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February is Black History Month, and the City of Fishers has gathered ways you can explore and celebrate black heritage with your community.

Community Celebrations

Fishers Art Council’s Second Friday: Embracing Black Culture

Friday, February 11 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Collaboration Hub at Hamilton County Community Foundation (11810 Technology Drive) | Free

This free reception is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Meet the student artists of Fall Creek Junior High, local artists, enjoy all of their works and partake of light refreshments. Learn more on their website here.

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Future Black Leaders at FHS: Black Heritage Celebration

Thursday, February 15 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Fishers High School (13000 Promise Road) | Free | Enter through Door 19

Future Black Leaders presents the 16th annual Black Heritage celebration. Join the celebration for food, vendors, HBCU’s, performances, and more as resilience is celebrated within the black community. Network with universities and enjoy the second annual fashion show.

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Hamilton East Public Library

Participate in Black History Month workshops hosted by The Hamilton East Public Library, including:

Drop-In Activity: Gee’s Bend Inspired Quilt Cards
February 12 – 25 | Ignite Studio | Free

Drop-in to Ignite Studio and be inspired by the art of The Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers. Make your own freeform mini “quilt card” using fabric shapes. Patrons will be provided with cardstock, fabric scraps and glue. Step-by-step instruction sheets will help you in this self-guided activity. Materials will be available in Ignite while supplies last. Ages 5 and up. Learn more here.

National African American Read-In: Kids’ Edition
Saturday, February 24 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Noblesville Library | Free

At the Noblesville branch, participants can sign up to read excerpts from children’s books through middle-grade books written by Black authors or just drop in anytime to listen at either location. The books for this event can range from picture books to chapter books. Learn more here.

National African American Read-In: High School & Adult Edition
Saturday, February 24 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Fishers Library | Free

The Fishers branch event will be tailored to high schoolers and adults. Books for this event can range from nonfiction to poetry or novels. Selections for both events should be appropriate for all ages. They will also have books available for those who didn’t prepare a piece but would still like to participate. Learn more here.

Introduction to Chicago 8-Count Stepping
Saturday, February 17 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Fishers Library, East/Center Meeting Rooms | Free, registration required

The Beat Indy will teach you how to dance! Learn the basics of Chicago Style 8-Count Stepping in this partnered dance class. All are welcome to come as individuals, couples, or a group. Taught by experienced instructor, Karen Lyles. For teens and adults – registration is required. Sign up here.

Black History Month Booklist

Check out the Black History Month Booklist from the Hamilton East Public Library with books for all ages on their blog here.

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