Arab Indianapolis

Our Mission: To document the long history and contributions of Arab Americans to Greater Indianapolis

From the late 1800s until today, people of Arab descent have made Indianapolis their home. From establishing businesses to working in the fields of health care and education, they have contributed to the cultural vitality, economic growth, and social fabric of Greater Indianapolis. Today’s Arab Hoosiers trace their roots to more than twenty Arabic-speaking countries across North Africa and the Middle East.

Our Projects


Arab Indianapolis (Belt Publishing, 2022) is the first book to tell our story


Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History (2022) is available on PBS

K-12 Workshop

Local educators using Arab Indianapolis in the classroom


An official State of Indiana historical marker at Lucas Oil Stadium

PBS for Schools

Lesson plans and videos on PBS Learning Media


Historical discoveries, interviews, and more


Statewide screenings & dialogues sponsored by Indiana Humanities

Heritage Trail

Retrace the steps of our ancestors in this virtual tour on Clio

Questions or comments? Email project director Edward Curtis,