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Public Events & Exhibitions

Situated in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, the Artsgarden hosts free concerts and exhibitions throughout the year.


CURRENT EVENTS + EXHIBITIONS


IDENTIDAD, DREAMS Y MARCHES
A Mexican & Latino/a/x Exhibit
SEPTEMBER 10-NOVEMBER 3, 2023

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Arte Mexicano en Indiana & Red Global MX Crossroads present an art exhibition featuring works by established, emerging and young Mexican and Mexican-American and
Latina/o/e/x
artists, in collaboration with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. 

The artwork on display is inspired by cultural Identity, the immigrant Dream and Marches (Social Justice). 

Featured artists:

Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Judith Flores, Hector Del Campo, Jon Angulo, Mary MindiolaFrances A. Ruiz, Daniela Cardenas, Alejandra Carrillo, Joy Hernandez, Jazlyn Gomez, Edgar Garcia, Hector Morales, Samuel Peñaloza, Polin MB, Juan Gabriel Tiscareño, Billy Rios Aguilar, Jackie Espinoza, Cuauhtemoc Campos, Gabriela Lopez, Eduardo Robledo, Valadezza, Daniela Cardenas-Cisneros, Peter Julian, Daniela Martín del Campo, Dayra Flores 

Join the Cultural Reception: Sunday, October 1, 2023, 3-5 p.m. featuring a variety of Latin entertainment.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 317-601-9084 | facebook.com/artemexicanoenindiana


ART & SOUL SUNDAYS
JULY - NOV 2023

Since 1996, the Art & Soul festival has kicked off Black History Month in Indianapolis, but now, this celebration of Black culture and creativity is going year-round.

Come to the Indianapolis Artsgarden for the all-new Art & Soul Sundays, a time for everyone to come together for soulful music and dance and get their week started–On the Good Foot!

All events are free and family friendly. Parking is available in the Circle Centre Mall garage.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SUNDAYS FROM 3 TO 4 PM

July 16: Str8 Up Frederick Douglass, an original hip hop play featuring music and dance inspired by the life and legacy of the prophet and freedom fighter. Presented by Asante Art Institute. 

Aug 20: Basement Dance Complex and African American Dance Company - IU Bloomington. Presented by Iibada Dance Company.

Sept 10: Improvisational jazz saxophonist Jerome Saxton. Presented by FLAVA FRESH !

Oct 15: Blues acoustic duo Scrapper & Skelton. Presented by FLAVA FRESH !

Nov 12: Black Resistance and the Beloved Community: Songs of Faith, Hope and Joy. Presented by Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, the Performing Arts Conservatory, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, and Zora's Daughters of the Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis.


THE GARDEN SESSIONS
JULY - NOV 2023

Need a mid-afternoon change of scenery? Take a seat at one of the cafe tables to recharge or get some work done while enjoying live music.

The new series–curated by Drew Kincius, CEO/founder of Sprintable–continues through the fall. Expect raw performances and honest conversations with local artists in a vibrant setting.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS FROM 2 TO 4 PM

  • July 18: Saint Aubin
  • July 20: Allison Victoria
  • July 25: NO PROGRAMMING
  • July 27: Ed Lanier 

  • Aug 1: Christopher Pitts
  • Aug 3: Kristina Clarke
  • Aug 8: Deckademics DJ School
  • Aug 10: Ed Lanier
  • Aug 15: Ivory Winds
  • Aug 17: Native Sun
  • Aug 22: Indy Annies
  • Aug 24: NO PROGRAMMING
  • Aug 29: BUTTER showcase, lead by DJ Grapevine (Nigel Long)
  • Aug 31: Matt Scutchfield

  • Sep 5: NO PROGRAMMING
  • Sep 7: Danny Marquis
  • Sep 12-21: NO PROGRAMMING
  • Sep 26: Brenda Williams
  • Sep 28: PsyWrn Simone

  • Oct 3: John Boyle
  • Oct 5: NO PROGRAMMING
  • Oct 10: Joy Caroline Mills
  • Oct 12: Hispanic Heritage Month feature: Yuriria Rodríguez 
  • Oct 17: Mina Keohane
  • Oct 19: Addie Kosten

PAST EVENTS + EXHIBITIONS

Spring Sing 2023

SPRING SING
April 11 - 27, 2023

Join us for the first annual Spring Sing. Central high school bands and choirs will perform free concerts in the Artsgarden this April. 

ART & SOUL Featured Artist Exhibition

ART & SOUL Featured Artist Exhibition
February 3 - March 23, 2023

Come experience the dynamic work of Jamichael Kyng Pollard. Pollard is the founder and owner of KyngPen Art. He specializes in portraits, using colored pencils, and acrylic and oil paints. Along with his work as a portrait and tattoo artist, he creates live paintings and does face painting at events.

Pollard’s artwork has been featured in multiple solo and group exhibits, from 2019’s FLAVA FRESH 16 ! to the 2022 Kyngdom Art Show. Pollard is also a substitute art teacher and works with children and adults. Follow him on Instagram @kyngpenart and @kyngpenart_tattoos or visit his website.

Pollard's work is also on display at Gallery 924 until March 23. Both shows are curated by D. Del Reverda-Jennings of FLAVA FRESH !.

Art & Soul Celebration + Wes Montgomery Tribute

ART & SOUL CELEBRATION + WES MONTGOMERY TRIBUTE
February 25, 2023

For 27 years, the Art & Soul festival has honored Black culture and creativity in Indianapolis. This year’s finale celebration will kick 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 showcase the four 2023 Featured Artists.

You can also 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: An art exhibition and live painting.

Mistletoe Music Festival 2022

MISTLETOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
November 29 - December 15, 2022

Celebrate the holiday season with local and regional school choirs, bands, and orchestras at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Mistletoe Music Festival is an annual event that showcases the talent of school music groups from in and around Indy. It’s a holiday extravaganza you won’t want to miss. All performances are free and open to the public.

Join Us
Tuesdays through Thursdays, November 29-December 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Choirs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Bands and Orchestras on Thursdays

Identidad, Dreams y Marchas

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Arte Mexicano en Indiana presents an exhibition of works by Mexican and Mexican-American artists. The artworks are inspired by cultural identity, the immigrant dream, and marches.

Artist Reception
Meet the artists during a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. October 9.

Musical Performances
We invite you to bring your lunch and enjoy free performances from noon to 1 p.m. September 20, 22, and 29, and October 4 and 6.


The Artsgarden is available to rent for public and private events. Visit our rental page for more information.


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