|The Sidekicks with Cayetana and Nice Try Spirit of ’68 Presents The Sidekicks with Cayetana and Nice Try Wednesday March 11, 2014 at The Bishop 18+ | 8:30 PM Doors | 9:30 PM Show $10 Tickets on sale now. Get them at the Bishop, Landlocked Music, or online here.
City of Bloomington Arts Commission Offers Drop-in Grant Workshop OK, so maybe it isn’t THIS Grant, but the City of Bloomington will offer a drop-in grant workshop Wednesday, March 11 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the McCloskey Room at City Hall. Get an overview of the grant program for 2015 and talk with Commissioners about your projects. Application deadline is April 1. Guidelines and application are here.
Flight of the Falcon: A Live Animal Show at WonderLab Why was the Star Wars® Millennium Falcon spacecraft named after a bird of prey? Find out at Flight of the Falcon: A Live Animal Show at Wonderlab on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Meet live falcons and learn about the amazing speed and physical features of falcons in shows at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.presented by Take Flight! Wildlife Education. Highlights include watching how a falcon swoops down to capture prey, seeing a falcon eat a (dead) mouse, and comparing falcon features to those of other birds of prey. Flight of the Falcon: A Live Animal Show is the first in a series of Star Wars® -related WonderLab programs during March and is made possible with support from the Keaton Eric Piper Memorial Fund, the Frank Nelson Young, Jr. Fund, and Beth and Rudy Raff. The shows are recommended for elementary-age children, teens, and adults. Seating is limited. Tickets ($2 per person, plus museum admission) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the museum welcome desk on the day of the program. Children under one are FREE. For more info, go online to wonderlab.org.
The UkeTones Live Broadcast Come out or tune in to the UkeTones’ live broadcast on WFHB’s Saturday’s Child at the Monroe County History Center, Saturday, March 14 from 11a to Noon. More here.
Pit Stop Music Festival Three-night sprint of live music featuring national, regional & local acts. Like SXSW for the Upland South, catch the best of indie rock, Americana, hip hop and more as they roll through our town.PIT STOP MUSIC FEST 2015 with MADLIB MURDER BY DEATH MAPS & ATLASES HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER NATURAL CHILD O’DEATH HIGH DIVE PURPLE 7 ACTION JACKSON PHNM SIRIUS BLVCK ANDY D OREO JONES PARTY LINES DJ SPIKES And more… March 12-14 at The Bishop, Back Door, Bluebird and Buskirk-Chumley The idea is simple: Bloomington isn’t flyover country; it’s where great independent music puts wheels on the ground. Pit Stop is a three-night sprint of live music featuring national, regional & local acts. Like SXSW for the Upland South, catch the best of indie rock, Americana, hip hop and more as they roll through our town. Full schedule at http://pitstopfest.com/
ArtNight Anniversary Party Please join SpringHill Suites in celebrating their first year in Bloomington with Food, Drink, Music, and Art. For more information, call 812-337-7772.
Inspiration: A Round Robin Event The Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington Visual Arts Committee brings you Inspiration! For this round-robin sharing event we invite artists of all genres to join us for a round table discussion on what inspires you! There is no leader here, no workshop instructor, no speaker, and no teacher. We are our own teachers. We hope that each of you leaves with connections to other artists both physically and through sharing what inspires us all. Monday, March 30 at The Venue starting at 5:30p. More information here.
Partner Flow: Intro to Rumba at Asa Bela Learn the connection and beginner figures for American Style Rumba. No longer will you need to be stuck doing the ‘prom sway’ when a slow song draws you to the dance floor. We will also get you moving with the basics of Latin hip motion. 8 week series, $80. More here.
Run away to the circus at Circus Camp with Asa Bela! Circus Camp – Spring Break ALL Week or ONE Day at-a-time March 16th-20th, 9am-3pm. $100/week or $30/day Twin Lakes Recreational Center 1700 W Bloomfield Rd Sign up here.
