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2017 Spirit & Place Festival Application Guidelines Now Available
Updated February 1, 2017 7:05 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Returning for its 22nd year, Spirit & Place is proud to announce POWER as its 2017 Festival theme. In this year's Festival, Spirit & Place urges community partners to explore the meaning of "power" from a variety of perspectives - relationships, politics, identities, communities, connections and more.

Application guidelines for participation in the 10-day festival (November 3-12, 2017) are now available online at The online application portal opens February 6 and applications must be submitted by April 21.

The Spirit & Place Festival is Indianapolis' largest collaborative festival and an extensive civic celebration, engaging thousands of people throughout Central Indiana in dozens of events presented in partnership with upwards of 100 organizations. A legacy project of The Polis Center and part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the festival aims to ignite creativity, inspire place-making and spark connections that build more vibrant and engaged communities through collaborations among the arts, religion and humanities.

Application Information

The Selection Committee is seeking applications that display inventiveness, richness of opportunities for audience engagement/interaction, capacity to communicate and execute a well-planned event, strength of collaboration, connection to the theme, and understanding and commitment to Spirit & Place's mission. Interested applicants with additional questions may email Erin Kelley at for more information.

"Anyone interested in learning more about the Spirit & Place application process is welcome to contact us to discuss ideas, brainstorm event formats, identify potential collaborative partners, and more," said Spirit & Place Program Director Erin Kelley. "We are here to help ensure the best possible application is created and that ideas are explored to their fullest potential."

A $1,000 Award of Awesomeness will be given again at the end of this year's festival. A sliding scale fee structure is also in place to encourage organizations of all sizes to apply.

"A core value of Spirit & Place is to be as inclusive and accessible as possible," said Festival Director Pam Blevins Hinkle. "By reducing fee barriers for individual artists and smaller organizations, we hope to foster relationships that lead to festival events that truly reflect the perspectives, diversity, and needs of this community."

Important Dates for Potential Applicants:

  • Festival application guidelines: Available now on
  • (Optional) prospective applicant meeting: Thursday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (WFYI).
  • Online application portal: Goes live Monday, February 6.
  • Application deadline: Friday, April 21 at 5 p.m.
  • Selection notification: May 30 to June 2
  • Required festival partner meeting: Thursday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (WFYI)
  • Festival dates: Friday, Nov. 3 - Sunday, Nov. 12


Celebrating the theme of POWER in 2017, Spirit & Place honors the role the arts, humanities, and religion play in shaping individual and community life. Through its November festival, people-centered community engagement, and year-round activities, Spirit & Place links people, places, ideas, and organizations to stimulate collaboration, experimentation, and conversation. A national model for building civically-engaged communities, Spirit & Place is an initiative of The Polis Center, part of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Major partners include Lilly Endowment Inc.; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Bohlsen Group; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; IUPUI; IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; The Polis Center at IUPUI; WFYI Public Media; and more than 200 other community partners and donors. For more information, call The Polis Center at (317) 274-2455 or visit

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