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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

Free tax assistance is available for individuals and families with an income of $66,000 or less through Indy Free Tax Prep at various Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. Visit or call 211 for site information and to schedule an appointment. Taxpayers can also file online for free at Those interested in volunteering can visit stability/ for information. The IRS certifies all volunteers.

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

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