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21st Annual Spirit and Place Festival, Nov. 4-13, 2016 @spiritandplace

October 16, 2016 Leave a comment
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Indiana Landmarks Center, one of the venues for the Spirit and Place Festival.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

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

Moving Stories
**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 aliya.amin@indianamuslims.org.

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)
FREE
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 cb212be@gmail.com.

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)
FREE
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 zalexander@chipindy.org.

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)
FREE
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 info@ihcindy.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)
FREE
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 suhyatt@iupui.edu.

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 cweidman@wfyi.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)
FREE
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 orawalbridge@indplsartcenter.org.

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)
FREE
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.

Signature Event
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)
FREE
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 gentrify@kheprw.org.

Signature Event
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 orfestival@iupui.edu.
*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.

Signature Event
Side-by-Side
(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 rpoffice@robertsparkumc.org.

Signature Event
21st Annual Public Conversation
Sunday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN)
FREE
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 festival@iupui.edu.

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.

2015 Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

February 2, 2015 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Artsgarden

Indianapolis Artsgarden hosts the Art and Soul Celebration. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

February is Black History Month and Downtown Indy is offering a full lineup of events. Whether you want to partake by enjoying special live performances, educational activities or unique exhibits, Downtown Indy is the place to be.

A Celebration of African-American Art & Artists in Indiana

Art & Soul, Downtown Indy’s celebration of local African-American arts and artists, returns to the Indianapolis Artsgarden this winter with performances from musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists. Performances begin Jan. 31 with the Art & Soul Kickoff and conclude March 1 with a ceremony featuring City-County Council president Maggie Lewis. This year’s special guests include Mathew Davis, Zakk Knight, Kassim Norris, Ronne Stone and many more. All Art & Soul events are FREE.

Meet the Artists at Central Library
Through March 28, the Central Library hosts Meet the Artists XXVII, displaying the works of locally-prominent African-American artists in a wide array of mediums. Art lovers are encouraged to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of free cultural entertainment – including African drumming gospel music, a fashion show and workshops – during the Meet the Artists Gala Reception Feb. 14 from 5 – 10 p.m.

The Children’s Museum celebrates Madame Walker

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will host a Black History Month Performance Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. Vignettes will feature a performance of Madam C.J. Walker and others who played a significant part in American history. Stay for a post-performance discussion with the actors.

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

The Indiana State Museum will kick off its annual Sankofa Black Heritage Festival Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival showcases art, history and culture from West African and Hoosier African-American perspectives. Performance-based arts closely align with Black History Month themes that explore the African-American experience, both past and present.

A Night with the ISO

Enjoy a FREE Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Black History Concert. Join guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II along with the Voice of the Light Choir for an evening of classical and contemporary African-American music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Throwback Thursday Cinema

The Madame Walker Theater continues the Throwback Thursday Cinema series of thought provoking documentaries and films with The Black List on Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Renowned photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders sheds light on what it means to be black in America by talking to prominent African-American pop-culture icons, including Chris Rock, Colin Powell, Serena Williams, Sean Combs and others. Tickets are $5.

Music and dancing at the Madame Walker Theatre

Hear from the Freetown Village Singers during a unique Black History Month event at the Madame Walker Theatre Center on Feb. 28. A buffet dinner begins at 5 p.m. followed by a music performance of African folk, gospel, blues, jazz, pop and more. Celebrate with Freetown Village all month long for The Madam Walker Story on Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Madame Walker Heritage Center.

For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org/, or call 317-237-2222.

‘Arden of Fevershame’ at Central Library, Apr. 3-5, 11-12

March 27, 2014 Leave a comment
Hoosier Bard Productions

Hoosier Bard Productions. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

Celebrate Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

January 29, 2014 Leave a comment
Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival, Feb. 8.
Image provided by the Indiana State Museum and used with written permission.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

February is Black History Month and whether you want to celebrate by enjoying special live performances, educational activities or unique exhibits, Downtown Indy offers a great array of options (and many are free). 

Indiana Historical Society’s Black History Challenge

Until Feb. 28, take the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Black History Challenge online for a chance to win one of several prizes, including a Downtown weekend getaway grand prize. The first 5,000 entrants will receive two tickets to the Indiana Experience, 30 players will receive four tickets to see the Indianapolis Indians and 15 people will win a pair of opening night tickets to see the Memphis at Clowes Memorial Hall. While you’re at the Indiana Historical Society, explore The Legacy of Civil Rights in Indianapolis exhibit and view original documents and iconic Indianapolis photographs from the 1960s. 

Meet the Artists at Central Library

From Jan. 29 – March 22, the Central Library will house Meet the Artists XXVI, displaying the works of locally-prominent African-American artists. Meet the artists and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during the Meet the Artists Gala Reception Feb. 8 from 5:45 – 10 p.m. 

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

The Indiana State Museum will kick off its annual Sankofa Black Heritage Festival (see image above), Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival showcases art, history and culture from West African and Hoosier African-American perspectives. Performance-based arts closely align with Black History Month themes that explore the African-American experience, both past and present.

Madame Walker Presents

Children ages 6 and up and their families are invited to the Lilly Theater at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for Madame Walker Presents Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. Learn about African American history in Indiana and see a dynamic theatrical performance celebrating the lives of Madame C. J. Walker and Levi Coffin.

Listen to live music

Art & Soul – a celebration of African-American arts and artists in Indiana – returns to the Indianapolis Artsgarden with performances beginning Jan. 31 and running through the end of March. Catch the Art & Soul Celebration Launch Event with special guests Amos Brown from Radio One and a performance by Toy Factory. Performances will continue throughout the month featuring Tony Styxx, Bashiri Asad, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and many others. All Art & Soul events, including the kickoff celebration, are FREE.

Catch a FREE Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Black History Concert. Conducted by Kevin McBeth, a 30-year veteran in music ministry, this year’s program includes a variety of classical works, hymns, spirituals and music from prominent African-American composers. Local MC Tony Styxx will also join in the celebration and perform a song from his recently-released album.

The Cabaret at the Columbia Club celebrates Black History Month with Broadway star Chester Gregory in his award-winning show The Eve of Jackie. Catch this performance Feb. 14 & 15 at 8 p.m.

For more Black History Month events, visit: www.indydt.com/blackhistorymonth.cfm