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6 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Downtown Indy

February is Black History Month, and Downtown Indy is the place to be! Indianapolis, Indiana, is offering a full lineup of special live performances, education activities, unique exhibits and other events. Check out what's in store.

Art & Soul

Returning to the Indianapolis Artsgarden this winter, Downtown Indy's celebration of local African-American arts and artists features performances from musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists—and all events are free!

The Cay

The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) is staging The Cay, a story of a privileged young white boy and a resourceful old black man trapped on a tiny island in the Caribbean. Based on an award-winning children's novel, the two overcome hardship and prejudice while struggling to survive. Performances run through February 26. Stick around after the performance for a post-show discussion.

Meet the Artists

From January 31 through March 26, the Central Library is displaying the works of prominent local African-American artists in an array of mediums. Enjoy an evening of free cultural entertainment, including African drumming, dancing, gospel music and soul, a fashion show and spoken word, during the Meet the Artists Gala Reception on Saturday, February 11, from 5:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Madam Walker Story

Madam C.J. Walker was America's first self-made female millionaire. The Madame Walker Story, presented by Freetown Village, brings Walker's vibrant history to life. Admission is free and includes a visit to the Walker Heritage Center, which houses artifacts and memorabilia of Madame Walker and the Walker Theatre.

A Night with the Symphony

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is offering a free performance to honor the significant impact of African-American musicians on the cultural life of Indianapolis and the nation. The annual Celebration of Black History Concert is on February 28 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Children's Museum

Enjoy free admission at the Children's Museum on February 2, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., during Target Free Family Night. Learn the stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White—three inspiring children who fought discrimination and made a difference in the world. 

Additionally, celebrate Black History Month at the Children's Museum with vignettes exploring the lives of people who played a significant part in American history, from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s. Performances feature Levi Coffin, the "President of the Underground Railroad," and Madam C.J. Walker. Performances are on February 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 11:30 a.m. in the Power of Children gallery. Stick around for a post-performance discussion, for a chance to interact with the actors.

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Written by Cassie Westrate, staff writer for Groups Today.

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