Monday, January 25, 2016

Art & Soul 2016 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden

INDIANA---The worship arts are the focus for the Arts Council of Indianapolis' 20th annual Art & Soul series running Jan. 30-Feb. 27, 2016. With 87% of African Americans identifying as Christian, the month-long celebration of artists features gospel choirs, African American foods and crafts, spoken word performances, musicians, dance companies, and artwork by Christian artist Derrick Carter. All events are held at the Artsgarden in downtown Indianapolis, and begin at 12:15pm.
Visual artist Derrick Carter. Photo by
Saturday, January 30, 12:15 pm
Art & Soul Kickoff Celebration
Art & Soul 2016 will celebrate the arts in the journey to freedom. The kickoff will feature a procession of featured artists, arts leaders, and worship arts ministers, an inspirational gospel choir, a tribute to Amos Brown, an African American food and vendor fair, along with a student art exhibition highlighting the talents of Indianapolis students. Meet Featured Artists: Derrick Carter (Visual), Mariah Ivey (Literary), Nicholas A. Owens (Dance), and Jared Thompson (Music).
Spoken work artist Mariah Ivey. Photo by
Wednesday, February 3, 12:15 pm
Mariah Ivey
Spoken word: HEALing and HILLing Towards FREEdom
Featured Literary Artist, Mariah Ivey

Thursday, February 4, 12:15 pm
Griot Drum Ensemble
African drumming

Friday, February 5, 12:15 pm
Kenny Phelps and Owl Music Group
Gospel jazz experience

Saturday, February 6, 12:15 pm
Native Sun
Fusion of the sacred sounds of hip hop, gospel, and soul

Wednesday, February 10, 12:15 pm
Brenda Williams
Music inspired by Mahalia Jackson

Thursday, February 11, 12:15 pm
Steven Jones and Allyson Horton
The poetic story of jazz

Friday, February 12, 12:15 pm
Epiphany Dance Collective
Fusion of African, modern, and hip hop dance

Saturday, February 13, 12:15 pm
Rob Dixon Quartet featuring Goldie
Tribute to John Coltrane and Nina Simone
Dancer and choreographer Nick Owens. Photo by
Wednesday, February 17, 12:15 pm
Black Dance Matters
Exploring the black arts movement through dance
Featured Dance Artist, Nicholas A. Owens

Thursday, February 18, 12:15 pm
Bashiri Asad
Essence of African American R&B, soul, and folk music from 1970-2000

Friday, February 19, 12:15 pm
Ben Rose 
Music and spoken word from protest to worship, Africa to America

Saturday, February 20, 12:15 pm
Asante Children’s Theatre
Word Dance: A celebration of poetry and music followed by Any Given Child Indy forum
Any Given Child Indy parent forum is the first in a series of parent dialogues about arts education in Indianapolis

Wednesday, February 24, 12:15 pm
Kevin Johnson
Music inspired by Langston Hughes

Thursday, February 25, 12:15 pm
Krash Krew Dance Ministries
Gospel and hip hop dance
Saxaphonist Jared Thompson. Photo by
Friday, February 26, 12:15 pm
Jared Thompson and Premium Blend
Jazz inspired by Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, and Herbie Hancock
Featured Music Artist, Jared Thompson

Saturday, February 27, 12:15 pm
Art & Soul Closing Ceremony
Closing celebration with a performance by the LifeJourney Gospel Choir and a tribute to marriage equality. The tribute will include a procession of couples and an Arts Council commissioned poem and music featuring the talents of Featured Artists Mariah Ivey and Jared Thompson.