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Art & Soul 2015 Event Calendar icon (downloadable PDF) 

 

The Arts Council of Indianapolis is pleased to partner with Asante Children’s Theatre, Freetown Village, Latino Youth Collective, Madame Walker Theatre Center, and Honorary Chair Amos Brown to present Art & Soul 2015: A Celebration of African American Art & Artists in Indiana at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Since its inception in 1996 and through continued generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc., Art & Soul has become a highly anticipated annual tradition celebrating Black History Month.


Throughout the month of February, the Arts Council will commemorate the impact of the African Diaspora on Indiana arts and culture with free performances, featured artists, and a group exhibition at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. The diaspora are migration waves of communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa, predominately to the North and South Americas, as well as the Middle East.


“This February, we will celebrate how Africa and African culture has impacted people around the world for centuries, and how that cultural wave continues to impact Indiana today,” said Director of Grant Services 
Ernest Disney-Britton.


Starting with a kickoff celebration on January 31 at 12:15 pm, the month will feature weeklong journeys through a variety of geographies and art forms including vocal and instrumental music, dance, spoken word, and visual arts; featured artists; and a juried group exhibition at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.


In addition to the event’s powerful artistic performances and artwork, audiences will have the opportunity to donate to black cultural programs throughout the year at 
indyarts.org/Give2ArtSoul. These projects celebrate the vitality and diversity of program offerings across the city year-round.



ART & SOUL 2015 At The Indianapolis Artsgarden:

Located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. Events are free and open to the public.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31 / 12:15 pm
Art & Soul Kickoff Event

Celebrate the African Diaspora with special guests including Honorary Chair Amos Brown from Radio One and performances by Griot Drum Ensemble. Enjoy African food and crafts, a juried group exhibition, African ancestry DNA testing kit giveaways, and a special power2give fundraising announcement. Meet Featured Artists: Mathew Davis, Zakk Knight, Kassim Norris, and Ronne Stone.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 / 12:15 pm
Deborah Asante* and Act a Foo Improv Crew – Spoken word from the African Motherland

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5 / 12:15 pm

Mathew Davis and Friends – Spoken word from the Afro-Latino culture

Featured Literary Artist, Mathew Davis

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6 / 12:15 pm
Devon Ginn and Friends – Spoken word from the Afro-Asian culture

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7 / 12:15 pm
Ben Rose and Lonnie Lester – Spoken word and Soul, Pop, and R&B

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 / 12:15 pm
DANCE l Partners – Afro-Brazilian dance

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 / 12:15 pm
Epiphany Dance Collective – African dance

Featured Dance Artist, Ronne Stone

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 / 12:15 pm
North Star Capoeira – Afro-Brazilian dance

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 / 12:15 pm
Iibada Dance Company – Historical African American dance

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 / 12:15 pm
Bashiri Asad – Gospel, R&B, and Folk

THURSDAYFEBRUARY 19 / 12:15 pm

Freetown Village – Traditional Folk songs and Negro spirituals

FRIDAYFEBRUARY 20 / 12:15 pm

Zakk Knight – Acoustic Blues

Featured Music Artist, Zakk Knight

SATURDAYFEBRUARY 21 / 12:15 pm

Sweet Poison Victim – Global and original Afro-beat sound

WEDNESDAYFEBRUARY 25 / 12:15 pm

Rob Dixon* Trio – Living the history of jazz on Indiana Avenue

SUNDAYMARCH 1 / 3:15 pm

Closing celebration with special guest City-County Council President Maggie Lewis and performances by Asante Children’s Theatre


Meet the Art & Soul Featured Artists:

 

Mathew Davis: Literary Arts

ThursdayFebruary 5 / 12:15 pm

Mathew Davis & Friends – Spoken word from the Afro-Latino culture
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Zakk Knight: Music

FridayFebruary 20 / 12:15 pm

Zakk Knight – Acoustic Blues
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Kassim Norris: Visual

January 31  March 1

Work selected for the 2015 Juried Art Exhibition

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Ronne Stone: Dance

ThursdayFebruary 12 / 12:15 pm

Epiphany Dance Collective – African dance
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Visual Exhibition: Art & Soul 2015 - The African Diaspora
 
Courtland Blade: painting
Kassim Norris**: film
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John Sherman*: poetry
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Derrick Carter: painting/mixed media SECOND PLACE AWARD
Judie Sloan: glass
Gary Gee: painting
Tony Radford: textile, mixed media
Derrick Burnett: painting, mixed media collage THIRD PLACE AWARD
William A. Rasdell*: digital
BEST IN SHOW AWARD
Christi Ziebarth: cut paper collage
D. Del Reverda-Jennings*: painting
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Judy Mintze: painting
Courtney Porter: jewelry
 
*Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow
** Arts Council of Indianapolis Robert D. Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellow
 

 

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Art & Soul is hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.