2016 Festival Recap
The 2016 Spirit & Place Festival occurred November 4-13. More than 130 community partners created 40 events with 72 occurrences in 34 venues across 3 counties! 

Festival events featured thoughtful experiences related to the HOME theme that ranged in focus from environmental stewardship to welcoming refugees into our neighborhoods and celebrating the contributions of immigrants to our state's history. Other events explored how music, poetry, theater, and art (including tattoos) can help heal broken bodies and minds (our most personal homes). Exhibits invited people to examine Indianapolis and Indiana from new perspectives while discussions, workshops, and films challenged us all to look more closely at the needs of our community and how we can work together to create the place, the home, we say we value.



Signature Events & Award of Awesomeness Highlights
The 2016 festival included five Signature Events including an opening night celebration, The Dog Ate My Homework, which included the debut of "Dear Indy"-- a Spirit  & Place commission written and performed by poet and spoken word artist Tony Styxx

collaboration with the Butler University Visiting Writing Series brought Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout to Indy to share with a crowd of 400+ why she writes: To get to know what it is like to be someone else. To know empathy.

The ambitious Side-by-Side programming with Roberts Park United Methodist Church displayed, for the first time ever, Timothy Schmalz's six "Matthew 25" sculptures in one place, including Homeless JesusProgramming also included the debut performance of Matthew's Voices, a community choir welcoming to Indianapolis's homeless population.

Spirit & Place's year-long partnership with the Kheprw Institute on "Gentrify: The Good, the Bad, The Ugly," culminated in the workshop From the Ground Up and the 21st Annual Public Conversation featured Matt Desmond, Allison Luthe, and Timothy Schmalz.

Nine community-created events were nominated for exemplifying the values that make the Spirit & Place Festival special. The Award of Awesomeness winner was Riverside Speaks! (lead partner, Ebenezer Baptist Church) who received a $1,000 prize. As one judge stated, "When I think about Spirit & Place, I think about this kind of event . . . people coming together from the heart." 

How do I navigate the online listings?
 2016
events are listed below in date order. 2017 events will not be posted until August. 

