Future Festivals

Cultural, faith-based, educational, health and human service organizations, libraries, community centers, civic institutions, artists, musicians, and others are invited to create innovative events for upcoming festivals. Application guidelines are posted at the beginning of the year.

Contact Program Director Erin Kelley 
at 317-274-2462 or ekkelley@iupui.edu or click here to learn more.

2016 Theme: Home
(November 4-13, 2016)

The geography of home is complex and nuanced. Home is where we start from; home is where we are; home is what we long for.  Home is about place, relationships, opportunities, identity, community and connections. What does “home”  mean for Indiana and Central Indiana as we celebrate 200 years?

2017 Theme: Power
(November 3-12, 2017)

POWER can be disquieting, discomforting, and oppressive; it can also be illuminating, inspiring, and hopeful. How do our social, political, cultural, and spiritual perspectives shape notions of power? How do the arts, humanities, and religion fuel our inner life and empower communities? How has the use, misuse, and abuse of power shaped our individual and collective lives? What new sources of energy can power our lives together? How can we give voice to communities that have historically lacked power? How can we bring diverse groups together to examine power structures in our own communities?

How do you want to explore POWER in 2017?

2018 Theme: Intersect

(November 2-11, 2018)

The image of intersecting lines is found in the Christian cross, American Indian medicine wheel, Egyptian ankh, and the art of Piet Mondrian, whose paintings featured a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors. From cross and cloverleaf to crossroads and connections, intersections are potent. They provide points of collective creativity and deeper understanding, as well as opportunities for division and conflict. What critical crossroads are facing small and large communities in Central Indiana? What new and surprising intersections ear needed to build vibrant communities? How might the arts, humanities, and religion lift up or challenge these connections? 

2019 Theme: R/evolution
(November 1-10, 2019)

The Latin revolutio and evolutio are separated by a single letter. The first means "a turn around," implying swift or abrupt change. The second means an "unrolling," or "opening," suggesting gradual transformation or blooming. What do history, geography, science, astronomy, sociology, religion, political science, and cultural teach us about both revolution and evolution? What new ways of being, seeing, and doing are blooming around the world? What contemporary issues--in our backyard and elsewhere--are calling out for revolution? How can we, in the words of Dorothy Day, "bring about a revolution of the heart?"

2018 Theme: Intersect
(November 2-11, 2018)