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Dressing Indianapolis

Tuesday, November 1, The Toby, IMA, free admission

An IndyTalks program presented by Spirit & Place Festival and the Indianapolis Museum of Art with support from LEVEL Interior Architecture+Design and Silver in the City.


We adorn the body. How do we adorn a city? A distinctive style, sparkling accessories... what does a city need to look good? How does city style sway brand identity, community development, and reputation?  What can urban design learn from fashion?


Join us for a vibrant conversation on city style featuring TED-style talks by architect Wil Marquez, IMA fashion arts curatorial associate Petra Slinkard, Indy Fashion Collective representative Benjamin Blevins, artist Kipp Normand, followed by a panel discussion with architect Sanford Garner, writer and critic David Hoppe, designer Nikki Sutton, and design advocate Michael Bricker. Moderated by Michael Kaufmann of Health & Hospital Corporation. Between presentations, see sketches by local fashion designers that express Indy neighborhoods as wearable art, and vote for your favorite.

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  1. Click here to view the festival booklet.
  2. See an online events list here with links to descriptions and presenter bios.
  3. Get an events schedule by email here.
  4. Pick up a festival booklet at any partner organization after Oct. 7. 
  5. Pick up a festival booklet in the Nov. 2 issue of NUVO.

Body Blurbs

Featured Body Blurb


"Once, I dreamed that I was singing and colors were flowing out of my mouth. That's when I knew I could change the world."
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Festival Previews

 John Waters

John Waters: This Filthy World - John Waters' one-man show is a "vaudeville" act that celebrates the film career and obsessional tastes of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of Trash." Also, check-out Bodies of Waters, an exhibition created by top pop surrealists and inspired by characters in John Waters' films.

The Inspiration of David Hochoy and Victoria Lyras - Discover how choreographers use movement and music to inspire their creations, see their work first-hand with a studio performance, and enjoy an exhibit of dance photography.

The Mind and Aging - A behavioral neurologist discusses dementia and how our bodies interpret our environment, create our experiences, and ultimately define our lives.
 Making Indiana Home

Making Indiana Home - Learn how refugees have escaped persecution and settled in Indiana through an interactive exhibit on post-WWII resettlement efforts, as well as a panel discussion, information fair, and reception.

The Body Politic - A panel will explore how body-related debates-euthanasia, abortion, sexuality, bioethics, and more-are framed within the American constitutional system.



Spirit & Place Festival 2011  

Body Blurbs

Moonshine & Morality

Sin's Last Stand

Signature Series

Public Conversation


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

Samaritan's Feet - Shoe Drive

Indy Talks 

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 

Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Franklin College Hilton Christian Theological Seminary


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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