5×5: Read Indy

Energize the Circle City through creativity! We have search far and wide for imaginative ideas that use reading and the written word to make life in Indy even better! Join us and cast your vote for the best idea. One inventive proposal will win $10,000 to turn an idea into action.

Thursday, May 14 | Fountain Square Theatre Building

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. | Program begins at 6 p.m.

After party to follow at New Day Meadery

RSVP here.

The 5×5 Read Indy finalists and proposals include:

The House Poem Project

Phyllis Viola Boyd and LaShawnda Crowe Storm

Boyd, an artist and urban designer, and Crowe Storm, a mixed media artist, activist and community builder, propose a project to cover blighted houses with murals of poems written by area residents.

Pedals, Prose & Places

Ashlee Wilson Fujawa

Fujawa, the director of public relations at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, intends to use the award to create an interactive “choose-your-own adventure” bike ride, where participants bike to different parts of the city and encounter an author or “character” along the way.

Pop-Up Health Poetry

Emily Baughman

Baughman, a published poet and certified health education specialist, suggests the use of poetry stands at farmers markets and other summer events to allow visitors to solicit and read health related poems written by Indiana poets.

Read & Be Heard

Gordon Strain and Dianne Moneypenny

Strain and Moneypenny plan to ask Indianapolis residents to read aloud their favorite sentence from their favorite book and then compile recordings into an audio piece that will play from speakers installed around the city. They have published bilingual short stories, traveled the globe and created sculptures, paintings and installations around the U.S.

Voices from Central State

Elizabeth Nelson

Nelson, the director of public programs at the Indiana Medical History Museum, recommends a series of readings, performances and displays of literature and art by and about patients at Central State Hospital. This series would also include the launch of a historic tour on the former grounds of the hospital.


Interested in learning more about what we were looking for in our applications? View the call for proposals.