Community & Culture

“The Orphans’ Feast” event, 2010 Spirit & Place Festival: “Food for Thought”

Our work began in 1989 with a special emphasis on the communities and cultures of Indianapolis and Central Indiana. One aim was to create comprehensive and reliable information about these communities and use it to improve decision making and enhance quality of life. Although the geographic scope of our work has broadened considerably, with projects and partners around the nation and world, we retain a special interest in the place where we live.

Our achievements in Community & Culture include the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, hailed as a national model for urban encyclopedias, our Project on Religion and Civic Culture, a multi-faceted look at the intersection of religion and urban culture as it exists in Central Indiana, and our Spirit & Place Festival that annually brings more than 150 organizations together to create community awareness and inquiry about the issues that confront us.