By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.
November brings Circle of Lights and holiday happenings
Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented IBEW #481 – Friday, Nov. 25
The Friday after Thanksgiving, generations of families will converge on Monument Circle to celebrate the lighting of 4,787 lights strung from the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. USA Today listed the Circle of Lights® as one of the “10 Best Holiday Attractions.” The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. and the Monument light-up will occur at approximately 7:55 p.m. Entertainers chosen from statewide auditions will share the stage with Santa and with Josh Kaufman, host of the Indianapolis Symphony’s IPL Yuletide Celebration. The event will be broadcast live on WTHR from 7 – 8 p.m. After Circle of Lights, head over to Carson’s Department Store for Selfies with Santa from 8 – 10 p.m.
Carson’s Coloring Contest: chance to win $529 College Choice Fund and “flip the switch”
Children ages 3 – 12 have the opportunity to “flip the switch” and turn on the lights at Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 by entering Carson’s Coloring Contest. Five finalists will be awarded College Choice 529 Direct Savings scholarships and gift certificates to Carson’s. One grand prize winner will appear on stage with Santa to help light the Monument. Print copies of the coloring sheet here. The contest runs through Nov. 14.
One of the 20th largest marathons in the United States, the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon kicks off Nov. 5. Starting and finishing at the Indiana Capitol building, the course itself has been national recognized for being fast and flat. In addition, a half-marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run are available. The Marathon has sold out the past four consecutive years and is expected to sell out again this year.
Spirit & Place
Winner of the NUVO Cultural Vision Award and the Indiana Achievement Award, the Spirit & Place Festival takes place Nov. 4 – 13. The Festival features over 50 events for all ages at different locations around Downtown. The theme this year is Home, and include events such as B3 Home: Bats, Bees & Birds, where you can learn how to make homes for these creatures; Sounds of Home; and many more.
Veterans Day Parade
Take time to honor those who have served our country at the Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11 beginning at 11:45 a.m. More than 80 units will march starting at Michigan and Pennsylvania streets, move south on Pennsylvania Street to New York Street, west to Meridian Street and finish at North Street. In addition, a musical prelude will take place at 10:30 a.m. and memorial service at 11 a.m., both on the north steps of the Indiana War Memorial.
Great Pet Expo
Do you own at pet, thinking of becoming a pet owner or just love animals? Check out the Great Pet Expo Nov. 12 & 13 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Expo features Canine in the Clouds stunt dog and dock diving team, a dog grooming competition, llamas, alpacas, angora goats and many more pet-filled activities. Also, new this year is a wiener dog race!
All aboard! Experience the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art’s magical holiday model train exhibit Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. Watch trains as they pass through iconic replicas of Downtown locations such as Lucas Oil Stadium, Monument Circle and more beginning Nov. 19.
Christmas at the Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo hosts Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union Nov. 25 – 27 & 30; Dec. 1 – 4, 7 – 11, 14 – 23 & 26 – 30. The Zoo opens at noon with holiday activities from 5 – 9 p.m. each day. Visit Saint Nick in Santa’s Workshop presented by Chick-Fil-A, listen to carolers around a warm campfire, eat some delicious treats and more.
Christmas at the Lilly House
Take a step back in time with the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Christmas at the Lilly House. The historic home of J.K. Lilly, Jr. will feature holiday decorations from the 1930s and 40s, as well as contemporary décor starting Nov. 19.
The Indiana State Museum comes alive with holiday merriment starting Nov. 25 with Celebration Crossing. Children of all ages can ride the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and gaze into holidays past from a recreated L.S. Ayers store window.
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
Watch a timeless holiday classic, as Downtown Indy, Inc. partners with the IMAX Theater to show It’s a Wonderful Life on the biggest screen in the state Tuesday, Dec. 6. Proceeds from each ticket will support Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Beautification Fund.
For all holiday events, visit www.downtownindy.org.
The Indianapolis Colts play two home games at Lucas Oil Stadium: Nov. 20 & 24. The Indiana Pacers season heats up with 11 home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: Nov. 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25 & 27.
By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Spirit and Place
INDIANAPOLIS – 2016 is Indiana’s Bicentennial year – the perfect time for Hoosiers to celebrate, explore, and consider the different meanings and dimensions of “home.” To honor this, the 2016 Spirit & Place Festival presents HOME as a place, a space, and an idea through 40 events November 4-13, 2016.
