Festival Partners

Who are the Festival Partners
Festival partners are the hundreds of cultural, faith-based, and community organizations that design and present festival events each year.

Who do I talk with to learn more?
To learn more about the Spirit & Place Festival, brainstorm event ideas and topics, explore new ways to design events, identify collaborative partners, and more, contact Program Director Erin Kelley (317-274-2462 or ekkelley@iupui.edu) and/or Community Engagement Director LaShawnda Crowe Storm (317-274-2463, lascrowe@iupui.edu.) 

How do we apply to the festival?
(1) Review the 2020 festival guidelines.
(3) Submit an online application by midnight on Friday, May 1, 2020.
(4) Contact Program Director Erin Kelley at ekkelley@iupui.edu or (317) 274-2462 with questions or concerns!

When do we apply?
Application are only accepted through Spirit & Place's online application portal which will go live in early March. Applications for the 2020 festival are due by midnight on Friday, May 1. Spirit & Place will host an (optional) prospective applicants meeting on February 19 (see above) with a REQUIRED meeting on June 24 for all applicants accepted into the festival. First time lead partners selected to be in the Spirit & Place Festival must also schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Program Director prior by October 5.

Who's eligible to apply?
Cultural, congregational, educational, health and human service, libraries, community centers, and other civic institutions are welcome to apply. Individuals wishing to present must find an organizational partner.

How do events get selected?
Festival events are reviewed by a community panel and selected based on the following criteria: (1) inventiveness, (2) richness of opportunities for audience engagement/interaction, (3) capacity to communicate and execute a well-planned program (4) strength of collaboration, (5) connection to the annual theme (R/EVOLUTION in 2019), (6) understanding of and commitment to the Spirit & Place mission, which is to catalyze civic engagement through creative collaborations among the arts, humanities, and religion.

What types of events does the festival want?
We want breath-taking creativity. We want "never-seen-before" programs that illuminate the annual theme. We want dynamic and interactive programs that engage the senses. We want events that bring together diverse ideas and people.  We want you to collaborate with another organization, preferably outside your discipline and to use the arts, humanities, and/or religion as a vehicle to express your ideas. We want people to walk away from your event with the ability to change their life and the life of their community. We want you to help us create 11 days of shared reflection, conversation, and engagement around a yearly theme as a way to create a stronger sense of place.

Event Planning & Promotional Resources 
Download our Event Design Tips Handbook to find resources that will help you:

*Articulate why you're creating your event
*Identify what you want to achieve
*Assess community partnerships and think deeply on the nature of community engagement
*Keep track of responsibilities
*Form a budget
*Plan for accessibility

The handbook also contains a venue checklist, speaker checklist, promotion ideas & timelines (including a PR Matrix), social media guidelines, and facilitator/moderator tips!
Spirit & Place Essentials (2020)
2020 Application Guidelines & Partner Agreement

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