Dream Indy: 5 x 5

Thursday, November 12, 2015 / 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. / Tube Factory artspace / 1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis

Dreams are worth dollars! 5 x 5 is an ideas competition in which a team wins $10,000 for an idea for using art to improve Indy. How would you use art or design to improve public spaces, accessibility, health/wellness, learning/education, or the environment?

Five teams used five slides and take five minutes to pitch their dream to make Indianapolis a better place, with art as the basis.  The winner took home $10K, and the other presenting teams got $500 for participating.

A panel of judges selected the best idea – based on viability, community impact, creativity, intergenerational appeal – and the audience vote counted, too.


  • Neighborhood Stories presented by Bob Sander and Alysah Rice

Neighborhood Stories connects Near Eastside residents, young and old, through storytelling and illustration. Visual artist Emily Kennerk will design a “Reader’s Chair,” a public artwork, to mark the site of monthly reading events, where community members can gather to share stories about their neighborhood, across generations. Workshops, sponsored by Arts for Learning, will be held at area schools for students to create books based on the stories collected and their own dreams for the community.

The four other finalists were:

  • Micro-affections presented by Danicia Malone and Tomm Roesch

Indiana is one of five states in the nation with no anti-hate crimes legislation.  This public art project will combat microagressions with microaffections through an interactive typographic projection of text related to ethics and advocacy, and eight gramophones strategically positioned around the city that collect and project words of encouragement.

  • Open Music Indy: A Collaborative Concert Series presented by Rob Funkhouser and Austin Senior

Open Music Indy is a concert series that would gather musicians (composers, songwriters, performers) from different Indianapolis communities to create new music and perform it free to the public. Collaborations would be designed to join audiences and artists that would not normally listen or perform together. The concerts would happen in all-ages public spaces and be used as a tool to foster relationships between musicians and music lovers of all kinds and to eliminate any perceived barriers, cultural, demographic, or otherwise, between them.

  • A Place to Call Home: Saint Clair Place and Neighborhood Identity presented by Lukas Schooler and Beverly Roche

Through neighbor-driven interviews and tailored public workshops, NoExit Performance would work with youth in the Saint Clair Place neighborhood to create a unifying historic and/or social narrative for their neighborhood through interviews with residents. NoExit Performance and neighbors will devise a series of short performances that will debut at the annual Saint Clair Place Parade.

  • The Secret of Life Society presented by Christopher M. Dance and Chad Hankins

The Secret of Life Society is a series of figurative public monuments depicting current community residents, selected through a voting process. The sculptures would include benches and information about the unique place where the monuments are located. The aim is to inspire hope through creating value and interest in public spaces and individual champions of neighborhoods.

5 x 5 was presented by Big Car, the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community, and Joy’s House Day Adult Service as part of the 2105 Spirit & Place Festival.  See this event on the Spirit & Place website and on Facebook.

Images from the event here.