About

More than folk music!

The Virginia Avenue Folk Festival was created in 2015 by Mike Angel and Patrick Burtch to bring local musicians, artists, businesses, and the local community together. Each year the Virginia Avenue Folk Fest benefits a different hyper-local non-profit directly involved with the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Each year the Virginia Avenue Folk Fest benefits a different hyper-local non-profit directly involved with the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2017 – Southeast Community Services

The mission of Southeast Community Services, Inc. is to “work together to serve, strengthen and support our neighbors in southeast Indianapolis.”

We advance our mission by:

  • Building a sense of community in southeast Indianapolis
  • Seeking resident participation and encouraging resident leadership
  • We are an organization that provides our neighbors resources in employment, education, and social services that lead to positive change in their lives and in the community. 
  • Providing the tools to support neighbors in creating positive changes in their lives
  • Coordinating our efforts with the Southeast Quality of Life Plan and partners [Learn More]

2016 – Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Our mission is to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive™.

Each year, KIB supports an average of 500 community improvement projects with more than 30,000 volunteers. For the past three decades, we’ve partnered with neighborhoods, the public sector, and Indianapolis community groups and businesses to achieve our vision for a beautiful city.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. sees a vibrant city, with every neighborhood landscape thriving and well, and its people empowered, mobilized, and devoted toward that vision. The result: a city defined by strong neighborhoods; inspired places; and a clean, flourishing environment. [Learn More]

2015 – Trusted Mentors

Our Mission: Trusted Mentors uses the power of mentoring to help adults establish stable lives by reducing the chaos brought about by poverty, homelessness, under-employment, and the effects of incarceration. These person-to-person mentoring relationships improve lives by developing life skills and positive social networks that empower people to:

  • Remain housed
  • Make a positive contribution to the local community
  • Remain or become employed
  • Advance their education
  • Stay out of jail
  • Improve parenting skills

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Providing quality training to equip volunteers with the resources and techniques needed to be effective mentors;
  • Matching adults referred by partnering agencies with trained mentors; and
  • Fostering on-going mentoring relationships by supplying useful information, guidance, and positive activities.

Our Vision: Trusted Mentors is recognized as the leading provider of mentoring relationships that empower at-risk adults to remain housed and avoid incarceration.A diverse and proactive board of directors and a qualified staff are committed to the development and expansion of Trusted Mentors that keeps it at the forefront of the social, economic, political, and physical issues impacting poverty.Referring agencies utilize Trusted Mentors because it is an effective and professional organization. Donors make Trusted Mentors their charity of choices.  [Learn More]

 

Neighborhoods USA: 2016 Neighborhood of the Year Grand Prize Winner

The Neighborhood of the Year Award recognizes exceptional accomplishments by neighborhood organizations. Awards are given in three categories:

  • Physical Revitalization/Beautification in a Single Neighborhood
  • Social Revitalization/Neighborliness in a Single Neighborhood
  • Multi-Neighborhood Project Partnerships.

Judging for the Neighborhood of the Year award is based on the extent of innovation, grassroots participation and capacity building exhibited by the nominated organization

Fletcher Place Neighborhood – Indianapolis
Project: Virginia Avenue Folk Fest
NUSA named the Fletcher Place Neighborhood Association of Indianapolis the 2016 Grand Prize winner of the NOTY Awards during its 41st annual conference. Finishing first in the Social Revitalization category, the inaugural Virginia Avenue Folk Fest featured 70 live acts on 9 stages and welcomed 10,000+ to the neighborhood. The festival introduced people to Americana, Bluegrass and Folk music, while also promoting local businesses and raising funds for Trusted Mentors, a non-profit. [More Info]

Indy district wins ‘Neighborhood of the Year’ – indystar.com, July 12, 2016

Neighborhoods USA: 2016 Social Revitalization – Neighborliness 1st Place

Fletcher Place Neighborhood – Indianapolis
Project: Virginia Avenue Folk Fest
The Fletcher Place Neighborhood produced the inaugural Virginia Avenue Folk Fest featured 70 live acts on 9 stages and welcomed 10,000+ visitors. The festival introduced people to Americana, Bluegrass and Folk music, while also promoting local businesses and raising funds for Trusted Mentors, a non-profit. [More Info]

Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center: 2015 Collaborative Spirit Award

The annual Collaborative Spirit Award celebrates unique, sustainable projects that demonstrate strong partnerships and enhance the quality of life in our community. Awarded projects will embrace the spirit of cooperation and community leadership.

The Virginia Avenue Folk Fest celebrated Fountain Square’s renaissance with stages, vendors and activities on both sides of Virginia Avenue. Virginia Avenue was celebrated as a vibrant destination, bustling with activity. It was designed to showcase the music of the region and the businesses throughout the Fountain Square neighborhoods. “We wanted to create an event that would help build community by bringing together musicians, artists, businesses … supporting a good cause.” In its first year, the Virginia Avenue Folk Fest celebrated with 70 live performances that took place over nine different stages. [More Info]