Past Bookmark Indy events

Lights on Shortridge

April 27-29, 2021 | 8:30-10:00 p.m | 3401 North Meridian Street

Stop by Shortridge High School to see a projection show featuring the yearbook photos of Shortridge High School alumni Kurt Vonnegut, Dan Wakefield, Madelyn Pugh and Marguerite Young.

View the projections here. 


Book Scavenger Hunt

May 1, 2021 | 3:00 p.m | 345 Massachusetts Avenue

Tune in to Indiana Humanities social media accounts to receive a clue to find copies of Vonnegut books hidden around the area.


downtown Poetry

May 5, 2021 | 3:00-5:00 p.m. | 448 Massachusetts Avenue

Join us at the Mari Evans mural on Mass Ave to help us share Mari’s work on the streets of Indianapolis. We’ll have chalk and excerpts from Mari’s work to enliven the sidewalks!

This event is weather permitting. Please check back on the day of the event for any updates. 

Report Back.

Read the location passage. What questions would you ask the author? What would help you understand the author's viewpoint?

Added TEXTure.

Writing is about more than just words. Look around to discover what textures are most prevalent in this place. Do a texture rubbing using a piece of paper and a crayon or pencil.

In the Margins.

What inspires you most about this place? Draw a quick doodle of it in the margin of one of your books.

Found sound.

Walk around the location and record the sounds of surroundings. Did what you hear depend on what time you visited?

Backward / Forward.

Cities change—what did your location look like in 1920? What will it look like in 2120?


Find another perspective by walking to a different spot around this location. Do you notice anything new? Which of your five senses notices a change first?

Strike a Prose.

Write a short passage describing how this place inspires you.

Love Letter / BreakUp Letter.

Think about your relationship with the place you’re visiting or perhaps with your own neighborhood. Is it time to commit? Or time to let go? Write a letter as if you’re speaking directly to the place you have in mind.

Field Notes.

Explore your stream of consciousness by writing down every thought that enters your mind.