The mission of the Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis is to cultivate global citizens through the arts.
In 1990, the Asante Children’s Theatre (ACT) was birthed as a place where youth (ages 10-18-year-olds) could achieve self-confidence with cultural pride. After 31 years, we are now the Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis, Inc. under which ACT continues and where two other branches now exist. They embody what has occurred organically throughout the life of the organization. The Artreprenuerial Incubator is where, through our existing College Connection initiative, we intentionally reexamine the intersectionality of theatre and other industries. It is a system for youth and adults to develop the essential skills and knowledge necessary to be change agents and leaders as global citizens. The Community Connection program is where we preserve and promote African-centered sacred art, create intergenerational scholarship, and arrange community gatherings that foster change in thought and deed for tackling pertinent societal issues. Our mission is to cultivate global citizens through the arts.
Previous Arthur Dean Family Foundation Funding
- 2021: Program support for Zora’s Daughters’ creative writing and character-development program, Program support for Prep4Life Upperclass youth development program
- 2020: Program Pilot support for Zora’s Daughters’ creative writing and character-development program