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Art and Soul Celebration 2022 @artscouncilindy

December 22, 2021 Leave a comment

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of the Arts Council of Indianapolis

26th annual Art & Soul celebration returns this February, showcasing Black art and music in Indianapolis

Popular annual festival will focus on Black Health & Wellness, returning live to the Indianapolis Artsgarden after going virtual in 2021 

WHAT: Art & Soul, the Arts Council’s largest public program that has kicked off Black History Month in Indianapolis since 1996 and helped expand the city’s awareness and appreciation of African-American art and music, returns live to the Indianapolis Artsgarden in February 2022 celebrating the theme of Black Health & Wellness. Art & Soul, which was virtual in 2021, annually attracts more than 2,000 visitors and is supported by Lilly Endowment Inc.  

FESTIVAL DATES & HIGHLIGHTS: Each Saturday in February will highlight a different genre, and take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Art & Soul will feature nearly 20 music, dance, theater, and spoken-word performances by Black artists, special programming, and a visual art exhibition. The Arts Council partnered with Asante Art Institute, FLAVA FRESH!, Iibada Dance Company, and Indy Jazz Fest to develop this year’s program. The four 2022 Featured Artists will be announced in January.

  • Saturday, February 5 – Kick-off celebration / Visual art day
     
  • Saturday, February 12 – Dance day
     
  • Saturday, February 19 – Theater/poetry/spoken-word day
     
  • Saturday, February 26 – Music day  

FEATURED ARTISTS PROGRAM: Over the past 25 years, Art & Soul has helped launch the careers of emerging Black artists in central Indiana. Featured Artists are selected annually to be spotlighted throughout the month. In addition to the Black History Month spotlight, the Featured Artists receive year-long career development support.  

CONNECT WITH ART & SOUL: Please follow @ArtsCouncilIndy and #ArtSoulIndy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the celebration.

ABOUT THE INDY ARTS COUNCIL
The Indy Arts Council is central Indiana’s leading arts advocacy and services agency, whose mission is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.  

Celebrate Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

January 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival, Feb. 8.
Image provided by the Indiana State Museum and used with written permission.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

February is Black History Month and whether you want to celebrate by enjoying special live performances, educational activities or unique exhibits, Downtown Indy offers a great array of options (and many are free). 

Indiana Historical Society’s Black History Challenge

Until Feb. 28, take the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Black History Challenge online for a chance to win one of several prizes, including a Downtown weekend getaway grand prize. The first 5,000 entrants will receive two tickets to the Indiana Experience, 30 players will receive four tickets to see the Indianapolis Indians and 15 people will win a pair of opening night tickets to see the Memphis at Clowes Memorial Hall. While you’re at the Indiana Historical Society, explore The Legacy of Civil Rights in Indianapolis exhibit and view original documents and iconic Indianapolis photographs from the 1960s. 

Meet the Artists at Central Library

From Jan. 29 – March 22, the Central Library will house Meet the Artists XXVI, displaying the works of locally-prominent African-American artists. Meet the artists and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during the Meet the Artists Gala Reception Feb. 8 from 5:45 – 10 p.m. 

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

The Indiana State Museum will kick off its annual Sankofa Black Heritage Festival (see image above), Feb. 8, from 10 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.

Madame Walker Presents

Children ages 6 and up and their families are invited to the Lilly Theater at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for Madame Walker Presents Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. Learn about African American history in Indiana and see a dynamic theatrical performance celebrating the lives of Madame C. J. Walker and Levi Coffin.

Listen to live music

Art & Soul – a celebration of African-American arts and artists in Indiana – returns to the Indianapolis Artsgarden with performances beginning Jan. 31 and running through the end of March. Catch the Art & Soul Celebration Launch Event with special guests Amos Brown from Radio One and a performance by Toy Factory. Performances will continue throughout the month featuring Tony Styxx, Bashiri Asad, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and many others. All Art & Soul events, including the kickoff celebration, are FREE.

Catch a FREE Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Black History Concert. Conducted by Kevin McBeth, a 30-year veteran in music ministry, this year’s program includes a variety of classical works, hymns, spirituals and music from prominent African-American composers. Local MC Tony Styxx will also join in the celebration and perform a song from his recently-released album.

The Cabaret at the Columbia Club celebrates Black History Month with Broadway star Chester Gregory in his award-winning show The Eve of Jackie. Catch this performance Feb. 14 & 15 at 8 p.m.

For more Black History Month events, visit: www.indydt.com/blackhistorymonth.cfm