Spirit & Place Festival

A celebration of the arts, humanities, and religion.

The Spirit & Place Festival is an 11-day festival of events independently created and hosted by the community (YOU!) and supported by the Spirit & Place organization. The next Spirit & Place Festival will happen from Nov. 2-12, 2023 with the theme of NOURISH.

Spirit & Place provides a yearly theme to anchor events and provides staff support to help event creators think about audience, collaborative possibilities, event design, and promotions. Together, through creative collaborations, we leverage our strengths to unite Central Indiana residents through the power of the arts, humanities, and religion.

Annually, the festival brings together 100+ cultural organizations, congregations, artists, and other community partners to create 30+  events (exhibits, performances, panel discussions, workshops, and more) that inspire sustained conversation and reflection on a common theme.

The 2023 festival application deadline is May 7 at midnight. (See Festival Guidelines here.) Festival events are typically announced and posted on our web calendar by late August/early September.

*Spirit & Place does not exercise direct control over the implementation of event content, nor does content reflect the opinions or views of Spirit & Place and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

About the Festival

From Remembering and Reconciling and Food for Thought to our more recent one-word themes such as PlayRiskHome, and 2020’s Origins, we have used themes to create a time of focused reflection, fellowship, and conversation for the community.

Current & Upcoming Themes

The 2022 Spirit & Place Festival was an amazing time featuring  . . .

  • 29 events and 5 exhibitions!
  • A mix of 4 hybrid, 25 in-person, and 4 virtual gatherings.
  • 80+ community partners representing arts groups, cultural organizations, congregations, scholars, and more.
  • Dance performances, film screenings, community discussions, outdoor adventures, art-making and more!

Check out the 2022 festival by linking to our digital event guide.

Application guidelines for the 2023 Spirit & Place Festival can be downloaded here.

The 2023 festival application deadline is Sunday, May 7 at midnight.

If you are thinking about an idea for 2023, check out the Festival Application Process page to learn more.

Organizations big and small – as well as creative individuals – are welcome to apply!

For more than 25 years, the Spirit & Place Festival has served as a platform for one-of-a-kind events and performances. We invite you to explore and celebrate our history!



Erin Kelley


A native Hoosier, Kelley completed her bachelor’s degree in sociology and history from Ball State University and earned her master’s degree in public history from IUPUI. As the Program Director for Spirit & Place, she oversees the annual Spirit & Place Festival by working with 100 ...

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