2020 Signature Events &
Award of Awesomeness 

Opening Night "Virtual Sneak Peak"

Spirit & Place took audience members behind the scenes to learn about the exciting events hosted during the 2020 festival.
Watch the recording here to learn what inspired our Award of Awesomeness nominees and to discover how other event partners interpreted the Origins theme. 

25th Annual Public Conversation featuring Padraig O'Tuama and Manon Voice
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020
Presented by Spirit & Place and The Church Within with activities made possible in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. In conjunction with the John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities.

What are the origins of reconciliation and do we have it within ourselves to begin a genuine journey towards healing? One where the harms caused by systemic injustice are truthfully acknowledged and the work of repair can begin? Theologian and poet Pádraig O’Tuama and local spoken word artist and activist Manon Voice closed the 25th annual Spirit & Place Festival by exploring the relationship between poetry, faith, and reconciliation.

Read Manon Voice's new poem, "A Brave Attempt," here. 

Award of Awesomeness 
Congratulations to OM: The Origins of All for winning this year's Award of Awesomeness!! The "Awesomeness Judges" selected this event as winner because it strongly addressed this years theme and successfully used the arts, humanities, and religion to invite others in a learning journey aimed to build community. 

Anita Gupta, board chair of the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, tells us, "Knowledge is vast and unless we share it, it is of no value to anyone. Same holds true for Om. The concept, the importance, the realm of Om needs to be shared with all and nothing is better than the platform of Spirit & Place.

Spirit & Place has given us a stage to educate and share the importance, significance, essence of Om. We are just a drop of water in the vast ocean of knowledge and are hoping to make a difference.

Our partners Santosha Yoga have been with us since the beginning and together we have embarked on this journey of OM: The Origin of All. On the way we were able to get more insights from Nrtiyangan Kathak Academy and Canvas & Clay about depicting or experiencing OM in a different way or art form. WE have been very lucky that we were able to connect with all and able to touch the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more that it will take ages to discover that. Nothing is impossible if we have the determination and good partners to go along with it." 

Watch OM: The Origin of All

The following events were nominated for the Award of Awesomeness:

Clockwork: A Multimedia Concert Constructed in 24 Hours
Presented by Clockwork Music, Tabitha Barbour, Healer Indy, and local Indy artists and musicians.

OM: The Origin of All

Presented by Hindu Temple of Central Indiana and Santosha School.

Living the Legacy: Creating Housing Equity Today in Indianapolis

Presented by Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis-Marion County Dept. of Metropolitan Development, Fair Housing of Central Indiana (FHCCI), and Homes for All—Indy Chapter.