What Kind of Events Does the Festival Want?

Spirit & Place wants unique events that engage the mind and heart. We want events that invite reflection and discussion related to the yearly theme. We want you to partner with others so that multiple perspectives inform all aspects of your event. We want you to help create bridges of understanding. We want you to use the festival as an opportunity to stretch yourself creatively, collaboratively, intellectually, and spiritually.

We want your best. And, yeah, we know that’s a lot!

The Spirit & Place Festival provides you the opportunity to help build up our community. For 10 days, Central Indiana residents are invited to share in a common experience built on exploration of a yearly theme. You have the power to help bring people together in dynamic and meaningful ways all the while elevating the work you and other arts, humanities, religious, and/or community organizations do.

That’s the power of Spirit & Place.

When submitting your event application . . .

DO:

  • Be inventive and collaborative. We love to see innovation and risk-taking!
  • Put the theme front and center. Be clear on how your event is connected to the theme and how the audience will experience/reflect upon the theme. (2017 theme is POWER.)
  • Demonstrate your capacity. Challenge yourself to create something unique, but keep it focused enough so that you can accomplish your goals.
  • Remember the arts, humanities, & religion. Use one or more of these disciplines as a vehicle to help you explore your idea.

DON’T

  • Force what isn’t there. If you’re stretching to make a theme connection, don’t.
  • Ignore your audience. Invest the time in really talking about the needs, wants, and values of the audience you hope to attract.
  • Get lost in language. The application questions have word limits for a reason: To force succinct explanations. Be descriptive, but direct. Compelling, but concise.

Check out our partner resources for guidance as you plan your event and do not hesitate to contact us for assistance at festival@iupui.edu.

Remember, event applications are due Friday, April 21 at 5p.m.!

LINKS: Partner Resources: http://www.spiritandplace.org/Festival.aspx?access=Partners

 

 

28th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium: It’s not foreign. It’s U.S.

 

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As a nation of immigrants, the U.S. is one of the most diverse societies in the world. Yet, history and modern times are rife with examples of cultural misunderstandings that stand in the way of a truly integrated society.

Language is the key to overcoming moments of difficulty, facilitating the transition of new Americans, and bringing harmony to our remarkable mosaic of cultural traditions and experiences.

BE SURE to save the date so that you can join us for the 28th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium: “It’s not foreign. It’s U.S.”

When: Thu., Feb. 23, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Phone: 800-933-9330
Email: iuconfs@indiana.edu
Price: Morning session: Free; Lunch: $35 each, if purchased by Feb. 2 or $40 after Feb. 2.

Register here: http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/index.php/signature/C70/

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.   

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: Family Fun

B3 Home: Bats, Bees, and Birds
Saturday, November 5, 10am—1pm
Garfield Park Arts Center
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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.

Finding my Forever Family
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Tube Factory artspace
1125 Cruft St.
IndyGo: 13, 16, 22
FREE, RSVP by Nov. 9 at spiritandplace.org

317-872-5650 x 108 / mferris@indyhumane.org
Presented by Humane Society of Indianapolis and Big Car

Art-fueled, full sensory experience where participants “become” a dog or cat and visit stations to understand life at Indy Humane’s shelter. 

Whether you own animals or love them from afar, IndyHumane invites guests of all ages to step into Big Car’s Tube Factory facility and to gain empathy and understanding for what shelter animals experience on their journey toward finding a forever home.

You begin the journey by choosing the profile card of a dog or cat. As you move through the room, you will stop at stations to learn a little bit more about your animal’s story. Each stop is a customized and interactive experience that will incorporate either some form of art (music, video, graphics, acting, paintings) or ask you to use one of your 5 senses (taste, touch, sight, smell, sound) before moving on to learn another step in your animal’s process. Each animal’s story is unique, so a person can choose to go through the stations multiple times, should they find the experience interesting. At the very last station in the experience, you will receive a current update on how the animal has been doing since leaving the shelter.

Walk-ins welcome, but RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 9 at spiritandplace.org.

Parking may be found along Shelby Street; Cruft Street is reserved for residential parking only.

Upcoming Event Features: Indiana Bicentennial

Slow Saunter Hike/Next Indiana Campfire
Saturday, November 5, 2—5pm
Morgan-Monroe State Forest
6220 Forest Rd., Martinsville
$10 per person, RSVP by Nov. 2 (limit 40 per hike)
317-602-3692 / sandra@indianaforestalliance.org
Presented by the Indiana Forest Alliance and Indiana Humanities

Experience nature directly and encounter big ideas while hiking and discussing the works of noted environmental writers.

As part of the Indiana Forest Alliance’s Slow Saunter hiking series, which aims to inspire advocacy for Indiana’s forests, and Indiana Humanities’ Next Indiana Campfires, which connects nature, literature, and the Hoosier bicentennial, this hike and campfire discussion will explore the enduring yet often fraught relationship we have with the natural environment.

Transportation to Martinsville is on your own and upon arrival you will be greeted and given a short history of Morgan-Monroe State Forest before venturing out on a guided 3-mile hike. Along the way, you’ll pause to read aloud the words of important environmental thinkers. Imagine 15 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of reading, followed by more walking and reading over the course of 90 minutes. A forest ecologist will also join the group to answer questions about flora and fauna along the trail.

Following the hike we’ll gather for a 90-minute campfire meal and discussion led by University of Indianapolis English professor Kevin McKelvey connecting the ideas of nature and home. The two readings include “Wilderness Letter,” Pulitzer-winning author Wallace Stegner’s landmark 1960 essay in praise of untouched wilderness, and “Stone,” an essay by Susan Neville from her 1994 book Indiana Winter.

RSVP by November 2 at indianahumanities.org.
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Saturday, November 5, 4pm & 8pm
Sunday, November 6, 2pm
Tuesday. November 8, 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 9, 7:30pm
Thursday, November 10, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 12, 5pm & 9pm
Sunday, November 13, 2pm
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage
140 W. Washington St.
IndyGo: 2, 4. 11,12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 31, 38, 39, 55

Tickets start at $25—Order at irtlive.com or by calling 317-635-5252
Presented by Indiana Repertory Theatre and Indiana Historical Society

A multifaceted look at Indiana’s life and times mixes music and history, comedy and drama, fact and fable.  

Finding Home: Indiana 200 is a collaboration of more than 30 Indiana writers—fiction writers, poets, journalists, historians and playwrights—from across the state coming together to celebrate the 200th birthday of Indiana. Interwoven with songs performed by Hoosier singer-songwriter Tim Grimm, this production allows you to delve into Indiana’s beloved icons and hidden gems.

This original production showcases many notable stories about our home state—from Princess Mishawaka, the daughter of Chief Elkhart to Madame C.J. Walker, the nation’s first African American female millionaire. Audience members will journey back in time with Abe Lincoln as he takes his first steps towards becoming a lawyer and with James Dean as he visits his high school drama teacher. Share in the memories of a middle-aged man recalling what it was like going to high school with Ryan White and eavesdrop on a conversation between William Henry Harrison and one of his descendants, eight generations later. Unique, engaging, and rooted in our shared history as Hoosiers, Finding Home: Indiana at 200 is a bicentennial treat for all!

Purchase tickets at irtlive.com or by calling 317-635-5252

 

There’s No Place Like Home: Love Letters to Planet Earth
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.