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2015 Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Artsgarden

Indianapolis Artsgarden hosts the Art and Soul Celebration. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

February is Black History Month and Downtown Indy is offering a full lineup of events. Whether you want to partake by enjoying special live performances, educational activities or unique exhibits, Downtown Indy is the place to be.

A Celebration of African-American Art & Artists in Indiana

Art & Soul, Downtown Indy’s celebration of local African-American arts and artists, returns to the Indianapolis Artsgarden this winter with performances from musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists. Performances begin Jan. 31 with the Art & Soul Kickoff and conclude March 1 with a ceremony featuring City-County Council president Maggie Lewis. This year’s special guests include Mathew Davis, Zakk Knight, Kassim Norris, Ronne Stone and many more. All Art & Soul events are FREE.

Meet the Artists at Central Library
Through March 28, the Central Library hosts Meet the Artists XXVII, displaying the works of locally-prominent African-American artists in a wide array of mediums. Art lovers are encouraged to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of free cultural entertainment – including African drumming gospel music, a fashion show and workshops – during the Meet the Artists Gala Reception Feb. 14 from 5 – 10 p.m.

The Children’s Museum celebrates Madame Walker

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will host a Black History Month Performance Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. Vignettes will feature a performance of Madam C.J. Walker and others who played a significant part in American history. Stay for a post-performance discussion with the actors.

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

The Indiana State Museum will kick off its annual Sankofa Black Heritage Festival Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival showcases art, history and culture from West African and Hoosier African-American perspectives. Performance-based arts closely align with Black History Month themes that explore the African-American experience, both past and present.

A Night with the ISO

Enjoy a FREE Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Black History Concert. Join guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II along with the Voice of the Light Choir for an evening of classical and contemporary African-American music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Throwback Thursday Cinema

The Madame Walker Theater continues the Throwback Thursday Cinema series of thought provoking documentaries and films with The Black List on Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Renowned photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders sheds light on what it means to be black in America by talking to prominent African-American pop-culture icons, including Chris Rock, Colin Powell, Serena Williams, Sean Combs and others. Tickets are $5.

Music and dancing at the Madame Walker Theatre

Hear from the Freetown Village Singers during a unique Black History Month event at the Madame Walker Theatre Center on Feb. 28. A buffet dinner begins at 5 p.m. followed by a music performance of African folk, gospel, blues, jazz, pop and more. Celebrate with Freetown Village all month long for The Madam Walker Story on Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Madame Walker Heritage Center.

For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org/, or call 317-237-2222.

Honeywell Center in Pollstar’s Top 200 List

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Honeywell Center in Wabash

Honeywell Center in Wabash, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Hayley Beauchamp
Honeywell Center

The Honeywell Center with its 1,500 seating capacity was recognized as an outstanding performing arts center according to a list generated from Pollstar, a trade publication that covers the concert industry. The Pollstar list ranked the top 200 international theatre venues, placing The Honeywell Center at the #110 position.  The ranking is based on total tickets sold for touring acts.

The rating is a first for the Honeywell Center. A total of seven performing arts centers from Indiana were recognized. Executive Director Tod Minnich was extremely pleased with the rating, “With 1,000 seats less than most of the other Indiana venues, I consider this a huge accomplishment for the Honeywell Center.”

The Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater features dozens of performances annually featuring a variety of genres such as Broadway, classical, comedy, rock, dance, and children’s programming to name a few. This wide variety fits well within its mission of providing “artistic, cultural, social and recreational opportunities for all.”

“We hope that this ranking reflects our efforts to provide a guest experience that our patrons appreciate. Amenities such as free parking, comfortable seating with unrestricted views, friendly staff as well as top-notch touring entertainment all contributed to this success. With a number of terrific shows already on the schedule for 2015, we hope more guests will travel to the Center to see a high-quality show this year!” commented Minnich.

The Honeywell Center is north central Indiana’s premier arts and entertainment facility with more than 3,000 events and 150,000 visitors annually. Concerts, conferences, charity galas, art exhibits, and educational outreach programs are among the diverse events at the Honeywell Center. All programs and activities are supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, the Indiana Arts Commission (a state agency) and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

The Honeywell Center is located at 275 West Market Street in Wabash, Indiana. For more information, visit http://www.honeywellcenter.org/, or call 260-563-3272.