In This Issue:
Festival Success!
Event Evaluations
Conversation Continues
Thank You!
Spirit & Place 2008: Exploring Imagination
New Workshop on Collaboration

Festival Success!
From the impact of knitting ministries and Hoosier generosity abroad, to prayer practices and philanthropy, the 2007 Spirit & Place Festival offered thousands of Central Indiana citizens the opportunity to participate in 71 interactive, high quality events during 17 days in November. Over 130 authors and artists, poets and performers, civic and community leaders, playwrights and preachers, storytellers and scholars illuminated the festival theme of Living Generously.

Community response has been excellent to date. Dr. David Carlson, Franklin College, commented, “I was so inspired and challenged by the [Public Conversation] speakers on November 4. My son, who works at the Peace Learning Center, attended with me. We both felt that the speakers reaffirmed our conviction that our society is crying out for a renewed commitment to the common good. Spirit and Place has become a place where I expect to hear the ‘prophetic voice’ in these confusing times.”

Event Evaluations

There’s still time to share your feedback on festival events. Help us make Spirit & Place even better next year.

Conversation Continues

Keep the conversation going! Visit the Spirit & Place forum to share what you learned at a festival event or to share a personal story about generosity.

Thank You!

On behalf of the Spirit & Place Advisory Board and staff, we extend our warmest thanks to:

  • Festival Partners — 158 arts, faith-based, and civic organizations that collaborated to create outstanding content for the 2007 festival.
  • Volunteers — 56 faithful friends who worked 84 separate events.
  • Theme Partners — The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
  • Donors — Lilly Endowment Inc.; The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc.; Butler University; IUPUI; IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; the University of Indianapolis; and dozens of other sponsors and donors who contributed over 80% of our operating budget of $307,000.
  • The Polis Center Staff — who provided vital web and administrative support.
  • And YOU! Thanks for believing in the mission of Spirit & Place to promote civic engagement, public imagination, thoughtful reflection, and respect for diversity through creative collaborations between  the arts, religion, and humanities.

Spirit & Place 2008: Exploring Imagination
October 31-November 16, 2008

It’s not too soon to start planning! Event applications are due March 7, 2008. Please review the 2008 Event Selection Criteria and notes from community brainstorming meetings for event ideas.

In order to increase the relevance of festival events, we will, for the first time, be experimenting with four sub-themes:

  • Re-Imagining Indy: How can we re-imagine the future of Indianapolis together? How can we uncover and marshal our collective assets to imaginatively address important community issues, e.g. crime, public education, homelessness, poverty, etc.? How can imagination help us deal with issues that often divide us, such as immigration, security, and human rights? How can we marshal the strengths of our diversity to advance our communities?
  • Youthful Imagination: How do we empower young people to flex their imaginations to benefit their communities? How do young people imagine their future?
  • Imagining Our Future: How do we evaluate and encourage scientific, technological, and economic advances that are both imaginative and responsible?
  • Community Creation & Celebration: What public, interactive, and intergenerational activities will provide outlets to express our individual and collective imagination? How might such events celebrate who we are as a community, neighborhood, or organization?
We welcome events that creatively engage the arts, humanities, and religion to explore ideas both within and outside of these sub-themes. Check the website in December for comprehensive application guidelines.

Optional applicant meetings will be held January, 16, 23, and 30, 2008, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at The Polis Center, 1200 Waterway Blvd. These meetings will review the guidelines and the online application process. Space is limited; RSVP to or 317-278-3623.

New Workshop on Collaboration

Join us on January 25, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., The English Building, 600 N. Alabama, to learn strategies, tips, and tools for creating successful collaborations. This free workshop will include a complimentary copy of Using Collaboration Handbook: Creating, Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey by Michael Winer and Karen Ray. Space is limited; RSVP to or 317-278-3623.


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Spirit & Place serves as
a catalyst for civic engagement
and enduring change through
creative collaborations between
the arts, humanities, and religion.

2007 Theme Partners:

Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University 

Central Indiana Community Foundation

Major Financial Partners:

Lilly Endowment Inc.

Allen Whitehill Clowes
Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of
the Central Indiana Community Foundation

Butler University

IUPUI/IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
University of Indianapolis

Spirit & Place Advisory Board

Karen M. Whitney, Chair
Vice Chancellor for Student Life
& Dean of Students, IUPUI

Jane Henegar, Vice Chair

State Coordinator, Project Citizen,
Indiana Bar Foundation

Judith Cebula, Secretary

Director, Center for Faith & Vocation,
Butler University

Rev. Kevin Armstrong

Senior Pastor,
North United Methodist Church

The Honorable Sarah Evans Barker

Judge, United States District Court

David J. Bodenhamer

Executive Director,
The Polis Center, IUPUI

Janet Boston

Director of Marketing and Communications,
Arts Council of Indianapolis

Michael G. Cartwright

Dean for Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs,
University of Indianapolis

Simon Crookall
President and CEO,
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Margot L. Eccles

Vice President, LDI, Ltd.

Gloria Gaither

Gaither Family Resources
and Gaither Music Company

Rev. Lewis Galloway

Senior Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church

Darrin D. Gray
Principal, Brandirect Inc.

Rev. Felipe N. Martínez

Associate Executive Presbyter,
Whitewater Valley Presbytery

Rev. Kent Millard

Senior Pastor,
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Paula Parker-Sawyers

Executive Director, Indiana Office
of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Gail Plater

Assistant Dean, Development & External
Affairs, IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

Joyce Sommers, Board Member Emeritus
President & Executive Director,
Indianapolis Art Center

Lynn Youngblood, Board Member Emeritus

Provost Emeritus,
University of Indianapolis