ALL-IN Block Party

Indy’s Athenaeum to go ALL-IN and strengthen Indiana’s civic health

The Athenaeum Foundation to host ALL-IN Block Party on November 20, 2015

Indianapolis (October 20, 2015) — The Athenaeum Foundation will host an ALL-IN Block Party on November 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This exciting event is designed to encourage the citizens of Indianapolis to engage with the community and make the state of Indiana even better. Better yet, it’s also the night of Midnight Shopper on Mass Ave. The Athenaeum is inviting all its neighbors to join in on the fun!

“This block party allows us the great opportunity to show off all that the Athenaeum has to offer,” said Cassie Stockamp, president of the Athenaeum Foundation. “The Athenaeum was built in the 1890s as a ‘house of culture’ for the community – and still today, our building continues to offer several great experience options for everyone to take part in. We are excited to bring families, young professionals, longtime citizens and newcomers all together to enjoy the benefits of the A.”

Indiana Humanities selected The Athenaeum as one of 17 communities throughout the state to host an ALL-IN Block Party. ALL-IN Block Parties are designed to bring people together to participate in a series of challenges that encourage Hoosiers to try new experiences, learn more about Indiana and imagine ways to make Indiana even better. The in-person events are a way to bring the challenges, trivia and facts featured on the ALL-IN website ( to life.

The Athenaeum ALL-IN Block Party will feature eight challenges crafted by the Athenaeum Foundation and each of its many tenants including the YMCA and the Rathskellar restaurant. Block Party attendees will be encouraged to participate in challenges such as a “Share Why You Love Indiana” photobooth, hidden gem ball pit and more. In addition, tenant activities will include:

  • A holiday photo booth hosted by Indy Metro Church.
  • Local kids’ arts and crafts by Re-Generation Indy, a community organization which seeks to provide a positive, creative and collaborative environment where artists of all generations can learn from each other on all levels.
  • Lessons on how to make holiday bows and wrap packages, by long-time Athenaeum associate Rodney Tolliver.
  • Pet adoptions by Pet Pals TV, an organization led by Patty Spitler.
  • An exhibition in the Athenaeum Art Space by the not-for-profit group, Give Hope, Fight Poverty.
  • Free back massages by Mary Ann Marchand of Levo Massage Therapy.
  • Music from another country, to be performed by Indy Baroque.
  • Three interactive performances in the theater by Young Actors Theatre, involving an unforgettable book character; an organization people love; and a person shaping the future of Indiana.
  • Opportunities to try the workout equipment at the YMCA at the Athenaeum.
  • Christmas cookies provided by the Heidelburg Haus and pretzels by the Rathskeller.


What: The Athenaeum ALL-IN Block Party

When: Friday, November 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: The Athenaeum Foundation, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204


About ALL-IN 

ALL-IN is an Indiana Humanities program that was inspired by the 2011 Indiana Civic Health Index, which revealed lower than average results in areas such as voter participation and registration and working with neighbors to solve problems. The interactive website ( was designed by The Basement, a digital design studio headquartered in Indianapolis, and is supported by monetary or in-kind support from Ivy Tech Community College, The Basement, Valparaiso University, University of Indianapolis, Indiana Historical Society, Inside INdiana Business and Visit Indy.

About the Athenaeum

The Athenaeum, formerly known as the Das Deutsche Haus, preserves and enhances its historic German-American landmark to advance the “sound mind in a sound body” values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages diverse communities. Built in 1894, it serves as a community center for many cultural, business and nonprofit groups, including the YMCA, Young Actors Theatre and The Rathskeller restaurant. The Athenaeum is listed three times in the National Registry of Historic Places for architecture and historical significance as part of the Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District and as being within the Lockerbie Square historic district. In 2010, the Biergarten was voted the No. 1 music venue in the city of Indianapolis by NUVO magazine. Metromix voted The Rathskeller the No. 1 bar in the city in 2010.

The Athenaeum Foundation Inc. was established in 1991 and is a 501(c) 3 organization.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. Learn more at