Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (A.R.T.I.)

A.R.T.I. leverages the creative and communal power of the arts as a tool for fostering community, youth empowerment, and positive social transformation. A.R.T.I.’s community engaged outreach includes

• workshops
• theatrical productions
• educational programs
• university teaching
• and arts-based research

Through these (and other ) efforts, A.R.T.I. develops, promotes, and builds upon strong traditions of Africana history, creative arts, and Black expressive culture. We seek to connect people to the cultural and artistic traditions of the African Diaspora.

A.R.T.I. was developed to document and reflect the history, cultural life, and politics of peoples of the African Diaspora. As a public arts initiative, A.R.T.I. consists of faculty and staff from various unites across IUPUI including: IU School of Liberal Arts, School of Education, Africana Studies Program, and the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement.

A.R.T.I. is an Incubator Project of the the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Areas of Focus

Public performances – arts engagement to expand the reach of the arts and contribute to community social wealth.

  • provide preparation for students who wish to pursue the craft of Black theatre in Central Indiana;
  • address the gap in arts learning and access; provide supports for learning and teaching about Black art & literature;
  • connect new audiences by reducing the cost of access and utilizing new spaces.

Outreach and marketing – connecting campus and community.

  • create pathways for engaging people, communities, and organizations and other arts stakeholders;
  • address the void in the study of Black theatre and its impact on community well-being.

Talent, Career Exploration; and Postsecondary Engagement – apprenticeship programs and partnerships with K-12 schools.

  • bring arts education to underserved schools and communities;
  • explore career tracks and future workforce development;
  • support local talent and collaboration with the theatre practitioners and professionals locally, statewide and nationally.

Research – social, cultural, economic, and academic impact of a more representative arts sector.

  • offer culturally-specific arts-based/arts-learning research;
  • conduct arts impact and social climate surveys;
  • exploring the therapeutic aspects of the arts; interrogating arts and arts learning as healing modalities;
  • promote community-engaged research/praxis.