The Madame Walker Theatre Center

The Madame Walker Theatre Center

Our Mission

The Madame Walker Theatre Center operates with a mission to preserve and perpetuate the legacies of its namesake, Madame C.J. Walker. Those legacies include education, entrepreneurship, economic development, philanthropy and arts & culture. The Center is dedicated to nurturing and celebrating the initiatives of Madame C.J. Walker.

Our Vision

Our vision is to preserve the Madame Walker Theatre Center’s standings as a leader in the city’s cultural community as the primary forum for African American and multi-cultural arts through educational, performing arts and humanities programs that betters lives through cultural experiences.

As the 2001-2002 Chairman of the Board of the Madame Walker Theatre Center I am pleased to welcome you to our newly designed website. Many wonderful additions have been added to better serve you. We continue to add information as we grow as an organization.

Today and in the Future

The Center continues to develop strong associations nationally, as well as in the local arts and cultural community. The Center provides facilities for Freetown Village, Asante Children’s Theatre and the Master Scholars Productions to present their annual seasonal programming. It serves as a rental facility for other arts, social, civic and business organizations to host their programs and activities.

Through its educational, performing arts and humanities programs, the Madame Walker Theatre Center strives to better lives through positive cultural experiences.

Thank you for visiting our website and I would like to invite you to visit Indianapolis and experience a historically rich and empowering tour of the Walker Building.


The educational programs of the Madame Walker Theatre Center are intended to foster a cross-cultural appreciation for the arts in young people .

Youth in Arts: This educational offering is an ongoing activity that provides exposure and training in arts disciplines for youth ages 5-13 who otherwise would not have such opportunities. Arts disciplines include traditional, contemporary and ethnic forms of Dance, Drama, Music, concerts and Visual Arts with additional offerings in Photography, Creative Writing and Conversational Spanish. Classes are offered at beginning and intermediate levels. On average, more than 200 youth participate in this program oriented toward underserved populations.

Arts in Education Program: This program provides comprehensive arts experiences to Indianapolis Public School students and students in private, suburban and outlying school districts. It utilizes artists in residence who are participating in the Center’s humanities or performing arts programs to provide workshops, master classes, lecture-demonstrations and concerts that educate the students to the process, technique and aesthetics for various art forms. Utilizing on-site and distance learning technology systems allows the Center to deliver programs to students and educators who are unable to attend the theatre. The Arts in Education program also includes the Children’s Performing Arts Series, which affords opportunities for students to attend matinee performances at the Madame Walker Theatre.

The Writer’s Symposium: This ongoing program of the Center is designed to familiarize persons with the written word and its place in African American culture. The program presents a minimum of three or more days of dialogue based in and around the work of local, regional and national authors.

Madame Walker Heritage Center: This museum preserves and exhibits information regarding Madame C.J. Walker’s life and legacy as well as the lives of African Americans who have contributed to American culture. The Center offers tours, lectures and small heritage programs. Each year we serve more than 5,000 visitors in the Heritage Center. As an arts and culture venue that celebrates the arts from an African American perspective, we use this space to sale unique, imported African Art pieces. From metal sculptures to fabric prints, these items would enhance anyone art collection.

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