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susansparksWho Is Susan Sparks?

Sacred Laughter-Susan SparksA trial lawyer, turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Rev. Susan Sparks is America's only female comedian with a pulpit. Rev. Sparks has made it her mission to leave the world lighter than she found it- one smile at a time. Find out how Rev. Sparks found God in humor in this short video. 

MakingprogramsfunSpirit & Place offers

Making Programs Fun!


How can playfulness enliven your event and enhance learning? Get practical tips in this free workshop by Bernie DeKoven, who has mastered the art of learning through play.

Bernie DeKoven
Bernie DeKoven

Bernie is a nationally-known game designer and fun expert. He has consulted with Lego™, Mattel Multimedia™, and Children's Television Workshop™, among others, creating games, books and curricula. His widely-acclaimed book, The Well-Played Game, will be re-published next year. Learn more about Bernie at deepfun.com.


Workshop Details
Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 10:30 a.m.-Noon
1630 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN

Please RSVP for this free event open to the public.

politicsExhausted by Divisive Politics?


Tired of uncivil debates and hateful ads? Dreading the drama as the presidential election draws ever closer? So are we.


Help Spirit & Place foster conversation instead of debate in our communities by donating $20 dollars today. At Spirit & Place, we want to offer each of you a place at our table and we can't do it without your help.

justforfunJust for Fun!


Need a pick-me-up? Don't miss this precious video of 11 month old twins dancing to music!


11 Month Old Twins Dancing to Daddy's Guitar 



staytunedStay Tuned


Starting September 13, we'll be sending you weekly previews of this year's Festival events! Keep an eye on your inbox to see what's in store for the 2012 Spirit & Place Festival on PLAY.  

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by Gail Thomas Strong, WFYI 


Gail Thomas StrongI arrived at a beautiful wooded playground and enjoyed the dew on the ground, cool air, deep green leaves. I sat down and began to swing...It wasn't long before my legs were stretching farther with pointed toes. I began to pump....and the memories began...read more.




GreekFest 2012

Celebrate authentic Greek culture with food, music, dancing, church tours and more! Learn more.


The Penrod Arts Fair

Join us at the IMA on "Indiana's Nicest Day." Spirit & Place will have a booth, stop by to say hello!


STEAM! Innovation Fair

See technology of the past meet innovations of the future at Conner Prairie. Learn more.



Take a self-guided tour on your bike to discover Indy's historical and cultural crossroads. Wind up at City Market for prizes and conversation.
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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