Over 100 new, emerging, and established African American artists will celebrate the arts during Black History Month with free, daily performances and not-to-be-missed events at the Indianapolis Artsgarden when the Arts Council of Indianapolis hosts the 22nd annual Art & Soul, January 27 – February 28, 2018.
In recognition of Black History Month, the Arts Council will host an Art & Soul kick-off celebration on January 27 featuring an African drum procession anda variety of musical performances. Art & Soul will continue throughout February with must-see performances at the Artsgarden. Performances are freeand open to the public and begin at 12:15 daily.
This year’s theme, Rise, draws inspiration from Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise and the Afrofuturism movement and celebrates empowerment through the arts with a diverse lineup of classical and African music, storytelling, dance, and a visual arts exhibition.
Rise up and take part in the kick-off celebration featuring a procession of African drumming by Griot Drum Ensemble, featured artists, and arts leaders; a jazz tribute to Wes Montgomery; an inspirational dance performance by Krash Krew; and an art exhibition by featured artist Gary Gee.
Art & Soul is hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. To develop the theme and roster of acts for the 2018 Art & Soul, the Arts Council partnered with Keesha Dixon, Asante Children’s Theatre; Rob Dixon, Indy Jazz Fest; Nickolas Owens, Nicholas Owens Dance Company; and Betty Perry, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra to plan and present Art & Soul at the Artsgarden. Art & Soul has become a highly anticipated annual tradition in Indiana going back to 1996.
View more about the performances and artists here: https://indyarts.org/about/art-soul