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hoosiersHoosiers Featured in Signature Series

Miracles, Myths, Lyrics & LiesThe Festival's Signature Series features internationally acclaimed artists, as well as beloved Hoosier artists. Miracles, Myths, Lyrics, and Lies will be an evening of song, tall tales, and humorous stories masterfully woven together by singer-songwriters Carrie Newcomer and Krista Detor and authors Phil Gulley and Scott Russell Sanders

behindthescenesBehind the Scenes

Candice HughesCandice Hughes

S&P Festival Volunteer Coordinator


Favorite fictional hero?

House- He is an amazing doctor and all doctors should be like him!


Best play space in Indianapolis?

The Canal- Reminds me of water. I always lived near water until I moved here.


Favorite family game?

Euchre- Never gets old!

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Dare to Have Fun at ChurchDare to Have Fun in Church

Is playing in church blasphemous? Discover the playful nature of God in this "playshop." Learn how to incorporate play into your home, workplace, congregation, and spiritual life.


We Play a Different Way

See the premier of this local documentary, developed by Leigh DeNoon, to understand the need for adaptive recreational activity and learn how to bring it to your community. 


Gender Bender
Photo Credit: Big Stock Photos and Vector Art

Gender Bender!

Enjoy a light-hearted and touching performance that explores gender roles and stereotypes through a wide range of music, from Hairspray to Rosenkavalier. Bring donations for the Damien Center.


Playful Painting

Blend generations and colors as you explore forms of play that have withstood the test of time while you paint a mug, plate, or bowl during this all-ages event.Horse Play!


Horse Play!

Kids can wrangle their reading skills as they embark on horse adventures to improve literacy, assisting by real horse friends. Shuttles from select community centers will be provided.

justforfunJust for Fun!


Thanks to Linh Stevens Preston for captioning the photo on our Facebook page! Looking for more quirky food art, creative architecture, and great conversations about PLAY? Check out our Facebook page and connect with the Spirit & Place community.

Deviled Eggs

"The deviled eggs in the details."

Captioned by Linh Stevens Preston.




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Playing games
Lou Harryby Lou Harry, Indianapolis Business Journal

"There's the sense of discovery. There's a huge kick for me to learning a new game-especially when an experienced player is at the table. I love getting a feel for the mechanics of a game...One of the reasons I knew I'd like working at the Indianapolis Business Journal is because I heard that co-owner Mickey Maurer is an avid Scrabble and Boggle player...read more.

Festival Seeking Bloggers

Do you love to tell stories? The Spirit & Place Festival is looking for thoughtful guest bloggers who have a treasured story to share. Learn more.


Becoming an International Humanitarian Incubator

A dynamic group of young leaders will lead a discussion of how philanthropy is impacting countries and their own careers, and how Indianapolis can foster international philanthropy as an integral part of emerging onto the global stage. 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    
                    WFYI Nuvo