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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.

First Friday at Indiana Landmarks Center, Apr. 1, 2016

March 20, 2016 Leave a comment
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Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks Center

In its First Friday gallery show on April 1, 2016, Indiana Landmarks features a trio of artists. The opening of The Modern Alchemists: New Visions by artists Emma Overman, Johnny McKee and John Klinkose runs from 6 to 9 p.m. in Rapp Family Gallery at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Indianapolis-based artists present ethereally painted worlds, environments and imagery inspired by imaginings, dreams, history and experiences.

Emma Overman’s paintings have been called “innocent yet otherworldly.” She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Hanover College.

Johnny McKee, a photography graduate of IU’s Herron School of Art, works at the Ashland Gallery and teaches drawing in the SMART program at the Indianapolis Art Center.

John Klinkose, a pilot, sailor and swimmer, draws on these experiences as a painter. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and has
exhibited throughout the Eastern United States.

WHAT:
The opening of The Modern Alchemists: New Visions by Artists Emma Overman, Johnny McKee and John Klinkose

WHEN:
Friday, April 1, 2016, 6-9 p.m.

WHERE:
Indiana Landmarks’ Rapp Family Gallery, 1201 Central Ave.

COST:
Free; complimentary refreshments

INFO:
http://www.indianalandmarks.org/ or 317-639-4534

Lineup Announced for Indy Jazz Fest, Sept. 11-20

July 16, 2014 Leave a comment
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Maceo Parker at Walker Theatre, Sept. 12. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of the Indy Jazz Fest
http://www.indyjazzfest.net/

Indy Jazz Fest returns in 2014 with a 10-day lineup in venues “All Around Town” September 11-20, featuring special headliner and Indianapolis native Josh Kaufman, recent winner of NBC’s hit show The Voice. The announcement marks the start of the festival’s 16th year and is a celebration of its year-round dedication to strengthening the Indianapolis jazz and arts scene. Among the additional headliners are Maceo Parker, a funk and soul jazz saxophonist, best known for his work with James Brown, and Steve Turre, a mentee of Indianapolis’ own JJ Johnson and heading into his 30th year as trombonist with the Saturday Night Live Band. This year’s festival will also feature the return of the popular Pub Creep and the finale Block Party event. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18, 2014 at indyjazzfest.net.

The 10-day celebration will feature headliners and performers including the following, with more additions to the lineup in coming weeks:

Thursday, September 11 –

  • Indy Jazz Fest Band at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis, 7 p.m. FREE to the public. Sponsored by WICR.

Friday, September 12 –

  • Maceo Parker at Madame Walker Theatre, 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $40-$55, with student tickets available for $15.
  • Claire Daly Quartet at The Jazz Kitchen, 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. Sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company.
  • Sara Gazarek at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$55.

Saturday, September 13 –

  • Josh Kaufman at The Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $37-$57 with VIP tickets available. Sponsored by Ameriprise Financial and Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown.
  • Gust Spenos Jumpin’ and Shoutin’ the Blues with Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Freddie Hendrix (trumpet), Bruce Williams (alto sax), Jason Marshall (baritone sax), Brandon McCune (piano/B3), Chris Berger (bass), and Cecil Brooks (drums) at The Jazz Kitchen, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
  • Sara Gazarek at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$55.

Sunday, September 14 –

  • Steve Turre Quintet plays the music of J.J. Johnson at Indiana Landmarks Center, 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25-$40 with student tickets available for $10.
  • Farrelly Markiewicz Jazz Quartet, Weirich-Murray Band, and Butler University Jazz Combo sponsored and hosted by Dalara IndyCar Factory, Lino’s Coffee and the Speedway Chamber of Commerce and Redevelopment Commission, 1201 Main Street in Speedway, 1-8 p.m. FREE to the public.
  • Musica Cubana – A snapshot of Cuba and its influence on jazz, dance and beyond: Pavel and Direct Contact, Sancocho Dance and Gerardo Gonzalez at the Indianapolis Marion County Central Library, 3 p.m. FREE to the public. Sponsored by IndyGo and the Indianapolis Marion County Library.

Wednesday, September 17 –

  • Rob Dixon and the Indianapolis Jazz Collective featuring Stefon Harris with opening performance by the Cynthia Layne bandat the Indianapolis Museum of Art Terrace (show will be moved indoors to the Toby in the event of rain), 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25-$35 with student tickets available for $10. Sponsored by The Law Firm of Foley & Abbott.

Thursday, September 18 –

  • Grace Kelley Quartet at Apparatus, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Sponsored by Apparatus.
  • Butler University Faculty Jazz Quintet at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m. FREE to the public.

Friday, September 19 –

  • Tom Harrell Quartet with Luis Perdomo (piano and Fender Rhodes), Ugonna Okegwo (bass), and Johnathan Blake (drums)at the Jazz Kitchen, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $40-$30.

Saturday, September 20 –

  • BLOCK PARTY 2014 at the Jazz Kitchen and Yats, 3:30 p.m.-Midnight. Tickets are $15. Eleven bands on two stages inside and outside with food, drinks and great music (adults 21+).

