2014 Art & Soul Kickoff This Friday

Hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., the 2014 Art & Soul celebration will kickoff on January 31 at 12:00 pm. Located in the Indianapolis Artsgarden at the intersection of Washington and Illinois Street, this will be Art & Soul’s 18th year. The events will feature several Indiana African-American artists and works of art starting at the end of January and going all the way through March. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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Featured Visual Artist

January 31-March 29

Ash Robinson – Robinson’s site-specific installation places a larger-than-life “picket fence” among the Artsgarden olive trees which takes on the notion of the disappearing American Dream.


Friday, January 31


Art & Soul Celebration Launch Event

Special guests: Amos Brown from Radio One and a performance by Toy Factory

Featured artists include: Myah Evans, Kristina Sharpe, E’JAAZ, and Ash Robinson

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Tuesday, February 4


Renee King – Jazz, Funk, and Soul with a live band


Friday, February 7

12:15pm – Tony Styxx – Spoken word poet and a hip-hop emcee

12:45pm – Januarie York – Poetry about love, life, and lessons learned

1:15pm – Theon Lee Jones – Poetry and rap


Saturday, February 8


Judah Band – “Will rock for God” alternative band with an inspirational message


Tuesday, February 11


Wycliffe Gordon – Jazz trombonist, vocalist, and raconteur


Saturday, February 15


iibada Dance Company – Historical African-American dances


Sunday, February 16

2:00pm – E’JAAZ – Soul and rap

2:45pm – Myah Evans – Original indie songs – acoustic guitar

3:30pm – Kristina Share – New works on the piano


Tuesday, February 18


Jay Jones – Cover songs with his own R&B twist


Thursday, February 20


Freetown Village – Living history performance


Friday, February 21


Lonnie Lester – Soul, Pop, and R&B


Saturday, February 22


Bashiri Asad – Gospel, R&B, and Folk


Sunday, February 23


Asante Children’s Theatre – Song, dance, and spoken word


Friday, February 28


Mr. Kinetic and Rusty Redenbacher – Eclectic hip-hop duo


Wednesday, March 26


Brenda Williams – Jazz standards, soul, and R&B


Friday, March 28


Benefit Concert for Bethel AME Church featuring Delfeayo Marsalis from the legendary “first family of Jazz”

This is a fundraiser and ticketed event. Visit for more information.