Spirit & Place Festival
Read below to learn more about the ORIGINS theme as well as the community agreements we hope you will use during the festival.

To see the full line-up of festival events and to RSVP click here.

Make sure to take a look at our calendar-at-a-glance and Event Guide too! 

Community Agreements
Spirit & Place believes in the need for brave spaces in which challenging dialogue can occur. We also believe we are beholden to each other to work through these difficult conversations with a commitment of honoring each other’s humanity. We are all responsible for creating the energy needed for brave spaces to work.

We ask all festival goers to join in a common agreement to:
*Be respectful and mindful of each other.
*Never use racial or other derogatory slurs.
*Be present for and attentive to those around you.
*Listen to understand, then speak to be understood.
*Be an active participant in the work that is needed.

If an event makes you truly uncomfortable or triggers strong disagreement, pause, breathe, and reflect on these community agreements before speaking, but do participate in the moment to be heard. Make sure you fill out an evaluation form. Spirit & Place also encourages you to contact the event organizers directly.

November 5-15, 2020

How does reality come into existence? Whether striving to understand the Earth’s creation or the roots of buried assumptions in our own hearts, humans have often looked back to beginnings – to the preciousness of the past – to make sense of the present. 

If it weren’t for the search to uncover life’s mysteries, would the humanities – history, law, ethics, languages, philosophy, etc.–even exist? Without origin stories and myths, would the world’s religions be able to help us wrestle with our moral purpose? As naturally creative creatures, we know early humans used the arts (from cave wall paintings to ritual dance and sacred sounds) to declare and celebrate the stories of their origins. 

Spirit & Place invites you to examine how origin stories and myths help us wrestle with morality. How cultural and social biases influence the formation, interpretation, and impact of origin stories and how these stories have collectively shaped us. Whether exploring the founding of a faith, city, or favorite superhero, we invite you to share (maybe even re-imagine!) the origin stories that matter to you. Which stories of genesis, birth, and transformation fuel your soul and provide spiritual growth? How might the arts connect us more deeply to our origin stories? How did our emergence as a species, and a nation, shape our understanding of race, class, and gender? 

 Festival Application Guidelines & Process Interested in pitching your own idea for the 2020 Spirit & Place Festival? Check out the application guidelines .

All applications must be submitted via the online portal by midnight on FRIDAY, MAY 1 (newly extended deadline!)

Questions about application process? Need help brainstorming ideas, partners, or venues? Contact us!! We'd love to meet with you to learn about your ideas. Just email festival@iupui.edu. 

A prospective applicant meeting was on Feb. 19. Contact Program Director Erin Kelley (festival @iupui.edu or 317-274-2462) to learn about additional video conference call opportunities scheduled throughout the spring aimed at helping you craft the best application possible.

Festival Events
Few the full list of 2020 events by clicking here.
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Thank You!
We couldn’t make the magic happen without these key contributors as well as all the donors, volunteers, and community partners who make Spirit & Place possible.

Lilly Endowment

Bohlsen Group
Indianapolis Foundation The Polis Center