One of the things I most enjoy telling people about Spirit & Place is that it is the nation’s only festival that celebrates the role the arts, humanities, and religion play in community life. The only one. I love that! I love working for an organization that embraces the belief—the dream—that collaborations across these disciplines can and do make the places we live stronger and more vibrant.
Given the importance of “dreaming” to the festival’s mission and this being our 20th anniversary, it was only appropriate that we chose DREAM as our theme. The community response was stellar and this year’s festival is as wonderfully eclectic as ever in its exploration of what “dream” can mean.
The Spirit & Place Festival might be the only festival where one night you can hear New York Times columnist and best-selling author David Brooks discuss the role of the humanities in building one’s character. And then few nights later listen to one of America’s fasting rising “go to” voices on race relations, Grammy award-winning artist Killer Mike, in conversation with local religious and philanthropic leaders discuss their dreams for a just society. Spirit & Place is a safe space where veterans can explore how to use the arts and humanities to deal with their experiences and where filmmakers and immigrants can explore the accessibility of the American Dream. Only with Spirit & Place can you experience festival that brings together quilters and dancers, elders and youth, neuroscientists and singers, surrealism and social justice, instrumentalists and performance artists, and more.
The ways in which DREAM will be explored and examined from the perspectives of the arts, humanities, and religion in this year’s festival is truly spectacular and showcases just what an amazing place Central Indiana is.
Come and DREAM with us November 6—15!