Celebrating Neighborhood-Led Partnerships

Congratulations, 1000 Words, Inc.!

We have three fantastic nominees: 1000 Words Inc: Arts Garden Mural Painting, BRIDGE Collective: Arts Programming at the Murphy Arts Center, and Norwood Neighborhood Association: 151 Years Anniversary Parade.Click here to view all three finalists’ videos: https://zurl.co/qRwsVoting ended on Wednesday, October 18th and 1000 Words, Inc. received the 2023 Collaborative Spirit Award at INRC’s 2023 Jubilee! 

INRC’s annual Collaborative Spirit Award celebrates unique, sustainable projects that demonstrate strong neighbor collaboration, leadership, and community partnerships that enhance the quality of life in our community. Awarded projects will be neighbor-led and neighborhood-initiated and driven, embracing the spirit of cooperation and grassroots leadership.

This award recognizes exceptional accomplishments by neighborhood associations and neighborhood-based organizations.

For this award, collaboration is defined as: coordinated efforts by more than one neighborhood association and private, philanthropic, governmental, or independent sector organizations or agencies with the intent of accomplishing a goal related to the betterment of the quality of life in Indianapolis neighborhoods. This may include, but not be limited to, collaborating on projects, community events, and/or neighborhood planning. Strong resident leadership is essential.

  • Any neighborhood association or neighborhood-based organization across the city is eligible to submit a nomination.
  • Only complete nominations with all supporting documentation and a 3–5-minute video will be considered.
  • The project must have occurred between January 1, 2023, and September 25, 2023.
  • Selection of award finalists and winners is based on the degree to which nominees are innovative, mobilized community resources, and created partnerships.

For information about previous Collaborative Spirit Awardees, please click here.