Friday, May 7, 2010

Lots of News from INRC

Front Porch Fridays

Last year marked our inaugural community building event: Front Porch Fridays! This event celebrated a time when people met on their neighbor's front porch to build relationships, exchange ideas and share resources. We welcome all of you to bring your lawn chairs, stories and neighbors along to share in this collaborative event.

This Spring and Summer, Front Porch Fridays take place on the 2nd Fridays of each month:

May 14, June 11, July 9 and August 13. All Front Porch Fridays will be 11:30am - 1:30pm at INRC, 1802 N. Illinois Street.
The topic for our May discussion will include conversations about Public Allies, including who they are, what they do and how you can join them. Current Allies will be present to discuss the program. We encourage you to learn more about the program at

For more information or to RSVP for the event, please call 920-0330, ext. 100 or We look forward to seeing you on the porch!

Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI) Spring Graduation

Join us as we celebrate the Spring 2010 Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI) graduating class! The event will be Wednesday, May 19, 5:30 p.m. at INRC, 1802 N. Illinois Street.

The celebration will include a short program featuring remarks from some of the graduates about ICBI, their community involvement, and stories of how they are working in their neighborhoods. Light refreshments will be served.

The evening's keynote speaker is Dennis Ryerson, editor and vice president of The Indianapolis Star. Please plan to join us as we celebrate neighborhood leadership!


Indy's Matching Awards for Great Indy Neighborhoods Engagement

IMAGINE provides financial resources for projects, events and activities designed to increase resident engagement, promote neighborhood action, and establish new and stronger relationships among grassroots organizations and businesses.

The next IMAGINE deadline is 5pm on Wednesday, June 2. Eligible not-for-profit neighborhood organizations can apply for between $500 to $5,000 in IMAGINE support.

Attendance at a technical assistance session is mandatory for submission of an application. The final session before the June 2 deadline is Saturday, May 15 at 10am at INRC's office, 1802 N. Illinois St.

For more information, call (317) 920-0330 or visit

Summer 2010 Trainings at INRC

INRC will again host summer courses during the months of June and July. Courses this year will offer a wide array of trainings that have garnered interest in year's past, as well as some new courses. INRC is pleased to announce the following classes to be offered this summer. All courses are FREE and will be held at INRC's offices, 1802 N. Illinois St.

Demystifying the Zoning Process: Thursday, June 10, 6:00-8:30pm

It all starts with an innocuous notice in the mail. Soon you are thrown into a bewildering process of rezonings & variances and the "land use decision-making" process. What does it all mean? What are the rules? How can one person have an impact? Find out these answers and more from Tammara Tracy, Principal Planner with the City of Indianapolis, with 19 years experience in the field.

Youth and Adult Partnerships: Thursday, June 17, 6:00-8:30pm

This course is for youth and adults that want to learn how to work more effectively together and neighborhood organizations that are trying to engage youth of their community. Representatives from the Near West Collaborative and the Latino Youth Collective will share the experience of creating and implementing the Near West Youth Summit 2009 that was created and implemented by the youth of the Near West community in partnership with adult volunteers. Participants will learn the elements of great youth and adult partnerships and how to tap in to the energy of youth in their neighborhood.

Made For Each Other: Arts as Engagement:

Tuesday, June 22, 6:00-8:30 pm & Thursday, June 24, 6:00-8:00pm

(participants must attend both sessions)

Social practice art is about using creative approaches to work with people in ways that benefit society. In this workshop, we'll talk about and experience great ways to build community by engaging and involving neighbors in creative activities that help us connect with one another and improve our communities. Participants will engage in a project that helps us accomplish one of the main goals of social practice art - getting to know each other better.

IMAGINE TA Session: Wednesday, June 30, 6:00-8:30pm

Be sure to submit your application for the next round of the 2010 IMAGINE grant opportunity! Eligible not-for-profit neighborhood organizations can apply for between $500 to $5,000 in IMAGINE support. All interested IMAGINE applicants are required to attend a Technical Assistance (TA) session before submitting an IMAGINE application.

Accessing Resources: Thursday, July 8, 6:00-8:30pm

This course introduces the potential of using information and information technologies to better understand communities. It also includes an exploration of online sites, both local and national, that will assist any resident with gaining the knowledge needed to have data available to make tough decisions, create plans, and to make community change.

Animal Welfare in Indianapolis: Tuesday, July 13, 6:00-8:30pm

Indianapolis is working towards being a model city for animal welfare in its ability to balance safety in its neighborhoods with the humane treatment of its animals. As a result of significant collaboration among City agencies responsible for public safety and the Indianapolis Animal Welfare Alliance, the community is being become informed and engaged in helping Indianapolis achieve key goals for dogs, cats and other animals in need by 2020. This discussion will talk about the critical role that community groups can and should play in achieving these important goals.

Department of Code Enforcement: Tuesday, July 20, 6:00-8:30pm

The newly developed Department of Code Enforcement has streamlined the City's licensing, permitting, and inspection functions under one agency to implement a more comprehensive code enforcement effort and one-stop shop to improve livability, safety, convenience, and quality of life for citizens. Whether you need a business or contractor license, a permit for development, environmental, or special event, or an inspection related to zoning, high weeds and grass, weights & measures and more, the new Department of Code Enforcement is here to serve you.

How to Produce a Neighborhood History: Tuesday, July 27, 6:00-8:30pm

One of the recent trends in neighborhoods across Indianapolis is coming up with creative ways to research and tell about the unique history of their communities. This class will bring together neighbors that have produced histories, the Neighborhood Alliance Press whose mission is to help communities tell their stories, the IUPUI Digital Archives and the IUPUI Department of Anthropology that is using students to partner with neighborhoods to produce histories. Learn about these projects and how your community can begin this work.

All classes will be held at INRC, 1802 N. Illinois Street. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your space today by calling Nita McCormick at INRC at 920-0330, ext. 100 or

INRC Celebrates 16 Years

of Strengthening, Developing and Empowering

Neighbors & Neighborhoods

INRC invites you to join us for our 16th Annual Meeting Celebration on Monday, September 27th at 6:00pm (location TBA). Please mark your calendars for this upcoming event. There will be a brief program honoring achievements of INRC and Indianapolis neighborhoods. In addition to a keynote address by IMPD Chief Paul Cieselski, there will be a 'tailgate' party to celebrate National Good Neighbor Day on September 28. Stay tuned for more information!

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