Spirit & Place is a community initiative managed by The Polis Center at IUPUI that grew out of our Project on Religion and Urban Culture, which looked at how religion and community have shaped our city and region. Its mission since 1995 is to be a catalyst for civic engagement and enduring change through creative collaborations among the arts, humanities, and religion.

Through its annual November festival, people-centered community engagement, and year-round activities, Spirit & Place fosters cross-sector collaborations, training sessions, and public events that spark connections and build bridges between people, ideas, organizations, and places. The 2019 theme R/EVOLUTION! considers what history, geography, science, astronomy, sociology, religion, political science, and culture teach us about both revolution and evolution.


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Spirit & Place Festival
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Year-round Programming
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Creativity & Imagination