We have 10 awesome finalists in the running to win our $5,000 Build Indy prize. Each day this week, we will be featuring two of them in our Build Indy Finalist Series. The winner of the $5,000 prize will be announced at our May 16 Celebrate the City Party.
Love one of the companies you read about? Register for the event and come out to vote for your favorite finalist, who could win the second place prize. ALL of the money from your $10 ticket will go directly to the second place finalist – so the more people in the door means more money for your favorite organization.
We’ll be featuring the finalists in alphabetical order, so today’s blog post is highlighting IndyFringe and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., who provided us with these descriptions:
“In 2001, a public meeting, ‘Theatre City Indianapolis 2012,’ was organized where Mayor Petersen met with a panel of experts and more than 250 Indianapolis citizens. At a further meeting on January 28, 2002 the single best idea—the one that met the most needs expressed in the room—was the idea of an Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival. In 2013, IndyFringe will celebrate its ninth festival and ownership of the IndyFringe building, a low cost rehearsal and performance space, at 719 E. St. Clair Street, 46202.
The IndyFringe Festival is the cornerstone of IndyFringe’s programming. This ‘first come- first served’ annual festival creates local theatre and attracts national and international acts to Indianapolis representing diverse cultural, economic and social backgrounds. Throngs of artists share their creativity with the Indianapolis community, and the community itself makes waves throughout the Mass Ave Cultural District as they attend theatre events, enjoy free street performance, and patronize the many shops and restaurants lining Mass Ave.
The l00 seat IndyFringe Basile Theatre serves as a low cost rehearsal and performance space in a city which has very few such amenities. The theatre offers a year round eclectic mix of emerging artists, new plays, established theatre groups, returning Fringe performers and community events which continually change and attract a diverse audience. The theatre is fully booked for 2013 with 217 shows plus DivaFest and OnyxFest. Storytelling Arts of Indiana will host their tenth anniversary Frank and Katrina Basile Emerging Storytelling Festival in November.”
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
“Founded in 1976 as Indianapolis Clean City Committee, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) initially worked to reduce and prevent litter in our city. KIB became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1980, and later changed the name to better reflect our broadened efforts in the community. In the late 1980s, KIB began environmental education for schools as well as the management of voluntary recycling programs and revitalization and beautification efforts. KIB is a community improvement nonprofit organization, and an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB), the national organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and environment in American communities.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. engages diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. This statement guides all of our operations and activities. Through an application process, we work alongside neighborhoods and their representatives who identify their needs. This ensures a grassroots approach with buy in from the neighborhood. This is important to the ongoing sustainability of projects. KIB in turn secures resources and partners to help. We work with a multitude of groups and individuals who share an interest in bettering our environment and helping neighborhoods thrive.”
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