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2014
Renowned alternative musician Son Lux makes “journey” to Indy April 3  The annual Spirit & Place Festival kicks off its 19th year with “Lanterns Raised: Journeys Through Art,” a Signature Series event, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 at the Christian Theological Seminary Shelton Auditorium (1000 W. 42nd Street). Critically acclaimed alternative musician Ryan Lott, known by his stage name as Son Lux, will perform an acoustic show during an evening of performance, presentations and conversation that will explore the transformative power of the arts.

2013
Indy organization wins $20k to kick off 18th annual local festival. The annual Spirit & Place Festival is in full swing following an exciting opening night event and award of $20,000 to one organization’s most daring project on race. Javier Barrera of the Latino Youth Collective was awarded the prize following his presentation of “Race: A Look Inside” during the “$20k: A Competition About Race” event, alongside three other finalists previously selected by a panel of judges among a pool of 43 applicants.
Finalists announced as “race” for $20k marks risky start for annual Indy festival. “Race” is a small word but one that significantly shapes the perspectives we have about our communities and ourselves. On November 1, the 18th annual Spirit & Place Festival will host “$20K: A Competition about Race,” with a focus on the four finalists in a call-out for original projects centered on a daring idea for reshaping notions of race in Central Indiana.
Annual Indy festival explores value of RISK through 10-day series of events. The 2013 Spirit & Place Festival will explore the concept of RISK with a series of more than 30 diverse and thought provoking programs November 1-10.
Spirit & Place Festival kicks off year-round series April 9. The annual Spirit & Place Festival begins its 18th year with “Living Into the Edge,” the start of a new, year-round Signature Series of events, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 at the Christian Theological Seminary Shelton Auditorium.
Spirit & Place Festival announces new changes for 2013. Scott A. Jones will be honorary chair of the 2013 festival, which celebrates the theme of “Risk;” a $2,500 cash prize to one community organization that creates a festival program most emblematic of the theme.

2012
Festival’s opening weekend will feature French composer, award-winning Hoosier artists. Spirit & Place Festival’s 17th year brings a focus on the spirit of play to Indianapolis.
Essence of ‘play’ evoked through gaming, comedy and improvisation at 2012 Spirit & Place Festival. 17th Annual Public Conversation will feature Jane McGonigal, Susan Sparks and David Darling.

2011
Festival’s opening weekend will feature legendary tattoo artist, renowned health experts. Spirit & Place Festival’s 16th year brings a focus on the body to Indianapolis.
Preview events kick off city-wide Spirit & Place Festival. The festival preview events serve up opportunities to reflect in advance on this year’s theme of “the body.”
2011 Public Conversation. Undertaker-poet, pro basketball star, and bestselling author will discuss ‘The Body’ at 2011 Spirit & Place Festival.

2010
Perpetual Pitch-In Project. Annual Indianapolis festival strives for 48-hrs of continuous pitch-in meals.
Local restaurants invited to fight world water crisis. Community organizations unite for first Indianapolis UNICEF Tap Project event.
Two hot chefs. One night. One stage. Tickets to “An Evening with Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert” on sale July 19, shortly after release of Bourdain’s new book.- June 8, 2010

2009
Pecha Kucha Indianapolis is seeking ten presenters to compete for a $10,000 prize and help turn an Indianapolis location into a more inspiring place.- September 29, 2009
Festival receives $30,000 grant from The Indianapolis Foundation - August 31, 2009
New Changes Announced for 2009 Spirit & Place Festival - July 31, 2009
Public Conversationalists Announced for 2009 Spirit & Place Festival - July 31, 2009


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