Arts Garden hosts Art & Soul, featuring more than 100 African American artists

It’s a “not-to-be-missed” event at the Indianapolis Artsgarden… and YOU’RE invited!

Today on Indy Style, Gary Gee, Featured Artist, Art & Soul at the Artsgarden, tells us how over 100 new, emerging, and established African American artists will celebrate the arts during Black History Month with free, daily performances… PLUS… Gary shows us some of his incredible artwork and the meaning behind each piece!


Art & Soul

The Arts Council of Indianapolis hosts the 22 nd annual Art & Soul, January 27 – February 28, 2018. In recognition of Black History Month, the Arts Council will host an Art & Soul kick-off celebration on January 27 featuring an African drum procession and a variety of musical performances. Art & Soul will continue throughout February with must-see performances at the Artsgarden. Performances are free and open to the public and begin at 12:15 daily.

Arts Council of Indianapolis

The Arts Council is an organization that advocates for the need and importance of broad community funding and support for a thriving arts scene; connects artists, audiences, businesses, foundations, and arts and cultural organizations with opportunities to expand central Indiana’s creative vitality; and innovates by constantly pursuing and promoting programs that catalyze creative growth in central Indiana.

Gary Gee

Gary began his career in graphic design with an associates degree in visual communications, then received his BFA from Herron School of Art & Design in 2016 which allowed him to move his work into a more self-expressive form. He is a painter and a sculptor creating works on canvas and ceramic sculpture, often using non-traditional substrates and an incongruous mix of different media. His work references urban street art, art history, and hip hop culture. Gary describes his work as very “take-charge” with loud, aggressive, and vibrant riffs that pour from his heart and soul. 

Art & Soul at the Artsgarden

The Indianapolis Artsgarden is owned and operated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. All Art & Soul events are free and open to the public. Events start at 12:15 pm

Saturday, January 27

Art & Soul Kickoff Celebration

Art & Soul 2018 celebrates empowerment through the arts. Rise and take part in the kickoff celebration featuring a procession of African drumming by Griot Drum Ensemble, featured artists, and arts leaders; audience members singing the Black National Anthem; a jazz tribute to Wes Montgomery; an inspirational dance performance by Krash Krew Dance; and an art exhibition by Featured Artist Gary Gee. Meet Featured Artists: Ryan Bennet (Theatre), TOO Black (Spoken Word), Lauren Curry (Dance), and Gary Gee (Visual).


Wednesday, January 31

Jesse Hawkins

Classical Violinist

Thursday, February 1

Kenyattá Dance Co.

Contemporary modern dance company


Friday, February 2

Featured Artist Ryan L. Bennet

Multi-dimensional storyteller


Saturday, February 3

Jared Thompson & Premium Blend

Hip-hop & jazz fusion group


Wednesday, February 7

Griot Drum Ensemble

High energy, African drum group


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


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