Festival's First-Ever Closing Event!
Tradition vs. Innovation? Arts and Mass Culture
Saturday, November 18, 2006, 7 p.m., free admission
Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio Street

Do cultural traditions bind or release artistic creativity? Does a market economy encourage or discourage artistic development? Explore these and other questions in a lively public dialogue sponsored by the Liberty Fund and Spirit & Place.

Two nationally prominent scholar-authors will lead the discussion: Tyler Cowen, Holbert L. Harris University Professor of Economics, George Mason University, and Bill McClay, SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities, University of Tennessee.

A book-signing and reception will follow this free presentation; Spirit & Place donors and volunteers will be honored during the reception. Please RSVP for the reception by November 15 to

Rabbi Sandy Sasso Honored

Rabbi Sandy Sasso was honored at the 2006 Public Conversation for eleven extraordinary years of service to Spirit & Place. Her contributions to Spirit & Place are impressive. She moderated the second Public Conversation in 1997 and edited a book called Urban Tapestry, an anthology of Indianapolis stories, published in 2002. From the early days of the festival, Sandy has been a powerful advocate and leader for Spirit & Place, and she has served most recently as board chair, holding that post for the past three years.

Rabbi Sasso was presented with a "diva wrap" made especially for her by Indianapolis fiber artist Stephanie Lewis Robertson. The words "Spirit & Place" are emblazoned in copper and purple along the edges of this fiery cape, which is as original as the honoree.

Rabbi Sasso is an extraordinary community leader committed to interfaith dialogue. She is the first woman ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the first woman in Jewish history to serve a conservative congregation together with her husband, Rabbi Dennis Sasso.

She also is author of eleven nationally acclaimed children's books which ignite the religious imagination of young people. But she may tell you her most satisfying role is the one she recently assumed—that of grandmother.

Public Conversation a Success!

Hundreds of people gathered in Clowes Memorial Hall last Sunday for the festival’s signature event. Sr. Joan Chittister, Angelo Pizzo, and Manning Marable, along with moderator Scott Russell Sanders, enthralled the audience. Scott Massey, President and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council, and Paula Parker-Sawyers, Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives offered thoughtful questions on the theme, Tradition & Innovation.

Listen to the 2006 Public Conversation on Sunday, November 12, 6 p.m. on WFYI Radio 90.1 or see a streaming video of the Conversation at WFYI.

What people are saying...
  • "This was wonderful. As a twenty-something, I am so encouraged by such strong models who provide hope, vision, excitement-possibility."
  • "Excellent opportunity to hear respectful interchange and thought-filled ideas."
  • "The dialogue is a refreshing and valuable contribution to our community."
  • "Such a joy to hear intelligent conversation!"
  • "Excellent in every way!"
  • "Inspiring, challenging!"
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed this stimulating, dynamic presentation."
  • "Excellent, diverse speakers! Incredible!"
  • "The community is so blessed to have this all encompassing form."
  • "Best Public Conversation to date!"

Thanks to our Public Conversation sponsors: Lilly Endowment Inc.; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; Butler University; IUPUI and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; University of Indianapolis, Indiana Humanities Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Hilton Indianapolis, Scholars Inn, and WFYI.

