Spirit & Place believes the emotional and creative power of the ARTS— fine art, folk art, music, dance, theater, art-making, etc.—has the power to expand thinking and engage communities. The HUMANITIES—literature, language, history, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, law, ethics and social sciences rooted in humanistic content—allow us to find common narratives of the human condition. Through RELIGION, Spirit & Place embraces the values of compassion, fairness, hospitality, and service that fuel community life. The annual eleven-day Spirit and Place Festival brings programming from the arts, humanities, and religion together into events independently created and curated by the community and supported by the Spirit & Place organization. Applications are being sought from community groups and individuals to create the 2020 Spirit and Place Festival, held from November 5-15, 2020.
Full Spirit and Place Application Packet available here.
Prospective Applicant Meeting: February 19, 2020: register here.
What is Spirit & Place?
Spirit & Place is a platform that reaches 15K+ Central Indiana residents a year through creative events, community conversations, and skill-building opportunities aimed at launching innovative experiments, amplifying invisible stories, and sparking radical collaborations.
What is the Spirit & Place Festival?
The November festival is Spirit & Place’s signature community offering. They provide a yearly theme to anchor events; staff support to help you think about audience, collaborative possibilities, and event design; and promotional support. Together, through creative collaborations, they leverage their strengths to unite Central Indiana residents in an 11-day celebration that uses the arts, humanities, and religion to build civic bonds. Annually, the festival brings together 100+ cultural organizations, congregations, artists, and other community partners to create approximately 30 to 40 collaborative events (exhibits, performances, panel discussions, workshops, and more) that inspire sustained conversation and reflection on a common theme.
2020 Theme: ORIGINS
How does reality come into existence? Whether striving to understand the Earth’s creation or the roots of buried assumptions in our own hearts, humans have often looked back to beginnings – to the preciousness of the past – to make sense of the present. Spirit & Place hopes you will examine how origin stories and myths help us wrestle with morality. How cultural and social biases influence the formation, interpretation, and impact of origin stories and how these stories have collectively shaped us. Whether exploring the founding of a faith, city, or favorite superhero, they invite you to share (maybe even re-imagine!) the origin stories that matter to you.
Using the arts, humanities, and religion, they want you to dig into the ways ORIGINS connects us to one another and the places we call home. After all, if it weren’t for the search to uncover life’s mysteries, would the humanities – history, law, ethics, languages, philosophy, etc.– even exist? Without origin stories and myths, could the world’s religions help us wrestle with our moral purpose? As naturally creative creatures, we know early humans used the arts (from cave wall paintings to ritual dance and sacred sounds) to declare and celebrate the stories of their origins.
So, share . . . Which stories of genesis, birth, and transformation fuel your soul and provide spiritual growth? How might the arts connect us more deeply to our origin stories? How did our emergence as a people and nation shape our understanding of race, class, and gender?
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What to Submit
Consult the full Spirit and Place application packet for application form.
How to Submit
Apply online between March 6 and May 1, 2020. (the online portal does not appear on the website before March 6)
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