Festival Partners

Who are the Festival Partners
Festival partners are the hundreds of cultural, faith-based, and community organizations that design and present festival events each year.

Who do I talk with to learn more?
To learn more about the Spirit & Place Festival, brainstorm event ideas and topics, explore new ways to design events, identify collaborative partners, and more, contact Program Director Erin Kelley (317-274-2462 or ekkelley@iupui.edu) and/or Community Engagement Director LaShawnda Crowe Storm (317-274-2463, lascrowe@iupui.edu.) 

*Festival staff are still working from home due to the pandemic. Please leave a voicemail if calling!

How do we apply to the festival?
(1) Review the 2021 festival application guidelines . Make sure to read through the Partner Agreement at the end!
(2) Attend a prospective applicant meeting. Click on your preferred time slot to register. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
     February 18
     March 15 

     April 21 (
10am or 4pm)
     May 11 (6pm) 
(3) Submit an online application by midnight on Friday, June 4, 2020.
(4) Contact Program Director Erin Kelley at ekkelley@iupui.edu or (317) 274-2462 with questions or concerns!

When do we apply?
Application are only accepted through Spirit & Place's online application portal. Applications for the 2021 festival are due by midnight on Friday, June 4. Spirit & Place will host (optional) prospective applicant meetings via Zoom on February 18, March 15, April 21, and May 11. If selected for the festival, there will be a REQUIRED meeting on July 15 for all event organizers. First time partners selected to be in the Spirit & Place Festival must also schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Program Director prior to September 30, 2021.

Who is eligible to apply?
Cultural, congregational, educational, health and human service, libraries, community centers, and other civic institutions are welcome to apply. Individual artists, public humanities scholars, people of faith, and other creatives wishing to create and host an event are welcome! All applicants -- whether from an organization or an individual -- must find a partner to work with. While not required, having at least one organizational partner that can help with event logistics and marketing is encouraged.

How do events get selected?
Festival events are reviewed by a community panel and selected based on the following criteria: (1) inventiveness, (2) richness of opportunities for audience engagement/interaction, (3) capacity to communicate and execute a well-planned program (4) strength of collaboration, (5) connection to the annual theme, (6) understanding of and commitment to the
Spirit & Place mission, which is to catalyze civic engagement through creative collaborations among the arts, humanities, and religion.

What types of events does the festival want?
We want breath-taking creativity. We want "never-seen-before" programs that illuminate the annual theme. We want dynamic and interactive programs that engage the senses. We want events that bring together diverse ideas and people. We want you to collaborate with another organization, preferably outside your discipline and to use the arts, humanities, and/or religion as a vehicle to express your ideas. We want people to walk away from your event with the ability to change their life and the life of their community. We want you to help us create 11 days of shared reflection, conversation, and engagement around a yearly theme as a way to create a stronger sense of place.

Event Planning & Promotional Resources 
Download our Event Design Tips Handbook to find resources that will help you:

*Articulate why you're creating your event
*Identify what you want to achieve
*Assess community partnerships and think deeply on the nature of community engagement
*Keep track of responsibilities
*Form a budget
*Plan for accessibility

The handbook also contains a venue checklist, speaker checklist, promotion ideas & timelines (including a PR Matrix), social media guidelines, and facilitator/moderator tips!


Spirit & Place Essentials (2021)
2021 Application Guidelines & Partner Agreement

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