Impact Stories

It’s all in our name: Spirit & Place. Through growth of the human spirit, Central Indiana becomes a better place.

Because of Spirit & Place platforms:

  • New, community-centric solutions are created.
  • Difficult dialogues happen.
  • Vulnerable voices are heard.
  • Skills and capacities grow.
  • Creativity blooms.
  • Places are transformed.
  • and fun is had!

Check out how Spirit & Place transforms people, organizations, and places in the column at right.

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As a result of the congregation’s “No Plans to Leave” festival event in 2017, Ebenezer Baptist Church planned to create a series of workshops to counter gentrification in the Riverside neighborhood.

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“Spirit and Place provided the impetus to think differently about engaging people in a multigenerational music-making and the platform to experiment." - Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

What People are Saying ...

From the Immigrant Welcome Center, a 2020 Festival Partner …

“We have been wanting to do more public events where Natural Helpers can display their countries of origin and culture to highlight the incredible diversity in Indianapolis. Piloting this with Spirit & Place has helped us get a feel for what it would entail to offer it again. We want to host a similar workshop monthly now! Thank you!” – Immigrant Welcome Center, 2020 Festival Partner

From Patchwork Indy, a 2020 Festival Partner …

“Spirit & Place allowed us to launch what we hope to be an ongoing program [Beautiful Paradox in 2020] and conversation around intersectional identities! The theme of our program is to create space for exploration of what it feels like to navigate different parts of our identity, including the cultural and spiritual components amongst others. We wanted to start the conversation with a fun, engaging, and highly collaborative event that could catapult us into more deep, reflective, and action-oriented events. Spirit & Place allowed us to do just that, and we have already received really excited and positive feedback from our creative collaborators expressing interest in planning future programs!!!”

“I’m on reconciliation team with members of my church . . . and will be thinking about how to incorporate these ideas into our work.”

“THANK YOU for this great service to our community. We need you now more than ever.”



Pam Blevins Hinkle

Pam Blevins Hinkle–arts administrator, song leader, composer, officiant, tree-lover, and kazoo fanatic–has devoted her life to projects that blend creativity, community-building, and spirituality. She has served as director of Spirit & Place since 2006, and is a certified trainer ...

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