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Play On


We had an amazing time playing at this year's Spirit & Place Festival. From flinging pumpkins to playing a table-top game about homelessness, from exploring gender roles to laughing at comedy shows, we've had a spectacular time exploring play. We'll be continuing the play conversation on our social media platforms, even as we look ahead to next year's theme: RISK.



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Thank You!

The Festival is made a success through the amazing contributions of our 51 committee members, our 100+ partner organizations, our 70 volunteers, and our many donors. 


We extend a special thanks to this year's major partners: Lilly Endowment Inc.; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Bohlsen Group; IUPUI; the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; The Polis Center; and the University of Indianapolis.

Awesome Festival Stories 


Did you have an a-ha moment at an event? Experience something extraordinary or moving? Tell us about it! Send us a tweet or scribble on our Facebook wall.


Check out what people are saying:


"It was a TOTAL BLAST!!"


"Stirring experience -- made me look at homelessness with new eyes."


"It was wonderful - a joyful evening. Kudos to all who worked on it."


"Spirit and Place is one of the best things happening in Indianapolis all year, and it needs to get more attention!"


"Thanks for a fabulous family event: Horse Play. My kids and I had a blast."

Risk Ahead 2013  

17th Annual Public Conversation


Missed the Public Conversation? Worried you'll forget what happened? No problem, we captured the conversation highlights for you on Twitter. 

Mathew Powers: "Why Everything Is a Game"


NOVEMBER 15, 7:30-8:30 pm

IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium


Enjoyed Jane McGonigal? Check out this cool talk about the gamification of our lives presented by Mathew Powers, a professor of gaming at the IUPUI School of Informatics. 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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