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

Book

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

Film

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

Workshop

K-12 educators earn $350 to learn about Arab Indy in the classroom

Monument

An official State of Indiana historical marker at Lucas Oil Stadium

K-12 Lesson Plans

Lesson plans and videos on PBS Learning Media

Dialogues

Statewide screenings & dialogues sponsored by Indiana Humanities

Heritage Trail

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


Questions or comments? Would you like to volunteer or help? Join dozens of Arab American community members and their supporters. Just send an email to project director Edward Curtis, ecurtis4@iupui.edu.