Upcoming Classes at Gather Learn to Bellydance March 7, 2015 1-4pm check in at Gather – FSM Suite 112 $60 – register by March 5 Learn to love your body through the powers of belly dance! Belly dance is not only good for your health, but also promotes a positive self-image by teaching your body to move in ways it never has before. Shibori Silk Scarves Workshop March 12, 2015 6:30-8pm Gather – Suite 112 FSM $45 – register by March 5 Shibori is the Japanese art of tie-dye using small stitches and pleats alone or around hard objects to create patterns. Sandy will walk you through applying dye to a prepared silk make your own rainbow shibori scarf. Participants will also be provided with a second prepared scarf to dye in colors of their choice. (Scarves will be finished by the instructor & available for pickup the following Wednesday at the shop) The Business of Art Business of Art Series from Sheryl Woodhouse Keese Public Relations and Expanding Your Markets March 26, 2015, 7-9pm Gather – Suite 112 in FSM $35 – register by March 24 Grow your business by using the same creativity with which you manifest your art to develop a public relations campaign and alternative markets for selling your work. Register in-store or online here.
Spring Semester classes now registering at Music Together Enjoy music-making together in classes for all ages and all stages in a supportive music-filled environment. For a full class schedule and how to register, click here.
Troy Kilgore’s Plein Air Painting Workshops Will you be staying in Bloomington over Spring Break and want to do something special? Love painting outdoors, but need some help bringing your paintings up to the next level? Join award-winning Bloomington artist Troy Kilgore for one of his Plein Air Painting workshops. He will be teaching 2 workshops on the IU campus in March. Troy will be teaching: Gearing Up! Composition through Better Design How to Key your Paintings using Color, Contrast and Chroma Field Techniques for Better Plein Air Painting For a sneak peek, take a look at Troy’s YouTube videos where he shows how you can use a Viewfinder to improve your composition. You can see more of Troy’s work and sign up for his workshop at www.troykilgore.com. Saturday and Sunday, March 14 & 15, 2015 or Friday and Saturday, March 20 & 21, 2015
The COMBINE 2015 is here! The Combine is an annual conference on entrepreneurship and innovation. Each year, hundreds of founders, innovators, investors, developers and creatives convene in Bloomington. Together, they spend 3 days learning, networking and being inspired by some of the world’s most incredible presenters. The Combine is a critical touch point for the rapidly growing Midwest startup community. The single stage speaking event delivers an eclectic mix of presenters, each targeting topics related to community, culture, creativity, code and capital. This shared experience has served as a springboard for connecting over 1,500 awesome attendees over the last 5 years. The Combine is where developers meet co-founders and decide to start a company together. It’s where startups find support and funding, and where established companies find amazing employees. It’s also a place to learn, with a full day of hands-on workshops aimed at arming attendees with the tools to create and grow ideas. Above all, The Combine is a place to be inspired by the people, ideas, and environments that drive and innovation. This year, The Combine will be held at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center from April 8- 10, 2015. You don’t want to miss it! Tickets are on sale NOW! Prices lowered on General Admission and Student Tickets! Visit thecombine.org for a complete schedule and more information.
Job and Internship Opportunities
Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning Production Manger/Technical Director The Production Manager for the John Waldron Arts Center has the daily responsibility for the technical operations of the performing arts center, including lighting, sound, set design and construction, and coordinating necessary maintenance with Facilities. The Production Manager works with a great deal of independence and exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties. Because of the operating hours of the Ivy Tech Waldron, hours are flexible. The Production Manager will provide oversight at both the John Waldron Arts Center and the Bloomington Playwrights Project. Click here to see more responsibilities, qualifications, etc.
Internship Opportunity for Gather: Handmade Shoppe & Co:
Gather :handmade shoppe & Co: (formerly Gathering :handmade pop-up shop: opened a permanent brick and mortar store inside Fountain Square Mall (suite 112) on Aug 30, 2014! Currently looking for the following internship positions: marketing, office assistant, merchandising. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line INTERN.
Windfall Dancers is Looking for Interns One intern position will focus on marketing and fund development and the other will focus on improving operations and organizational processes. Both would have other duties as assigned. Email Kathleen Olges with questions and to apply.
Usher for Buskirk-Chumley Theater in March and April! Lend a hand to the BCT team by ushering! See performances for free, help with concessions and just generally be awesome.Upcoming opportunities include Pit Stop Music Fest, Hillel’s Campus Superstar, IU Vocal Ensemble and much more! All you need is a white shirt, black pants and a great attitude. For more info contact email@example.com.
