The 2019 Spirit & Place Festival will celebrate, explore, challenge and reflect on the meaning behind revolution and evolution, creating the unique theme of R/Evolution on Nov. 1-10. Exploring the idea of change in the world, whether it’s sudden and abrupt, or gradual and unfolding, this year’s festival offers the public a chance to share in experiences that build community.
Now in its 24th year, the Spirit & Place Festival continues to be Indianapolis’ largest collaborative festival that uses the arts, religion and humanities as tools for shaping individual and community life through 10 days of events designed with community partners, individuals and congregations.
There will be 32 unique events this year that will take place across Indianapolis and feature a variety of presenters, speakers and performers. This year’s festival includes many events centered around panel-style discussions over powerful topics. These discussions are intended to spark conversation and explore current and historical events that are relevant to citizens of Central Indiana.
Visit the website at www.spiritandplace.org for the full festival lineup, including these events on community-connection below:
Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m.—2 p.m.
Presented by WFYI Public Media and its Mystery Partners
WFYI Public Media—1630 N. Meridian St.
Spirited Chase is a unique event offering participants the opportunity to renew their spirit through discovering new people and places in our community. Each mystery partner organization has been selected based on their connection to the transformation of our city and the individuals who live in it. At each mystery destination, participants will engage in a brief interactive program as they learn about the many ways these people, places, and programs are affecting change and transforming, evolving, and revolutionizing our community.
Saturday, November 2, 6—9 p.m.
Songs of Revolution
Presented by All317HipHop, Indy Justice Choir, and The Church Within
The Church Within—1125 Spruce St.
Music and revolution have a long history together. Join us as we sing together to explore this history and examine how “songs of revolution” have changed over time. Featured artists and presenters include Indy Justice Choir, Spiritual Gangsters, Edison School for the Arts, Douglas Peach, and Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters (via video).
Monday, November 4, 6:30—8:00 p.m.
Remember 1968: Society, Higher Education, and Activism
Presented by IUPUI School of Education, IUPUI Africana Studies Program and Olaniyan Scholars Program, IUPUI Museum Studies Program, and Center for Black Literature & Culture
Central Library Center for Black Literature and Culture—40 E. St. Clair St.
Life Magazine referenced 1968 as “the year that changed the world.” Hear from Dr. Jakobi Williams at this opening night reception for the exhibit “Remember 1968” to learn how college students shaped this revolutionary year and how campuses across the nation continue to grapple with its legacy.
Monday, November 4, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
This Far by Faith: A Journey Toward Racial Justice
Presented by St. Luke’s UMC Racial Justice Committee, All Souls Unitarian Church, Witherspoon, Presbyterian Church, and Bahá’í Community of Indianapolis
St. Luke’s Methodist Church—100 W. 86th St.
Four faith communities invite congregants and the wider community to examine how they are progressing when it comes to matters of racial justice. Participants will be invited to share ways to advance in this racial justice work.
Monday, November 4, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Antisemitism: The Evolution of the Longest Hatred
Presented by Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck—600 W. 70th St.
Historian Deborah Lipstadt, an internationally-renowned expert on the Holocaust, will address the evolution of antisemitism as a paradigm for other forms of bigotry and hate.
Wednesday, November 6, 6—7 p.m.
Agitation and Stagnation: Class and Health in America, 1919-2019
Presented by Side Effects Public Media & WFYI Productions and the Indiana Medical History Museum
Indiana Medical History Museum—3045 W. Vermont St.
Rooted in drama of Indiana’s homegrown revolutionary, Eugene V. Debs, this interactive panel discussion will explore how class affected health outcomes 100 years ago and how it continues to affect outcomes today.
Saturday, November 9, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Herstory: A Prenatal-Postpartum Pop-Up Museum
Presented by IU Fairbanks School of Public Health, Grassroots Maternal and Child Health Leaders, Carriage House East Apartments – A Glick Property, and IUPUI Department of English
Carriage House Apartments East Community Center—10174 Tinton Ct.
Celebrate and create with grassroots leaders in maternal and child health as they create a pop-up museum aimed to educate on community efforts to improve birth outcomes. This event honors the vital relationship between healthy communities and healthy pregnancies.
Sunday, November 10, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
The Evolution of Sci-Fi Fandom
Presented by Starbase Indy, Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy, Center for Inquiry, and Indiana Youth Group.
Center for Inquiry—Suite A, 350 Canal Walk
Sci-fi fandom is evolving to be more diverse, but, as seen in recent Twitter harassment of Star Wars actors and controversy at the Hugo awards, not everyone reacts well to change. A panel of experts will discuss how we got here and where we are going.