Art & Soul
at the Artsgarden 2019

Art & Soul 2019

The Arts Council of Indianapolis celebrates Black History Month with a series of free, daily performances and not-to-be-missed events at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. This is the 23rd year of the Art & Soul celebration, which will run from February 2 - 28.

Kickoff Celebration

Featuring performances by Kim Kenny, Men in the Fire, Sandy Lomax & Band, 2019 Featured Artists (see below!), and more!
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 12:15 pm 
Indianapolis Artsgarden, above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets

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2019 Featured Artists

Allison Victoria
Allison Victoria (voice)
Joshua Thompson
Joshua Thompson (piano)
Lalah Hazelwood
Lalah Hazelwood (dance)
Shamira Wilson
Shamira Wilson (visual art)

Images by Andrea Smith, Studio 57

2019 Calendar

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Nominate a 2020 Featured Artist

An Art & Soul Featured Artist is an African American artist who is professionally unrecognized but stylistically evolved. An eligible artist:

  • Has been working in or pursuing their field for no more than three years
  • Is not currently in high school or pursuing a degree

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:

2018
Ryan L. Bennett - Theatre
Lauren Curry - Dance
Gary Gee - Visual Art
Joe "Too Black" Clemons - Spoken Word

2017

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

2016
Derrick Carter - visual
Mariah Ivey - spoken word
Nick Owens - dance
Jared Thompson - music

2015
Matthew Davis - literary
Zakk Knight - music
Kassim Norris - visual/film
Ronne Stone - dance

2014
E’Jaaz Collins - music
Myah Evans - music
Ash Robinson - visual
Kristina Sharpe - music

2013
Tasha Beckwith - visual
Blair Clark - music
Rusty Redenbacher & Mr. Kinetik - music

2012
Michael Jordan - visual
Lee’a Ro - music
Tony Styxx - music

2011
Donna Edmond - music
Lobyn Hamilton - visual/music
Rob White - music

2010
Bashiri Asad - literary/poetry
LaShawnda Crowe Storm - visual
Shederick Whipple - music
F!ghting Words an'NEM - music/spoken word

2009
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

Thank you to our funders

Indiana Arts Commission
CICF
Lilly
Jordan
Clowes Charitable Foundation