2015-01-27 / General

Communities Encouraged To Apply For Funds To Host ALL-IN Block Parties

Do your community’s residents like to engage in a little friendly competition? Do you wish you had funds to throw a community wide party that encouraged people to learn more about each other and the community’s assets? If so, Indiana Humanities invites you to apply to host an ALL-IN block party.

Selected communities will receive $1,000 along with materials and prizes to offer participants. ALL-IN Block Parties can be held anytime in 2015. A training will also be held in Indianapolis (travel stipends provided) to offer tips and best practices for success. The deadline to apply is February 2.

ALL-IN is a program designed by Indiana Humanities that challenges Hoosiers to take on new experiences in order to connect with each other, learn more about Indiana, and help make Indiana a better place to live. Challenges can be completed online and shared on social media, or in person at community events.

“The ALL-IN block party is really a celebration of your community,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “It’s perfect for families, young professionals, longtime citizens and newcomers. You get to choose which challenges fit with your community, how, where and when you have the party, and we provide you with funds, training and resources.”

The ALL-IN website (www.IndianaHumanities.org/all-in) poses questions and issues challenges in eight humanities-based categories (explore, discover, read, remember, connect, participate, reflect, dream). The site offers data, infographics, surveys, local profiles and more to inspire these new experiences. There’s also a scorecard and opportunities to share your progress with friends on social media.

“We created ALL-IN as an online tool, but we realized that one of the best ways to connect with each other and participate in some of the challenges was through local events driven by local organizations,” Amstutz said.

One of those communities was Dubois County, which piloted the ALL-IN Block Party concept in fall, 2014. The event featured 12 challenges, more than a dozen local partners, and attendance by the mayors of Jasper and Huntingburg, and the town board president of Ferdinand. Participants received a scorecard and completed various challenges – such as eating food from an ethnic restaurant, sharing their “Indiana-versary” (when they or their family first came to Indiana), or identifying a hidden gem in the county.

“It’s always great fun to collaborate with all our community organizations to create a high profile event. We welcomed over 100 guests and the energy in the place was obvious,” said Alan Johnson, the local organizer of the event and dean of the Vincennes University-Jasper Campus.

To access the ALL-IN Block Party application, a coordinator’s handbook, and case studies on other successful ALL-IN events, visit: http://www.indianahumanities.org/programs/all-in/allinblockparty/.

About ALL-IN

ALL-IN is an Indiana Humanities program that was inspired by the 2011 Indiana Civic Health Index, which revealed lower than average results in areas such as voter participation and registration and working with neighbors to solve problems. The interactive website (IndianaHumanities.org/ all-in) was designed by The Basement, a digital design studio headquartered in Indianapolis, and is supported by monetary or in-kind support from Ivy Tech Community College, The Basement, Valparaiso University, University of Indianapolis, Indiana Historical Society, Inside Indiana Business and Visit Indy.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.

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