Celebrating its 21st year, the Spirit & Place Festival is Indianapolis’ largest collaborative festival that uses the arts, religion, and humanities as a vehicle for shaping individual and community life through 10 days of experiences presented in partnership with upwards of 100 partner organizations. An initiative of The Polis Center, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the annual Spirit & Place Festival offers performances, exhibits, documentaries, and conversations that aim to spark meaningful discussions among diverse neighborhoods, voices, faiths, and organizations in Central Indiana. In doing so, it serves as a platform for insightful experimentation, celebration, and reflection.
The 2016 Festival centers on a “Home” theme and features events that explore everything from pet ownership to affordable housing, mass transit, art therapy, homelessness, race relations, public health, religion, and home renovations, and more. These inspiring events are presented through the lens of elders and youth, veterans, immigrants and refugees, environmentalists, foodies, musicians and poets, and others. Participating organizations and audiences alike are given the chance to see and celebrate the variety of communities that call Indianapolis home.
During the selection process this year, event submissions that exemplified key traits of the Spirit & Place Festival were nominated for an “Award of Awesomeness.” The winning event will receive a $1,000 award at the conclusion of the festival. A preview of these events, as well as information about this year’s signature events, is outlined below. A full listing of events is available at spiritandplace.org.
SPIRIT & PLACE FESTIVAL 2016 – AWARD OF AWESOMENESS NOMINEES
**Bold & Daring “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 5 — Sunday, Nov. 13 (times vary based on bus schedule)
IndyGo busses & Julia M. Carson Transit Center
$1.75 per ride
A “moving” exhibit—literally!—devoted to the stories and images of what makes Indy home for our community. Presented by Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, Writing Futures at Marian University, CityWrite, IndyGo Transit Ambassadors, and Indianapolis Arts Council. Fare can be purchased online at buy.indygo.net, on a bus, by calling 317-635-3344, or at the Transit Center.
I Am Home: Muslim Hoosiers
**Inclusive & Open-Minded “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. to Friday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.
Indiana Interchurch Center, Interchurch Gallery (1100 W. 42nd St., #110, Indianapolis, IN)
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. — 7 p.m.
University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Student Center (1400 E. Hanna Ave, Indianapolis, IN)
Photo and audio gallery experience of Muslim Hoosiers sharing what makes Indiana their home. Presented by Muslim Alliance of Indiana and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. 317-306-1998 or email@example.com.
Riverside Speaks! Past, Present, and Future
**Rooted in Place “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Ebenezer Baptist Church & Rock ‘n Riverside House (1901 N Harding St)
Riverside Speaks! celebrates a community with a “pop-up museum,” historic recreations and performances, and a church and home tour. Presented by Ebenezer Baptist Church, Indiana Historical Society, Riverside Reunion, Indiana Humanities, Kenyetta Dance Company, and Insight Development Corp. 317-631-5946 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding Home: Indiana at 200
**Collaboration “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage (140 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN)
Tickets start at $25. Order at irtlive.com or by calling 317-635-5252
Multifaceted look at Indiana’s life and times mixes music and history, comedy and drama, fact and fable. Presented by Indiana Repertory Theatre and Indiana Historical Society.
Closing in on the Homestretch: A Community Dialogue on Youth Homelessness
**Socially Meaningful “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Sat., Nov. 6, 1 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Central Library (40 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN)
Film screening and dynamic community dialogue on youth homelessness with the filmmakers of “The Homestretch.”
Presented by Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), Spargel Productions, Homeless Youth Taskforce, Outreach, Inc., and Stopover, Inc. 317-472-7636 or email@example.com.
Homing the Houseless
**Spiritually Meaningful “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation (6501 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN)
Watch the “Road to Eden” and reflect with filmmaker Doug Passon on the connection between homelessness, spirituality, and holiday of Sukkot. Presented by Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, 317-255-6647 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homes Before Highways: Communities Under the Exit Ramps
**Build Community “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Concord Neighborhood Center (1310 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN)
Share stories and see photos of homes and businesses destroyed on Indianapolis’ south and west sides by the interstate construction of the 1960s and ‘70s. Presented by IUPUI Department of Anthropology and Concord Neighborhood Center.317-278-4548 or email@example.com.
