August 10, 2021
Defaced #BlackLivesMatter mural recreated for museum exhibit — preserving a critical moment in history, organizers say
by Shari Finnell, editor/writer, Not-for-profit News

Just over a year ago, Indianapolis native Deonna Craig was among a group of 18 artists who gathered in downtown Indianapolis — committing their talents and points of view to create a street mural during one of the most turbulent periods in American history. 

Craig recalls the experience on Indiana Avenue as a peaceful refuge, even as people gathered just outside of a barricade to protest them painting the phrase “#BlackLivesMatter” (BLM) on a segment of Indiana Avenue.

“It was like I was in a bubble,” recalls Craig, who included the names of people who had been killed by local police in the letter V, her contribution to the project approved by the City-County Council of Indianapolis and Marion County. 

About a week later, the street mural was vandalized with splatters and streaks of gray paint — similar to the acts of vandalism on #BlackLivesMatter public artwork across the nation.

Craig, an art instructor who regularly talks to youth at area schools about current events and the power of artistic expression, said the defacing of the mural did little to minimize the voices of the artists who gathered that day. While the vandalism was discouraging, she said, it wasn’t entirely unexpected given the tensions in the community throughout 2020.

Unveiling of new BLM exhibit

And with a recent exhibit launched by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis those moments will reach a larger audience — as many as the 1.2 million visitors who visit the attraction each year.

Under a special initiative, the museum commissioned the artists to recreate miniaturized versions of their street artwork on 16x20 canvases, said Monica Ramsey Humphrey, director of exhibits and interactive media for The Children’s Museum. Of the 18 artists, 14 artists, including Craig, participated — recreating their artistic lettering and recording a video in which they share their personal stories, inspiration and experiences of how the mural impacted their lives. The exhibit also includes some of the concept art renderings, tools, shirts, badges and clothes the artists were wearing as part of the event.

“It’s an incredibly important movement,” Ramsey Humphrey said of the massive outpouring of people who demonstrated on behalf of the #BlackLivesMatter campaign. “The museum has a responsibility to collect and preserve moments in history for generations to come.”

Giving USA 2021: In a year of unprecedented events and challenges, charitable giving reached a record $471.44 billion in 2020
While a strong year-end stock market and giving in response to COVID-19 and racial justice efforts drove growth in contributions, a tumultuous year created an uneven picture
by I.U. Lilly Family School of Philanthropy of IUPUI

Giving USA 2021: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2020 reports that individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $471.44 billion to U.S. charities in 2020.

Total charitable giving grew 5.1% measured in current dollars over the revised total of $448.66 billion contributed in 2019. Adjusted for inflation, total giving increased 3.8%. (Please see below for a more detailed breakdown of the numbers for each philanthropic source and sector.)

Giving USA, the longest-running and most comprehensive report on the sources and uses of charitable giving in America, is published by Giving USA Foundation, a public service initiative of The Giving Institute. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

“Unprecedented developments in 2020 including the global pandemic, the ensuing economic crisis, and efforts to advance racial justice created intense, widespread need and significantly increased the demand upon nonprofit organizations. Remarkably, generous giving coupled with the stock market turnaround in the final months of the year boosted contributions.

As a result, 2020 is the highest year of charitable giving on record,” said Laura MacDonald, CFRE, chair of Giving USA Foundation and Principal and Founder of Benefactor Group. “Amid these unique circumstances, however, the nation’s overall economic picture remained mixed. It is important to recognize that the picture for individual households and organizations may have looked quite different, with many facing hardship even though total giving posted strong growth.”

“In some ways, 2020 is a story of uneven impact and uneven recovery. Many wealthier households were more insulated from the effects of COVID-19 and the ensuing economic shock, and they may have had greater capacity to give charitably than households and communities that were disproportionately affected and struggled financially,” said Amir Pasic, Ph.D., the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “Similarly, growth in the S&P 500 in recent years and the market recovery in 2020 positioned foundations to respond to the year’s challenges, with the result that giving by foundations reached its largest-ever share of total giving, at 19 percent. Still, for many people and communities, the need remained great throughout the year and beyond.”

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Leadership search conducted by Charitable Advisors
Pass the Torch for Women Foundation has hired Danielle Nimtz as program manager. Nimtz has worked with numerous organizations that are committed to increasing gender equity in the state of Indiana and nationwide.
Indiana Humanities has named Lyndsey Blair as programs associate. Blair most recently served as web archiving assistant at IUPUI University Library.
Indiana Humanities has promoted Beth Kloote to office manager and development associate. Kloote previously was office manager and executive assistant. 
Indiana Humanities has promoted Claire Mauschbaugh to events and operations manager. Mauschbaugh previously served as events and communications associate.
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics has hired Kristen Fuhs Wells as its executive director. Wells previously served as vice president for Indiana Humanities.
The Mind Trust has received a $200,000 grant from Glick Philanthropies to advance educational equity in Indianapolis. The grant supports the Mind Trust’s six-year Advancing Educational Equity strategic plan, which focuses on doubling the number of Indianapolis Public Schools students who are academically proficient. Read

Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) Indiana has received grants from Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust in the amounts of $300,000 and $250,000, respectively, for its Envision the Future capital and operations campaign. The grants will help VIPS complete construction on the Simon & Estelle Knoble Family Resource Center, scheduled to open later this year in downtown Indianapolis. Read

Twelve Indianapolis tech companies collaborated to raise funds for local charities as part of the third annual Indy Tech Gives social fundraising challenge. The participating companies raised more than $90,000 for 10 central Indiana nonprofits. See Recipients

New Hope of Indiana has received a $30,000 grant from The Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation, a partner of Hamilton County Community Foundation. The funds will be used to support renovations on several congregate living homes and to help launch a summer camp for young people with developmental disabilities.

The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee is seeking nominations for the 2021 Charles L. Whistler Award. The award recognizes an individual who has brought together the public and private sectors toward civic improvement in Indianapolis. Nominate

The International Center has selected 20 participants for the second annual James T. Morris Global Leadership Series, a professional development program for Hoosiers who demonstrate business or civic leadership with a global component. Read

A new report released by Indianapolis-based nonprofit UNITE INDY, which helps impoverished people and recently released inmates find work, revealed unexpected findings about worker reliability and workforce shortages. Read or watch video

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