We know that February is the month to celebrate love, but it’s also a great month to celebrate history! With President’s Day and Black History Month, there’s a plethora of great free events in and around downtown Indianapolis that will not only help you learn about the past but also enjoy the present. Here are some of my favorite events this month which honor Black History Month:
Today, February 15th at 7:30 PM, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra pays tribute with a special FREE concert. Honoring African American composers like Duke Ellington and featuring hymns and spirituals by The Voices of the Light Chorus from Light of the World Christian Church, you won’t want to miss this free concert. Arrive early to hear an opening special performance by the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, too.
All month long at the Indianapolis Arts Garden, check out the many performances and exhibits celebrating African American Art and Artists in Indiana as a part of Super Art & Soul 2012. From spoken word to R&B, from Children’s Theatre to Hip Hop, there’s plenty to see and experience as a part of this great exhibit. Check out the line up here.
While it’s not a guaranteed freebie, I think Indiana Black History Challenge from the Indiana Historical Society is a GREAT way to educate your kids about Black History. PLUS, the first 5000 entrants will gain 2 free tix to the Indiana Experience and a Donatos’ Pizza coupon.
First, study up with this handy Study guide, then take an online quiz OR print the game card and bring it into the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center for your chance to win the free tickets and a number of other great prizes, too!
Take time this month to visit the Crispus Attacks Museum, a local treasure. Admission is $5 for Adults and $2 for Students or Seniors. Hours and location can be found here. You can even schedule special tours for your group, class, or troop.
Do you have a favorite Black History destination or event in Indianapolis to share? Leave it in the comments!