For 25 years, Art & Soul, a celebration of Black artists and creativity, has kicked off Black History Month in Indianapolis. This year, due concerns over COVID-19, Art & Soul will be postponed from February until June. For now, please join us in honoring the 2022 Featured Artists and enjoy some of last year’s recorded performances until we can safely gather again.

Meet the 2022 Featured Artists

Marrialle Sellars

Marrialle Sellars, a Top 20 “American Idol” competitor in 2014, made her Art & Soul debut in 2021, seven years after a successful audition for “Idol” panelists Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. Then a 17-year-old Lawrence Central High School student, Sellars sang Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” on the TV talent search. She describes her music genre as “a unique and powerful sound mixing sultry R&B and slow pop.” Naked (Acoustic) - EP is her first original album.

Karome Walker

Karome Walker is the artistic director of Meraki Dance Company, Indy’s newest professional company and youth program. Walker is committed to bringing love, creativity, and soul to the community through elite training and entertaining shows.

Chantel Massey

Chantel Massey (she/her) is a storyteller, poet, author, teaching artist, and educator based in Indiana. Poems from Bursting At The Seams (VK Press, 2018), her first book of poetry, has been performed across various platforms. Massey, also founded the literary arts organization, UnLearn Arts, cultivating and amplifying the craft and wellness of BIPOC writers in the Midwest and elsewhere.

Shayla Renee Williams

Shayla Renee Williams’ vibrant work is charged with emotion and tells the stories of contemporary women through narrative portraits. She sees her work as being deeply therapeutic, and as her most important form of expression. She’s been featured in numerous FLAVA FRESH ! exhibitions, and is a FLAVA FRESH ! series award winner. Williams recently branched out into illustration and writing and published two children's books in 2020.

Featured artist photos by Wildstyle Paschall. 

Art & Soul 2021

Last year we celebrated 25 years of Art & Soul with 4 featured artists and 15 musical acts. Traditionally hosted at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, the popular festival moved online due to ongoing COVID-19 health and safety concerns. You can watch all the performances from last yeat by clicking the button below. 

Thank you!

The 26th annual Art & Soul, made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc., is presented by Indy Arts Council in partnership with:

About Art & Soul

Art & Soul celebrates empowerment through the arts and recognizes over 100 local African American artists. 2022 marks the the 26th anniversary of Art & Soul.

Each year, four artists are chosen to be Featured Artists throughout the month. The selection committee are leaders from Asante Art Institute, FLAVA FRESH !, IIbada Dance Company, and Indy Jazz Fest. In addition to the Black History Month spotlight, the Featured Artists receive year-long career development support. Are you interested in being an Art & Soul Featured Artist? While the application for Art & Soul 2022 has passed, the application for Art & Soul 2023 Featured Artist is coming soon!

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