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People for Urban Progress

1043 Virginia Ave. Ste. 213

Indianapolis, IN 46203

(We're located on the 2nd Floor of the Murphy Building in Fountain Square)

Entries in PUP (12)

Limited Edition: 5th Anniversary PUPshirt

PUP turned 5 this year and to celebrate printed 50 of this limited edition t-shirt. Each Anniversary shirt purchase will be entered for a chance to win (1) Commissioner Weekender bag, (retailed at $165). These shirts are part of our campaign to promote idea generation and innovation in our city. Shirts were designed by PUP and printed locally by our friends at The Art Press. Proceeds benefit PUP's ongoing community design initiatives. Get yours while they last!

PUP celebrates 5 years of urban progress


Join PUP as we celebrate 5 years of accomplishments and announce plans for the next 5 years. Individuals and companies are encouraged to support the organization through product sales and PUPstop sponsorships.

PUP is primarily supported through product sales. We work with local designers to repurpose this resource as locally made products including our wallets and handbags. The money raised from the sale of these goods go toward community projects, including the PUPstop program. The effort, the salvage of old Bush Stadium seats, is in partnership with IndyGo. Some of these seats are being refurbished and installed at bus stops throughout Indianapolis.

Those familiar with the PUP product line can expect new items this season including The Clerk, a new ladies handbag that can be carried 6 different ways (Retail $95), and The Commissioner weekender bag (Retail $165).

We will be celebrating alongside the Do317 Lounge next door. Expect:

- MOKB Sun King Concert Series Free First Friday Show begins at 8 pm w/ Ezra Furman, Shannon LaBrie and Daniel Romano
- Movember Launch
- Sun King's Movember Beer Tapping
- Live shaves by Chad's Barber Shop and barber chairs on-site

Brought to you by:
Do317.com | Sun King Brewery | Movember Indy | Chad's Barber Shop | Kolman Dental | New Day Meadery | IndyGo | The Art Press | Just Pop In! | Pabst Blue Ribbon | Cash & Carry 

Bush Stadium Seat Salvage

We partnered with IndyGo, Ecolaborative, and Indianapolis Fabrications to develop the Bush Stadium Seat Salvage project. 

Our goal is to install the seats throughout the city, at bus stops and public spaces.

RCA Dome Shade Structure Complete at Butler University's Campus Farm

In July 2011, the Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) at Butler University was awarded a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to expand both the physical space and the educational programming associated with the Butler Campus Farm. The CUE runs the farm, exists to explore, steward, and enhance urban ecosystems with a vision of becoming a national leader in the study and practice of urban ecology. It was the desire of the CUE to build a pavilion for the farm that would not only serve the farm’s day-to-day working needs but to have a shelter that would be an educational outreach center for Butler University and the community at large. In addition, the design of the pavilion needed to have a goal of 100% recycled content and express a landmark, and to be demonstrative in its educational/research purpose of the CUE.

Aware of the reclaimed RCA Dome material, Tim Carter, the CUE's Executive Director, partnered with People for Urban Progress to help develop the idea for the pavilion utilizing the RCA Dome material as the roof of the pavilion. Working with local architect Paul Puzzello, a design solution was created based on the shape created by the intersection of two circles with the same diameter, seen in medieval art, architecture, and crop circles. The roof design was conceived using digital modeling techniques for both the structure and to pattern the RCA Dome material’s complex shape.

Community Volunteer Day Coming Up

Community Volunteer Day coming up on Saturday, July 13 from 1-4 p.m., and we would love to have you participate. We will be at Indianapolis Fabrications, and we need help processing RCA Dome and Super Bowl materials so that they can be transformed into products and projects for our city.
If you're interested in joining us, please RSVP here: http://pupcommunityday.eventbrite.com/ 

Introducing, The Cool Bus

Word on the Street submitted an idea to PUP hosted #MAKE5x5: Indianapolis arts and innovation contest to convert an old school bus into a literary art center with a budget of $10,000 and a time frame of 11 weeks. Here's their story. Introducing, The Cool Bus.

5X5 / Cool Bus from People For Urban Progress on Vimeo.

The debut of The Cool Bus took place on June 28 at IndyHub hosted 5x5: Indianapolis arts and innovation with the theme "Face Your City: an urban love affair" where Malina Jeffers walked away with $10,000 to make her idea happen: I am an Artist.

There's one more opportunity to win $10,000 to MAKE It Happen. The final chapter in this year's 5x5 series takes place at Harrison Center for the Arts on Friday, September 6 with the theme: "Connect Your City." Accepting submissions now through Wed, July 31.


Indy Bike Polo Project

On May 25, 2013 we helped Indy Bike Polo in Arsenal Park by wrapping our Super Bowl fabric around their home courts.  Through this project, PUP and Indy Bike Polo have made this park part of the community again by making the park more appealing to visit.  

