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2010 Spirit and Place Festival: Events for November 11

The 2010 Spirit and Place Festival enters its sixth day on Thursday, November 11, 2010. We’ve already seen some great Indianapolis things to do come out of the festival, but there are definitely many more to come.The Spirit and Place Festival events for November 10 were fairly light but lots of fun; you could learn how cookbooks create cultural identities at Service Through Sponge Cake, turn a kitchen into an orchestra pit at Seven Courses of Sound, or hear stories of good will to the hungry at Unexpected Guests at the Table. Spirit and Place Festival events for November 11, on the other hand, have an expanded focus. Heavy hitting issues like anorexia will be examined right next to an artistic celebration of chickens, which takes place during a discussion on agriculture. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual evening out or for an earnest look at the way food makes people feel, there’s a November 11 Spirit and Place Festival event for you.

2010 Spirit and Place Festival: Events for November 11

Commercial Vs. Traditional Agriculture: What’s Working, What’s Not, and Why

Back before the Industrial Revolution, most farming was done on smaller fields with organized groups of laborers. There were no giant plowing machines, no fertilizer (except manure), no cultivators, no irrigation systems except those you dug via hard labor, and certainly no air conditioned, GPS equipped tractors. Work was done largely with hand tools and the sweat of your brow. Nowadays, though plenty of work is still done by hand and farming remains a back breaking labor, machines allow us to farm larger and larger fields each year, turning food production into a lucrative business.

Channel 13 WTHR video about Balanced Harvest Farm in Carmel, Indiana, featuring an interview with Todd Jameson; Todd Jameson will be speaking at Commercial Vs. Traditional Agriculture, a November 11 event at the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis

 

Commercial Vs. Traditional Agriculture will examine the costs and benefits of large, mechanized farms versus the traditional crop rearing method. Come to the Indiana State Museum today at 7:00 to be a part of this panel and Q&A session with several local experts. This issue is extremely important to agricultural states like Indiana, where traditional farmers and commercial farmers are often at odds with one another. Panel members at this Indianapolis event include Chad Gregory (senior Vice President for United Egg Producers, a nationwide egg cooperative), and Todd Jameson (president of Slow Food Indy and owner of Balanced Harvest Farm; he also spoke at De-Mystifying Food Choices), and the panel will be moderated by the co-founder and owner of Fair Oaks Farms, Sue McCloskey.

Food, the Psyche, and Wellness

If you’ve been to any event at this year’s Indianapolis festival, you know that food plays an important role in United States society. Unfortunately, food can also play a large role in our subconscious. We can gain comfort from food, we can relieve stress with food, we can (most obviously) fill our stomachs with food, but food can also cause a great deal of anxiety, self-consciousness, and fear in many Americans. Some of the most prominent mental health disorders in the United States are eating disorders; Food, the Psyche, and Wellness seeks to explain and analyze the roots, symptoms, and possible solutions to eating disorders and other food related mental issues.

This unique and important 2010 Spirit and Place Festival event for November 11 “explores the interplay between mental well-being and our eating habits through the lens of art therapy, psychoanalysis, and health care.” The panelists at this discussion and lecture represent an assortment of different fields, from psychology to art. On the physical side, Lori Walton is a registered nurse and pediatric weight management coordinator at St. Vincent Hospital; Jungian analyst Gary Sparks (At the Heart of the Matter: Synchronicity and Jung’s Spiritual Testament) will provide a psychological point of view; and Liza Hyatt, an art therapist at the Clarian Health Charis Center for Eating Disorders and recipient of a 2007 Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, will be speaking to the social and cerebral aspects of the issue.

The Chicken Show

After those depressing discussions on the decline of traditional Hoosier farming and the challenge of eating disorders, you might need something a little lighter to lift your spirits. It’s a good thing The Chicken Show is going on all evening (from 6:00 to 10:00) on November 11, 2010. If Seven Courses of Sound sought to merge Indianapolis music with the Spirit and Place Festival, The Chicken Show merges Indianapolis art (and poultry) with the fest. This exhibit and discussion encourages visitors to consider the chicken as muse for art and poetry, and also as “living sculptures” themselves. Chicken themed artwork will be on display by Indianapolis artists, writing projects by students at Indianapolis schools will be available for your perusal, and journalist/humorist Michael Perry (Coop: A Family, A Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg) will be reading at 8:00.

Video of author Michael Perry reading from “Coop;” Michael Perry will be reading at The Chicken Show, a November 11 event at the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis

 

Sponsored by the Kellogg Writers Series at the University of Indianapolis, Second Story (an Indianapolis non-profit organization that advocates creative writing for Indianapolis children), and the Big Car Gallery, The Chicken Show is a light-hearted, fun addition to the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival.

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Commercial Vs. Traditional Agriculture: What’s Working, What’s Not, and Why
Thursday, November 11, 2010 from 7:00 – 9:00
FREE

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317.233.4629
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Food, the Psyche, and Wellness
Thursday, November 11, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00
FREE

Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
615 W 42nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317.926.5077
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The Chicken Show
Thursday, November 11, 2010 from 6:00 to 10:00
FREE

Wheeler Arts Community Center
1035 Sanders St
Indianapolis, IN 46203
317.916.8894


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