Central Library opens annual salute to African-American artists / Opening of new café is delayed.

The works of prominent local African-American artists are now on display at the Central Library, with today’s opening of the 2024 Meet the Artists XXXVI Exhibit & Gala.

One of the city’s premiere cultural events will be on display through March 23, with a gala opening reception set for Saturday, Feb. 17.,

The Library’s annual Meet the Artists exhibit was created to supply an avenue for local, talented African-American artists to show off their creative works, artists whose works might not otherwise have a chance to appear in front of such a large audience. The event provides an opportunity to educate the community at large and promote the work of the artists.

The Feb. 17 event will include a variety of activities. The Central Library will close at 5 p.m. that day, followed by:

* 5:15 p.m. –  Simon Reading Room opens.

* 5:15 – 5:40 p.m. – Free pre-show Red Carpet Experience with The Fabulous Mr. Patrick (featuring live models, live music, interviews and a “360 booth.”

* 5:40 p.m. – Gala Opening Reception begins with a wide array of featured performers. For a full list, go to www.indypl.org/programs-events/meet-the-artists.

CAFÉ OPENING DELAYED. Due to logistical concerns, Central Library posted the scheduled Jan. 26 opening of Tha Corn Man Café. Library officials said the café, located in the main floor atrium, will open at a yet-to-be-specified date.

A report on the new café appears on page 38 of the February edition of Urban Times. The postponement was announced after that issue went to press.

ARTWORK ABOVE: Works by many African-American artists are on display through March 31 at the Central Library.