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The Indianapolis Public Library’s African-American History Committee invites the community to the Meet the Artists 2017 Gala Opening Reception. Stop by Central Library on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5–10 p.m. to enjoy live performances and view the work of 25 talented local artists. Free parking for the Gala will be available in the Central Library’s garage, with overflow parking available at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

This year’s artists are very diverse in their talents. Some of their creations include paintings, photography, handbags, jewelry and even human-sized dolls. While the art is available to view at Central Library during the library’s regular hours through March 26, the Gala provides a unique opportunity to mix, mingle and get to know the faces behind the art.

Groups scheduled to perform at the Gala include the Epiphany Dance Collective, the Tindley Preparatory Academy Gospel Choir, comedian Dwayne Cobb, poets Dome and Nqobi and the Ground Zero Band. Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch a fashion show coordinated by DaNisha Greene.

Tony Radford, a curator with Meet the Artists, says this event is something all ages can enjoy.

“This event has something for everyone. I would describe this event as something cultural, free and family friendly. There are performances, activities for kids and book signings. Everyone will have a good time,” said Radford. “The door-count last year was 1,800 people. For artists, it’s a great time to network and give out your information.”

Don’t leave your kids behind. If energetic, live performances are not enough to keep the little ones entertained, there will be face painting with Cinamon the Clown, a coloring workshop, interactive gadgets and a bottle cap tambourine workshop. For literary-inclined adults, a number of local authors will be on hand to sell and sign their work. At the heart of the festivities, however, is the opportunity to show support to local artists.

“Most of these artists have been selected by me or by committee members. We critique them and tell them what they need to do to be ready for this event. We have a lot of young talent,” said Radford. “It’s important for the local community to come out to this event, because you really get an educational experience and everyone is under one roof. Come out have a good time and learn about our culture.” 

For more information on Meet the Artists 2017, visit indypl.org. 



Projects on display

Jan. 31–March 26

Regular library hours


Gala Opening Reception

Saturday, Feb. 11

5–10 p.m. 


First Friday Meet and Greet

Friday, March 3

6-9 p.m.


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