Art & Soul 2017 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden
In 2017, the Arts Council of Indianapolis is pleased to partner with Asante Children’s Theatre, Indy Jazz Fest, Kenyettá Dance Company, and the Madame Walker Theatre Center to present the 21st Annual Art & Soul: A Celebration of African American Art & Artists in Indiana at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. #ArtSoul
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2017 Performance Schedule
The Indianapolis Artsgarden is located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets.
Events are free and open to the public. Events start at 12:15 pm.
Saturday, January 28: Art & Soul Kickoff Celebration
Art & Soul 2017 celebrates empowerment through the arts. Lift your voice and take part in the kickoff celebration featuring Arts Council Board member and sportscaster Michael Grady as emcee; a procession of African drumming by Griot Drum Ensemble, featured artists, and arts leaders; audience members singing the Black National Anthem; a jazz tribute to President Obama; an inspirational dance performance by Krash Krew Dance; engaging activities by local arts and cultural organizations; and an art exhibition by Featured Artist Tiffany Marie Parker. Meet Featured Artists: Carrington Clinton (Music), Devon Ginn (Literary/Theatre), Taylar Green (Dance), and Tiffany Marie Parker (Visual).
Thursday, February 2: Bashiri Asad
R&B, soul, and folk music
Saturday, February 4: Griot Drum Ensemble
High-energy, African drumming
Wednesday, February 8: Tasha Jones
Nina Simone poetry tribute
Thursday, February 9: Everett Greene
Legendary bass baritone sings jazz standards
Saturday, February 11: Featured Music Artist Carrington Clinton
Clint Breeze and the Groove
Jazz and soul
Wednesday, February 15: Rob Dixon Trio
Jazz trio mixing elements of multiple genres
Thursday, February 16: Alaina Renae
Soul and R&B vocals
Friday, February 17: Krash Krew Dance
Gospel and hip-hop dance
Saturday, February 18: Kenyettá Dance Company
Contemporary modern dance continuing the Black Dance Matters movement
Wednesday, February 22: Brenda Williams featuring Lamar Campbell
A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson
Thursday, February 23: Bryan Thompson
Saxophone and smooth jazz
Friday, February 24: Featured Literary/Theatre Artist Devon Ginn
An immersive, site-specific living art installation
Saturday, February 25: Asante Children’s Theatre
Excerpts from BLACK by Popular Demand - A Celebration of Stories
Art & Soul is hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis
with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.