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2011 Festival Celebrates THE BODY


This year's 46 programs explore how the body shapes--and is shaped by--culture, environment, technology, faith, politics, medicine, and more. Some of this year's "don't miss" presenters include filmmaker John Waters, Indiana author Dan Wakefield, TV personality Sara Snow, the Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble, and legendary tattoo artist Lyle Tuttle, among others. See 2-minute video about the festival.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

16th Annual Spirit & Place

     Public Conversation


Basketball icon Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, bestselling author Anita Diamant (The Red Tent), and critically-acclaimed poet Thomas Lynch (the inspiration for HBO's "Six Feet Under") will explore questions and issues on the festival theme, The Body. Learn more. 

Festival Previews


Opera's Not Dead! - Enjoy dramatic opera scenes--in a mortuary--and examine the things we'd be willing to die for: life, love, and liberty.

Body Image and Your Girl



Body Image and Your Girl - Bring your girl and learn what we can do to help girls build inner strength and confidence.




Under Fire: Bodies of WWI - Learn about the lasting effects of the first machine war on the bodies of soldiers and the spirit of Western culture.

Body & Place - Public parks, trails, gyms ... come learn about the infrastructure needed to encourage physical activity in our communities.

The Anatomy of a School Lunch - Grab a tray at IPS #27 and learn about the policies and processes of creating healthy school lunches.

Calories and Culture - This geographic and photographic adventure explores what people eat around the world.




Spirit & Place Festival 2011  

Body Blurbs

Moonshine & Morality


Festival program seeks artwork by youth. Cash prizes available.
More info.

Samaritan's Feet - Shoe Drive

Indy As Super City 


Super Cities Don't Wreck 

their Watery World

Tues, Sept. 27, 7 PM


An IndyTalks discussion on the global ethics of water and local implications. Presented in conjunction with the IMA's installation FLOW (Can You See the River?).


More info.  

Lilly Endowment, Inc.Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc.H. Wilbur Hardacre Charitable Trust

Marian University Bohlsen PR IUPUI  
The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate The Polis Center at IUPUI University of Indianapolis


IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUIIU School of Medicine, IUPUI 

 North United Methodist Church  Wishard 

Franklin College Hilton        
Indiana Humanities  IU School of Dentistry, IUPUI Second Presbyterian ChurchSt. Pauls  
Congregation Beth El Zedeck Indianapolis Museum of Art Butler University Harrison Center for the Arts    
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