Art & Soul 2023
The 27th annual festival of Black art and music
About Art & Soul
Since 1996, Art & Soul has helped advance the careers of Black artists in Indianapolis. Each year, the festival kicks off Black History Month and features public events that celebrate Black visual art, music, dance, and literature. Art & Soul, presented by Indy Arts Council, is supported annually by Lilly Endowment Inc.
More than 600 people attended the 2023 festival. The grand finale, hosted at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, featured a musical tribute to international jazz legend Wes Montgomery, who would have turned 100 on March 6. Wes' youngest son, Robert Montgomery, spoke about his father's legacy and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett declared March 6 "Wes Montgomery Day" in the city.
Art & Soul 2023 Events
Gallery 924 at Indy Arts Council
and The Cabaret
Featured Artist Showcase
The Jazz Kitchen
Celebration + Wes Montgomery Tribute
11 places to remember Wes Montgomery in Indy
The talented jazz guitarist performed his music to packed houses all over the world, but he spent most of his time in Indianapolis.
12 great art & soul moments
That time Mari Evans paid tribute to the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s–and more.
2023 Featured Artists
Four featured artists are selected annually to be spotlighted at Art & Soul events and performances.
These artists also receive year-long career development support.
Brandon Douthitt | Jazz Musician
Adrienne D. Jackson | Dancer
Jamichael Kyng Pollard | Visual Artist
Crystal V. Rhodes | Author & Playwright
2023 Program Partners
The 27th annual Art & Soul, made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc., is presented by Indy Arts Council in partnership with Asante Art Institute, FLAVA FRESH !, iibada Dance Company, and Indy Jazz Fest.
ART & SOUL in the News
FOX-59 | Febrary 24, 2023
IndyStar | Febrary 23, 2023
IndyStar | Febrary 7, 2023
Nuvo | Febrary 6, 2023
NPR "Cultural Manifesto" | Febrary 3, 2023
Indianapolis Business Journal | Febrary 2, 2023
IndyStar | January 31, 2023
FOX-59 "Indy Now"| January 30, 2023
WISH-TV | January 27, 2023
Indianapolis Recorder | January 26, 2023
WISH-TV | January 13, 2023
Urban Times | January 10, 2023
IndyStar | January 9, 2023
Indianapolis Business Journal | December 23, 2023
LOOKBACK: ART & SOUL 2022
Get to know last year's Featured Artists and explore Art & Soul history in posters.