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Art & Soul is hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.

During the month of February, the Indianapolis Artsgarden's signature program is Art & Soul, an annual celebration of African American art and artists in Indiana. Art & Soul kicks off Black History Month each year for Indianapolis, and features a diverse lineup of music, storytelling, dance, and visual art. Art & Soul showcases some of the area’s most creative African American artists, and many of those artists perform year-round. All Art & Soul performances are free and open to the public and begin at 12:15 pm.

Click here to see a list of previous Featured Artists.

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Art & Soul 2017 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden
In 2017, the Arts Council of Indianapolis is pleased to partner with Asante Children’s Theatre, Indy Jazz Fest, Kenyettá Dance Company, and the Madame Walker Theatre Center to present the 21st Annual Art & Soul: A Celebration of African American Art & Artists in Indiana at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. #ArtSoul

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How do you lift your voice?
Download a "Lift Your Voice" card or pick one up from the Indianapolis Artsgarden, take a photo of your response, and share using #ArtSoul.

 2017 Performance Schedule
The Indianapolis Artsgarden is located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets.
Events are free and open to the public. Events start at 12:15 pm.

Click here to download the full calendar of events.

Saturday, January 28: Art & Soul Kickoff Celebration
Art & Soul 2017 celebrates empowerment through the arts. Lift your voice and take part in the kickoff celebration featuring Arts Council Board member and sportscaster Michael Grady as emcee; a procession of African drumming by Griot Drum Ensemble, featured artists, and arts leaders; audience members singing the Black National Anthem; a jazz tribute to President Obama; an inspirational dance performance by Krash Krew Dance; engaging activities by local arts and cultural organizations; and an art exhibition by Featured Artist Tiffany Marie Parker. Meet Featured Artists: Carrington Clinton (Music), Devon Ginn (Literary/Theatre), Taylar Green (Dance), and Tiffany Marie Parker (Visual).

Wednesday, February 1: Featured Dance Artist Taylar Green
Modern dance

Thursday, February 2: Bashiri Asad
R&B, soul, and folk music

Friday, February 3: Native Sun
Fusion of hip-hop, soul, and rock

Saturday, February 4: Griot Drum Ensemble
High-energy, African drumming

Wednesday, February 8: Tasha Jones
Nina Simone poetry tribute

Thursday, February 9: Everett Greene
Legendary bass baritone sings jazz standards  

Friday, February 10: Heritage Place Senior Community Center’s The Silver Foxes Still Rockin’ It Line Dancers
Senior line dancing

Saturday, February 11: Featured Music Artist Carrington Clinton
Clint Breeze and the Groove
Jazz and soul

Wednesday, February 15: Rob Dixon Trio
Jazz trio mixing elements of multiple genres

Thursday, February 16: Alaina Renae
Soul and R&B vocals

Friday, February 17: Krash Krew Dance
Gospel and hip-hop dance

Saturday, February 18: Kenyettá Dance Company
Contemporary modern dance continuing the Black Dance Matters movement

Wednesday, February 22: Brenda Williams featuring Lamar Campbell
A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson

Thursday, February 23: Bryan Thompson
Saxophone and smooth jazz

Friday, February 24: Featured Literary/Theatre Artist Devon Ginn
An immersive, site-specific living art installation

Saturday, February 25: Asante Children’s Theatre
Excerpts from BLACK by Popular Demand - A Celebration of Stories

2017 Art & Soul Featured Artists
Carrington Clinton - Music
Devon Ginn - Literary/Theatre
Taylar Green - Dance
Tiffany Marie Parker - Visual Art

Click here to see a list of the previous Art & Soul Featured Artists.

lilly endowment logo copyArt & Soul is hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis 
with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.