Spirit & Place Festival

A celebration of the arts, humanities, and religion.

The Spirit & Place Festival is a multi-day festival of events independently created and hosted by the community and supported by the Spirit & Place organization, which is housed in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The year’s festival is from Nov. 2-12, 2023 and explores the  theme of NOURISH.

How does the festival work? 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 25-30+ events (exhibits, performances, panel discussions, workshops, and more) that inspire sustained conversation and reflection on a common theme.

*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. We are a radical experiment in community trust — and it works! 

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 2023 Spirit & Place Festival will feature 25 events with 40 occurrences happening across Marion, Hamilton, and Johnson counties! What kind of events?

  • 4 film screenings
  • 6 community meals/food samplings/cooking demos
  • 3 musical, 4 theatrical, 2 spoken word spoken word performances
  • Plus civically-engaged workshops, art-making, exhibits, and outdoor walks!

Check out the 2023 festival by visiting the event calendar and make sure to check out our Opening Night activities and 28th annual “Public Conversation” featuring culinary historian Michael Twitty.

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

If you are thinking about an idea 2024’s GRATITUDE theme, 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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