This just in from Indiana Black Expo on literary and visual arts programming and exhibits at the Cultural Arts Pavilion and Literary Cafe...

Some of the nation's most celebrated and promising artists and authors will converge on Indiana Black Expo's (IBE) Summer Celebration Cultural Arts Pavilion beginning Friday, July 17. The impressive artist renderings on display and readings in the Literary Cafe will continue through July 19, during regular exhibit hours.

This year's Cultural Arts Pavilion primary sponsor is State Farm Insurance. It will feature The Artists' Market, The Literary Café, The Authors' Parlor, The Gallery and The Heritage Room. The Artists' Market and The Gallery will offer original pieces of art ranging from oil paintings, to handmade jewelry, to metal sculptures from artists from around the U.S. Attendees will find creative poetry and imaginative literary works in the Authors' Parlor and Literary Café.

This year, a special display of Obama artwork will be available from various artists throughout the country. The Heritage room gives history seekers an opportunity to trace their roots and learn about African American heritage.

Additionally, an exhibit commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and designed by Willis "Bing" Davis will help direct convention center attendees to the Cultural Arts Pavilion. The Rock, Rhythm & Soul: The Black Roots of Popular Music exhibit will also be on display in the Cultural Arts Pavilion.

"The arts and culture scene at IBE's Summer Celebration has always been full of artistic diversity. Over the years the pavilion has featured some of the best and well-known minority artists and writers of today such as Annie Lee and Nikki Giovanni," said Colleen Heeter, IBE vice president of development and advancement. "One of the things I hope people will realize with the Cultural Arts Pavilion is that great art can be very affordable. In fact, many of the artists in the pavilion are often willing to work out a deal with the customers to help make it even more affordable for them."

Funds generated from Summer Celebration help support Indiana Black Expo's operations and year-round youth and family programs. Tickets for Summer Celebration are on sale now. For more information, visit www.indianablackexpo.com or call (317) 925-2702.

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