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.

The 2020 festival line-up will be announced later this summer.

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

If you keep scrolling down, you'll find additional information about the 2019 festival. Events are listed in the order in which they occurred and by title. Click on each title to learn about the events, presenters, and more! 

Is there large font version of the Event Guide? 
Click here to download a 16pt (text only) version of the event guide.

Should I RSVP to an event?
Most festival events will gladly welcome you as a walk-in but we strongly encourage RSVPs to all events so that our partners can best plan for your needs. If seating is limited, plan to arrive early! An RSVP may not guarantee a seat.

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

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 317-274-2555. 

What about public transit?
We encourage attendees to consider public transit (or carpooling), especially when attending events in small venues. You can map your ride at indygo.net
Opening Night at The Harrison Center & After Party at McGowan HallFriday, November 1, 20196:00 PM - 11:00 PMThe Harrison Center RSVP
Spirited ChaseSaturday, November 2, 20199:00 AM - 2:00 PMWFYI Public MediaRSVP
Super Universal Shape ShiftersSaturday, November 2, 201910:00 AM - 1:00 PMIvy Tech Community College , IFC Illinois Fall Creek CenterRSVP
Songs of RevolutionSaturday, November 2, 20196:00 PM - 9:00 PMThe Church WithinRSVP
ArtTroop: Transformance (Exhibition, 10/4 - 11/10)Sunday, November 3, 201912:00 PM - 6:00 PMIndianapolis Art CenterRSVP
Restorations & Requiems: Finding Strength through Music, Art, & FaithSunday, November 3, 20191:00 PM - 4:00 PMCentral Christian Church , Sanctuary & Fellowship HallRSVP
We Need to Have this Conversation. Period.Sunday, November 3, 20191:30 PM - 3:00 PMEugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History CenterRSVP
A Tailored Fit: Three Conversations on Fitting In featuring Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde (#1)Sunday, November 3, 20192:00 PM - 4:00 PMTube Factory artspaceRSVP
A Violist's TrousseauSunday, November 3, 20192:00 PM - 4:00 PMEidson-Duckwall Recital Hall (Butler University)RSVP
Remember 1968: Society, Higher Education, and Activism Monday, November 4, 20196:30 PM - 8:00 PMCentral Library , Center for Black Literature and CultureRSVP
This Far by Faith: A Journey Toward Racial EquityMonday, November 4, 20197:00 PM - 8:30 PMSt. Luke's United Methodist Church , Fellowship HallRSVP
Antisemitism: The Evolution of the Longest HatredMonday, November 4, 20197:30 PM - 9:00 PMCongregation Beth-El ZedeckRSVP
A Faith Leader & a Scientist Walk into a Bar: Using Improv to Talk about Science and FaithTuesday, November 5, 20196:00 PM - 8:00 PMBooks & Brews South IndyRSVP
A Tailored Fit: Three Conversations on Fitting In featuring Dr. Brenda Weber (#2)Tuesday, November 5, 20196:00 PM - 8:00 PMTube Factory artspaceRSVP
StuckWednesday, November 6, 20195:30 PM - 8:00 PMSpades Park LibraryRSVP
A Tailored Fit: Three Conversations on Fitting In featuring Ellise Antoinette Smith (#3)Wednesday, November 6, 20196:00 PM - 8:00 PMTube Factory artspaceRSVP
Agitation and Stagnation: Class and Health in America, 1919-2019Wednesday, November 6, 20196:00 PM - 7:00 PMIndiana Medical History MuseumRSVP
God(s) & Aliens: A Conversation on Faith, Science, and E.T.Wednesday, November 6, 20196:30 PM - 8:00 PMIndianapolis Hebrew Congregation , ChapelRSVP
The Power of the PageWednesday, November 6, 20196:30 PM - 8:30 PMMarian University , Allison Mansion 
Backs Against the Wall: A Film Screening & Discussion on the Howard Thurman StoryWednesday, November 6, 20197:00 PM - 9:00 PMEidson-Duckwall Recital Hall (Butler University)RSVP
Seen & Heard: Cultural Organizations and the LGBTQ ExperienceThursday, November 7, 20194:30 PM - 6:00 PMEugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History CenterRSVP
Ain't I a Woman? The Evolution of Women in PoliticsThursday, November 7, 20196:00 PM - 8:30 PMThe Indianapolis PropylaeumRSVP
Cey More with Art: Art in Cultural R/EvolutionThursday, November 7, 20196:00 PM - 8:00 PMCentral Library , AuditoriumRSVP
The Smart Justice Revolution: From Retribution to Rehabilitation and ReintegrationThursday, November 7, 20196:30 PM - 8:30 PMNewfields , The Toby TheaterRSVP
The Art of Boycott: Speech, Resistance, and RevolutionThursday, November 7, 20197:00 PM - 8:30 PMGarfield Park Arts Center , 2432 Conservatory Dr.RSVP
C.H.A.T. Culture, Heart, Art, & Talk!Friday, November 8, 20196:00 PM - 8:00 PMThe Reset CenterRSVP
(W)rites of PassageFriday, November 8, 20197:00 PM - 9:00 PMThe Church WithinRSVP
Herstory: A Prenatal-Postpartum Pop-Up MuseumSaturday, November 9, 20191:00 PM - 4:00 PMCarriage House Apartments East , Community CenterRSVP
Solutions & S'moresSaturday, November 9, 20196:30 PM - 8:00 PMBellfound Farm MarketplaceSOLD OUT!
Is it Revolution or Evolution? Sunday, November 10, 201912:00 PM - 2:00 PMHindu Temple of Central Indiana RSVP
Spirituality at the Intersections: A Conversation featuring Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde, Fr. Richard Rohr, Teresa Mateus, and Ven. Lobzang DorjeSunday, November 10, 20191:00 PM - 3:30 PMIUPUI Campus Center , TheaterSOLD OUT!
The Evolution of Sci-Fi FandomSunday, November 10, 20192:00 PM - 3:30 PMCenter for Inquiry , Suite ARSVP
The World We Live(d) InSunday, November 10, 20192:00 PM - 4:00 PMJCC IndianapolisRSVP
24th Annual Public Conversation featuring Nikole Hannah-JonesSunday, November 10, 20194:30 PM - 6:00 PMShelton Auditorium on Butler's South Campus , (formerly CTS campus)SOLD OUT!