2006 Festival Programs Announced

Tours and treasure hunts, art exhibits and plays, films and documentaries, concerts and festivals, worship services and nature hikes, panel discussions and workshops, storytelling and dance... there's something for everyone at the 2006 Spirit & Place Festival!

More than 150 partnering organizations will explore the timeless dance between tradition and innovation during this civic festival of the arts, humanities, and religion. Events will examine a wide range of topics such as mental health, local history, the natural and built environment, and the arts, as well as programs that celebrate Central Indiana's racial, ethnic, and spiritual diversity.

Visit now to search over 80 festival events by category (arts, religion, humanities), format (concert, workshop, exhibit, lecture, reading, etc.), audience (intergenerational, adult, family) and more. Log in to build your personal festival calendar.

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Tickets Now Available for Public Conversation

The Public Conversation is the signature event that launches the Spirit & Place Festival each year. The 2006 Public Conversation, scheduled for Sunday, November 5, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., will feature award-winning author and human rights champion Sr. Joan Chittister, Hoosier film writer/producer Angelo Pizzo, and NPR reporter and award-winning author Juan Williams. Indiana author Scott Russell Sanders will moderate a spontaneous exchange between these three notable individuals as they explore the 2006 theme, Tradition & Innovation.

For tickets to this free event, visit the Clowes Memorial Hall box office, Butler University, 4602 Sunset Avenue. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. Group tickets can be reserved by calling Spirit & Place at (317) 278-3623.

Call for Volunteers

Want to get involved? Need some service learning credits? Volunteer!

We need help in many areas: attending programs, distributing/collection evaluations, taking photographs, distributing program guides, staffing the Public Conversation, and other administrative tasks. To get involved, call (317) 278-3623 or visit
Become a Program Partner in 2007

Organizations interested in participating in the 2007 Spirit & Place Festival are invited to share ideas and explore the opportunities and issues within the 2007 theme, Living Generously, at one of three upcoming meetings:

  • Marion County: October 18, 2006, 9 a.m.-noon, Ruth Lilly Library, Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN;
  • Hamilton County: October 25, 2006, 9 a.m.-noon, Legacy Fund of Hamilton County, 515 E. Main Street, Carmel, IN;
  • Johnson County: October 27, 2006, 1-4 p.m., Henderson Room, Johnson Fine Arts Center, Franklin College, Franklin, IN.

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Spirit & Place is made possible by the generous support of several major donors.
Lilly Endowment INC The Indianapolis Foundation Butler University
IUPUI University of Indianapolis
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