Community Changemaker Challenge

Community Changemaker Challenge 2017 Winners holding Check

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UE has hosted its annual Community Changemaker Challenge for several years, but it has been limited to our own students. Students competed in teams to solve our planet's biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable initiatives, products, programs, nonprofits, and start-ups.

However, we are proud to announce that for the 2019 competition, everyone in our community is invited to participate, and we are directing efforts to the theme of: Make Evansville More Fun & Exciting! We are looking for fun, whimsical, and creative ways to attract people to urban areas throughout our city.

Here are a few examples from around the country, which Peter Kageyama calls “Love Notes to a City” - we are looking for love notes to Evansville!

Mice on Main

Greenville, South Carolina: For his senior project at Christ Church Episcopal School in 2000, Jim Ryan proposed the idea of installing a family of nine unique mice sculptures in surprising places along Greenville's Main Street from the Hyatt to the Westin Poinsett Hotel. His original idea spun from the book, Goodnight Moon, which he and his mom read every night when he was small. There are nine mice pictured in that story. Ryan made his way through the red tape involved in any city project and then raised the money, with the assistance of donors and the mayor, to complete his project. The mice have become a popular attraction downtown, with many people engaging in scavenger hunts, or bringing out-of-town guests to try and find them all.


Mouse statue on curb


Seattle, Washington: Positive messages that appear on the sidewalk when it rains, with a mission of turning rainy days into something to look forward to! People go on Rainy Day Scavenger Hunts and can submit their own ideas.


Timing: A working group is putting together the details and will announce the format early this summer. Stay tuned and start thinking about your ideas!

Format: Teams of people throughout the community will be able to join forces and present their ideas that will make Evansville more fun and exciting. There will be an initial round of submissions, then the finalists will participate in a televised competition with real investors who can bring their idea to life. Extra points will be awarded for diverse teams across generations, races, genders, countries, sectors, and any other way people can think of to embrace E is for Everyone!

RainWorks image on sidewalk

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