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Who Is Jane McGonigal?


Author of Reality Is Broken, game designer, and futurist Jane McGonigal is coming to Indy as a 2012 Public Conversationalist. But who is she? What does she do? How is she going to change your reality? Check out Jane's recent TEDtalk to find out!


Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life
The game that can give you 10 extra years of life


When Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she found a great way to get better by creating the healing game SuperBetter. In this talk, she explains how a game can boost resilience -- and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.


Place an Ad


Want to reach new audiences? Place an ad in the 2012 Festival Booklet. Reservations are due by July 31st. Learn more.


Behind the Scenes

Ronald Caltabiano

S&P Festival Board Member




Favorite fictional hero?

Jacob Cullen and Christopher Ferris in Maria McCann's As Meat Loves Salt. Who'd have thought: a gay couple at the center of a story on the 17th Century English Civil War.


Best play space in Indianapolis?

The Harrison Center for the Arts on a busy First Friday. Always intriguing art and artists, new and familiar faces, young and old appreciators of new art.


Favorite family game?

The Slithering Snake Monster. Only my dog Becka and I know the rules, but we're both exhausted when we're done.


Ronald is the Dean for the Jordan College of Fine Arts, Butler University. This is his first year working with the Spirit & Place Festival.


Just for Fun!


Watch the evolution of popular dance styles in this fun video! As one of YouTube's most popular videos ever, it has been viewed nearly 200,000,000 million times since it was posted in 2006!


Evolution of Dance - By Judson Laipply
Evolution of Dance - By Judson Laipply


Shout Outs
Congratulations to Jamie Burk Shepherd (@IndyContra), for solving yesterday's Facebook puzzle in less than 3 minutes!


Wanna play? Unscramble the letters below, post the answer on our Facebook wall, and be featured on our page.

Eped maineng slie ftneo ni lihscidh lapy.  


Spirit & Place Festival Blog
The Playful God
by Dr. Lewis F. Galloway, Senior Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church

"My grandparents were wonderful loving people who devoted much time and attention to their five grandchildren. I remember riding with them in the car on a Sunday afternoon. When we saw a group of boys about my age playing ball at a high school practice field, I wanted to get out of the car and join the game.  Then I heard my grandmother say, "Those who play on Sundays will never prosper." At the time it seemed like an uncharacteristically severe remark; maybe that is why it has stayed with me so long...read more.



Ice Cream Social on the Circle
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month and take a break from summer's heat with a delicious, refreshing ice cream sundae! Served by 30+ celebrity scoopers. Learn more.


JULY 17-22
UniverSOUL Circus
See the interactive and international show which combines circus, arts, theater and music including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Gospel. Learn more.
Chew on This: Crossroads 1987
The 1987 Pan Am Games helped develop a vision for the future of Indy. Join Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Sports Corp. in a series of simultaneous dinner conversations to discuss the success, failures and lasting impact of the Games. Learn more.


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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