We’re proud to celebrate 21st year of the Spirit & Place Festival on November 4-13!
2016 is Indiana’s Bicentennial year – the perfect time for Hoosiers to celebrate, explore, and consider the different meanings and dimensions of “home.” To honor this, the 2016 Spirit & Place Festival presents HOME as a place, a space, and an idea through 40 events November 4-13.
Celebrating its 21st year, the Spirit & Place Festival is Indianapolis’ largest collaborative festival that uses the arts, religion, and humanities as a vehicle for shaping individual and community life through 10 days of experiences presented in partnership with upwards of 100 partner organizations. An initiative of The Polis Center, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the annual Spirit & Place Festival offers performances, exhibits, documentaries, and conversations that aim to spark meaningful discussions among diverse neighborhoods, voices, faiths, and organizations in Central Indiana. In doing so, it serves as a platform for insightful experimentation, celebration, and reflection.
The 2016 Festival centers on a “Home” theme and features events that explore everything from pet ownership to affordable housing, mass transit, art therapy, homelessness, race relations, public health, religion, and home renovations, and more. These inspiring events are presented through the lens of elders and youth, veterans, immigrants and refugees, environmentalists, foodies, musicians and poets, and others. Participating organizations and audiences alike are given the chance to see and celebrate the variety of communities that call Indianapolis home.
During the selection process this year, event submissions that exemplified key traits of the Spirit & Place Festival were nominated for an “Award of Awesomeness.” The winning event will receive a $1,000 award at the conclusion of the festival. A preview of these events, as well as information about this year’s signature events, is outlined below. A full listing of events is available at spiritandplace.org.
SPIRIT & PLACE FESTIVAL 2016 – AWARD OF AWESOMENESS NOMINEES
**Bold & Daring “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 5 — Sunday, Nov. 13 (times vary based on bus schedule)
IndyGo busses & Julia M. Carson Transit Center
$1.75 per ride
A “moving” exhibit—literally!—devoted to the stories and images of what makes Indy home for our community. Presented by Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, Writing Futures at Marian University, CityWrite, IndyGo Transit Ambassadors, and Indianapolis Arts Council. Fare can be purchased online at buy.indygo.net, on a bus, by calling 317-635-3344, or at the Transit Center during retail hours.
I Am Home: Muslim Hoosiers
**Inclusive & Open-Minded “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. to Friday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.
Center for Interfaith Cooperation (1100 W. 42nd St., Ste. 125, Indianapolis, IN)
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. — 7 p.m.
University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Student Center (1400 E. Hanna Ave, Indianapolis, IN)
Photo and audio gallery experience of Muslim Hoosiers sharing what makes Indiana their home. Presented by Muslim Alliance of Indiana and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. 317-306-1998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riverside Speaks! Past, Present, and Future
**Rooted in Place “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Ebenezer Baptist Church & Rock ‘n Riverside House (1901 N Harding St)
Riverside Speaks! celebrates a community with a “pop-up museum,” historic recreations and performances, and a church and home tour. Presented by Ebenezer Baptist Church, Indiana Historical Society, Riverside Reunion, Indiana Humanities, Kenyetta Dance Company, and Insight Development Corp. 317-631-5946 or email@example.com.
Finding Home: Indiana at 200
**Collaboration “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage (140 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN)
Tickets start at $25. Order at irtlive.com or by calling 317-635-5252
Multifaceted look at Indiana’s life and times mixes music and history, comedy and drama, fact and fable. Presented by Indiana Repertory Theatre and Indiana Historical Society.
Closing in on the Homestretch: A Community Dialogue on Youth Homelessness
**Socially Meaningful “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Sat., Nov. 6, 1 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Central Library (40 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN)
Film screening and dynamic community dialogue on youth homelessness with the filmmakers of “The Homestretch.”
Presented by Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), Spargel Productions, Homeless Youth Taskforce, Outreach, Inc., and Stopover, Inc. 317-472-7636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homing the Houseless
**Spiritually Meaningful “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation (6501 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN)
Watch the “Road to Eden” and reflect with filmmaker Doug Passon on the connection between homelessness, spirituality, and holiday of Sukkot. Presented by Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, 317-255-6647 or email@example.com.
