Indy Black History Month Events
MLK Shining a Light
Downtown Indy Inc's will continue to showcase the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr with its light technology from Feb.1-28. The presentation presented by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, will be projected nightly at 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on the AES Indiana building.
Art & Soul Festival
Indy Arts Council's 27th annual Art & Soul Festival returns with several events in Indianapolis highlighting black art, music, dance, and literature. The festival kicks off on Feb.3 with a First Friday Gallery. The festival also features an artist showcase on Feb. 8th and a finale celebration at the Indianapolis Arts Garden on Feb. 25.
Black Heritage Preservation Research Workshop
On Feb. 7. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Indiana Landmarks is hosting a day-long workshop to share techniques and resources for uncovering, researching and documenting Black heritage.
The workshop will feature a performance by Freetown Village actors showing how Black history can be brought to life, research and writing tips, and information about grant writing and grant-making organizations.
Celebrate Black History Month at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
On Thursday, Feb. 2, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will celebrate Black heritage in history, science, art and music through storytelling, special activities and performances featuring Alyssa Gaines, 2022 National Youth Poet Laureate, and other artists. Admission is $6.
Legacy: Celebrating Black Voices
Garfield Park Arts Center will exhibit artwork by Black Artist for free from Feb. 3 through Feb.25. Visitors will find paintings, drawing, mixed media and sculptures by Black artists.
Kyle T. Mays: Leon Jett Memorial Lecture
On Feb. 16 at the Eiteljorg Museum, Mays (Saginaw Chippewa), a professor of African American Studies and American Indian Studies and History at UCLA, will speak about hip-hop music by Native artists..
Meet the Artists Exhibit
The 35th Annual Meet the Artists exhibit at the Indianapolis Public Library from Feb.1 through March 25 showcases Black artists, fashion designers, authors, comedians and musicians.
A Gala Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 5:30 to 11 p.m.
The Afro-Jewish Intersection: Revealing Our Connections
Through March 3 at JCC Indianapolis view the exhibit by two local artists: Kassa Bekele and William Rasdell. Bekele is an Ethiopian American painter. Rasdell is a photographer who has traveled around Africa in search of Jewish enclaves. He has also spent time within the community of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Bekele and Rasdell provide an artistic experience that helps sew together thousands of years of common history and belief that leads right to the present day.
Event list from WRTV