Spirited Chase: Something to Write Home About
**Fun “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
5 Mystery Venues
$9 Per Person, RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 9 at wfyi.org
This on-the-go program offers the chance to visit five mystery locations to learn what “home” means to the people and places of Indianapolis. Must provide own transportation. Presented by WFYI and its community partners. 317-636-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Things They Brought Home: Military Tattoos
**Most Thought-Provoking “Award of Awesomeness” nominee
Saturday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m. — 5 p.m.
Indianapolis Art Center (820 E 67th St, Indianapolis, IN)
This interactive art exhibition explores the veteran experience, tattoos, and the concept of the “body as home” through photography, writing, and panel discussion. Presented by Indianapolis Art Center, Veterans in Industries and Arts, and Indiana Writers Center. 255-2464 email@example.com.
SPIRIT & PLACE FESTIVAL 2016 – SIGNATURE EVENTS
Kick Off Event
The Dog Ate My Homework: Opening Night Event
Friday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Tube Factory artspace (1125 Cruft Street, Indianapolis, IN)
It’s time to turn in your homework–no excuses! Join us as we kick off the 2016 Spirit & Place Festival with our friends at Tube Factory artspace. Test your knowledge with fun “homework” assignments about Indy, hear the debut of “Dear Indy” by spoken word artist Tony Styxx, see exhibit Mari by artist Carl Pope, and learn about Big Car’s partnership with Riley Area Development Corporation and Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership to provide affordable homes for local artists. Presented by Spirit & Place and Big Car.
From the Ground Up: A People-Centered Approach to Community Development
Sunday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Kheprw Institute (3549 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN)
This hands-on workshop explores ways to develop a people-centered approach to community development.
Presented by Kheprw Institute, SEND Working Class Task Force, KI NuMedia, Scarabys Consulting, LLC, and Spirit & Place. 317-329-4803or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Evening with Elizabeth Strout
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Butler University, Reilly Room (4600 Sunset Blvd, Indianapolis, IN)
FREE, RSVP by Nov. 7 at spiritandplace.org
Readings and reflections by Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge and My Name is Lucy Barton. Presented by Butler University’s Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series and Spirit & Place. 317-274-2455 email@example.com.
*Sold out. Walk-ins are welcome and we’ll make all unclaimed seats available to those who arrive for stand-by seating ten minutes prior to the start of the event. There is no waitlist.
(See www.spiritandplace.org for comprehensive schedule / pricing / RSVP info)
Friday, Nov. 11—13, public exhibit & shared meals
Friday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m. — 7:30 p.m., artist-led tour, reception & dinner
Friday, Nov. 11, 7:45 p.m. — 9 p.m., artist talk & Matthew’s Voices community choir debut
Roberts Park United Methodist Church (401 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN)
FREE, except for Friday, Nov. 11 dinner – $50. RSVP at robertsparkumc.org
First-ever side-by-side exhibit of sculptor Timothy Schmalz’s “Matthew 25” works partnered with 3-days of side-by-side dinners and fellowship with homeless neighbors, community leaders, artists, and others.
Presented by Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Sculpture by Timothy Schmalz Inc., Waltz Books, and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.* 317-635-1636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
21st Annual Public Conversation
Sunday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN)
A sociologist, a sculptor, and others reflect on poverty, homelessness, public policy, and the human spirit. “MacArthur Genius” and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Desmond (Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City), sculptor Timothy Schmalz (“Homeless Jesus”) and executive director of the Martin Luther King Community Center Allison Luthe will grapple with the essence of home from their unique perspectives in a discussion moderated by Butler University political science professor Terri Jett. Presented by Spirit & Place, Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Eskenazi Health, Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in conjunction with the John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities. 317-274-2455 or email@example.com.
For details on all Spirit & Place programs and events, visit www.spiritandplace.org.
About Spirit & Place
Celebrating the theme of HOME in 2016, Spirit & Place honors the role the arts, humanities, and religion play in shaping individual and community life. Through its November festival, people-centered community engagement, and year-round activities, Spirit & Place links people, places, ideas, and organizations to stimulate collaboration, experimentation, and conversation. A national model for building civically-engaged communities, Spirit & Place is an initiative of The Polis Center, part of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Major partners include Lilly Endowment Inc.; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Bohlsen Group; Indiana Landmarks; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; IUPUI; IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; The Polis Center at IUPUI; WFYI Public Media; and more than 200 other community partners and donors. For more information, call The Polis Center at (317) 274-2455 or visit www.spiritandplace.org.