2017 Theme: Power. November 3-12, 2017!

POWER can be disquieting, discomforting, and oppressive; it can also be illuminating, inspiring, and hopeful. How do our social, political, cultural, and spiritual perspectives shape notions of power? How do the arts, humanities, and religion fuel our inner life and empower communities? How has the use, misuse, and abuse of power shaped our individual and collective lives? What new sources of energy can power our lives together? How can we give voice to communities that have historically lacked power? How can we bring diverse groups together to examine power structures in our own communities?

How do you want to explore POWER in 2017?

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Cultural, faith-based, educational, health and human service organizations, libraries, community centers, civic institutions, artists, musicians, and others are invited to create innovative events for upcoming festivals. Application guidelines are posted at the beginning of the year.

Contact Program Director Erin Kelley at 317-274-2462 or ekkelley@iupui.edu or click here to learn more.   

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Looking back toward “HOME.” A Visual Recap of our 2016 Festival:

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
— Maya Angelou

We had an incredible time with you as we celebrated ‘HOME’ and learning more about our city, our neighbors, and our world. Thank you for everyone who participated in events and shared photos and comments online! We greatly enjoyed seeing things from your perspective.

Another special thanks goes out to our generous sponsors and donors.

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Here’s a look at some photos shared from our 2016 Festival. Do you have one to add? Be sure to share with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

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In the midst of our Slow Saunter/Indiana Humanities Next Indiana campfire as part of Spirit & Place Festival — beautiful day at Morgan-Monroe State Forest, discussing the history and value of species diversity here: “Are we planning to bequeath something to the people of the next century?” –Charles C. Deam. #SPIndy #talkandtrek

 

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As part of this year’s Spirit & Place Festival, IndyGo (Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation) asked riders to share their stories about what “home” means to them. Take a moment to read some of these great responses and share what “home” means to you!

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From Indy School on Wheels: A huge shoutout to our friends from @CHIPIndy for a fantastic @spiritandplace event yesterday featuring @HomestretchDoc! #SPIndy

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From Storytelling Arts: We’re collaborating 4 @spiritandplace First up: Bless This Mess, 7 p.m. 11/9, Theatre at the Fort, Lawrence

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Did you know that the #Indy Athenaeum was designated as National Historic Landmark? It’s serving as our beautiful venue for Haus Music

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From Sapphire Theater: Signs + Symptoms of #MoralInjury & #PTSD. Find out more today at REBUILDING HOME @AtTheA http://www.sapphiretheatre.com/rebuilding-home/ … #HelpIndyVets #SPIndy

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Especially poignant given the time of year. We should think about all of the veterans away from home this holiday season. #spindy

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Congratulations to the Veterans who shared their personal stories, the DK dancers who choreography pieces to match each story, and to the dancers who performed in our Spirit & Place show, Writing Home: Stories of American Veterans. We are, as always, extremely proud of you. Photos by Chris Crawl

Upcoming Event Features: Earth and the Environment

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-11-51-58-amB3 Home: Bats, Bees, and Birds
Saturday, November 5, 10am—1pm
Garfield Park Arts Center
2432 Conservatory Dr.
IndyGo: 13 & 22
FREE
317-916-7832 / srobertson99@ivytech.edu.

Presented by Ivy Tech Community College, Garfield Park Arts Center, Arts for Learning Indiana, and Social Sketch Indy

Family-friendly event where participants build and decorate houses for bats, bees, and birds while learning about the importance of these tiny creatures on our ecosystem.

Home is more than just for humans. Our animal, mammal, and insect companions on earth deserve to have their lives respected and researched. With a decrease in “homes” for bats, bees, and birds, our ecosystems and food supplies will dwindle. We need them for our global community!

This family-friendly, all-ages event allows attendees to create art about bats, bees, and birds with teaching artists from ARTFORCE Art Camp and Social Sketch Indy. Everyone will be able to enjoy a community-created exhibition about bats, bees, and birds, art-making activities, educational programming, takeaways from conservation organizations—even beekeepers!, and food and drink (for purchase) by Ivy Tech culinary, Bee Coffee Roasters, and New Day Meadery.

While supplies last, approximately 90 family units will be able to build bat, bird, or bee house with students and faculty from Ivy Tech’s Construction Technology program.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested at spiritandplace.org.

 

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My Home, My Earth, My Responsibility
Wednesday, November 9, 6:30—8:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
615 W. 43rd St.
Indy Go: 18 or 28
FREE
317-278-2444 / sacademy@iupui.edu

Presented by Senior Academy of IUPUI, Cedar Street Builders, Eagle Creek Park Foundation, Hoosier Environmental Council, Indianapolis Hiking Club, and Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis

Through exhibits, conversations, and short multi-media presentations, experts in the fields of architecture, aging, and the environment will explore how our choices can help preserve our common home, Earth, for future generations.

Our homes, whether personal residences or the Earth, are interconnected in complex, diverse, fragile, and transient ways. This event explores that intersection by inviting experts from a variety of backgrounds to address the question, “How do we best understand, preserve, and utilize our HOME?” Through a fast-paced, multi-media format utilizing art displays, exhibits, guest presenters, and images this presentation will take participants on a sensory and intellectual journey that begins and ends at “home,” prompting all to consider how to answer the challenge.

