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Signature Series


Blue Monkey SideshowFirst Friday with Spirit & Place, November 4
Sample festival programs and activities. See "Costumerie" by artist Kyle Ragsdale and "Memories in the Making," an exhibit of artwork by people with Alzheimer's. See the zany Blue Monkey Side Show and enjoy other surprises! Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Wishard Health Services! Learn more.


@Work @Rest @Play, November 4 and 5
Enjoy the Butler University Chamber Dance Ensemble on your lunch hour as they move among people gathered at the City Market and Circle Centre Mall Food Court. This interactive experience will evoke the task-oriented movements of work, the joyful movements of play, and the peaceful movements of rest. Learn more.

Honoring the Body in Life, November 5
Do we view our bodies as temples of holiness and gifts to be celebrated or as prisons for the soul and burdens to be borne? Join a conversation with TV personality Sara Snow, St. Vincent Sports Performance Program Director Ralph Reiff, and physician, psychologist, and author Dr. Gene Harker as they offer practical advice on ways we can honor the body in our daily living. Learn more.

Lyle TuttleDeep Ink: Tattoo Legend Lyle Tuttle, November 5
This illustrated conversation features local tattoo artist Dave Sloan interviewing the legendary Lyle Tuttle about the questions, stories, and cultural traditions of this universal art. Tuttle has tattooed many celebrities include Janis Joplin and Cher. Special guest Junii Salmon, a San Francisco tattoo artist, will also discuss the Japanese wood block inking tradition. Learn more

Festival Previews


Anita Diamant: Stories of the Body - The renowned author of The Red Tent discusses how historical views of the body have shaped or limited the way women understand themselves.

Beyond Dead: A Youth Response - Local high school students express their response to death in a compelling exhibit, dialogue, and panel discussion. Vote for your favorite artwork.

The Body and the Power of Sound - Experience the remarkable sonic vibrations of the Earth Harp, the world's largest stringed instrument as you listen, move, vocalize, and meditate.

Peaceful Foods Initiative - Learn about local efforts to grow healthy food and how you can grow and prepare wholesome food for your family.

Knowing and Remembering the Other - Join a fascinating conversation on how to transform end-of-life healthcare to a creative and restorative interaction between doctor and patient.


Unclothed: Exposing the Art Nude - Join us for an exhibition of regional artists' works of the human form and a panel discussion about the place of nude art in the public sphere.


Spirit & Place Festival 2011  

Body Blurbs

Moonshine & Morality


Festival program seeks artwork by youth. Cash prizes available.
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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?).


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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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