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Art & Soul 2023 featured events


February 3

6 to 9 p.m. (doors at 5)

Free Admission (limited capacity at The Cabaret)

Art & Soul Kickoff

Gallery 924 & The Cabaret, 924 N. Pennsylvania St.

Find the “art” in Gallery 924 and the “soul” in The Cabaret–and be the first to meet the four 2023 Featured Artists.

And don’t forget to pause for your moment on the red carpet! 

Inside Gallery 924: Kings & Queens: Beyond What Has Happened So Far
First Friday receptions: 6 to 9 p.m. 
Pop in any time to see artworks by more than 10 artists, including 2023 Featured Artist Jamichael Kyng Pollard. The exhibition is curated by D. Del Reverda-Jennings of FLAVA FRESH !

At The Cabaret: The Reveal
Performances: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Get to know the 2023 Featured Artists and enjoy performances by Art & Soul alumni. The show starts with a special welcome by City of Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Judith Thomas. Drinks and food, provided by the Jazz Kitchen, will be available for purchase for all evening. 

2023 Featured Artist spotlights
  • Brandon Douthitt, jazz musician
  • Adrienne D. Jackson, dancer
  • Jamichael Kyng Pollard, visual artist
  • Crystal V. Rhodes, author & playwright
Appearances/performances by
  • Chantel Massey (2022 Featured Artist)
  • Okara Imani (2020 Featured Artist)
  • Native Sun (2021 performer)
  • Bashiri Asad (2010 Featured Artist)
  • Allison Victoria (2019 Featured Artist)
  • Stephanie Allen-Stevenson
  • Create Freedom Arts Projects


February 8

7 to 8:30 p.m. (doors at 5)

Tickets: $15

Featured Artist Showcase

The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave.

Catch three of the four Art & Soul 2023 Featured Artists at one show: Brandon Douthitt (jazz musician) and Crystal V. Rhodes (playwright) will perform on stage, while visual artist Jamichael Kyng Pollard creates a live painting. Plus: Appearances by Rob Dixon and more. All ticket sales benefit Art & Soul artists.


February 25

4:30 to 7 p.m. (Doors at 4)

FREE general admission
Next Level experience: $15 (Limited capacity)

Celebration + Wes Montgomery 100-year Tribute

Indianapolis Artsgarden, 110 W. Washington St.

Art & Soul’s final event mixes the new with the nostalgic. The show kicks off with a Rob Dixon-led tribute to Indianapolis native Wes Montgomery, the late, legendary jazz guitarist who would have turned 100 in March, and celebrates the emerging talents of the four 2023 Featured Artists.

In between, catch performances by a dozen local musical artists, from Damon Karl (who has opened for Babyface and Ashante) to Staci McCrackin (lead singer of The Flying Toasters and a backup singer in Jim Irsay’s all-star band). Plus: Food, drinks, dancing, live painting, and more.

Main floor (FREE admission):

  • Mix & mingle with Art & Soul artists
  • Tables & seating
  • Art exhibition and live painting by Jamichael Kyng Pollard
  • Vendors
  • Cash bar
  • Food available for purchase at Circle Centre Mall

Next Level experience ($15) - SOLD OUT. Main floor access, plus:

  • Tables & seating on the balcony (limited to 60 people)
  • Complimentary food
  • Cash bar
  • Dance party
  • 360 red carpet photo booth
  • Advance tickets required (all ticket sales benefit Art & Soul artists)

Event highlights:

Wes Montgomery tribute
  • Remarks by Robert Montgomery, son of Wes Montgomery
  • Band: Rob Dixon (saxophone), Robert Coleman (guitar), Jonathan Wood (bass), Reggie Bishop (keys), Kenny Phelps (drums)
2023 Featured Artist spotlights
  • Brandon Douthitt, jazz musician
  • Adrienne D. Jackson, dancer
  • Jamichael Kyng Pollard, visual artist
  • Crystal V. Rhodes, author & playwright
Appearances/performances by
  • Remarks by Robert Montgomery, son of Wes Montgomery
  • DJ Rusty Redenbacher (2013 Featured Artist)
  • Dr. Jillian D. Harrison-Jones
  • Rob Dixon Jazz Collective
  • Alaina Renae
  • Damon Karl
  • Dr. Lasana Kazembe
  • Staci McCrackin

Additional Black History Month Events

Art & Soul 2023 Featured Artist Brandon Douthitt will perform as part of a Black History Month Tribute showcasing seven local artists from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 17 at Indianapolis International Airport.

Indy Arts Council has partnered with Face A Face Collective to produce and curate an Indianapolis arts and culture guide to Black History Month, featuring events, public artworks, locally produced documentaries, restaurants, and other ways to experience Black culture and creativity in Indianapolis. View the guide at

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