NEWSLETTER                   MARCH 2021

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Program Updates


ALL Asante programs are FREE 'til June 30, 2021

NOW ENROLLING!!! Creative Critique Part 2 School Daze
Classes begin May 5th and end June 19th.
No Auditions Required

Virtual on Wednesdays
In-person on Saturdays at The Indiana State Museum

We are looking for aspiring film makers  ages 12-18 who love movies, who want to learn more about movie making, and who want to network with like-minded teens.

The session will begin with a watch party to check out Spike Lee's controversial film about college life, colorism and hair politics,
School Daze

Following the film exploration,
the group will produce a creative critique video.    

Please use the link below to reserve a spot today.

Need technical support call 317-654-0264.


Migration to Renaissance: Yesterday Turnt UP for Tomorrow
 written by the Academy cast and director,
Ms. Deborah Asante. This film will feature the artistry of guest choreographer & community partner, Jamilia King, executive director of  Abundant Youth Empowerment (AYE).

Check out her teaching technique at our first rehearsal.



Prep4Life IN-PERSON 
So What It's Jazz workshop series is now in session. 
We are proud to collaborate with community partner, Shawn Cowherd.  He joins us as our guest director & choreographer. 
He is the founder and executive director of Krash Krew! 

An Asante video production of So What It’s Jazz will be COMING SOON to a screen near you.  #P4LStayTuned for a special news blast.
In the meantime, check out our young artists in workshop on Indy's far eastside at Morehead Community Resource Center.

Photo Credit: Reno Moore

Hip-Hop, Tic-Toc Let Ya Body Speak workshop series is also in session.

"As an alumnus of the Asante Children’s Theatre,
I cannot say enough about this AMAZING organization.
Now my daughter, KAWAI, gets to partake and ALREADY I see her blossoming (and this is only from virtual sessions); in-person are even more enriching!!" - 
Parent Ariane Coyle.


Click here to see Kwai in Action!


Our VIRTUAL workshop series continues on April 3rd with
It’s Storytellin' Time. Prepsters will meet every Saturday for 6 weeks thru May 8th to create stories inspired by family. Stories developed during this session will be performed during the Arts for Lawrence
Cultural Campus Grand Opening on May 22nd
at Theatre at the Fort.

Please use the link below to reserve a spot today.


For technical support call 317-654-0264.

Sankofa Paradigm Initiative is on a creative hiatus. We invite you to participate in and support our other program offerings.
We'll be back soon!

 Community Connections


With this new literary program we aim to inspire the next generation of thinkers, writers, creators, and world-changers. 

Recently, we received a special invitation to share information about Zora's Daughters at Tindley Summit Academy during their
"Women at the Summit Wednesday" event. This event highlights the accomplishments of local women leaders and business owners while encouraging students to pursue their goals.
Our executive director, Keesha Dixon and program coordinator
Camike Jones were excited to share Zora's Daughters with the brilliant young ladies of Tindley Summit Academy.

*Photo Credit: Camike Jones

Zora's Daughters celebrates the innumerable achievements of women! Because of brave women, the world changes. From Shirley Chisolm to Stacey Abrams, Angela Davis to Tamika Mallory, Madam CJ Walker to Cathy Hughes, and Nikki Giovanni to Amanda Gorman -- women's voices matter. And, though often overlooked and dismissed, girls' voices matter too! Through Zora's Daughters, we will edify young women as we guide them in sharing their unique voice with the world. 

Click Here Zora's Daughters to receive updates about  joining the next session


Paid Summer Internship Opportunity!
Friends of the State Archives

The Friends of the Indiana State Archives' Internship would be 15 hours a week and pays $16/hour. The internship can be flexible about the exact start date based on the student's availability.
Send your resume, along with the filled out application.
The deadline is April 5, 2021.

Wear your mask.
Practice social distancing.
Wash hands frequently.
When you are eligible, please take the COVID-19 vaccine.

To schedule a vaccine appointment, visit or call 211 between 8 am - 8 pm. If you need a ride to your appointment, please call 1.888.IUHEALTH (1.888.484.3258) and choose option 9 (8 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday; 8 am - noon Saturday).

We are happy to support our community partner
IU School of Health & Human Sciences


This is a great time to be an Occupational Therapist practitioner. 

According to US News & World Report
The Top Health Care Jobs of 2021:  Occupational Therapist is #10

According to, the average Occupational Therapist salary
in the US is $90,038 as of February 26, 2021,
but the range typically falls between
$82,476 and $98,097. 

This is a career field begging for racial diversity.
Diversifying Occupational Therapy Through Theatre

Join our friends
on March 25, 2021 when they present 
BLACK VOICES in Occupational Therapy

A live play reading and moderated discussion about the experiences of Black occupational therapy students and practitioners.

It's FREE  
To Register Click Here

Our Supporters
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Asante Sana (Thank you) to Our Donors!

July 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021

All Souls Unitarian Church
Vivian Bentley
Kati L. Black Yoga LLC
Krystal Board
Teah Bowers
Norman & Sandy Burns
Cynthia Casanova
Kia Coleman
Charles M. Corbin
Clarence Crain
Georgia Cravey
Amber L. Daniel^
Beverly Davis
Keesha Dixon
Joel R. Ebarb
The Wood Family
Cathryn Ferree
Becky Garcia
Dr. Rosie L. Burley-Hicks
Telila Holder
Theresa Holt
Vincent Howard
Catherine H. Hughes
Chrishauna Johnson^
Patricia A. Jones
Julie Koegel & Clayton Taylor
Daniella Kostroun
Jessica Lawson^
Yvonne Matara^
Francine Mayes
Pauline Moffat
Ellen H. Munds
Deborah Nicholas
Susan L. Payne
Liorah I. Rapkin
Tatjana Rebelle^
Sandra R. Reiberg
Ebony Rice
Marion L. Robinson
Ann Stack
Renee A. Thomas
James Walker
Kathryn E. Wefler
Veronica Willis-Knight

^denotes ACT Alumni
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Select Asante Children's Theatre as your charity!

We could not do this work without
Our Program Partners

Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Arthur Dean Family Foundation
Arts Council of Indianapolis & The City of Indianapolis
Arts Midwest
Christel De Haan Family Foundation
Glick Fund, A CICF Fund
Indiana Arts Commission
Indiana Department of Child Services
Indianapolis Foundation, A CICF Fund
Lilly Endowment Inc.
National Endowment for the Arts
Owners and Operators of Central IN and Southwest MI -
BLACK & Positively Golden 2021 Black History Month Celebration
The Mind Trust

Our Community Connections

Abundant Youth Empowerment
Arts for Lawrence - Theater at the Fort
Circle City BELIEVE High School
Conner Prairie
Garfield Park
Indiana State Museum
IU School of Education & Africana Studies
IU School of Health & Human Sciences
Krash Krew
MSD Warren Township - Morehead Community Resource Center
Traditional Arts Indiana: IU Bloomington
Witherspoon Presbyterian Church

Asante Sana!!!


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