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1 6 | C O R P O R AT E A N N U A L R E P O R T • The Civic Challenge partnership with Indiana Humanities reached 89 people and featured: >ALL IN for Civic Health, which shared non-partisan information and resources tied to voter registration and voting. >Project on Civic Reflection workshop on civic reflection dialogue practices, which uses a short text, object, or video to prompt conversation about underlying values, beliefs, and assumptions. • The Before I Die Festival, the first such festival in the US, was a project of the IU School of Nursing that was powered by Spirit & Place. The Spirit & Place program director consulted on the festival framework; connected the school with cultural, humanities, and civic organizations; drafted the project timeline and project director job description; and helped build the school’s capacity for public events. This festival occurred April 15-17, coinciding with National Healthcare Decision Day, and reaching 784 attendees through 27 events that explored how we approach death and dying. Events included book and film discussions, cemetery tours, art exhibits, pop-up “death cafes,” and more, plus a resource guide. • Darrell Nicholson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology at IUPUI, asked the Spirit & Place community engagement director to recommend a creative and challenging capstone project for his class. We connected them with The Learning Tree and Indy Parks, which were exploring the possibility of converting an old fire station for community use. Nicholson’s class took on the project, creating more than 20 options for consideration. This positive experience led Nicholson to engage a second capstone class in another redevelopment project (a 100+ year fire station in a different neighborhood). Both projects will serve as stable neighborhood anchors and significantly impact the quality of life for local residents. Budget and Funders The operating budget for the festival was $359,598, including in-kind services valued at $53,940. Major funders included Lilly Endowment Inc.; Allen Whitehall Clowes Charitable Trust, Inc.; Bohlsen Group; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation; Christian Theological Seminary; and IUPUI, among others. Steering Committee (advises on policy, themes, strategic planning) Bruce Hetrick (Chair), Principal, Powerful Appeals; Visiting Professor, Journalism and Public Relations Dept., IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Vicki Bohlsen, CEO, Bohlsen Group Keira Amstutz, President & CEO, Indiana Humanities David Bodenhamer, Executive Director, Polis Center at IUPUI (ex-officio) David Hampton, Sr. Pastor Light of the World Christian Church & Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement Elizabeth Goodfellow, Major Gift Officer, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI (ex-officio) Ken Honeywell, Partner/Creative Director, Well Done Marketing Charlie Hyde, President & CEO, Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site Pegg Kennedy, Sales Associates, Tucker Realty Leslie Kidwell, Major Gift Officer, American Red Cross David Kosene, President, Kosene and Kosene Development & Management Co., Inc. Fred Lewis, Senior Minister, First Baptist Church of Indianapolis Beth Perdue Outland, Vice President, Community Engagement & Strategic Innovation, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Cheri O’Neill, President & CEO, Ball State University Foundation Sr. Norma Rocklage, Executive Director, Education Formation Outreach, Marian University Gail Thomas Strong, Vice President, Community Engagement, WFYI Public Media Robin Thoman, Principal, Paradox Dental Care Sally Zweig, Attorney at Law, Katz & Korin, PC Festival Event Selection Committee Ebony Chappel, Editor-in-Chief, Indianapolis Recorder Matt Davis, Artist & Localmotion Host Asa Gauen, Filmmaker, Videographer, Photographer, Harrison Center for the Arts Heather Hall, Vice President, Community Development, Sun King Brewery Uroosa Khan, Planned Giving Coordinator, Islamic Society of North America Marc McAleavey, Executive Director, PlayWorks Leah Nahmias, Director of Programs & Community Engagement, Indiana Humanities 16