Art & Soul celebrates empowerment through the arts and recognizes over 100 local African American artists. In February 2022, the Arts Council of Indianapolis will host the 26th annual Art & Soul at the Artsgarden celebration. The 2022 Theme is: "Black Health & Wellness."
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!
Christopher Pitts is a pianist who connects jazz piano traditions with the modern ear through energetic performance, thoughtful collaboration, and aesthetic compositions. Read his full bio here.
AshLee"PsyWrn Simone" Baskin is a vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, poet/spoken word artist, actress, and teaching artist who is guided by Nina Simone’s words, “An artist’s duty…is to reflect the times.” Read her full bio here.
Matthew Cooper is a self-taught visual artist who studied drawing and Africana studies at the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design. He reads as much as he can about a subject before he re-creates it on canvas: “I want to give life once again to our untold history.” Read his full bio here.
Yadin Kol is a self-taught guitarist, singer, and songwriter whose conscious-stirring lyrics come from his southern roots and urban life experiences. His debut EP will be released this year. Read his full bio here.
Featured artist photos by Wildstyle Paschall.