2018 Signature Events &
Award of Awesomeness 

Opening Night: Intersections!

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018
Harrison Center (1505 N. Delaware St.)
Kick off this year’s Spirit & Place Festival during an INTERSECTION themed night at the Harrison Center for the Arts! 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. 
23rd Annual Public Conversation with Zeynep Tufekci
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
Indiana State Museum (650 W. Washington St.)
Join us for this provocative and challenging discussion on the ways authority, technology, and civic society intersect. 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.

Award of Awesomeness Winner!
Congratulation to our 2018 Award of Awesomeness winner, Ivy Tech Community College's Explore Art-omotive! 

Ivy Tech Community College (Fine Arts and Automotive Garage programs), Marian University, and Social Sketch Indy collaborated with first-time festival partner, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum to host a family-friendly event that engaged attendees around the intersection of art and automotive design. Using the festival theme to develop a class curriculum, Ivy Tech and Marian University students received direction from faculty and IMS Museum staff on their artistic designs. Students used this feedback to create the hands-on components of the event, which provided the museum with the first art-based programming in its history. Student creations will go into their professional portfolios and some of the pieces will be displayed at the museum later in 2019. Ivy Tech is even considering a new interdisciplinary course in metal artwork between the Fine Arts and Automotive Garage programs.

2018 Nominees:

Explore Art-omotive!
Hummus & Happiness
The Score Awakens
Afrofuturism in Action
Convergence: Connecting our Shared Experience through Performance and Prose