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Uplift by Rita

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Uplift by Rita

‘Giving Tuesday’ reports show an essential truth: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Arts, culture, humanities and sports organizations re-invented their usual systems of delivery and turned live performance, exhibition, lecture, conversation, exploration— into virtual hands-on, participatory and joyful moments. The public responded on May 5, 2020, meting out what monetary contributions they could afford to help artists in all genres keep working from new platforms within the organizations that bring their talents to the general public. 

Musician, composer, educator Monika Herzog sent an embracing message: “Creativity blooms during difficult times [when] there is an increased need to come up with new solutions and deep emotional expressions. 

“April quietly came and went - there was silence in the streets, deserted downtowns - life was confined to homes and grocery stores. Inside each home computers were running day and night, zoom in and out, stream on and off, online meetings, virtual classes, online parties. In our home, we had a High School senior finish school without the traditions of prom and walking across a stage, and a college student return home before the end of the school year. But families also had meals together, played games, took walks, flowers and vegetables were planted, new ideas sprouted, new art was created. We are not over the hill yet, and when we reach the end of the tunnel we'll enter a new world. Stay safe and healthy - see you on the other side. Monika“ 


Actors Theatre of Indiana, in the midst of celebrating their 15th anniversary, reports “over 20K views  over  the past seven weeks with their Facebook LIVE Friday Showcase.” Keep catching them on May 8 at 7:30 p.m. and on May 12 for a special celebration. CLICK HERE TO JOIN FRIDAY, 7:30 PM

ATI adds this Vince Lombardi quote:: "Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a teamwork, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."

Indianapolis Opera invites us to click on to engage with soprano Christina Bakhoum Sanchez performing a solo performance from her home, with pianist Valerie Pool. 


The Benjamin Harrison Presidential site invites us to “explore in 3D some of [their] 10,000+ artifacts … not only from President Harrison and his family, but from 21 other U.S. presidents, including George Washington, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.” click here: Visit  Here’s a  30-second video tutorial on finding/printing the artifacts. More here:  Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site , curated selection  ,  the collection  ;  

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is one of 35 nonprofits receiving newly announced $85,000+ in grants from Indiana Humanities. Learn more at  


Indiana Historical Society provides a weekly [virtual] high five ideas for “fun, educational and historical on-line experiences. Get them here. This year’s National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) State Contest was hosted virtually. Check out this video to see the winners.


Indiana Writers Center is maintaining a schedule to assist aspiring and working writers. check out for the course catalog


Arts for Learning reports continuing off-site opportunities, including videos, and take-home instructional art kits to Indianapolis families and youth with limited internet access.  Connect here:


And, from her headquarters in New York City, Kelly Tick wrote to “Simply Good Foods is a mission-based organization with the purpose of teaching people to eat right and snack smarter. Our mission continues to be that throughout this time, and as we move to the future. We believe in empowering and educating people with nutrition information – tools, education, recipes and more – and providing them with great snacks to fuel their lives. We want to share what Simply Good Foods – who produces nutritious products from Quest Nutrition®, Atkins® and SimplyProtein™ – has been doing in Indianapolis: 

Donated more than 500,000 servings of our products to Feeding America, City Harvest, and Community Food Share food banks across the nation.

Supporting Feed the Children in the Indianapolis area with more than 100,000 servings of product for those impacted by the recent tornados and COVID-19.

Helping HealthCorps by providing more than 6,000 ready to drink protein shakes to serve their communities.

Employees and the company matching program have donated more than 435,000 meals to those in need.”

Kelly Tick’s report is in line with what our local food sources ave been doing in safe and courageous ways as a flip side to ”not by bread alone” because when people are hungry, undernourished and without nutritious food sources matters of the mind, civic duty, and personal uplift have little credence. Overall, the main thrust now is to find ways to balance life of body with life of the mind.

This column no sooner surfaced than received a note on behalf of Arbor Homes, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, [that] is donating $100,000 to help feed the communities they serve, including “24 communities under development in Indianapolis, Greenfield, Fortville, McCordsville, Franklin, Greenwood, Whitestown, Lebanon, Avon, Fishers, Noblesville, Kokomo and Columbus.” 

“It’s important for us to support and give back to the cities and towns in which we build,” emailed Curtis Rector, President of Arbor Homes. “We realize the urgency of the need and plan to distribute the funds immediately.”

The donation will be divided between the following food banks who serve the areas surrounding the builders communities: 


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