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Indy's BUTTER returns to honor, amplify Black artists

The multi-day fine arts fair features artwork made by local Black visual artists and other designers across the country.

INDIANAPOLIS — BUTTER, the critically acclaimed art installation, is returning to Indianapolis this Labor Day weekend.

The multi-day fine arts fair runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 and features artwork made by local Black visual artists and other designers across the country.

The goal of the third annual festival in Indianapolis is to honor and amplify the worth and value of Black artists, while also serving as a new environment for economic justice in the arts world.

GANGGANG, a cultural development and creative advocacy firm that works "to center beauty, culture, and equity in systems and cities," will be hosting the event.

The curated fair started in 2021 and gives artists the chance to participate for free and receive 100% of the profit sold from their work.

When you get to the historic Stutz building at 1060 N. Capitol Ave., there are four main areas where you'll want to see: live music, a conversation stage, the BUTTER shop and, of course, the main exhibition hall on on the fourth floor.

Besides showcasing more than 50 Black artists from Indy and from around the country, the event is about love and connection through the arts and highlighting the Black history in Indianapolis.

"You see all of this Black creativity, you see all of this talent, this Black entrepreneurship on full display and it's to showcase here in Indianapolis and it gets better and better — or I should say BUTTER and BUTTER — and it's almost hard to think how that's even possible," history buff Sampson Levingston said. "We can see the city, we can see art. Now, we can hear the history as well."

Levingston will be giving walking tours around Indy during the event, highlighting Black history. 

The arts fair will open each day at 11 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. To purchase tickets to this year's BUTTER, click here

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