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Picture a room full of Hoosiers thinking, talking, sharing, and doing things that take them just slightly out of their comfort zone. They’re having fun, they’re meeting new people and they’re learning about Indiana. This, in a nutshell, is an ALL-IN Block Party.

This unique program is a creative and fun way to bring together Hoosiers to inspire new ideas, get involved and make Indiana even better. Indiana Humanities is excited to offer program support, available by application, to organizations who want to make a Block Party happen in their community.

ALL-IN Block Parties will take place across the state for two years leading up to our bicentennial, reaching thousands of Hoosiers and generating tens of thousands of conversations about how we can make our state a better place to live, work and learn.

 

WHAT IS AN ALL-IN BLOCK PARTY?

An ALL-IN Block Party is a community-wide event where Hoosiers complete a series of fun and thought-provoking challenges that build state and local pride. The challenges are drawn from Indiana Humanities’ ALL-IN, a digital competition that inspires us to learn more about Indiana, connect with each other and make our state even better.

Participants circulate among booths run by different community organizations. At each booth, participants complete a short activity that asks them to explore, discover, reflect, remember, participate and connect, getting to know their neighbors and their state in new ways.

Host organizations are encouraged and will receive training on how to tailor the ALL-IN challenges to their local community.

Block Parties can be stand-alone events or be incorporated into other community events like festivals, back-to-school nights, holiday celebrations, etc.

Selected communities will receive a variety of resources to help imagine and activate their Block Party, including:

$1,000 award to cover costs of the Block Party
ALL-IN Starter Kit (value $150) of goodies to promote and host your event
–Attendance at and travel to a tailored Block Party planning workshop led by Indiana Humanities
Communications support from Indiana Humanities
–Up to 3 hours of a professional graphic designer’s time to customize your Block Party materials

A Block Party is customized to your organization and your community: you pick which challenges to do and work with local organizations to plan the event. Indiana Humanities provides planning support and funds to make your Block Party a success.

Hosting a Block Party is a great way to reach new audiences and build ties with new community partners. It’s also an opportunity to grow your organization’s creative programming and communications skills by working closely with Indiana Humanities expert staff.

WHO CAN HOST?

Applications are open to any tax-exempt organization in Indiana. We’re looking for creative proposals from across Indiana, including community organizations, libraries, schools and colleges, religious groups, museums and historic sites, arts + culture organizations, community foundations, young professionals groups or local governments.

There are lots of ways a Block Party can help you accomplish your goals. See this chart for a few of our ideas!

Successful applicants will tell us how hosting a Block Party will help them inspire new ideas and get people involved in their community. While you don’t have to know your exact date or final list of community partners when you apply, we want to see that you’ve thought through how the event will take place and have strong support in place locally to make your event a success.

Host organizations commit to send a planning team (the coordinator + up to 3 others) to a Block Party planning workshop. Travel to and from the workshop is covered by Indiana Humanities.

How to Apply

We’ve awarded our final round of ALL-IN Block Parties. Stay tuned for announcements regarding parties in your area through December 2016.

Deadlines

June 1, 2016          Planning Workshop: TBD; early-mid July 2016
For events scheduled: July—December 2016

You will receive notification within 10 business days of the application deadline.

Questions?

If you would like to talk over your ideas before you apply, email or call Leah Nahmias (lnahmias@indianahumanities.org / 317-616-9804).