The 23rd annual Art and Soul celebration will be Feb. 2-28 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois streets. The Arts Council of Indianapolis celebrates Black History Month with performances from featured artists Allison Victoria, Joshua Thompson, Lalah Hazelwood, Shamira Wilson and more. All events start at 12:15 p.m. and are free.
Art and Soul events include
Feb. 2 —Kickoff celebration with performances by Kim Kenny, Men in the Fire, Sandy Lomax and Band and featured artists.
Feb. 6 — Krystle Ford, classical and contemporary violin
Feb. 7 — Krash Krew, gospel and hip-hop dance
Feb. 8 — Derek Reeves, classical violin
Feb. 9 — Lalah Hazelwood and Kenyetta, contemporary dance
Feb. 13 — Valerie Phelps and Friends, gospel and jazz
Feb. 14 —Allison Victoria, soul mixed with jazz, blues, and pop
Feb.15 — Demetrius West, gospel
Feb. 16 — Phoenix Rising, contemporary dance
Feb. 20 — Rob Dixon Trio, jazz mixed soul, R&B, hip-hop, blues and swing.
Feb. 21 — Chubby and the All-Stars, blues and R&B
Feb.22 — Joshua Thompson, classical piano
Feb. 23 — Iibada Dance Co., children’s African and modern dance
Feb. 27— Carrington Clinton Trio, hip-hop and jazz
Feb. 28 — Shamira Wilson, visual art
Free tax preparation
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Celebrating local artists
The artist reception for the exhibit Black Spaces and Places will be 6-9 p.m. Feb. 1 at Harrison Center, 1505 N. Delaware Street. Artwork will be featured in several galleries at Harrison Center and will be on display through Feb. 22.
Featured artists are:
Courtland Blade — Black Spaces and Places, Harrison Gallery
Lorrie Lee Andrews — Building Possibilities, City Gallery
Kate Oberreich — ROAM, Speck Gallery
Tresa Steenberg and Phillip Lyann — Gallery Annex
Matthew I. Allen — Portraits from the Grave, Hank and Dolly’s Gallery
Contemporary group show — Rebrand, Underground Gallery