Community-connection events included in 2019 Festival

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 for the full festival lineup, including these events on community-connection below:


 Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m.—2 p.m.

 Spirited Chase

Presented by WFYI Public Media and its Mystery Partners

WFYI Public Media—1630 N. Meridian St.

Cost: $9

 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.

Community-connection events included in 2018 Festival

The 2018 Spirit & Place Festival will be held from Nov. 2-11. The festival this year will explore the theme of “intersections.” Intersecting lines can be found anywhere from the cross and cloverleaf, to crossroads and connections. They represent collective creativity and deeper understanding, as well as points of division or conflict.

There will be 32 unique events this year that will take place across 27 venues and feature a variety of presenters, speakers and performers. This year’s festival allows attendees to create connections with their Central Indiana community by bringing people together. These events challenge everyone to ask important questions, such as— What critical crossroads are facing small and large communities in Central Indiana? What new and surprising intersections are needed to build vibrant communities? How might the arts, humanities and religion lift up or challenge these connections? These events that provide community-connections will begin with the Opening Night “intersections” themed event on Nov. 2 from 6-9 p.m.

Visit the website at for the full festival lineup, including these events on community-connection below:


Friday, November 2, 6 – 9 p.m.
Opening Night: Intersections!
Presented by Spirit & Place and Harrison Center
Harrison Center—1505. Delaware St. 

Kick off this year’s Spirit & Place Festival during an INTERSECTION themed night at the Harrison Center. The Harrison Center serves as a home for artists of all races, ages, social groups, neighborhoods, faiths and more to intersect with one another – and you! Bring the family out for a fun night of discovery to meet with artists. Explore how styles, mediums, colors and shapes collide and blend to create Indy’s vibrant arts community.


Sunday, November 4, 2—4 p.m.
Crossing: A Neighborhood Walkway
Presented by artist Lauren Ditchley, Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association, A Taste of Philly Pretzels and College Avenue Branch Library
College Avenue Branch Library—Parking Lot—4180 N. College Ave. 

This event is a way to help a community gather and create a visual representation of a “desire path” between the pretzel shop and the library—a literal intersection between the buildings that is missing! Visioning sessions hosted at the library over the summer inspired the mural design and you get to help make it a reality. This pavement mural will not only help reclaim the street, but will encourage drivers to slow down while approaching the intersection.


Sunday, November 4, 3—5 p.m.
The Intersection of Equity, Land and Power
Presented by Kheprw Institute, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, Afrofuture Fridays and Mike Mullet
Kheprw Institute/Renaissance Center—3549 Boulevard Pl.

Join in on a community conversation where we will engage the collective wisdom of urban design experts, artists and attendees to envision equitable housing and community development strategies. In the first hour, experts and artists will generate conversations focused on alternative models of housing and equitable community development drawn from a variety of historical and current municipal experiments. In the second hour, we will break into smaller groups to discuss and build on what we have learned in order to envision new paths forward for community development.   


Monday, November 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hummus & Happiness
Presented by CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Jewish Community Relations Council,  and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation
Indiana Interchurch Center—1100 W. 42nd St.

Hummus & Happiness is an event that encourages our audience to consider how film and food can create spaces for the exploration of complex issues and diverse viewpoints. Guests are invited to a hummus-tasting competition, where you can sample (and then vote on) hummus recipes from around the world, prepared by local hummus-makers, who will share their narrative and the story of their recipe. The winner will be announced after the film screening of “Life and Hummus,” followed by a short panel discussion and audience Q&A.


Tuesday, November 6, 7—9 p.m.
Crossroads of America: Living Up to Our State Motto
Presented by Dr. Richard Gunderman, Marian University Peace & Justice Studies Program and Marian University History and Social Science Department
Marian University—Allison Mansion—3200 Cold Spring Rd. 

Scrutinize the many ways in which Indiana represents a crossroad: historically, economically, logistically as well as philosophically, religiously and culturally. Dr. Gunderman will challenge participants to think about what it means to be the “Crossroads of America” and how that designation can confer many benefits on Hoosiers . . . if we’re willing to seize on the right opportunities.


Wednesday, November 7, 6:30—8:30 p.m.
Bridging the Divide: Finding Common Ground
Presented by IUPUI Senior Academy, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Butler College of Education, St. Vincent Art Therapy Studio, Center for Interfaith Cooperation and North United Methodist Church
North United Methodist Church—3808 N. Meridian St. 

What barriers do you need to break down in your life? What stops you from reaching out to engage in conversations with someone who is different than you? Divisions are fed by lack of opportunities to intersect across lines of race, religion, ethnicity and political affiliations. This event examines barriers to connecting with others and will provide techniques for engaging in meaningful conversations. Small group art projects led by Joani Rothenberg will also provide an opportunity to discuss experiences, frustrations with past interactions and hopes for more civil intersections. 


Wednesday, November 7, 3—5 p.m.
At the Intersection of Identity & Walkability
Presented by Health by Design, Marion County Health Department, Keystone Millersville Neighborhood Association, AccessABILITY and Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Marion County Public Health Department Community Building—4012 Meadows Drive 

“Walkability” has to do with what makes a community an inviting place to walk. Think: sidewalks, tree-lined streets and benches.Through facilitated dialogue and walking side-by-side with others, participants will explore how identity—being a parent with young kids, a person with a disability, or someone who works 3rd shift—intersects with ideas, preferences and needs around “walkability.”


Friday, November 9, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Afrofuturism in Action: A Conversation with Tobias Buckell
Presented by Maurice Broaddus and Kheprw Institute
Kheprw Institute/Renaissance Center—3549 Boulevard Place 

Black Panther. Parliament-Funkadelic. Octavia E. Butler. Janelle Monae. Afrofuturism is the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science and technology seen through a black lens. It’s a literary and creative genre that allows us to discuss matters of race, gender and social justice as well as model possibilities for the future.  Hear from Tobias Buckell, author of Crystal Rain, Arctic Rising, and Halo: The Cole Protocol, and join in a community conversation where we use art, science and faith to imagine a future together.


Saturday, November 10, 3 – 6 p.m.
Convergence: Connecting our Shared Experience through Performance and Prose
Presented by Stacia Murphy, Kheprw Institute, INAZ Dezign, Oldsoul Entertainment, Bringing Down the Band, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, and The Church Within
The Church Within—1125 Spruce St.

The Indianapolis artistic community is a diverse group of people from all walks of life and backgrounds. Featuring many local artists, attendees will reflect on the convergence of artistry, culture and tradition through poetic prose, rhythmic dance and visual storytelling. Spoken word, visual art, dance and music will intersect during this event to showcase stories of historically silenced communities and the power of unity. It will also include a hands-on learning portion and time to interact with the performers.


Saturday, November 10, 8:30am—2 p.m.
Spirited Chase
Presented by WFYI and its community partners
WFYI & Mystery Locations—1630 N. Meridian St.
Cost: $9

Spirited Chase is a unique event offering participants the opportunity to renew their spirit through discovering new people and places in our community. Throughout the day, participants will visit five mystery Indianapolis destinations, located at different physical intersections around the city. At each mystery destination, participants will engage in a brief presentation or conversation as they learn about the many ways people, places and programs intersect to create and support our community.