20th Anniversary Signature Events

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Spirit & Place proudly offered a series of "signature events" specifically designed to celebrate and explore the values and beliefs Spirit & Place and its festival partners have exemplified for two decades.

Check out this page in September of 2016 to see what we have planned for the 21st annual festival and its HOME theme. 

Opening Event: This is NOT a Program
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
Glendale Library
FREE (Walk-ins welcome, but RSVPs requested)

Spirit & Place and the Indianapolis Public Library invite you to get creatively weird! Kick-off the Spirit & Place Festival and DREAM theme by joining us for a surrealist-themed party -- complete with games surrealist artists of the 1920s invented to unlock the potential of the creative mind. Costumes, headware, and other wackiness encouraged! Presented by Spirit & Place, Indianapolis Public Library, Big Car, Indy Reads, and Sun King Brewing. More info here

The Choreography of Dreams
Sunday, November 8, 2015, 10-11:30am and 1:30-3pm
Arthur M. Glick JCC (RSVP required)

Winner of the Central Indiana Senior Fund's "Dreaming a New Age: Living into the Choices and Decisions of Aging" $20,000 Award, this event combines spoken and written words, imagery, dance, and music in a profound way to highlight the complex and meaningful last third of life. See, hear, and experience the life stories of five groups of elders interviewed for this moving event that explores the dreams and realities of aging. Presented by the JCC, Dance Kaleidoscope, The Indiana Writers Center, and Jewish Family Services at the Albert and Sara Reuben Senior and Community Resource Center. Lean more here.

A Conversation with David Brooks - SOLD OUT
Monday, November 9, 2015, 7-8:30pm
Christian Theological Seminary, Shelton Auditorium

This event is currently sold out and the wait list is at capacity. Walk-in seating will not be available.

In his recent bestselling book The Road to Character (2015), New York Times columnist David Brooks challenges us to re-balance the scales between what he calls our "resume virtues" -- achieving wealth, fame, and status -- and our "eulogy virtues" -- honesty, faithfulness, and relationships. Join CTS president and professor of theology Matthew Myer Boulton and Brooks in a spirited conversation about how we can help create the vibrant communities of our dreams based on these virtues. Presented by Spirit & Place and Christian Theological Seminary with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., Economic Club of Indiana, and Goldstein Group Financial Advisors. Learn more here.

Full Circle Dreaming: A Spirit & Place Festival Special 20th Anniversary Event
Saturday, November 14, 2015,  4:30-6pm
Light of the World Christian Church

Dreaming for you is one thing. To dream for the betterment of your community and for people you have never met or may never meet is something else entirely. In recognition of its 20th anniversary, Spirit & Place invites you to explore the notion of "full circle dreaming" -- that is, how one's life journey can include not only dreams for personal success, but dreams for improving the lives of others, especially within a social justice context. Featured presenters include Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist Killer Mike (aka Michael Render), Patachou Foundation founder Martha Hoover, and Light of the World Christian Church Senior Pastor Dr. David Hampton. Presented by Spirit & Place, Light of the World Christian Church, and Butler University Center for Faith and Vocation. Learn more here.

20th Annual Public Conversation: New Dreams for Indy
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 4-5:30pm
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

Indianapolis is privileged to have amazing talent in its own backyard. Come and hear from emerging local leaders on what they envision for Indianapolis's future. Discover their dreams -- and frustrations -- with Indianapolis and the role they see for the arts, humanities, and religion in shaping our progress. Special opening remarks by Dan Wakefield. Presented by Spirit & Place and Congregation Beth-El Zedeck with support from Paradox Dental Center and Goldstein Group Financial Advisors and special programming thanks to Big Car. Learn more here

Check out these events too!
Jitterbug on Fleek, Voices Project, and Dreaming of Justice through Song all feature recent community collaborations supported through Spirit & Place's new community engagement initiative. We're working hard to "walk our talk" to create an inclusive festival environment that welcomes a multitude of perspectives and experiences. 

Click here for a full view of the 2015 Spirit & Place Festival calendar.