Indy 5×5’s Final $10,000 Prize Awarded

This past Friday, 5 finalists participated in the last Indy 5×5 event of the year. Funded by CICF, the Efroymson Family Fund, and the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Indy 5×5 was formed to award $10,000 to winning ideas that foster community building and art-focused innovations in the city of Indianapolis. This year-long idea-pitching series calls artists, innovative thinkers, educators, or anyone with a creative idea to submit their project idea for review. The submissions are then narrowed down to five finalists for each event and they are given five minutes and allotted only five slides to pitch their idea. The winner is chosen by the votes of the judges and the public and then they’re awarded $10,000 to make their project come to life.

The Harrison Center for the Arts hosted this 5×5 event in their chapel which cultivated a fun and unique atmosphere. People from all over the city flooded the pews to here the presentations and cast their vote. Some local vendors provided food and drinks and the “congregation” took part in a community sing-a-long. The ballots were collected in a can that was passed through the pews creating another correlation to the church venue.bandharrisoncenterchapel

Adrian Pumphrey took home the prize for his great idea – an Indianapolis Young Songwriter’s Guild that will provide a place for young musicians to come together to express, create, and showcase their work.


Though currently teaching math to high school students, Adrian grew up writing and performing music. He taught himself how to play several instruments, but was frustrated that there weren’t many opportunities to collaborate and learn from other artists, share art, and record songs. His own experiences set the stage for his project goal and gave him the gumption to fight for a place where his students and other artists can cultivate their musical creativity.

You can learn more about his proposal in this video clip:

The other four 5×5 contestants had amazing ideas as well:


  • Brent Aldrich – “Near Eastside Neighborhood Arts,” a neighborhood based public arts program which will implement small public art projects in all 20 NESCO neighborhoods


  • Tiffany Benedict-Berkeson – the “Hi, Indy Neighbor” party (series) to welcome new neighbors to Indianapolis


  • Marilyn Gatin – “I AM INDY,” an interactive, human-powered map-based sculpture located along the Monon Trail


  • Atsu Kpotufe – 40Kkm, a multi-disciplinary exhibition by Indianapolis’ international community artists in a building anchoring the Peace Walk