Powerful discussions part of 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 includes a variety of events centered on powerful literature and panel-style discussions. These discussions are intended to inspire conversation and delve into current and historical events that are relevant to citizens across Central Indiana.

Visit the website at www.spiritandplace.org for the full festival lineup, including these discussion events below:

EVENT INFO:

Saturday, November 3, 1:30—4 p.m.
Niki’s Honor: Violence Against Girls & Women Needs to Stop
Presented by author Laila Anwarzai Ayoubi and Nur-Allah Islamic Center
Nur-Allah Islamic Center—2040 E. 46th St.

Through the lens of a native Afghan woman and author of Niki’s Honor, Dr. Laila Anwarzai Ayoubi, this event invites attendees to discover that violence against women is not confined to any one religion, culture, geographic area or age group. Told against the background of the death of a young Afghan girl as described in the pages of Niki’s Honor, the interactive components of this event will deepen understanding of how these abhorrent acts hurt women everywhere.
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Sunday, November 4, 2:30—5 p.m.
Reimagining the Spiritual Text through Watercolor
Presented by artists Bianca Dudeck-Mandity and Monica Bergers
Marian University—Library—3200 Cold Spring Rd.
Cost: $10 

This event is a collaborative experience joining the power of words, music and art. Attendees should bring a copy of spiritual text meaningful to them as well as writing materials. Painting supplies will be provided. Participants will be guided through a series of free-writing, discussion, music listening and painting exercises. By exploring inner beliefs, painting techniques, and sounds and music, attendees will broaden their understanding of how a spiritual text can engage multiple senses at once. Participants will leave with an abstract watercolor that expresses their multi-sensory experience of the spiritual. 

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Monday, November 5, 6:30—8 p.m.
A Crossroads of Nations
Presented by artist Lauren Ditchley, Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association, A Taste of Philly Pretzels and College Avenue Branch Library
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and Indiana Historical Society —Clowes Court—500 W. Washington St.

Indiana has a rich history predating its 1816 statehood. What is now known as Indiana was inhabited by tribal nations including the Miami, Potawatomi, Wea, Shawnee, Kickapoo and Delaware. Learn from a panel of experts, including Miami, Delaware and Potawatomi voices, on how the St. Mary’s Treaties of 1818 affected Indiana’s first peoples, the future settlement of their land and how and why treaties are still relevant today.

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Monday, November 5, 6:30—8:30 p.m.
Where Freedoms Collide
Presented by ACLU of Indiana, Exodus Refugees and Jewish Community Relations Council
Indiana Landmarks—Cook Theater—1201 Central Ave. 

How do we balance minority and majority rights? America’s history is full of intersections where the rights of the minority conflict with the rights of the majority. Where the promise to protect individual liberty conflicts with the promise to protect our communities from harm, foreign and domestic. Join the ACLU for a moderated conversation about the intersection where competing rights, and competing values, must be resolved.

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Monday, November 5, 6—8 p.m.
Bringing Science to Life: Medical Ethics & Literature
Presented by Indianapolis Public Library, Indiana Humanities and March for Science
Central Library—Clowes Auditorium—40 E. St. Clair St.

Although 200 years apart, the two books guiding the panel, Frankenstein and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, both explore the intersection of science and literature. One is a horror novel and the other a biography, but both examine human characteristics, emotions and stories of scientific explorations into what it means to be human.

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Tuesday, November 6, 7—9 p.m.
Race Matters: Faith & Philanthropy in the African American Community
Presented by Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, Christian Theological Seminary and Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Christian Theological Seminary—Shelton Auditorium—1000 W. 42nd St.

Featured panelist Starsky Wilson has led congregational activism through his work at Saint John’s Church in St. Louis, including leadership on the Ferguson Commission. Similarly, Brad Braxton, Director of the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, is committed to courageous social justice activism and compassionate interfaith collaboration. Aimée Laramore serves as Philanthropic Strategist for the first PhD program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary. All three panelists are experienced religious leaders who have navigated the work of philanthropy and social justice in their communities. Hear their stories and learn from their insights.

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Wednesday, November 7, 6—8 p.m.
Mapping Lost Intersections
Presented by IUPUI University Library, Indiana Historical Society and Herron School of Art & Design Library
Indiana History Center—450 W. Ohio St. 

Using multiple archival sources, guests are invited to investigate lost, demolished and re-developed Indianapolis intersections. From the relocation of Greenlawn, the city’s first cemetery, to reconstruction of White River State Park, and finally stumbling upon an early 20th century red light district, local library experts will showcase how the Indianapolis built environment has changed over time and consider what this change meant for people then and now. Participants will be guided on how to use digital collections, formulate research strategies when doing local history and will be invited to share memories of lost spaces and places in their communities. 

