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daviddarlingWho is David Darling?  
You probably know exactly what it means to be a Grammy winner. David Darling Photo/Video Link But what does it mean to be an improvisor?   David Darling, a 2012 Public Conversationalist, loves creating beautiful music spontaneously which led him to co-found Music for People, a nonprofit network that encourages the creative ability of musicians of any stripe, from shower-only singers to the industry's professionals. 
Click on the photo to see a short video of one of David's favorite techniques!

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Ruth HinkleRuth Hinkle

S&P Festival Communications Intern


Favorite fictional hero?

Fluffy from the kid's book A Porcupine Named Fluffy. After several disastrous attempts to become his name, he learns that being himself is much more fun anyway.


Best play space in Indianapolis?

I love the grounds at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It's my favorite spot to picnic, hang out, and take friends visiting from out of town.


Favorite family game?

Scrabble Slam. This quick card version of the board game is riotously fun, requires speedy thinking, and lots of table slapping!

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All the Crazy Parts
by Callie Smith, Christian Theological Seminary


One of my most memorable dates happened at a seafood restaurant. I'd never eaten lobster, and it was obvious. I coped by being playful: cracking jokes, acting silly...we were having a great time. Then my hand slipped. Food flew right into his face...read more.

Indiana State Fair
Whether you're there for the food, the livestock, the rides, or the Pioneer Village, you're bound to have fun at the fair! Learn more.

AUGUST 16-19
Gen Con Indy
Don't forget to be there for the original, longest running, best attended, gaming convention in the world. 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.
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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