Join us in February as we kick off Black History Month in Indianapolis and mark 25 years of celebrating African-American art and music in Indiana. Art & Soul, traditionally hosted at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, will move online due to ongoing COVID-19 health and safety concerns. 

The Arts Council is partnering with WISH-TV to present a special, virtual, month-long 25th-anniversary edition of the community program. Highlights will include shows by the four Featured Artists, performances by 12 musical acts, and special programming. We'll announce more details, including a schedule of events, later this month! Please follow @indyartscouncil and #ArtSoulIndy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest information. We also invite you to share your memories of Art & Soul with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a special "flashback" feature we are creating. 


Christopher Pitts

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 Baskin

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

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

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. 


Bashiri Asad Band

Bullet Proof Soul

Brenda Williams Trio

Clint Breeze and the Groove Quartet

Goldie & Friends

Marrialle Sellars, singer and former “American Idol” contestant

Megan Simonton Group

Native Sun

Rob Dixon & Triology

Staci McCrackin

Teresa Reynolds Group

The Phelps Connection

The Arts Council would like to thank Lilly Endowment Inc. for its generous annual support of the Art & Soul series, as well as our 2021 programming partners, Asante Children’s Theatre and Indy Jazz Fest.



Past Art & Soul Featured Artists

Art & Soul Featured Artists
Over the years, the Arts Council of Indianapolis has featured numerous African American artists through its unique programming and performances during Black History Month. The following includes a list of past Art & Soul Featured Artists dating back to 2009:

Manon Voice - spoken word
Tenéh Karimu - musical theatre
Josh Betsey - visual art
Okara Imani - vocal performance

Allison Victoria - music
Joshua Thompson - music
Lalah Hazelwood - dance
Shamira Wilson - visual

Ryan L. Bennett - theatre
Lauren Curry - dance
Gary Gee - visual
Joe "Too Black" Clemons - spoken word


Carrington Clinton - music 
Devon Ginn - theatre
Taylar Green - dance
Tiffany Marie Parker - visual

Derrick Carter - visual
Mariah Ivey - spoken word
Nick Owens - dance
Jared Thompson - music

Matthew Davis - literary
Zakk Knight - music
Kassim Norris - visual/film
Ronne Stone - dance

E’Jaaz Collins - music
Myah Evans - music
Ash Robinson - visual
Kristina Sharpe - music

Tasha Beckwith - visual
Blair Clark - music
Rusty Redenbacher & Mr. Kinetik - music

Michael Jordan - visual
Lee’a Ro - music
Tony Styxx - music

Donna Edmond - music
Lobyn Hamilton - visual/music
Rob White - music

Bashiri Asad - literary/poetry
LaShawnda Crowe Storm - visual
Shederick Whipple - music
F!ghting Words an'NEM - music/spoken word

Mike Graves - visual
Gabrielle Patterson - poetry/spoken word
Temara Payton - theatre
Albert Paul Spaulding, Jr. - rhythm and poetry
Denise Tichenor-Collins - music
Herman Whitfield III - music

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