Cultural Arts Pavilion

The significance of the arts lies in its universal ability to communicate with audiences, arouse emotion or evoke a conversation, and reflects society. Art brings people together. Our partners help us bring broad-based diversity of arts & culture to an audience that often has limited exposure. The appreciation of differences in ideas, customs and traditions can build harmonious human relations. Art is a perfect way to communicate uniqueness and difference in a non-threatening way. The collective voice of African Americans and other minorities is often lost or simply overlooked in the greater context of American culture. Promoting creative expression and artists, particularly African American artists, strengthens their voices.

The 2018 Cultural Arts Pavilion consists of four events:

  • IBE Film Fest, a free one-day festival at IMA’s Tobias Theatre, featuring inspirational independent,
  • Cultural Arts Gallery, an exhibition that showcases the works of a collaboration of Indianapolis arts institutions and the talents of local and regional African-Americans.
  • Artists and Authors Market, a venue for emerging and professional fine artists and published authors to sell original works and meet with their audience and
  • Art Speaks Café, a dedicated space for artist with an interactive area for local authors and artists to share insight on their works.

IBE Film Festival - Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Location: Newfields, Tobias Theater, 4000 North Michigan Road

Cost: Free admission and parking

Sponsors: Newfields, Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation, Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation, Penrod Society

See more information about the films being shown on the Black Film Festitval Page

The 2018 Cultural Arts Gallery Exhibits - Friday, July 20th, 2018, Saturday, July 21st, 2018, and Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

  • The Indiana Historical Society -The Grand Ol' Street: History of Indiana Avenue: Explore stories and images along Indiana Avenue at the Indiana Historical Society's booth at the Cultural Arts Pavilion! . Trace the history of "The Grand Ol' Street" while learning about the society and picking up a fan to cool down your SummerFest!
  • Indiana State Museum - Written on the Soul: African American Poetry: Poetry has power!  African American poetry is the constant pulse of our prose and spoken word.  Visit the exhibit to read the words of Indiana poets Aaron Belford Thompson, Etheridge Knight and Mari Evans.  Next, use this inspiration to create your own poems.

  • Harrison Center for the Arts/ Summer Academe: This exhibit highlights the partnership between the Harrison Center for the Arts and the Summer Academe Program hosted by Herron High School. Curated by Harrison Center studio artist and Summer Academe instructor Quincy Owens, student work focuses on the history and people of urban Indianapolis neighborhoods.
  • The Works of BM Jackson – prints from his Civil Rights Protest Series: Morrow’s Civil Rights Protest Series is a collect of eight poster prints of "Protest Drawings" which were made as a fundraising project for civil rights organizations. These prints were made in 1964 in response to the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing in 1963 and the killing of several civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964.
  • Afrofuturism: Tasha Beckwith: Ms. Beckwith's current works are inspired by Afrofuturism which explores African/African American culture with elements of science fiction, fantasy and Afrocentrism. Tasha's works takes viewers on a journey through a kaleidoscope of patterns mixed with portraits merging imagination with technology to create a new world.
  • ARTBY K.WEST: West’s artistry embodies a modern style. Colorful and realistic, his portraits carry the essence of the person he’s painted. He has a particular fondness for creating acrylic paintings of celebrities and pop icons. His abstract work, often custom designed, is generally vibrant and illuminating, adding light to almost any room in a home or corporate office.
  • Jazz Moments: Lenny White: Musicians exude a wide range of emotions while performing. The audience sees, hear and feel these emotions. Through my images, I strive to capture visual and emotional aspects of their performance. If I’m really successful, you can imagine the sounds well.
  • Gentrifying Our Genius - Deonna Craig: The exhibit will touch on subjects such as double consciousness, cosmograms, transcendence, racism, music, media influence, gentrification, power, poverty, African history, colonization, and exploitation. The artwork will be full of conversation starters and history lessons!

Time: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Friday), 10:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Saturday), and 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Sunday)

Cost: Free

Location: Indiana Convention Center, Hoosier Corridor Rooms 130 – 134

Partners: Herron School of Arts & Design, Harrison Center, Indiana State Museum, Indiana Historical Society, Tasha Beckwith, Kevin West, Lenny White, Deonna Craig, and The Boxx

Sponsors: Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation, Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation, Penrod Society

Art Speaks CAFÉ -Friday, July 20th, 2018, Saturday, July 21st, 2018, and Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Art Speaks CAFÉ includes an interactive area for local authors and artists to share insight on their works. Join our emcee BOXX the Artist for a weekend that will stimulate your mind and inspire your soul. Sign up for a session of Cookies and Canvas or just relax, listen to music and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Whatever you decide to do just make sure you don’t forget to stop by to check us out! Click here for the weekend schedule. 

Time: 10:00 am- 7:00 pm (Friday), 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM (Saturday), 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Sunday)

Cost: Free

Location: Indiana Convention Center, Rooms 135-137

Artist: Torii Le’Chelle

“Self-Love” & Other works of Art

Torii Le’Chelle, an exploratory painter and artist, paints using multi-mediums to sometimes create 3-D artwork, and leaving room for the world to interpret their own understanding of each piece. Canvases range in size and texture from tightly woven wool to wood and metal. Torii’s art centers around Blackness and the Black community but can be appreciated by all. She paints from within and focuses on Self-Love, Self-Awareness, and Intimacy.

Partners: Tea’s Me Café, Indiana State Museum, Historical Society, Herron School of Art, Harrison Art Center, Indiana University African American Dance Company, Anthony Radford, Omar Rashan, Gary Gee, BOXX the Artist, Nakaisha Tolbert-Banks, and Adrienne Wharton

Sponsors: Newfields, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Nicholas H. Noyes Foundation and Penrod Society

A special thanks to our Sponsors