500 Festival Announces New Staff Additions  

500 Festival Announces New Staff Additions  

INDIANAPOLIS (March 8, 2022) – The 500 Festival today announces the following staff additions: 

Chris Smith has been hired as Graphic Designer. Smith is responsible for the visual integrity of the organization’s brand and developing creative graphics for the 500 Festival’s events and programs. His responsibilities include maintaining brand standards, concept and creation of program visual styles (including race medals, t-shirts, merchandise, signage, etc.), coordinating with vendors to produce collateral, and supporting any other creative or graphic needs of the organization. Smith joined the 500 Festival staff in December 2021 and is a graduate of The Art Institute of Indianapolis. 


Heather Williamson has been hired as Program & Event Coordinator. Williamson is responsible for the coordination, communication, community involvement, and execution of programs and events related to the 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group, and the 500 Festival Intern Program. She joined the 500 Festival staff in December 2021 and is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato. 


Jamie Stremming has been hired as Program & Event Manager. With a special focus on the 500 Festival youth programs and events, she is responsible for the operations and production of the 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health, the 500 Festival KidsFit Program, the 500 Festival Mini-Moves Program, as well as assisting on the Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run and the 500 Festival mini-mini. She joined the 500 Festival staff in February 2022 and is a graduate of the University of Evansville. 

The 500 Festival also welcomes 11 college-aged students to this year’s 500 Festival Intern Program. 500 Festival interns will gain hands-on professional experience and the opportunity to experience the Month of May in Indianapolis in a new and exciting way. The 500 Festival interns will also participate in the 500 Festival Leadership Development Program, presented by BKD, which empowers students to make a profound impact within their community following graduation. Learn more about the 2022 500 Festival intern class here. 

To learn more about the 500 Festival’s events and programs, please visit 500festival.com 


About the 500 Festival 

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and fostering a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $500 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit 500festival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.