500 Festival Foundation

ENSURING ALL HOOSIERS HAVE ACCESS TO LIFE-ENRICHING EXPERIENCES THAT CELEBRATE THE SPIRIT AND LEGACY OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

The 500 Festival Foundation’s impact is felt across the state of Indiana through its support of the 500 Festival’s free education, health, and leadership development programs and initiatives ensuring all Hoosiers feel connected, welcomed, and celebrated each year. From college scholarships for Indiana’s brightest college leaders to a free curriculum for our state’s 4th-grade classrooms to a free program designed to combat childhood obesity and teach kids the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle – support of the 500 Festival Foundation helps enhance the lives of Indiana’s youth and families.  

The mission of the 500 Festival Foundation is to ensure relevance, reach, and sustainability of the 500 Festival’s mission to enrich lives and foster positive community impact and celebrate the Indianapolis 500.

About

The 500 Festival Foundation is a fully-charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to generating funds in support of the 500 Festival’s mission to produce life-enriching events and programs, fostering a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. The Foundation has a specific interest in the advancement of the 500 Festival’s youth programs and initiatives to provide access to underserved communities. From college scholarships for Indiana’s brightest college leaders to a free curriculum for our state’s 4th grade classrooms to a free program designed to combat childhood obesity and teach kids the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle – the 500 Festival Foundation’s investments help enhance the lives of Indiana’s youth and provide a calendar of community activities that invite the participation of all Hoosiers and showcase Indianapolis on a global stage.

History

The 500 Festival Foundation was established in 1996. Ten years later, in honor of the 500 Festival’s 50th anniversary, the 500 Festival Foundation, with support from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and representatives from the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Herron School of Art and Design, Expo Design and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, commissioned a permanent art structure entitled The Tent. The Tent was created by internationally renowned artist Donald Lipski to celebrate community and volunteer spirit. The Tent is a wind-activated sculpture and was built from tubular stainless steel. It has nearly 500 panels of polished stainless steel and is painted on the outside with 23 bright colors. It is located in White River State Park. 

Today, the 500 Festival Foundation is comprised of civic and business leaders committed to supporting the 500 Festival’s mission to enrich lives and have a positive community impact while celebrating the Indy 500. The Foundation has a specific interest in the advancement of the 500 Festival’s youth initiatives. From college scholarships for Indiana’s brightest college leaders to a free curriculum for our state’s fourth-grade classrooms to a free program designed to combat childhood obesity and teach kids the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle – the 500 Festival Foundation’s investments help enhance the education of Indiana’s youth and provide a calendar of community activities that invite the participation of all Hoosiers and showcase Indianapolis on a global stage. 

Support

Donations to the 500 Festival Foundation are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. Tax ID / EIN: 35-1961814

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500 Festival Foundation Board of Directors

Foundation Board of Directors 

 

Contact Us

Christine Swarm, Executive Director, 500 Festival Foundation
Office: (317) 614-6121 | cswarm@500festival.com