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Festival Program Receives Award

WFYI received 1st place from the Indiana Society of
Professional Journalists in the documentary or special category for "From Gross Anatomy to Compassionate Care," which aired on "Sound Medicine" during the 2011 Festival exploration of The Body.
Festival Director Pam Blevins Hinkle commented, "We congratulate WFYI on this terrific honor! It's especially thrilling for us when originial programming created for the  Festival receives public recognition for excellence."
Learn more about this fantastic program.




Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Fever are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX throughout the month of June. Get in on the action by sharing your Title IX story online at www.FeverBasketball.com.


Attend an Indiana Fever game and pre-game panel on Thursday, June 21. The panel will feature Title IX Trailblazers Judge Sarah Evans Barker, Katherine Davis, Sue Annne Gilroy, Myra Selby, and celebrity honoree, Ann Meyers Drysdale. Also see Birch Bayh, "Father of Title IX," and Coach Lin Dunn of the Indiana Fever.


The $59 ticket includes:

  • One Legends ticket for the Fever game including food, soft drinks, beer and wine
  • One ticket for a young girl from Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis to attend a Fever game
  • Ann Meyers Drysdale's recent book titled, "You Let Some Girl Beat You?"
  • A Title IX gift
  • 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.: Title IX Trailblazers: Connecting, Changing & Inspiring Seminar

Learn more.


Sportsmanship Beats Out Competition


In an amazing show of sportsmanship, the Roncalli junior varsity girls softball team offered to forfeit a game when they were ahead 50-0. Instead of taking a landslide victory, they taught their competitors, 16 girls from John Marshall Community High School, how to play softball...read more


Behind the Scenes:

Gail Thomas Strong

S&P Festival Event Selection Committee Chair




Favorite fictional hero?

I was an avid reader, and admired the excellent problem solving of Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames as a young reader. I still like mystery stories with smart, clever women as the heroine - pick a series!


Best play space in Indianapolis?

We are blessed with a great city park system, and nature refreshes me. I'm a huge fan of the grounds of the IMA as play space, too. 


Favorite family game?

Lots and lots of Scrabble. We have our own way to amend the rules. Sometimes our shared goal was to build the longest words we could, shopping from everyone's tray.


Gail has been working with the Spirit & Place Festival for...well, at least 10 years, but honestly, we've lost track!


Just for Fun!


Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper (Original)
Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper (Original)

Submit a funny video to have it featured in our next newsletter!  Have other ideas you want to share with Spirit & Place Festival fans? Send your video and your great ideas to ruthinkl@iupui.edu


Spirit & Place Festival Blog
We All Improvise
by Pam Blevins Hinkle, S&P Festival Director

My husband has a knack for improvising at dinner time. He throws open the fridge door, scans the available goods, and makes his choices. Sometimes he knows exactly what he's going to do. Other times, he starts chopping the onions, waiting for inspiration to manifest the rest. He's been practicing this form of improvisation for so many years that his dinners are unfailingly delicious...read more.



International Yarnbomb Day at  the Indiana State Museum
Yarnbombing- the act of knitting art in public spaces. Join the fun and try it yourself! Not a knitter? Visit the museum during June to check out these amazing yarn creations. Learn more.

25th Anniversary of 1987 Pan Am Games
This historic event in our city's sporting history brought together hundreds of thousands of fans and more than 36,000 volunteers. Share your story from the games here!
Indy Transit: 
The Missing Link
Help bring the "crossroads" of our transit system into the 21st century. Brainstorm with the designers of the region's new transit plan about strategies and tactics for making the plan a reality. Learn more.
Shout Outs

Thanks to @groconemoto for sending us a tweet with his avatar! We talked about the virtual world of Second Life in our May newsletter.

Our top puzzle solvers on Facebook & Twitter are Laura Raimondi Baker, Steve Robinson, @naptowncycle, and @BernieDeKoven!

Look for new puzzles on Facebook & Twitter for the chance to be featured in next month's newsletter!

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Make A Gift
Honor a coach or mentor, a band director or art teacher, a childhood playmate, or anyone else who inspires you to live a play-filled life. Donate to the Spirit & Place Festival.
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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