"The Cool Bus" winner of MAKE 5x5: Indianapolis Arts and Innovation

Photo: Word on the Street's Jamey McPherson, Thomas Lewis, Elizabeth Sparrow, Chris Hartley and Kirstin Northenscold

Kirsten Northenscold presented "The Cool Bus" idea at MAKE 5x5: Indianapolis Arts and Innovation event hosted by People for Urban Progress at Indianapolis Fabrications. The Cool Bus will be part installation, part toolbox, and all awesome. By setting up designated routes and coordinating with other educational institutions and nonprofits, they hope to become a literary center kids in Indianapolis can count on. Whether that be for their class on how to create a comic or for the final edits on a history paper. The result will be excited learners, better writers, and a more connected Indy.

Bayonet Media has started documenting their work. You can see The Cool Bus in action on Georgia Street Friday, June 28 at the next 5x5 Arts and Innovation event hosted by IndyHub.

Word on the Street: The Cool Bus from Word On The Street on Vimeo

MAKE Your City; Make It Happen. Friday, April 12 at 6 pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Friday, April 12, 6p.m. for our MAKE Your City; Make it Happen 5x5 event. Someone will walk away with $10,000 to implement their idea, completed by June 28. Five finalists have been selected to present their idea on 5 slides in 5 minutes. Presentations will take place at a free, 21+, public event at Indianapolis Fabrications (1125 Brookside Ave, Suite G50) on April 12 at 6 p.m.

The April 12 Make event is free to the public, although requires an RSVP at: http://make5x5.eventbrite.com/

Announcing, The 5 MAKE Presenters:

1.) “Making Gardens Grow: The mobile garden + grow with IndyGo pilot project” by Dawn Kroh of Green3 Studio

2.) “Tinkertown: an innovative space for creating, making, inventing, manufacturing and educating” by Jaron Garrett of Dreamapolis

3.) “Urban Alley Infill: embracing the space in between” by Kyle Perry of PROJECTiONE

4.) “Indianapolis Publishing Cooperative” (Indy Pub Co-Op) by Brandon Schaaf

5.) “The Cool Bus” by Kirstin Northenscold of WORD ON THE STREET

In addition to these 5 presentations, there will be a brief presentation by Hiba Abdallah of Broken City Lab 

Broken City Lab is an artist-led collective that works through collaborative social practice and creative research to understand the ways in which locality is shaped and enacted in the city. Tactical efforts and interventions are most-often aimed to disrupt and engage the community and infrastructure of Windsor, Ontario.


We encouraged you to stay after presentations. You can expect food and drink available for purchase by: Duos, Just Pop In!, New Day Meadery, Flat12 Bierwerks and live music by Jared Thompson and Premium Blend.

Collaborators helping PUP on the event — including with the selection and judging of ideas — include Indianapolis FabricationsWe Are CityURBN DSGNIndianapolis International Network (IIN), Centric IndyCivic Center of New Orleans and special guest Hiba Abdallah, Research Fellow at Broken City Lab from Windsor, Ontario. Other partners include Accent On Business, helping prep our speakers and Bayonet Media, helping document the event and winner's process. Promoting responsible travel, reservations with Mustache Rides can made at 317-6-RIDES-6.

5x5: Indianapolis Arts and Innovation is a yearlong series of four themed idea-pitching events funded by Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), the Efroymson Family Fund and the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. At each, an idea will be awarded $10,000. Big Car announced Round 1 winner on February 8. The winning idea is to bring a Pop Up Cinema to Indianapolis, presented by Craig Mince of Indianapolis International Film Festival. The next two and final two 5x5 events will be hosted by local nonprofits IndyHub on June 28 and Harrison Center for the Arts on September 6.

PUP 5x5: $10,000 and 3 months to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

PUP to present 5x5: Indianapolis Arts and Innovation; Make Your City: Make It Happen offering $10,000 prize, PROPOSALS are due March 15. MAKING is critical to how the arts, design, and innovation shape our urban environment. PUPs 5x5 arts innovation competition, applicants are challenged to submit proposals for high impact projects that can be executed in an extremely short timeline. Completed by June 28, 2013.

On April 12, PUP and several innovative local partners will will host the 5x5 series second event. 
The theme is Make Your City: Make it Happen. Open Call Submissions are due March 15. Submission requirements and details can be found here. Five will be selected to present their idea on 5 slides in 5 minutes. Presentations will take place at a free public event at Indianapolis Fabrications (1125 Brookside Ave, Suite G50) on April 12 at 7 p.m.

Collaborators helping PUP on the event — including with the selection and judging of ideas — include Indianapolis Fabrications, We Are City, URBN DSGN, Indianapolis International Network (IIN), Centric IndyBayonet MediaCivic Center of New Orleans and special guest Hiba Abdallah, Research Fellow at Broken City Lab from Windsor, Ontario.

5x5: Indianapolis Arts and Innovation is a year long series of four themed idea-pitching events funded by Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), the Efroymson Family Fund and the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. At each, an idea will be awarded $10,000. Big Car announced Round 1 winner on February 8. The next two 5x5 events — hosted by local nonprofits IndyHub and Harrison Center for the Arts — take place in June and September.