Homes Before Highways: Communities Under the Exit Ramps
**Build Community “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Concord Neighborhood Center (1310 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN)
Share stories and see photos of homes and businesses destroyed on Indianapolis’ south and west sides by the interstate construction of the 1960s and ‘70s. Presented by IUPUI Department of Anthropology and Concord Neighborhood Center.317-278-4548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirited Chase: Something to Write Home About
**Fun “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
5 Mystery Venues
$9 Per Person, RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 9 at wfyi.org
This on-the-go program offers the chance to visit five mystery locations to learn what “home” means to the people and places of Indianapolis. Must provide own transportation. Presented by WFYI and its community partners. 317-636-2020 or email@example.com.
The Things They Brought Home: Military Tattoos
**Most Thought-Provoking “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m. — 5 p.m.
Indianapolis Art Center (820 E 67th St, Indianapolis, IN)
This interactive art exhibition explores the veteran experience, tattoos, and the concept of the “body as home” through photography, writing, and panel discussion. Presented by Indianapolis Art Center, Veterans in Industries and Arts, and Indiana Writers Center. 255-2464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPIRIT & PLACE FESTIVAL 2016 – SIGNATURE EVENTS
Kick Off Event
The Dog Ate My Homework: Opening Night Event
Friday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Tube Factory artspace (1125 Cruft Street, Indianapolis, IN)
It’s time to turn in your homework–no excuses! Join us as we kick off the 2016 Spirit & Place Festival with our friends at Tube Factory artspace. Test your knowledge with fun “homework” assignments about Indy, hear the debut of HOMEWORK by spoken word artist Tony Styxx, see exhibit Mari by artist Carl Pope, and learn about Big Car’s partnership with Riley Area Development Corporation and Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership to provide affordable homes for local artists. Presented by Spirit & Place and Big Car.
From the Ground Up: A People-Centered Approach to Community Development
Sunday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Kheprw Institute (3549 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN)
This hands-on workshop explores ways to develop a people-centered approach to community development.
Presented by Kheprw Institute, SEND Working Class Task Force, KI NuMedia, Scarabys Consulting, LLC, and Spirit & Place.317-329-4803 or email@example.com.
An Evening with Elizabeth Strout
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Butler University, Reilly Room (4600 Sunset Blvd, Indianapolis, IN)
FREE, RSVP by Nov. 7 at spiritandplace.org
Readings and reflections by Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge and My Name is Lucy Barton. Presented by Butler University’s Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series and Spirit & Place. 317-274-2455 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Nov. 11—13, public exhibit & shared meals (see www.spiritandplace.org for comprehensive schedule)
Friday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m. — 7:30 p.m., artist-led tour, reception & dinner
Friday, Nov. 11, 7:45 p.m. — 9 p.m., artist talk & Matthew’s Voices community choir debut
Roberts Park United Methodist Church (401 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN)
FREE, except for Friday, Nov. 11 dinner – $50. RSVP at robertsparkumc.org
First-ever side-by-side exhibit of sculptor Timothy Schmalz’s “Matthew 25” works partnered with 3-days of side-by-side dinners and fellowship with homeless neighbors, community leaders, artists, and others.
Presented by Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Sculpture by Timothy Schmalz Inc., Waltz Books, and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.* 317-635-1636 or email@example.com.
*Check www.spiritandplace.org closer to event for final “presented by” information.
21st Annual Public Conversation
Sunday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN)
A sociologist, a sculptor, and others reflect on poverty, homelessness, public policy, and the human spirit. “MacArthur Genius” and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Desmond (Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City), sculptor Timothy Schmalz (“Homeless Jesus”) and executive director of the Martin Luther King Community Center Allison Luthe will grapple with the essence of home from their unique perspectives in a discussion moderated by Butler University political science professor Terri Jett. Presented by Spirit & Place, Roberts Park United Methodist Church, and in conjunction with the John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. 317-274-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details on all Spirit & Place programs and events, visit www.spiritandplace.org.