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Asante Art Institute Offers Virtual Black History Month Program to Schools

It’s a production that’s designed to inspire and engage students of all ages– and that, it does!

Keesha Dixon, Executive Director of Asante Art Institute, tells us more about the Children’s Theatre and the “Journey in Search of Justice,” a video education program for students during Black History Month.

Here’s more:
In honor of Black History Month, Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis has developed a free, virtual program that high schools and teachers across the entire state can use to teach, inspire, and engage students. “Journey in Search of Justice” is a student-performed play chronicling the African American struggle for equity in the U.S. and has been recorded and digitized as an arts and teaching resource.

Asante has partnered with Conner Prairie and WFYI to make this project possible. Additionally, McDonald’s of Greater Indiana and Southwest Michigan is sponsoring the program, allowing it to be made available to students throughout Indiana.

On Wednesday, February 3, Asante leadership will discuss the project at a virtual news conference, along with the groups that have come together to make this unique program available. So far, more than 50 schools across Indiana have expressed interest in the program and we invite you to join us Wednesday morning for the media event. Interviews either before or after the virtual news conference are also available.

In honor of Black History Month, Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis has developed a free, virtual program that high schools and teachers across the entire state can use to teach, inspire, and engage students. “Journey in Search of Justice” is a play performed by students chronicling the African American struggle for equity in the U.S. that has been recorded and digitized as an arts and teaching resource.

Asante has partnered with Conner Prairie and WFYI to make this project possible. Additionally, McDonald’s of Greater Indiana and Southwest Michigan is sponsoring the program, allowing it to be available to students throughout Indiana.

For more than 30 years, the Asante Children’s Theatre has been an artistic leader in the City of Indianapolis and throughout the nation. Known for its innovative, international, and African inspired approach to arts and arts education, Asante continues its mission of creating extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire young artists as it celebrates the unique traditions of African and African American performing arts. With an amazing board and staff of teaching artists at the helm, Asante Children’s Theatre, now under the umbrella organization the Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis, will continue to strive to be a place where youth and adults, as global citizens, work side by side learning and building confidence in acting, singing, dancing, storytelling, creative writing, teamwork, respect of authority and prompt conflict resolution.

Catch a one-song performance at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in February on WISH-TV’s Facebook page. And if you love what you saw there, you can come back and watch the full, 45-minute performances. Art & Soul fans will be able to watch great performances by 15 acts, from emerging musicians to legendary bands, plus hear a conversation with this year’s visual artist, Matthew Cooper. Matthew created the backdrop for this year’s performances. It’s a collage of the pieces he painted this summer on the boarded-up windows of Old City Hall as part of the Murals for Racial Justice initiative. Matthew also created two original works that viewers can see through the large exterior windows of Gallery 924 at the Arts Council. Along with the 16 Art & Soul shows, we’ll be presenting special content including a guide to the best Black History Month arts & culture events at indyarts.org.

Please follow @indyartscouncil and #ArtSoulIndy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the celebration.

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