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mmmMagical Musical Machinations  

What do eighteenth century French literature, mechanics, and music have in common?
Meet Pierre Bastien, a Frenchman who majored in French Literature, but has spent his lifetime conjuring up musical magic from the machinations of everyday objects. Check out this amazing video highlighting his work.
Pierre Bastien - Live in London -clip 3
Pierre Bastien - Live in London

Ready to learn more? Don't miss Pierre at two of this year's Signature Events; learn how to make your own mechanical instruments at his workshop and see a live performance later the same day! Both events are free, but have limited seating, so don't forget to register in advance.


P.S. If you liked the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra, this is right up your alley, we promise.

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Swinging My Feet

When the forces of religious intolerance emerge in communities, it is young people and artists who lead us back to inclusion, often in a spirit of innocent play. 


Ashes to Ashes 

Ashes to Ashes

Returning to his childhood lakehouse after his mother's death to spread her ashes, a man finds his Deadhead father living with a younger woman. Both must confront the truth and lies of their past.


Playing as We Age

Recapture the pleasure of childhood play and find new possibilities that fit changing lifestyles and physical capabilities as you age. Get the facts and turn playful ideas into actions.


Spirited ChaseSpirited Chase

Go on a mystery tour of seven destinations to explore the impact and fun of play in Indy. At each location, you'll have the chance to think about play in this city in new and engaging ways.



LIve the GameLive the Game

Imagine that YOU are the game piece in life-sized board games! Come alone or with a friend to enjoy a host of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages.


Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day:

Healing through the Humanities

The arts can help veterans understand and communicate their military experiences. Join veterans, their families, and the community to listen to or share stories through visual, performance, and written art. 

justforfunJust for Fun!


In honor of Pierre Bastien's work, we found an artist who remixes popular songs using computer scanners, floppy disks, and other recycled bits of technology. Even if you don't know the song, this stuff is pretty impressive!

Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know - Old School Computer Remix
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know - Old School Computer Remix




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Playing with Ideas
David Wantzby David Wantz, University of Indianapolis

SCAMPER is a playful acronym to help you get out of an idea rut...scampering across a problem gets you to think about it in a novel way. That novelty invites others to become more flexible, and to play with an idea before closing the search...read more.


Circle City Classic

Check out the football game on Friday and don't miss the parade on Saturday! Learn more.



Fisher's Renaissance Faire

Experience the Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth I. Don't miss entertainment from the period, food vendors, and costumed characters. 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. 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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