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Thursday, November 8, 6—8 p.m.
Lonesome No More Through Faith Communities
Presented by Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, and National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) FaithNet
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck—600 W. 70th St.

This event looks at the ways in which loneliness is present in religious communities and the strength, structure and support that churches, synagogues and other faith communities can provide. Through this moderated discussion, arts event and book signing, the event will share knowledge and connect people of all faith backgrounds in an effort to curb loneliness. 

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Thursday, November 8, 7—9 p.m.
INspired to Give: Women, Faith & Philanthropy
Presented by Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (IUPUI), Center for Interfaith Cooperation, Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis and Indescribable Gift
Indiana Interchurch Center—Krannert Room, 2nd Floor—1100 W. 42nd St.

Hear stories from women of different faith traditions and take part in small group discussions to explore the role faith has and can have on giving. The panelists will share sacred text important to them and engage attendees in using their own stories to continue exploring in interfaith settings and how to fuel a culture of giving. Attendees may also visit with partnering organizations in an exhibit area before and after the event. 

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Friday, November 9, 6—8 p.m. (arrive by 5:45 p.m.)
From Auschwitz to Indiana: Medical Ethics through History with Eva Kor
Presented by CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center and Indiana Medical History Museum
Indiana Medical History Museum—3045 W. Vermont St.
RSVP required due to limited seating here.

The intersection of medical ethics, the Holocaust and Indiana’s history with medical malpractice come together in this engaging lecture and panel discussion. The Holocaust is often viewed as a subject removed from the U.S.; in particular the Midwest. This event looks at the connections between medical studies (including eugenics) and how these inhumane experiments actually originated in Indiana and were later used by Nazi doctors. Eva Kor will share her personal story of perseverance after being treated as a subject rather than a human being.

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Sunday, November 11, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
23rd Annual Public Conversation
Presented by Spirit & Place, Indiana State Museum, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, IUPUI University Library, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, IUPUI Office of Research and Administration, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs, The Polis Center, Centric and Kheprw Institute
Indiana State Museum—650 W. Washington St. 

Featuring Zeynep Tufekci, this year’s Public Conversation will discuss the intersections of social media, politics and our everyday lives. Zeynep Tufekci is a techno-sociologist who focuses on social movements and civics, privacy and surveillance and social interactions. Tufekci’s latest book, Twitter and Teargas, thoughtfully examines both the positive and negative ways digital platforms support the work of social change.

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The Moderator or, “Ten Thoughts I Thunked”

by Kevin Armstrong

Longtime Spirit & Place Public Conversation moderator Kevin Armstrong created this top ten list to help you plan a well-moderator discussion. Check out the partner’s resource page for the extended version!

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  1. The moderator’s principal role is to allow each panelist to be his or her best self.
  1. If at all possible, talk individually with the panelists before the event and talk together with the group for at least an hour before the presentation.
  2. Avoid formal introductions.
  1. Stand up for the audience and involve them.
  2. Be neutral and objective.
  1. Be informed and prepared.
  2. Ask the question everyone has on his or her mind but is not asking..
  1. Once you’ve asked a question, look at the audience and look at the other panelists.
  2. Be attentive to three things at once: The conversation that is going on. Where the panelists seem to be taking the conversation. How the audience is responding.
  1. Say Thank you.

Attended our Signature event – Public Conversation in the past? What tips do you have?

Connecting Indiana Communities with HOME

We’re proud to celebrate 21st year of the Spirit & Place Festival on November 4-13!

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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

Moving Stories 

**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 aliya.amin@indianamuslims.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)

FREE

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 cb212be@gmail.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)

FREE

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 zalexander@chipindy.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)

FREE

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 info@ihcindy.org.

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)

FREE

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 suhyatt@iupui.edu.

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 cweidman@wfyi.org.

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)

FREE

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 awalbridge@indplsartcenter.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)

FREE

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.

Signature Event

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)

FREE

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 gentrify@kheprw.org.

Signature Event

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 orfestival@iupui.edu.

Signature Event

Side-by-Side 

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 rpoffice@robertsparkumc.org.

*Check www.spiritandplace.org closer to event for final “presented by” information.

Signature Event

21st Annual Public Conversation

Sunday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN)

FREE

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 festival@iupui.edu.

For details on all Spirit & Place programs and events, visit www.spiritandplace.org.

 

 

 

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