INDIANAPOLIS — Indy’s first-ever “For Culture” festival celebrated local arts and culture all day Saturday, July 2.

The event spotlighted local black artists and vendors.

Co-founder of the festival and multidisciplinary artist Therese Reynolds grew up in the Circle City and recently returned after finding success in the Big Apple.

“As I saw things grow, I realized there were opportunities here, and there’s so much deep, rich culture here, and really so many creative people here in the city that I could collaborate with,” said she declared.

This year, she collaborated with her childhood friend, Amanda Belcher, to create the festival.

Reynolds performed at the festival and Belcher had a booth showcasing her business, Creative designs by Amanda Belcherwhere she creates floral arrangements and balloons for weddings and other high-end events.

“Growing up in the Middle East is a great way to come back here as an adult and really get involved,” Reynolds said.

Local artist Uzuki Asad came to the festival to support classical pianist Joshua “Sock Joplin” Allen, who primarily performs music composed by artists of African descent.

“I’ve seen the visual arts take off, the music has grown so much, as you can see. There’s an artist playing amazing classical music by black people that nobody pays attention to. There’s all these artisans amazing and all these other things that you normally see in other cities, but we get them here at home,” Asad said.

“Art is community, and if we don’t have that, we don’t have what we need. That’s how we take care of our spirits at the brass tax level. But that turns into so many other things. People are supporting their families through what they do. The city is positioning itself to kill the starving artist nickname simply by living,” Asad said.

Taryan Temple managed to create a successful business, Creation triumphduring the pandemic.

“These events are very important because they empower people like me, I’m a high school teacher, and it empowers me to do something that I do next to the community,” Temple said.

This is the first “Pour la culture” festival, but the organizers hope that it will not be the last. They are already looking for sponsors and planning for next year.