We are very excited to announce our 2014 Focus 2020 Community Action Grant recipients! We recently awarded $24,954 in grants to 8 local community activists to support projects designed to create a more welcoming and engaged greater Indianapolis community.
2014 Focus 2020 Community Action Grant Awardees:
– David Durica: #bereconciled – $5,000 grant
Dialogue will be facilitated within diverse groups, featuring a storytelling presentation teaching reconciliation. Participants will be invited to identify/photograph their “Claim to Change” to contribute to the art installation, a collage.
– Michelle Winkelman: Beyond Perceptions: Immigration – $3,805
Youth artists and foreign-born adults will be paired to exchange stories and thoughts on the topic of immigration and will create art based on that exchange. The project will culminate in an exhibit at the Indianapolis Art Center.
– Stephanie Putt: Children’s International Folk Dance Festival – $900
Will provide scholarships to allow Indiana children to learn and perform international folk dances.
– Vanessa Gibbs: GGMBC Summer Youth Academy – $1,410 grant
In partnership with Indy Parks, will englighten, engage, instruct and transform youth on the aspect of how much bigger communal life is than we are as individuals.
– Karen Harper: Indy Sun Circle Initiative – $2,700 grant
Will create a weekly circle experience with a group of local participants so each 1) feels the impact of their own authenticity, worthiness and wisdom, 2) discovers similar appreciation for others, and 3) build trust with others through mutual respect & accountability.
– Tuane Hearn: Inside Out: Beyond the 4th Wall – $4,250 grant
Producing a video that will communicate to at-risk youth the power of their own decision-making by connecting them to the stories of incarcerated youth sharing stories of what they wish they had done differently.
– Darren Chittick: Sharing Our Stories: Life at war and life at home after war – $1,889 grant
Will create a more welcoming home for future returning veterans by recording their stories of living through war to allow Hoosiers to better understand their experiences.
– Karlisha Russell: The Good Hustle Project – $5,000 grant
An urban youth entrepreneurship initiative. It is designed to help youth identify and explore their own natural gifts and teach them how to parlay these gifts into a successful and legal entrepreneurial endeavor.