Future Festival Themes

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 and the next application deadline is April 12, 2019. 

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 transition. The second means an "unrolling," or "opening," suggesting gradual transformation or blooming. Regardless, it’s all about change!

What do history, geography, art, science, astronomy, sociology, religion, political science, and culture teach us about both revolution and evolution? What new ways of being, seeing, and doing are blooming and evolving around the world? What contemporary issues—in our backyard and elsewhere—are calling out for revolution? 

Quotes to get you thinking . . . 

The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us? – Dorothy Day, social/religious activist

Our greatest human adventure is the evolution of consciousness. We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain.—Tom Robbins, writer

No real social change has ever been brought about without revolution . . . revolution is but thought carried into action. –Emma Goldman, activist

America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration. – Warren G. Harding, politician

Without freedom and without humor, our cultures can’t have a healthy evolution. – Yasmine Hamdan, singer/songwriter

Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness. – Alice Walker, writer/poet

Many people repeat the past. I’m not interested. I prefer evolution. – Issey Miyake, fashion designer

2020 & Beyond
Spirit & Place would love your feedback on future themes. Use this link to take a short survey where you can let us know which THREE (3) suggested themes you like the best and why:


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