Family-fun events part of 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 family-fun events below:


 Friday, November 1, 6 – 9 p.m.

 Spirit & Place Festival Opening Night

Friday, Nov. 1, 6-9 p.m.

Harrison Center

1505 N. Delaware St.



Friday, Nov. 1, 9-11 p.m.

McGowan Hall

1305 N. Delaware St.


 Soak in some local art and enjoy First Friday with us at the Harrison Center. Check out a new exhibit by Kyle Ragsdale, grab something to eat at a food truck or a beer from Sun King, and participate in other fun activities! Afterwards, head down the street to McGowan Hall for a Spirit & Place after-party featuring live music, local art and a cash bar.


 Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Super Universal Shape Shifters

Presented by Ivy Tech Community College – Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Student Life & Development Indianapolis, and Dances of Universal Peace Indianapolis

Ivy Tech Community College IFC Illinois Fall Creek Center—2535 N. Capitol Ave.

 Join us for a come-and-go, family-friendly community event that will stoke positive energy in the universe! Bring your love of music and dance to create sacred symbols of the universe.

Family-fun events for all ages in the 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.

The festival will kick-off with an “intersections” themed opening night Nov. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. 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 includes many fun-filled events perfect for bringing families together and inspiring sustained conversation.

Visit the website at for the full festival lineup, including these family-friendly events 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.

Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Explore Art-omotive!
Presented by Ivy Tech Community College, Ivy Tech Automotive Garage, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Social Sketch Indy and Marian University
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum—4790 W. 16th St. 

Explore Art-omotive! will delve into the relationship between art, design and the history of automobiles. Participants will watch a virtual engine build competition, participate in a “car parade,” design their car of the future and explore the history of automotive design in this family friendly event.


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.


Monday, November 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Score Awakens
Presented by Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indy Lightsaber Academy
Hilbert Circle Theatre—45 Monument Circle
Cost: $5 

The Score Awakens showcases the intersection between music and story by exploring the role John William’s score has in creating the iconic Star Wars universe. Indy Lightsaber Academy will demo how the music inspires epic battles, and everyone will get to learn some sci-fi swordplay.  


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.


Saturday, November 10, 8:30 a.m. —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.