Spirit & Place Festival 

The Spirit & Place Festival celebrates, explores, challenges, and provides time for reflection on a common theme every November. In its 25th year, the festival continues to highlight the power of collaboration through independently organized events that use the arts, religion, and/or humanities as tools for shaping individual and community life. The festival is 11 days long and event partners, formats, and locations change with each offering.

Scroll down to find a complete listing of all 2020 festival events. Click on the event title to learn more and to find registration links.  ALL events are subject to change. This website is the best place to verify dates and times.

We also invite you to download a 2020 event calendar and/or Event Guide (when ready).  

If you'd like to explore past festival events, download the 2019 Event Guide and check out our 2018 event calendar. 


Should I RSVP to an event? 
The 2020 Festival is largely virtual. You must register directly with each event to receive the necessary Zoom (or other virtual platform) links to participate. Click on the title of the event you wish to attend (see below) and then follow the registration instructions.

Are the events accessible? 
We welcome people of all abilities to participate in Spirit & Place Festival events.

For question about accessibility or to discuss accommodations, please contact event organizers no later than 48hr prior to an event.

Spirit & Place will live caption the 25th Annual Public Conversation with Pádraig O’Tuama and Manon Voice on Nov. 15 and will have a closed-caption video of the Opening Night available on its website. 

For future (post-pandemic!) reference, most events are free and located in ADA compliant facilities, but a few of our partners operate historic structures and you may need to call ahead to confirm your needs. For questions about accessibility or to discuss accommodations, please contact the event hosts, festival@iupui.edu, or 317-274-2462.

Is there large font version of the Event Guide? 
A large font (text only) Festival Event Guide will ready for download by mid-October.
TitleDateTimeLocation
22nd Annual Public Conversation: Reflections on RaceSunday, November 12, 20174:00 PM - 5:30 PMIndiana History Center
An Outrage: Using the Power of Social Justice for ChangeSaturday, November 4, 20172:00 PM - 4:00 PMNorthminster Presbyterian Church
Break the Chains Off! History of Hip Hop in Power & Resistance AWESOMENESS NOMINEESaturday, November 11, 20176:00 PM - 8:00 PMMt. Zion Renaissance Center
Culturing for Nonviolence: Religious Families, Community, & Power of DiversitySaturday, November 11, 20172:00 PM - 6:00 PMIndiana Interchurch Center
Embodied Power: Breath, Voice, & Yoga AWESOMENESS NOMINEE Sunday, November 12, 20172:00 PM - 3:30 PMAthenaeum
Empowering People: Luther 500Tuesday, November 7, 201711:30 AM - 1:30 PMLutheran Child and Family Services
Homeless Voices (Exhibit, Nov. 4-11)Saturday, November 4, 20179:00 AM - 6:00 PMTube Factory artspace
Justice, Faith, & Power: Stories from Neighbors with Criminal RecordsThursday, November 9, 20176:00 PM - 9:00 PMBrookside Community Church
K(no)w Voice, K(no)w Power AWESOMENESS NOMINEEMonday, November 6, 20176:00 PM - 8:00 PM16 Park Community Center
No Plans to Leave: Confronting Gentrification in Washington, D.C. & Lessons for IndianapolisThursday, November 9, 20177:00 PM - 9:00 PMEbenezer Baptist Church
Overcoming Addiction: The Paradox of Powerlessness and PowerSunday, November 5, 20177:00 PM - 9:00 PMPhoenix Theater
Power Chords: A Violinist's Obsession with BachSunday, November 5, 20172:00 PM - 3:30 PMCrown Hill Cemetery
Power of Consent: Empowering Students to Prevent Campus Sexual AssaultSaturday, November 11, 20171:00 PM - 2:30 PMLongShot Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community Building
Power of Consent: Empowering Students to Prevent Sexual Assault (2nd Performance)Sunday, November 12, 20173:00 PM - 4:30 PMLongShot Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community Building
Powerful Questions: What Do You Want to Lose?Sunday, November 5, 20172:00 PM - 4:00 PMThe Church Within
PRESSing Matters: Man vs. MachineSunday, November 5, 201710:00 AM - 2:00 PM16 Park Community Center
Real Climate Change Solutions: Creating Power for Positive ChangeSunday, November 5, 20172:00 PM - 4:00 PMAthenaeum
Revive Civility Wednesday, November 8, 20177:00 PM - 9:00 PMThe Alan and Linda Cohen Center for Jewish Learning and Living at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
Rise Up Singing!Saturday, November 11, 20171:00 PM - 3:00 PMChristian Theological Seminary
Speaking Truth to PowerWednesday, November 8, 20177:00 PM - 8:30 PMIndianapolis Museum of Art
Spirited ChaseSaturday, November 11, 20179:00 AM - 3:00 PMWFYI
Stitched Up Power (Exhibit, Nov. 4-12; Reception, Nov. 4)Saturday, November 4, 20179:00 AM - 4:30 PMAthenaeum
Stories of Neighborhood PowerSaturday, November 4, 20172:00 PM - 4:00 PMThe Sol Center
Story Slam: Real Life Stories of the Power of Education Tuesday, November 7, 20176:30 PM - 8:00 PMSpeakeasy Downtown
Superhero's Bash: Opening Night Kick Off!Friday, November 3, 20176:00 PM - 9:00 PMHarrison Center for the Arts
The Almighty Pollock Paint Launch Affair AWESOMENESS NOMINEESaturday, November 4, 201711:00 AM - 2:00 PMGarfield Parks Art Center
The More You (F)Actually Know: Media Literacy and Why It MattersMonday, November 6, 20176:00 PM - 8:00 PMCentral Library
The Power OF and Power IN VolunteeringThursday, November 9, 20176:00 PM - 8:30 PMTabernacle Presbyterian Church
The Power of Food: Seven Short StoriesSunday, November 5, 20172:30 PM - 5:00 PMShortridge High School
Tunnel of Oppression (Tours Nov. 7, 8, & 9)Tuesday, November 7, 20179:00 AM - 5:00 PMIUPUI Campus Center
Using the Power of Music to Promote HealthThursday, November 9, 20176:30 PM - 8:00 PMSidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital
Vitality Through Art (Exhibit, Nov. 6-10; Panel, Nov. 6)Monday, November 6, 20179:00 AM - 5:00 PMMarian University
Welcoming Strangers, Finding Brothers & Sister AWESOMENESS NOMINEEFriday, November 10, 20177:00 PM - 9:00 PMButler University
What If? The Power of ImaginationSunday, November 5, 20172:00 PM - 4:00 PMArthur M. Glick JCC
Words Matter! Writing for Healing, Action, & ChangeFriday, November 10, 20177:00 PM - 9:00 PMIndianapolis First Friends Meeting
Working Together to Undo RacismMonday, November 6, 20176:00 PM - 8:00 PMTube Factory artspace