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Play at Work? PlayAtWork



This week, the Spirit & Place Festival team explored the benefits of infusing "play" into the workplace. We scoured the internet, dug into scholarly articles, participated in real-time conversations (#play #work) on Twitter and reached out to our Facebook fans for their unique perspective. We were surprised to see the amount of research that has been conducted in this area and were pleased to learn that the amalgamation of play and work can indeed infuse creativity and boost employee morale. However, what was even more interesting was to learn how forward-thinking and innovative companies are embracing this concept as part of their corporate strategy. From transitioning to collaborative workspaces to building gyms and slides, these companies are re-inventing Play at Work.


Check out this article and our blog for more information on Play at Work.


Do you have some interesting ideas to incorporate play at work? Shoot us an email, send us a tweet, become a part of the conversation on our Facebook page!

Our City Under the Radar:
Neighborhoods on the Edge


MARCH 28, 7-9 PM

Arthur M. Glick JCC
6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis
With an estimated 12,000 abandoned homes in Indianapolis alone, the decisions we make today will have profound effects on the future of our city. Do we demolish them? Repurpose them? Sell them for a token price? Turn them into playgrounds or green spaces? The JCC invites the public to this IndyTalks event to promote civil discourse about the future of our city.
Spirit & Place Festival is one of many IndyTalks partners.
Find the name of a local company challenging the structure of the traditional work environment!Unscramble

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Need a hint? Check out our blog for clues!

Scribble on our Facebook wall or tweet your answer for a chance to be featured in our next newsletter!

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By Cassie Mills, Spirit & Place Festival Program Assistant 


"Googleplex." Photo Courtesy: yourworkplace.ca


In my research for this year's Spirit & Place Festival theme, Play, I have come across a surprising amount of books and articles that discuss the benefits of incorporating play into the work setting. There is a growing trend of large companies...read more. 


IndyAtPlayArsenal Tech: Starting the 1st rugby club in IPS history! The girls in the club are 80% free and reduced school lunch income levels. Donate to help pay the mandatory $35 dues ($525 total for 15 girls) to Rugby Indiana. Visit www.rugbyindiana.org or contact Ashley Klein at 317-372-8527 or ashleyeklein@yahoo.com.


Creative Spud Contest
Vote for your favorite spud submission on the Children's Museum Facebook page from now until March 12!

Meet David WantzDavidWantz

2012 Advisory Board Chair



Favorite fictional hero?
Per Hansa, the  immigrant protagonist in the Rølvåg novel Giants in the Earth.

Best play space in Indianapolis?
Fountain Square.

Favorite family game?
My favorite has to be euchre. 
David Wantz is associate vice president of community relations at University of Indianapolis.


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 Christian Theological Seminary


Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Franklin College Hilton Indianapolis Baker & Daniels


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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