Spirit & Place This Week!
F = Free $ = Admission Fee D = Donation Requested
$ 6th Annual Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM, Key Cinemas
F Green Sanctuary: Walking Softly and Keeping the Lights On, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
F Changing Space, Transforming Place, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Harrison Center for the Arts
D Walking the Reconciliation Labyrinth: Choices and Healing, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Church of Nativity
$ Sew Me A Story: Kathryn Tucker Windham and Gee's Bend Quilts, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Indianapolis Museum of Art
F Timeless Passions: Drawing and Dance, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Hoosier Salon Fine Arts Gallery
New Art of the West, CANCELLED
$ Peace Hikes with Global Peace Initiatives, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, Eagle Creek Park
$ Invisible Presence: A Walk Through Indiana, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Peace Learning Center
D 6th Annual Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, 1:00 PM to 11:30 PM, Key Cinemas
D The Power of Story: A Transforming Look at Mental Health, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Washington Square Mall
F Sacred Arts: The African American Spiritual and the Gee's Bend Quilts, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Indianapolis Museum of Art
D The Write Me Project, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Indianapolis Urban League
F Arts in Indiana Media, 7:00 PM, The Hilbert Circle Theatre
F One Mosque, One Synagogue, One Church, 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Al-Fajr Masjid
F 6th Annual Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, 1:00 PM to 11:30 PM, Key Cinemas
D Extreme Homeless Makeover, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, The Gladstone Apartments
F Neighboring: A Visit with Kathryn Tucker Windham, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Indiana History Center
F World of Tomorrow: The Future of Information, Communication, and Innovation, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Glendale Branch Library
F Asian Americans: Preserving Traditions & Exploring the American Promise in Indiana, 12 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sikh Educational & Cultural Society of Indianapolis
F Inner Peace: Hope Amidst Life's Battles, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Meridian Street United Methodist Church
F The Word Made Fresh: Traditional Texts Set to Innovative Music, 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Christ Church Cathedral
D Celebration of Hope Fall Worship Service, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, North United Methodist Church
D Preaching to the City: A Communitywide Worship Service, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, The Old Centrum
F Student Reflections on Worship, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Butler University
F If The Cupboard Were Bare: Creating Sustainable Food Systems, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Wheeler Arts Community Center
D The Personal and Political Role of Hair in Black America, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Madame Walker Theatre Center
F Praying from the Heart in New Ways: An Interfaith Peace-Prayer Service, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Carmelite Monastery
F Peace Hikes with Global Peace Initiatives, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, White River State Park
D Walking the Reconciliation Labyrinth: Choices and Healing, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Church of Nativity
F Tradition Embracing Innovation: An Interfaith Perspective, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, First Congregational Church-United Church of Christ
$ Anne Lamott, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, St. Luke's United Methodist Church
D The Power of Story: A Transforming Look at Mental Health, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Community Hospital East
F Creating Innovative Corporate Culture by Design, 7:30 AM, Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning Indianapolis Center
$ Peace Hikes with Global Peace Initiatives, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Eagle Creek Park
D One Voice, Many Voices: Holocaust Remembrances, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center
F IUPUI International Festival, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, University College Cultural Arts Gallery and Lower Level
F Evening @ the House—Innovation in Networks, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Indiana Humanities Council
F Peace Hikes with Global Peace Initiatives, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Indianapolis Museum of Art
F Black Culture, Black Life: African Americans in 20th Century Indianapolis, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Indiana State Library and Historical Building
D Making of A Voice Silenced, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Indianapolis Art Center
F Creation: Something Borrowed, Something New, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
D El Día de los Muertos Exhibition of Altars, Indianapolis Art Center
D A Voice Silenced, Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center and Indianapolis Art Center
D Timeless Passions: Drawn to Dance, Hoosier Salon Fine Arts Gallery
D devaSTATE, Harrison Center for the Arts
$ A Century of Champions, NCAA Hall of Champions
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Festival Closing Event!

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Spirit & Place
Advisory Board

Rabbi Sandy Sasso, Chair
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

Karen Whitney, Vice Chair
Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Diversity and Dean of Students IUPUI

Judith Cebula, Secretary
Director of the Center for
Faith and Vocation
Butler University

Rev. Kevin Armstrong
Senior Pastor
North United Methodist Church

The Honorable Sarah Evans Barker
U.S. District Court, Southern District

Maria Blake
Director of Communications
Indianapolis-Marion County
Public Library

David J. Bodenhamer
Executive Director
The Polis Center at IUPUI

Janet Boston
Director of Marketing and Communications
Arts Council of Indianapolis

Michael G. Cartwright
Dean for Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs
University of Indianapolis

Simon Crookall
President and CEO
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Margot Eccles
Lacy Diversified Industries

Rev. Nancy Ferriani
Senior Associate Rector
Trinity Episcopal Church

Dianne Foglesong
Community Volunteer

Darrin Gray
Brandirect, Inc.

Jane Henegar
Former Deputy Mayor
City of Indianapolis

Scott Massey
President & CEO
Indiana Humanities Council

Rev. Kent Millard
Senior Pastor
St. Luke's United Methodist Church

Paula Parker-Sawyers
Executive Director
Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives
State of Indiana

Gail Plater
Assistant Dean
Development & External Affairs
IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

Joyce Sommers
Board Member Emeritus
President & CEO
Indianapolis Art Center

Lynn Youngblood
Board Member Emeritus
Senior Vice President & Provost
University of Indianapolis

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Did You Know?

Spirit & Place was awarded the 2001 Indiana Achievement Award.

Spirit & Place was awarded the 1999 NUVO Cultural Vision Award.

Kurt Vonnegut, Dan Wakefield, and John Updike were the speakers at the very first Public Conversation in 1996.

The 2006 festival has over 80 programs presented by over 150 civic organizations.

Spirit & Place is made possible by the generous support of several major donors.
Lilly Endowment INC The Indianapolis Foundation
IUPUI IU School of Liberal Arts
Butler University University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Public Library Community Health Network
The Center On Philanthropy at Indiana University Christian Theological Seminary
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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