The reception area containing art, information, and displays, will open at 6:30pm with presentations beginning at 7pm. Each presentation (6 total) will last 7 to 10 minutes, keeping the evening’s energy vibrant and engaged. Presenters will answer audience questions at the end.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested at spiritandplace.org.

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Saturday, November 12, 1—3:30pm
Orchard School
615 W. 64th St.
IndyGo: 28
FREE
317-835-9827 / jimpoyser@earthcharterindiana.org

Presented by Elders Climate Action, The Orchard School, The Nature Conservancy, and Youth Power Indiana

Youth and elders come together to learn from each other and explore the different ways we share and care for our home, planet earth.

Dorothy knew the truth: “There’s no place like home.” Since planet earth is our only home, how we treat it matters. We are more than mere sojourners passing through without consequence. Our choices about the earth affect our lives, our children’s lives, and grandchildren’s lives. Let’s work across generational lines to be the best stewards of the earth we can be!

This intergenerational event invites you to learn from today’s youth as well as from the wisdom of elders. Third grade students from The Orchard School as well as other area schools will kick off the gathering by reading love letters to the earth. Older students will then present on climate education topics such as Climate Recovery.  (They’ll also be happy to swap stories on how they have achieved policy victories in IPS!) Afterwards, older attendees will be invited to write their own love and action letters while youth learn about the new Children of Indiana Nature Park. When the two groups recommence, some of the elders will read their love letters to the next generation.

This event gives a voice to the young and energizes elders to exercise their power to protect and preserve. United, these generations can teach and learn from each other.  Begin with love, and anything is possible.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested at spiritandplace.org.

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-11-52-33-amDo It Again Recycled Art Market: Home is What We Make of It
Saturday, November. 5, 10am—3pm
SullivanMunce Cultural Center
225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville
IndyGo: 86
FREE
317-873-4900 / cynthiayoung@sullivanmunce.org

Presented by Zionsville Cultural District, SullivanMunce Cultural Center, Boone County Solid Waste Management District, Zion Nature Center, and Zionsville Street and Stormwater Department.

Fun, come-and-go, interactive, educational art & community fair focusing on conservation and preservation of our planet’s natural resources through art made of recycled and repurposed materials.

The annual Do It Again Recycled Art Market offers an opportunity to understand the affect one person can have on our shared home—planet Earth! We will not only demonstrate how “home” is what we make of it, but how you can make art from your home.

During the day, you can . . . learn facts about the effect of trash on our environment, pick up tips for conserving natural resources, make art out of old household “junk,” exchange (10) plastic bags for a reusable shopping bag, participate in an “up-cycle” demonstration by Five Thirty Home—a local antique/repurpose shop—, bid on rain barrels painted by local artists, and peruse artist booths featuring goods made of reclaimed, reused, and recycled materials. Representatives from Cedar Street Builders will also provide information and touchable examples of the building materials needed to construct “passive homes,” which are ultra-low energy consuming buildings.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested at spiritandplace.org.

 

 

The front line of service for Indy’s homeless

By Karen Hurt

Home to many of us is the four walls and roof over our heads; however, Indianapolis is also home to people who may be invisible, without a permanent address or structure to call home.

About a year ago, I went out with some members of the Professional Blended Street Outreach Team who serve our city’s homeless population. I shadowed the group as a part of my company’s involvement with the Know Outlets campaign and it completely changed my view of what “home” means to many in our city.

The Professional Blended Street Outreach Team is a consortium providing first-response services for Indianapolis’ homeless population. The teams are made up of 43 professionals from 16 organizations including local law enforcement, nonprofits, and health and mental health entities. These teams serve as the front line of service for providing basic food and supplies to people experiencing homelessness, with the goal of developing a relationship with each person encountered and connecting him or her with the resources to eventually transition them into permanent housing.

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One of the social workers explained to me that people who live under bridges, in camps or on the street feel that the city is as much their home as I do. Many people live in the same area where they grew up, even if they don’t live in places most of us would consider permanent shelter. Many of these folks see the outdoors or their spot of the world as home.

Outreach team members create relationships with our neighbors experiencing homelessness, as it is sometimes just a real conversation and a relationship with an outreach worker who cares to get people the medical or mental health care they need. This relationship could also be the catalyst to eventually find permanent housing.

In conversations with outreach workers, I quickly learned that there is no single solution to homelessness, but keeping those members of our community invisible is not a way to reach any kind of solution. You can learn more about the work of Professional Blended Street Outreach Teams at www.knowoutlets.org.

Karen Hurt supports nonprofit organizations at Bohlsen Group. She works with specialized leads to make sure clients’ goals are being met, not just for communications, but for the organization’s mission as a whole. A former nonprofit employee, Karen has worked for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and the Chicago Humanities Festival, which gives her unique understanding into the unique dynamics of how nonprofit organizations operate behind the scenes.