Multiple Venues

Each day of the festival, visitors are welcomed into a new space where the interaction with music and fellow community members is exciting. Since 2009, the multiple venue approach continues to bring together the diversity of jazz styles with the history and culture embedded in some of the city’s most renowned performance locations. Throughout the 10 days, internationally renowned jazz artists will share the stage with the best in regional and local performersAs the lineup continues to unfold, this year’s Fest will create a dynamic collage that offers something for everyone.

Indiana Brewers Pub Creep
The Festival’s mid-way point will feature a Pub Creep September 15-19 at a different Indiana brewery location each evening. Sponsored by the Indiana Brewers Guild, the Pub Creep will meld jazz and brews at Sun King Brewery, Broad Ripple Brewpub, Flat12 Bierwerks, Outliers Brewing Company, Bier Brewery, Brugge Brasserie and Triton Tap. More information will become available on the Pub Creep dates, locations and music at indyjazzfest.net

Ticket Information

Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 18 at indyjazzfest.net. General admission, preferred seating as well as student tickets will be available by concert and location.

Year-Round Reach

The importance of exposing people to jazz through performance and education is the top priority of Indy Jazz Fest and Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. The organization continues to develop a variety of educational programs and presentations founded on the belief that exposure, inspiration, and experiences are driving forces behind initiating involvement in jazz.

Sponsorship Information  

Indy Jazz Fest continues to be an example of community success through the dedication and support of its generous sponsors Ameriprise Financial, Apparatus, Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown, REI Real Estate, The Law Firm of Foley & Abbott, Scofield Edit, Brewers of Indiana Guild, IBM, North Coast Brewing, Printing Partners, DCG, Bohlsen Group and Yats.

Indy Jazz Fest is also made possible in part by the Lilly Endowment; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; The Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council and the City of Indianapolis; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, in honor of the children and families of Christel House; The Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation and The Penrod Society.

Arts and community partnerships include The Jazz Kitchen, Chatterbox Jazz Club, American Pianists Association, The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, Madame Walker Theatre, Indiana Landmarks Center, University of Indianapolis, WICR 88.7, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Jazz City Internet Radio, WFYI, IndyGo, Indianapolis Central Library, Speedway Chamber of Commerce and Redevelopment Commission, Dallara Indycar Factory, Lino’s Coffee, Butler University School of Music Jazz Studies Department, Rhythm! Discovery Center and the Percussive Arts Society plus the Pub Creep breweries.

A variety of support levels and special advantages have been designed to make sponsorship experiences both enjoyable and rewarding. Those interested in learning more about sponsoring the 2014 Indy Jazz Fest can call 317-966-7854 or david@indyjazzfest.net

About Indy Jazz Fest

The mission of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest is to preserve the legacy and promote the future of jazz in Indianapolis through education and performance.  A celebration of community and culture that showcases jazz music in a variety of great venues across the city, Indy Jazz Fest has become a cultural icon since its start in 1999. With an increased emphasis on jazz education, Indy Jazz Fest has expanded from just one day to an entire experience, ultimately benefiting the Indianapolis arts community throughout the year by creating meaningful links between jazz education and the city’s jazz performance scene.  Indy Jazz Fest is the preeminent performance event of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and will ultimately reach upwards of 20,000 people through a combination of performances, workshops, school concerts, master classes, and community partnerships, as an integral cog in the Indianapolis arts scene. The 2014 Indy Jazz Fest will take place September 11-20, 2014.  For more information, visit www.indyjazzfest.net.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Bohlsen Group.

Rescue Party at Indiana Landmarks Center, Apr. 26

April 4, 2014 Leave a comment
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Indiana Landmarks Center.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks Center
http://indianalandmarks.org/

Just like saving endangered species, saving endangered places takes money, as well as time and attention. On April 26, 2014, from 6 to 11 pm., the second Rescue Party at Indiana Landmarks Center benefits the organization’s Endangered Places program. Indiana Landmarks Center is a repurposed and restored church at 1201 Central Avenue.

The evening includes the announcement of the 10 Most Endangered in 2014, presentation of the annual Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration, an Iron Chef-style cocktail competition, a custom Sun King beer, a rollicking live auction of one-of-a-kind experiences in historic places, an art show, dancing to the Impalas, and lavish hors d’oeuvres buffets and desserts.

For the cocktail competition, the Rescue Party audience will get to taste each competitor’s creation, and audience and judges scores will determine the winner. The event also features a custom Rescue Party beer blended by Sun King Brewing.

“The live auction features getaways in historic places, with special ‘can’t be bought’ additions, including tours of private sites not open to the public,” said Doris Anne Sadler, chair of the event. “You may be too old to audition for American Idol, but you can bid to sing with The Impalas at the Rescue Party,” she adds. The evening closes with dancing to the music of The Impalas.

Tickets are $75 each ($125 for patrons). Dress is festive casual. For information, call Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or visit the Web site at www.IndianaLandmarks.org. You can register online: https://rescueparty2014.eventbrite.com.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: JTPR, Inc.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Feb. 3-9, 2014

February 2, 2014 Leave a comment