Spirit & Place Festival 

The Spirit & Place Festival celebrates, explores, challenges, and provides time for reflection on a common theme every November. In its 25th year, the festival continues to highlight the power of collaboration through independently organized events that use the arts, religion, and/or humanities as tools for shaping individual and community life. The festival is 11 days long and event partners, formats, and locations change with each offering.

Scroll down to find a complete listing of all 2020 festival events. Click on the event title to learn more and to find registration links.  ALL events are subject to change. This website is the best place to verify dates and times.

We also invite you to download a 2020 event calendar and/or Event Guide (when ready).  

If you'd like to explore past festival events, download the 2019 Event Guide and check out our 2018 event calendar. 


Should I RSVP to an event? 
The 2020 Festival is largely virtual. You must register directly with each event to receive the necessary Zoom (or other virtual platform) links to participate. Click on the title of the event you wish to attend (see below) and then follow the registration instructions.

Are the events accessible? 
We welcome people of all abilities to participate in Spirit & Place Festival events.

For question about accessibility or to discuss accommodations, please contact event organizers no later than 48hr prior to an event.

Spirit & Place will live caption the 25th Annual Public Conversation with Pádraig O’Tuama and Manon Voice on Nov. 15 and will have a closed-caption video of the Opening Night available on its website. 

For future (post-pandemic!) reference, most events are free and located in ADA compliant facilities, but a few of our partners operate historic structures and you may need to call ahead to confirm your needs. For questions about accessibility or to discuss accommodations, please contact the event hosts, festival@iupui.edu, or 317-274-2462.

Is there large font version of the Event Guide? 
A large font (text only) Festival Event Guide will ready for download by mid-October.
TitleDateTimeLocation
Opening Night Preview! Virtual Sneak Peek of EventsThursday, November 5, 20207:00 PM - 8:00 PMVirtual Event 
Indy Parks Throughout the Years: First Friday Speaker Friday, November 6, 20206:30 PM - 7:30 PMVirtual Event 
The Origin of Fascism: Divide & Rule TacticsFriday, November 6, 20206:30 PM - 8:00 PMLimited In-Person Seating & Virtual Event 
In the Beginning: Three Spirits, Three Myths, Three FaithsFriday, November 6, 20207:30 PM - 9:30 PMVirtual Event 
Indy Art & Seek: The ExperienceSaturday, November 7, 20201:00 PM - 3:30 PMVarious communities in Marion Co. 
Clockwork: A Multimedia Concert Constructed in 24 Hours Saturday, November 7, 20208:00 PM - 10:00 PMVirtual Event 
A Giant in her Field: Storied Botanist E. Lucy Braun Joins a Literary Walk Through One of Indiana's Last Old Growth ForestSunday, November 8, 202011:30 AM - 1:30 PMMeltzer Woods 
OM: The Origin of AllSunday, November 8, 20201:00 PM - 3:00 PMVirtual Event 
What Was and Will Be: Life in the Time of COVID-19Sunday, November 8, 20202:30 PM - 4:00 PMVirtual Event 
Film: Our National Family AlbumMonday, November 9, 20207:00 PM - 8:30 PMVirtual Event 
The Origins of Creativity: Channeling Creativity Under ConstraintsMonday, November 9, 20207:00 PM - 9:30 PMVirtual Event 
Dinner Table DemocracyTuesday, November 10, 20205:00 PM - 8:30 PMVirtual Event 
Living the Legacy: Creating Housing Equity Today in IndianapolisTuesday, November 10, 20207:00 PM - 8:30 PMVirtual Event 
Deep Roots: Origin Stories from our Sacred Traditions to Care for the World Around UsWednesday, November 11, 20203:00 PM - 5:00 PMVirtual Event 
100 Years & Fighting: The American Civil Liberties UnionWednesday, November 11, 20206:30 PM - 7:30 PMVirtual Event 
Since the Beginning(s): Native American Oral Traditions and ArtThursday, November 12, 20205:30 PM - 7:00 PMVirtual Event 
Global OriginsThursday, November 12, 20206:30 PM - 8:00 PMVirtual Event 
Interfaith Understanding Through the Art of StorytellingThursday, November 12, 20207:00 PM - 8:30 PMVirtual Event 
Beyond the Big ChopFriday, November 13, 20205:30 PM - 7:00 PMVirtual Event 
Beautiful ParadoxFriday, November 13, 20206:30 PM - 7:30 PMVirtual Event 
Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day StoryFriday, November 13, 20206:30 PM - 8:00 PMVirtual Event 
Spirited ChaseSaturday, November 14, 20208:30 AM - 2:00 PMVarious stops around the city 
My Toys, Our StoriesSaturday, November 14, 202010:00 AM - 11:30 AMVirtual Event 
Get a G.R.I.P. Get Connected to Resources, Information, and Professional Mental Health CareSaturday, November 14, 202011:30 AM - 4:30 PMVirtual Event 
25th Annual Spirit & Place Public Conversation Pádraig O’Tuama and Manon VoiceSunday, November 15, 20204:30 PM - 6:00 PMVirtual Event