Spirit and Place Festival Prepares to Take City on Journey

#Indianapolis – Each November, Indianapolis is treated to an award winning festival that is like no other. The Spirit and Place Festival is 10 days of unique programming, presentations, and activities that revolve around a common theme or interest. This year, the theme is “Journey”. The festival opens on Friday, November 7, 2014 and will host a bevy of events exploring journeys of all kinds.

View of the Conseco Fieldhouse and Indianapolis skyline downtownOn Friday, the spotlight will be on the Indiana Humanities initiative, ALL-IN. Join community members at Old City Hall and go on a journey that’s all your own. Guests will receive an ALL-IN scorecard, and be challenged to complete activities on site. There will also be bus rides around the city, live music, and special surprises all night long. Performers from ComedySportz will be on hand to entertain as well. The event is free, and appropriate for all ages.

From there, the festival kicks into high-gear. Venues around the city, including the Central Library, the Indiana History Center, the Eiteljorg Museum, IUPUI, and local churches will host events.

Events include the following:


The Eiteljorg Museum will host a screening of Running Bravely Through Life.

Indianapolis Art Center

The Indianapolis Art Center will host Beyond Perceptions: Immigration.

Athenaeum on Mass Ave

The Anthenaeum will host several events, including a musical performed by Herron High School students.


The Indiana State Museum will host the Immigration Simulation Experience.

Running Bravely Through Life- Meet Olympian Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota) and watch the film the chronicles his 1964 journey to the gold medal. He is the co-founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth. After the screening, he will be availabe for a Q & A session, as well as a book signing.

Light, Living, Laughter, and Hope- Enjoy a special evening with singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer and Rabbi Sandy Sasso. This duo will weave together positive messages through story and song appropriate for all ages. This will be an evening to remember.

Wilderness to World Class City- Take in an original musical peformed by Herron High School students. This musical journey will tell the story of the city of Indianapolis through song, dance, narration and more.

Separate Ways: Travel Stories, Karaoke & Chinese Food- This evening will include a collection of storytellers each sharing  4 minute travel adventures abroad as well as in Indianapolis. The evening will also include karaoke and a sharing of favorite local spots.

Spirited Chase- Details about this event are shrouded in mystery. Once participants register they will receive further instructions on this day-long journey that promises to take them to several local destinations. To make it more interesting, the event description tells participants to be prepared to get messy.

This is just a sampling of all the awaits during this year’s Spirit and Place Festival. To learn more about any of the above events, and to explore the full schedule, visit the Spirit and Place website.