag” by Mayowa Tomori. A documentary and art exhibition celebrating the legacy of Roger Gohl, the man who designed Indianapolis’ flag and gave our city a soul.
5. “I Am An Artist” by Malina Jeffers, Mosaic City. This project intends to broaden the way we think about artists.
Malina’s project was the one we voted for, and the project that won the $10,000 grant. It takes a look at artists and musicians who might be considered outside the mainstream arts movements in Indianapolis, and seeks to highlight the contributions of people from diverse backgrounds in order to provide inspiration and role models for future generations of young people in Indianapolis. The project will photograph the artists and display the large print photos around town, including in shop windows and businesses.
There were several worthy projects among this batch of candidates, and Malina’s stood out, but several were very solid ideas that would benefit the city. The IndyGo Inside Out project was one of those very inspiring project ideas, drawing on the global Inside Out project that I’ve seen several times online – large images of people’s faces displayed around a city to highlight a social justice issue in the city where those people reside. Indianapolis’ project would highlight public transit, a pressing social and community issue in Indianapolis, by photographing city bus drivers.
I liked the premise of Indy Full Circle, which seeks to draw attention to the artist Roger Gohl, who 50 years ago, designed Indianapolis’ city flag – a design that is timeless, inspiring, simple and endlessly adaptable as a symbol of the city’s identity. He was paid $50 for the flag design, and has never been given proper credit. This project would attempt to repair that oversight by telling his story. Unfortunately, I thought the plan for how that would work didn’t seem fully formed.
I also liked the goals Indy Writes Books project, but didn’t quite connect with it for some reason. There do seem to be an awful lot of writing/publishing projects among the Indy 5×5 proposals, but I haven’t seen or heard any of those projects originating from the several well-established writers groups like the Writer’s Center of Indianapolis, or the even from one of the large publishing companies in Indianapolis. I would think there would be some synergy there that should be tapped into.
I have to admit I was not terribly enthused about the ink.love project, which proposed to paint a large tattoo on Washington Street in Irvington. I shouldn’t say this outloud, but when I heard what they project was about, I turned to Stephanie and said “why do they need $10,000 for that? Can’t they just do that with spray paint in the middle of the night like everyone else does?”