Black History Month

As we begin 2017, it seems more important than ever to become informed about the diverse cultures that make up our local communities. The month of February has long been celebrated as Black History Month (also known as National African American History Month) and Indianapolis area organizations have put together events which showcase the achievements, struggles, and voices of the African-American community. While we celebrate and learn, we begin to understand the impact and contributions of African-Americans in Indianapolis and beyond.

Now – January 16th, 2017

Black History Month T-Shirt Voting

In celebration of the Pacers Dream Big Initiative, the Pacers are hosting a Black History Month T-Shirt Design Contest. Check out the designs and vote for your favorite online here:

The winning design will be sold in the Home Court Gift Shop in February.

January 16th, 2017

Community Day: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Speaking of Love at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Although not technically a Black History Month event, the IMA tends to put together beautifully influential experiences, so put this one on your list. Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Indy area poets, singers, and artists, while they share about love. There will be large group meditation and random acts of kindness. The event runs from 1-4pm and is free with a donation of canned food, toiletries, or school supplies to the Martin Luther King Community Center.

January 22nd – March 19th, 2017hot jazz cool kids

Hot Jazz for Cool Kids at Central Library

Now in its sixth season, these family-friendly events feature Indy’s leading Jazz musicians in a fun and educational concert setting. This year’s artists include the Rob Dixon Quintet, The Allen Turk Burke Quintet, and the Charlie Ballantine Group. These free concerts take place at Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street. Call 317-275-4099 for more information.

January 28th, 2017

Art & Soul Kickoff Celebration

Art & Soul 2017 celebrates empowerment through the arts. Lift your voice 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 President Obama; an inspirational dance performance by Krash Krew Dance; engaging activities by local arts and cultural organizations; and an art exhibition by Featured Artist Tiffany Marie Parker. Meet Featured Artists: Carrington Clinton (Music), Devon Ginn (Literary/Theatre), Taylar Green (Dance), and Tiffany Marie Parker (Visual).

Visit their website to see a list a description of individual events.

January 31 – March 26, 2017

Meet the Artists XXIX at Central Library

View the unique works of 25 locally prominent African-American artists using many different mediums during this exhibit which runs through March. This free public viewing includes quilts, acrylic, jewelry, human-sized dolls, mixed-media sculpture, and more. The entire community is invited to celebrate the African-American art works and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during the Meet the Artists Gala Opening Reception on Saturday, February 11 from 5:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Central Library where visitors can meet the artists and enjoy on-stage performances. For children there is a face-painting clown, a coloring workshop, interactive gadgets, and a bottle-cap tambourine workshop.

February 2nd, 2017

Black History Month at The Children’s Museum

Target free family fun night allows families to visit for free from 4-7 one Thursday a month. In February, come celebrate Black History Month with an evening of education and activities for the entire family.

February 2nd, 2017

Hidden History Black History Month Program at Cathedral High School

Stop by Cathedral High School for a social hour and appetizers followed by a program with a Keynote address by Mahja Zeon and a performance by the Cathedral Gospel Choir. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Purchase here:

February 10th, 2017

Bronwen Forbay and the Voices of Light Chorus at the Hilbert Circle Theater

The music of African-American composer Kimo Williams, Al Yungton, and Woody Woods will be featured, along with other works including traditional spirituals. This free collaboration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is a celebration of Black History Month. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Call for Info: 317-639-4300

February 18, 2017

Black Violin at Clowes Memorial Hall

Wil Baptiste on viola and Kev Marcus on violin make up the Black Violin string duo whose music is a complex mash-up of classical and hip-hop. This unexpected collaboration has sent them around the world to share their sound. Here in the U.S. they have played for the POTUS at the Inaugural Ball and collaborated with P. Diddy, Tom Petty, and other well-known artists. Tickets starting at $20. Reserve here: