FEBRUARY 8, 2018

Art & Soul 2018

For over two decades, Arts Council of Indianapolis has recognized Black History Month with a beautiful, month-long showcase known as Art & Soul, and this year is no different.

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.

Thursday, February 8

Featured Artist Lauren Curry

Ballet & modern dancer

Friday, February 9

Brenda Williams

Dynamic & vivacious jazz vocalist

Saturday, February 10

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Wednesday, February 14

George Tyler Producer, musician – R&B, soul, jazz, & gospel

Thursday, February 15

Krash Krew Gospel & hip-hop dance troupe

Friday, February 16    

Alex Bottom Classical musician

Saturday, February 18

Iibada Dance Co. Children’s African dance company

Wednesday, February 21

Kim Kenny Soul/Jazz vocalist

Thursday, February 22

Indy Jazz Men Upbeat jazz ensemble

Friday, February 23

Featured Artist TOO Black Provocative spoken word poet

Saturday, February 24

Asante Children’s Theatre Children’s theatre group


Living in Fountain Square, Seth is an arts and entertainment writer, often covering Indy's burgeoning music and theatre scenes.

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