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

During the month of February, the Indianapolis Artsgarden's signature program is Art & Soul, an annual celebration of African American art and artists in Indiana. Art & Soul kicks off Black History Month each year for Indianapolis, and features a diverse lineup of music, storytelling, dance, and visual art. Art & Soul showcases some of the area’s most creative African American artists, and many of those artists perform year-round. All Art & Soul performances are free and open to the public and begin at 12:15 pm.

Click here to see a list of previous Featured Artists.

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February 1, 2013
17th Annual Art & Soul Kick-off Celebration

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
at the Indianapolis Artsgarden

Meet this year's featured artists, enjoy light refreshments, hear guest performer Cynthia Layne. 2013 featured artists are Blair Clark, Rusty Redenbacher & Mr. Kinetik, and Tasha Beckwith. Hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc., Arts Council representatives and special guest, Amos Brown from Radio One, will launch the celebration. Join us and experience Art & Soul 2013!


Featured Artist for the month of February
Tasha Beckwith: graffiti-inspired contemporary figures

Feb. 2nd - 1:00 p.m.
Gregg Bacon - Contemporary Jazz

Feb. 5th - 12:15 p.m.
Everett Greene - Jazz & pop singer performing romantic standards

Feb. 8th - 12:15 p.m.
ORI Afro Jazz Ensemble - Performing a fusion of Jazz & island songs

Feb. 12th - 12:15 p.m.
Matt Wilson - Jazz band

Feb. 14th - 12:15 p.m.
Lonnie Lester - Soul, pop, and R&B

Feb. 15th - 2013 Art & Soul Featured Artists
11:45 p.m. Blair Clark, R&B & Neo Soul with a touch of Jazz
12:45 p.m. Rusty Redenbacher & Mr. Kinetik, Hip-Hop Duo

Feb. 16th - 1:00 p.m.
iibada Dance Company - Historical African-American dances

Feb. 17th - 2:00 p.m.
Asante Children's Theatre - Song, dance, & spoken word

Feb. 19th - 12:15 p.m.
Tony Styxx - 2012 Art & Soul featured artist performing hip Hop, neo-soul, & experimental music

Feb. 20th - 5:30 p.m.
An evening with Bashiri Asad - Gospel, R&B, & folk
with refreshments made available by Sun King

Feb. 22nd - 12:15 p.m.
Freetown Village - Preserving African American traditions and culture through storytelling and song

Feb. 23rd - 1:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Youth Orchestra - The ISO student outreach orchestra

Feb. 24th - 2013 Art & Soul Featured Artists & Special Guest
12:45 p.m. Blair Clark - R&B, Neo Soul with a touch of Jazz
1:30 p.m. Rusty Redenbacher & Mr. Kinetik - Hip-Hop Duo
2:30 p.m. Special Guest, Brenda Williams - Jazz Standards, R&B, & soul