Now in its 22nd year, the 2018 Art & Soul will feature over 100 new, emerging and established African American artists performing daily at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. From jazz to dance to poetry, the performances are free and open to the public and begin at 12:15 pm 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.
“Indianapolis is fortunate to have so many talented artists, and we look forward to Art & Soul each year,” says Dave Lawrence, president and CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, “We thank the Lilly Endowment and our fantastic artistic collaborators, who have helped make this year’s Art & Soul a don’t-miss series of events.”
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), Nick 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.
Below, you’ll find a list of the remaining 2018 Art & Soul events.
Featured Artist Lauren Curry
Ballet & modern dancer
Dynamic & vivacious jazz vocalist
Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
George Tyler Producer, musician – R&B, soul, jazz, & gospel
Krash Krew Gospel & hip-hop dance troupe
Alex Bottom Classical musician
Iibada Dance Co. Children’s African dance company
Kim Kenny Soul/Jazz vocalist
Indy Jazz Men Upbeat jazz ensemble
Featured Artist TOO Black Provocative spoken word poet
Asante Children’s Theatre Children’s theatre group