An idea pitching competition which awarded $40,000 last year to local arts innovators is returning this May for another round. This first event in this year's lineup, called Re:Connect, is looking for "arts ideas that reconnect people with the environment, especially our waterways, and each other," according to a news release.
Big Car Collaborative will host the first event May 8 at their Service Center for Culture and Community. Three more events will follow, each looking for different types of ideas: RePurpose, hosted by People for Urban Progress on June 27; Re:Mix, hosted by the Harrison Center for the Arts on Aug. 1; and Re:Populate, hosted by IndyHub on Oct. 30.
Ideas for Re:Connect are due online to 5x5indy.org by April 27. Selected presenters will be notified by May 1. The May 8 edition will coincide with the opening of Theater of Inclusion's Tools exhibition (delayed from last year) and will feature a performance by the IUPUI Music Technology Ensemble.
The rules remain the same from last year: Each of five presenters gets five minutes and five slides to make her case. Host organizations are in charge of selecting finalists and coordinating judging, but audience voting is incorporated into deciding the winner. Each winner gets $10,000 to realize her project, with funds coming from Central Indiana Community Foundation, Efroymson Family Foundation and the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.
Here's a look at last year's 5x5 event at the Service Center, when Indy Film Fest won $10,000 for their Roving Cinema project.
Slideshow: 5X5 at Big Car
Craig Mince and Indy Film Fest won a $10,000 grant for their Roving Cinema pop-up screening at the first 5X5, a new idea-pitching event along the lines of Pecha Kucha.