Welcome to this online resource that offers easy access to information about the Spirit & Place Festival. Media outlets should contact BohlsenGroup, 317-602-7137, for more information.

Details on November's festival events will be posted in early September. Visit our Community Engagement and Year-Round Programs pages for updates on what we're up to outside the November festival.

Press Releases

21st Annual Public Conversation: The public is invited to be a 'fly on the wall' as a sociologist, sculptor, community activist, and political scientist discuss the essence of home from their unique perspectives.

City Suppers: Spirit & Place Edition: In an effort to build stronger community bonds in the Indianapolis community, the Harrison Center for the Arts, City Gallery, and Spirit & Place invite residents to be a part of a special, home-themed City Supper event on Sunday, Oct. 16. 

Gentrify-The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: It can be difficult to have honest conversations about gentrification because of how mired it is with issues of class, politics, race, and human impact. With this in mind, Spirit & Place and the Kheprw Institute are partnering to launch Gentrify: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, a series of community discussions that will explore the impact and ramifications of gentrification above and beyond displacement. The series launches February 28 and continues monthly through October.

Indiana Landmarks Partnership: The annual Indianapolis-based Spirit & Place Festival is proud to announce a 2016 partnership with Indiana Landmarks, a statewide organization dedicated to saving Indiana’s historic structures and reconnecting people and communities to their heritage through historic places. Aligning with the 2016 festival theme of HOME, Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Avenue) will provide this year’s November 4-13 festival with much needed space for events.

General Press Release: Returning for its 21st annual event, the Spirit & Place Festival is proud to announce HOME as the 2016 theme. Spirit & Place Festival urges community partners to explore the meaning of "home" from a variety of perspectives – place, relationships, opportunities, identity, community, connections and more – as we celebrate the state’s bicentennial. Application guidelines for participation in the 10-day festival (November 4-13, 2016) are now available online at The online application portal opens in early February and applications must be submitted by April 22.

General Press Release
Spirit & Place hosts Grammy-winning hip-hop rapper Killer Mike
Summer Program Series Announced: "Talking About Freedoms without Freaking Out"
$20,000 Senior Fund Award Winner Announced
Spirit & Place Festival director named IUPUI Inspirational Woman

Annual Indy festival explores value of JOURNEY through 10-day series of events The 2014 Spirit & Place Festival explores JOURNEY through 37 programs including experiences comprised of performances, exhibits, documentaries, and conversations November 7-16. Topics include everything from the journey of popcorn to gun violence and mass transit, arts therapy, marriage, race relations, addiction, public health, religion, and accessibility among others, explored through the lens of elders, prisoners, veterans, immigrants, the visually impaired, African Americans, Native Americans, and more.
The end-of-life journey explored at 2014 Spirit & Place Festival The public is invited the 19th annual Public Conversation, a conversation on end-of-life issues from the perspective of a caregiver, patient, and physician. Speakers include Gail Sheehy, author of Passages; two-time cancer survivor and New York Times No. 1 bestselling author and poet Mark Nepo; and Dr. Timothy E. Quill, Director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Palliative Care, University of Rochester School of Medicine. Sunday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Christian Theological Seminary's Shelton Auditorium.
Renowned alternative musician Son Lux makes “journey” to Indy April 3  The annual Spirit & Place Festival kicks off its 19th year with “Lanterns Raised: Journeys Through Art,” a Signature Series event, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 at the Christian Theological Seminary Shelton Auditorium (1000 W. 42nd Street). Critically acclaimed alternative musician Ryan Lott, known by his stage name as Son Lux, will perform an acoustic show during an evening of performance, presentations and conversation that will explore the transformative power of the arts.

Indy organization wins $20k to kick off 18th annual local festival. The annual Spirit & Place Festival is in full swing following an exciting opening night event and award of $20,000 to one organization’s most daring project on race. Javier Barrera of the Latino Youth Collective was awarded the prize following his presentation of “Race: A Look Inside” during the “$20k: A Competition About Race” event, alongside three other finalists previously selected by a panel of judges among a pool of 43 applicants.
Finalists announced as “race” for $20k marks risky start for annual Indy festival. “Race” is a small word but one that significantly shapes the perspectives we have about our communities and ourselves. On November 1, the 18th annual Spirit & Place Festival will host “$20K: A Competition about Race,” with a focus on the four finalists in a call-out for original projects centered on a daring idea for reshaping notions of race in Central Indiana.
Annual Indy festival explores value of RISK through 10-day series of events. The 2013 Spirit & Place Festival will explore the concept of RISK with a series of more than 30 diverse and thought provoking programs November 1-10.
Spirit & Place Festival kicks off year-round series April 9. The annual Spirit & Place Festival begins its 18th year with “Living Into the Edge,” the start of a new, year-round Signature Series of events, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 at the Christian Theological Seminary Shelton Auditorium.
Spirit & Place Festival announces new changes for 2013. Scott A. Jones will be honorary chair of the 2013 festival, which celebrates the theme of “Risk;” a $2,500 cash prize to one community organization that creates a festival program most emblematic of the theme.

Festival’s opening weekend will feature French composer, award-winning Hoosier artists. Spirit & Place Festival’s 17th year brings a focus on the spirit of play to Indianapolis.
Essence of ‘play’ evoked through gaming, comedy and improvisation at 2012 Spirit & Place Festival. 17th Annual Public Conversation will feature Jane McGonigal, Susan Sparks and David Darling.

Festival’s opening weekend will feature legendary tattoo artist, renowned health experts. Spirit & Place Festival’s 16th year brings a focus on the body to Indianapolis.
Preview events kick off city-wide Spirit & Place Festival. The festival preview events serve up opportunities to reflect in advance on this year’s theme of “the body.”
2011 Public Conversation. Undertaker-poet, pro basketball star, and bestselling author will discuss ‘The Body’ at 2011 Spirit & Place Festival.

Perpetual Pitch-In Project. Annual Indianapolis festival strives for 48-hrs of continuous pitch-in meals.
Local restaurants invited to fight world water crisis. Community organizations unite for first Indianapolis UNICEF Tap Project event.
Two hot chefs. One night. One stage. Tickets to “An Evening with Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert” on sale July 19, shortly after release of Bourdain’s new book.- June 8, 2010

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