Pam Blevins Hinkle, Director

With 30 years of nonprofit management experience and 20 years as a choral conductor, Pam has lived her life at the intersection of the arts, religion, and civic life.

A graduate of Butler University’s Jordan College of Art (arts administration), Pam has worked for cultural and historical institutions in Indiana and Pennsylvania including Sweetwater Art Center (Sewickly, PA), Western Pennsylvania Historical Society (Pittsburgh, PA), Indianapolis Art Center, and Butler University. For eight years, she owned and managed The Hinkle Group, a consulting practice which served nonprofit institutions working in health/human service, higher education, religion, arts/culture, and social service.

Pam is also an instrumentalist, choral conductor, songwriter, and workshop leader. In 2003 she received a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis through which she studied drumming (with ethnomusicologist Sally Childs-Helton), music improvisation (with cellist David Darling), as well as chant and ritual song from many traditions. She has served as choral director for college, church, and commmunity choirs, including 13 years as artistic director of the Indianapolis Women‘s Chorus, 15 years as choir director at the Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly, and 10 years as music director/producer of Indy's annual Winter Solstice Celebration. Pam is also a member of THIN AIR, an improvisational ensemble, and leads workshops in chant, body music, and music improvisation for numerous community organizations and choirs throughout the Midwest. She is also assistant chair of the Board of Visitors for Butler University's Jordan College of Arts and advisory board member for the Fine Arts Program at Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana. 

Jennifer Gilles, Program Coordinator

As Program Coordinator for the Spirit & Place Festival, Jennifer draws on more than two decades of experience in the geotechnical engineering field. She grew up in Evansville, Indiana, graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, and spent her career as a professional geologist for consulting firms in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Jennifer joined Spirit & Place in 2006. Her responsibilities include working with the festival director to cultivate and sustain relationships with festival partners, to develop appropriate public programs and facilitate collaborations, as well as acting as liaison to external contractors, volunteers, and the internal support team at The Polis Center.



         Indiana’s largest civic
           celebration reaches
        20,000 people annually!