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Spirit & Place accepting applications for 2010 festival event

Applications from community partners due March 5, 2010

Indianapolis — The Spirit & Place Festival is currently accepting applications from community groups to host events during the 2010 festival. Interested cultural, faith-based, educational and community organizations have the chance to join more than 100 of the city's top organizations in a valuable partnership with Spirit & Place to help create engaging civil dialogue. The application deadline is March 5, 2010.

The festival, now in its 15th year, is a collaborative effort between Indianapolis's arts, culture, religious, educational and humanities organizations. Spirit & Place celebrates and explores the diversity that makes up the city while sparking civic dialogue to help promote positive change in the Circle City. Each year the festival selects approximately 40 events to create the 10-day lineup. In 2009, more than 6500 attended the festival.

Pam Blevins Hinkle, director of Spirit & Place, likens the festival to a pot-luck dinner.

"Spirit & Place sets the theme and sends invitations to many diverse organizations in Indianapolis," says Blevins Hinkle. "It's up to the organizations to create a sumptuous dish (an event) that centers around the theme and fulfill the festival's mission of promoting civic engagement, respect for diversity, reflection, imagination, creativity and community change. Then we select the best 'dishes' to serve to the community during the festival."

The 2010 Spirit & Place Festival, running November 5-14, is taking on the theme "Food for Thought" in partnership with the Indiana Humanities Council. Festival events will explore how food shapes our family, faith, community, and culture. Tokick off the 2010 festival theme, Spirit & Place, in partnership with the Indiana Humanities Council, will present an evening with Eric Ripert (of PBS's "Avec Eric") and Anthony Bourdain (of the Travel Channel's "No Reservations") on September 30 at Clowes Memorial Hall. Bourdain and Ripert will start the conversation on "Food for Thought" by discussing the relationship between food and culture.

Any cultural, congregational, educational, health and human service, library, community and/or other civic institution is welcome to apply to become part of this year's festival. Spirit & Place welcomes a wide variety of events. Past events have included lectures, seminars, workshops, art, theatre and musical performances, film screenings, tours, exhibits, and more. The festival encourages community groups to think creatively when designing their prospective events. Each event must center around "Food For Thought." Detailed guidelines are available at www.spiritandplace.org.

In order to prepare the most competitive application possible, organizations are encouraged (but not required) to attend the free workshops led by Blevins Hinkle on how to create, sustain and enjoy collaborative relationships and how to create the most inspiring event possible. "How to Create an Inspired Festival Event" will be held Friday, January 29 and Wednesday, February 3 at 8:30am and 10:30 am at The Polis Center. Collaboration Workshops will be held in the spring.

All applications will be reviewed by a diverse panel of community members and selected based on:

* Originality and creativity,

* Opportunities for civic engagement,

* Strength of collaboration,

* Connection to the Food for Thought theme,

* Opportunities for audience interaction, and

* Connection to Spirit & Place's mission to engage the arts, humanities, and religion in collaborative action to promote civic engagement, respect for diversity, thoughtful reflection, public imagination, and enduring change.

Spirit & Place is a collaborative community project managed by The Polis Center, part of the IU School

of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Major financial contributors include Lilly Endowment Inc.; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Central Indiana Community Foundation; TrendyMinds; Eli Lilly and Company; Butler University; IUPUI/IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; the University of Indianapolis; Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library; as well as more than 200 other community partners and donors. For a free festival magazine, to see a full schedule of festival events, or more information, call The Polis Center at (317) 274-2455 or visit www.spiritandplace.org. Follow Spirit & Place on Twitter @spiritandplace or join the Facebook Fan Page by searching for Spirit and Place.

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