Should I RSVP to an event? Most festival events will gladly welcome you as a walk-in but we strongly encourage RSVPs to all events so that our partners know how many guests to plan for. 
TitleDateTimeLocationRSVP
A Journey Home: Interfaith and Cross Cultural PerspectivesSaturday, November 12, 20169:00 AM - 10:30 AMChristian Theological Seminary , Shelton Auditorium
A Place to Call Home: A Workshop Where You Can Help End Homelessness Thursday, November 10, 20169:00 AM - 3:00 PMIndiana Interchurch Center
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Closing in on The Homestretch: A Community Dialogue on Youth HomelessnessSunday, November 6, 20161:00 PM - 4:30 PMCentral Library
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Finding Home: Indiana at 200Saturday, November 5, 20164:00 PM - 6:00 PMIndiana Repertory Theatre , Upperstage
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Finding Home: Indiana at 200Saturday, November 5, 20168:00 PM - 10:00 PMIndiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Finding Home: Indiana at 200Sunday, November 6, 20162:00 PM - 4:00 PMIndiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Finding Home: Indiana at 200Tuesday, November 8, 20166:30 PM - 8:30 PMIndiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Finding Home: Indiana at 200Wednesday, November 9, 20167:30 PM - 9:30 PMIndiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Finding Home: Indiana at 200Thursday, November 10, 20167:30 PM - 9:30 PMIndiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Finding Home: Indiana at 200Saturday, November 12, 20165:00 PM - 7:00 PMIndiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Finding Home: Indiana at 200Saturday, November 12, 20169:00 PM - 11:00 PMIndiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Finding Home: Indiana at 200Sunday, November 13, 20162:00 PM - 4:00 PMIndiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Homes Before Highways: Communities Under the Exit RampWednesday, November 9, 20167:00 PM - 9:00 PMConcord Neighborhood Center
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Homing the HouselessWednesday, November 9, 20166:30 PM - 9:00 PMIndianapolis Hebrew Congregation
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: I Am Home: Muslim HoosiersSaturday, November 5, 201610:00 AM - 5:00 PMIndiana Interchurch Center, Interchurch Gallery
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Moving StoriesSaturday, November 5, 20167:00 AM - 11:30 PMJulia M. Carson Transit Center & IndyGo Busses
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Riverside Speaks! Past, Present, and FutureSaturday, November 5, 20169:00 AM - 4:00 PMEbenezer Baptist Church
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Spirited Chase: Something to Write Home AboutSaturday, November 12, 20169:00 AM - 3:00 PMWFYI Public Media
AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: The Things They Brought Home: Military TattoosSaturday, November 12, 20163:00 PM - 5:00 PMIndianapolis Art Center
B3 Home: Bats, Bees, & BirdsSaturday, November 5, 201610:00 AM - 1:00 PMGarfield Park Arts Center
Being at Home with Loss, Death, & DyingSunday, November 6, 20162:00 PM - 3:30 PMCentral Christian Church, Indianapolis
Bless this MessWednesday, November 9, 20167:00 PM - 8:30 PMTheater at the Fort
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Creating a Place Called HomeFriday, November 11, 20166:30 PM - 8:30 PMIndiana Landmarks Center
Bloom Where You're Planted Saturday, November 5, 201611:00 AM - 1:00 PMParamount School of Excellence
Bringing Memories Home: The Transformative Power of MusicThursday, November 10, 20165:30 PM - 8:30 PMIndianapolis Museum of Art , DeBoest Lecture Hall
Chronicling Hoosier: Tracing Home in Historic NewspapersSaturday, November 12, 20162:00 PM - 3:30 PMIndiana State Library , Author's Room
Do It Again Recycled Art Market: Home Is What We Make Of ItSaturday, November 5, 201610:00 AM - 3:00 PMSullivanMunce Cultural Center
Finding My Forever FamilyThursday, November 10, 20166:00 PM - 9:00 PMTube Factory artspace
Genius Loci: Herman B Wells and the Spirit of PlaceSunday, November 13, 20161:00 PM - 2:00 PMHarrison Center for the Arts , City Gallery
Haus MusicTuesday, November 8, 20167:00 PM - 9:00 PMAthenaeum , Theater
Home Grown: Building Strong Communities Through FoodSaturday, November 5, 20162:00 PM - 5:00 PMCentral Library
Home is Where Your Heart isSaturday, November 12, 20162:00 PM - 4:00 PM37-Place
Leaving HomeThursday, November 10, 20166:00 PM - 8:00 PMIndiana Medical History Museum
More Than a Roof: Affordable Homeownership as a Catalyst for ChangeThursday, November 10, 20165:30 PM - 8:30 PMSecond Presbyterian Church
My Home, My Earth, My ResponsibilityWednesday, November 9, 20166:30 PM - 8:30 PMUnitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
Rebuilding Home: Moral Injury to Soul RepairThursday, November 10, 20161:00 PM - 2:30 PMAthenaeum , Auditorium
Rebuilding Home: Moral Injury to Soul RepairThursday, November 10, 20166:00 PM - 7:30 PMAthenaeum , Auditorium
Refugees WelcomeSaturday, November 12, 20162:00 PM - 4:00 PMNorthminster Presbyterian Church
SIGNATURE EVENT - 21st Annual Public ConversationSunday, November 13, 20164:00 PM - 5:30 PMIndiana Landmarks Center
SIGNATURE EVENT - An Evening with Elizabeth StroutWednesday, November 9, 20167:30 PM - 9:00 PMButler University , Atherton Union/Reilly Room
SIGNATURE EVENT - Side-by-SideFriday, November 11, 201612:30 PM - 4:00 PMRoberts Park UMC
SIGNATURE EVENT - The Dog Ate My Homework: Opening Night Event featuring Tony StyxxFriday, November 4, 20166:30 PM - 8:30 PMTube Factory artspace
SIGNATURE EVENT: From the Ground Up: A People-Centered Approach to Community DevelopmentSunday, November 6, 20163:00 PM - 6:00 PMKheprw Institute
Slow Saunter Hike / Next Indiana CampfireSaturday, November 5, 20162:00 PM - 5:00 PMMorgan-Monroe State Forest
Sounds of HomeSunday, November 6, 20161:00 PM - 2:30 PMIndiana State Museum
The Houses of AbrahamMonday, November 7, 20167:00 PM - 9:00 PMIndiana Interchurch Center
There's No Place Like Home: Love Letters to Planet EarthSaturday, November 12, 20161:00 PM - 3:30 PMOrchard School
Wandering to Where We All LiveSaturday, November 12, 201610:00 AM - 12:00 PMButler University , Holcomb Gardens (meet at canal bridge)
Writing Home: The Stories of American Veterans in Words, Dance, & TheaterFriday, November 11, 201610:00 AM - 11:30 AMTheater at the Fort
Writing Home: The Stories of American Veterans in Words, Dance, & TheaterFriday, November 11, 20161:00 PM - 2:30 PMTheater at the Fort
Writing Home: The Stories of American Veterans in Words, Dance, & TheaterSunday, November 13, 201610:00 AM - 11:30 AMArthur M. Glick JCC
Writing Home: The Stories of American Veterans in Words, Dance, & TheaterSunday, November 13, 20161:30 PM - 3:00 PMArthur M. Glick JCC