About Us

Come. Rediscover the Walker.

As the last surviving iconic building on Indiana Avenue, the Madame Walker Theatre Center is a significant piece of our nation’s history and is listed on the register of National Historic Landmarks. The Walker building, once the headquarters and manufacturing plant of Madam CJ Walker Hair Care and Beauty Products, boasts much of its original 1927 architecture…but we are more than just a building.

An integral part of the Indianapolis community, the Madame Walker Theatre Center is a 501 c3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of Madame CJ Walker by providing cultural education, promoting social justice, supporting entrepreneurship and empowering youth to become the next generation of business owners and civic leaders. Through our mission, we seek to empower, educate, and entertain and we use our historic building as a venue for celebrating cultural diversity, rich heritage and cultural traditions, primarily through art from the African-American perspective.

From our beautifully maintained main stage that has seen the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, and Lena Horne perform, to our intimate Grand Casino Ballroom where local jazz greats like Gregg Bacon and Lonnie Lester entertain  – the Walker building still stands strong…a beacon of pride, hope, and the beauty that lies in diversity. It’s presence and programming both ensure that we do not forget the significance of Madam CJ Walker, Indiana Avenue, or African-American cultural arts.

We continue to serve as an enduring symbol of  not only African-American pride and achievement but also pride for women and quite frankly, all citizens of the world by perpetuating the legacy of our nation’s first self-made female millionaire. You can help us continue our work by making an on-line donation now.

So, it’s no wonder the Walker was voted Indianapolis’ Best Theatre on WRTV’s 2010 A-List as it is home to a variety of signature programs and unique events. With recent updates to the staff, the building and the offerings, it is imperative that Indianapolis rethink the Walker, join us for artistic performances, thought-provoking lectures, and cultural education. If you are looking for a unique space to host your next event, let our staff help plan something spectacular!

Come. Rediscover the Walker!


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The Madame Walker Theatre Center exists to advance the legacy of our namesake through art, entertainment, cultural education, youth empowerment, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.