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Turns out that everyone has something to say about Play, whether it's Rabbi Sandy Sasso talking about faith, Bruce Hetrick talking about HIV/AIDs and condoms, or Bottom-Line Performance talking about the social impact of games. Missed some blogs along the way? Be sure to catch up on what you missed.


Tune in to All Things Considered on WFYI, 90.1 during the last two weeks of October to hear more stories and perspectives on the power of play from artist and philanthropist Marianne Glick, local chef Neal Brown, drummer for John Mellencamp Dane Clark, and others.


What's your story about play? Take time today to share your own story with a friend or family member. And be sure to see the Public Conversation for more on the role of play in community life.

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Art & Play in Child Psychiatry

Sometimes crayons and markers are better tools for expressing difficult emotions. Discover the rich history, methods, and benefits of art and play therapy for children.



Opera turns topsy-turvy as traditional scenes are refurbished with different circumstances, characters, and improvised musical moments. Practice your own whimsy by playing with the cast.


Moonlit Nigerian Square

Enjoy the Athenaeum as never before as you step into a Nigerian square filled with moonlight, music, storytelling, and children having fun. Experience Nigerian culture through games, food, and more.


Just Say PlayJust Say Play!

Bring the whole family for a whirlwind of physical fun and fitness activities. Test your hula-hooping skills, watch a powwow dance, and make an activity calendar to plan play time.


Nurturing the Feminine with Play 


Rediscover your childhood love for playful creativity and joy and nourish your spirit and creative impulse in a multi-faith community of women from diverse backgrounds.


Just Say PlayLaughter: The Universal Language

Laugh your way through a cabaret-style performance by two renowned comedians, Rabbi Bob Alper and Mohammed Amer, a Muslim. See how humor can bring us together, despite differences.


JustforFunJust for Fun!


This Swedish band played at the Lotus World Music & Art Festival in Bloomington last weekend. Enjoy!


MOVITS! - Fel Del Av GÃ¥rden (Officiell)
MOVITS! - Fel Del Av Gården (Officiell)




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Instead of posting a blog this week, we're pulling stories from the archives. Check out what bloggers have said about Play so far this year.


Indianapolis and Play



Grab your sword and tiara- it's time to play pretend! 



Laughter Comes in All Forms


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Artcraft Theatre's 90th Anniversary

Join Franklin's historic movie theater as it celebrates a big birthday. Styled after the theater's grand opening in November 1922, festivities will be true to '20 fashion (and prices)! Learn more.


Intentional Communities: Co-Creation and Collaboration at the Crossroads

Indianapolis is witnessing a mushrooming of small-scale local responses to global challenges. Join Evolver Indianapolis to learn ways to activate and engage in conscious community while discovering groups that are transforming Indy.

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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