(Dec. 3, 1895-Sept. 1, 1971). Born in Paris, Illinois, Artis moved to Indianapolis as a youth. He attendedand in 1933 earned a degree in social science at the University of Chicago. He went on to earn a master’s degree at Indiana University in 1941.
Artis was the assistant executive secretary of thefrom 1913 to 1937, leaving only to serve in the Army during . During this time he also edited the journal of Kappa Alpha Psi, a Bloomington-based African American fraternity. Between 1937 and 1969 he was the manager of , the first public housing facility in Indianapolis and also served as manager of the War Housing Project during .
Active as a volunteer, Artis sat on the boards of 23 civic and community organizations at his death. He was the first African American appointed to a policy-making agency for Indianapolis, beginning service in 1944 as a member of the former Indianapolis Board of Health and Hospitals.
Artis also held leadership positions withHomes, for the Aged, , Indianapolis Community Fund, , Council of Social Agencies, , and the Mayor’s Race Relations Committee. In 1967, he was named “Man of the Year” by local service groups.
The former Continental Hotel, a low-income housing project serving elderly and handicapped persons, was named for him in 1974. In 2000, the building was converted into luxury apartments and renamed The Continental.