Volunteer your artistic talents at the Banneker Center! Whether you simply enjoy working with youth or have professional aspirations to do so, the Banneker after-school program at Fairview School will give you valuable hands-on experience. The program is held from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Mon. through Thurs. until May 22. Eight volunteers per day tutor one-on-one or in small groups, helping students excel in math and reading. Volunteers also facilitate art and science activities, as well as active games that stimulate creativity and critical thinking. Volunteers commit to two or more days per week. Minimum age is 18. Sign up at http://bit.ly/BannekerattheView or contact Kim Ecenbarger, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, at (812) 349-3739 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (www.bloomington.in.gov/parks)
Volunteer at WonderLab! Volunteers with the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology encourage visitors of all ages to explore hands-on exhibits and programs. Volunteers include teens, college students, scientists, educators, business people, parents and senior adults. Teens must be at least in grade 7. Some volunteers bring a wide range of expertise; others learn new skills. Volunteers do not need a background in science as all training is provided. Attendance at a volunteer orientation is required. Upcoming orientations will be held: 5:30-7 p.m. on Feb. 18; 3:30-5 p.m. on Mar. 11; and 5:30-7 p.m. on May 20. Registration is required. Please contact Jeanne Gunning at (812) 337-1337 ext. 21 email@example.com. (www.wonderlab.org)
Friends of the Library Bookstore
If you love books and you love your local library, consider becoming a regular in the Friends of the Library Bookstore! This is physical work that involves sorting, packing and carrying books and straightening up materials for sale in the bookstore. The start and stop dates are flexible, but volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of a two-hour shift each week. You may choose to volunteer anytime during these hours: Mon., Wed. (9 a.m.-noon); Tues., Thurs. (10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.); Sat. (11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Minimum age is 16. Please contact Mary Jean Regoli at (812) 349-3050 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (mcpl.info)
Buskirk-Chumley Theater Street Team The Buskirk-Chumley Theater Street Team spreads the word about their events by distributing posters for nationally-known performers. Volunteers cover specific sections of town, are provided with a list of posting locations, and post 10-12 times per year. This is a great opportunity for those who need a flexible schedule or who want to learn more about their community. Two rounds of postering earns you a complimentary ticket to the show of your choice, dependent on availability. Minimum age is 16. Please contact Regine Richter-McClain at (812) 323-3020 or email@example.com. (www.buskirkchumley.org)
Wylie House Docent The Wylie House Museum welcomes applicants for docents, also called tour guides. If you are interested in local history, this is an opportunity to learn about life in the 19th century and gain museum experience in the process. Docents will be trained to give historically accurate tours of the Wylie House Museum, home of IU’s first president, Andrew Wylie. Tours are offered 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Tues. through Sat. between March 1 and Nov. 30. Docents are asked to give a minimum of two 2-hour weekday shifts per month. Volunteers must be able to climb steps, as there is no elevator in this 1830s home. Minimum age is 18. Please contact Carey Beam at (812) 855-6224 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (www.indiana.edu/~libwylie)
Bloomington Writing Project The Bloomington Writing Project is seeking volunteers to teach basic grammar and writing skills to adults. Volunteers conduct classes from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays at the Monroe County Public Library. This program is a partnership between Volunteers In Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) and the Bloomington Writing Project. Minimum age is 18. Please contact Molly Gleeson at (812) 349-3173 or email@example.com. (www.mcpl.info; www.bloomingtonwritingproject.org)
Grants, Fundraisers, Crowdfunding, and Donations
City of Bloomington Arts Commission 2015 Arts Project Grant Program Applications Available! The grant program helps fund different arts activities completed by nonprofits throughout the community. Grants are available for arts activities that align with current areas of focus of the Arts Commission: to cultivate a community in which residents appreciate the value of personal and collective artistic activity, to encourage collaboration in and diversification of artistic activities that include participants from across the community, to enhance and support a high level of artistry and to support the economic vitality and interests of local artists and arts organizations. In 2014, 15 arts projects were supported through the program. The April grant round will only be the only round in 2015, and applicants must submit applications online by April 1 at 5 p.m. The maximum grant amounts awarded this year will be $1,500. The grants are available to nonprofit organizations with projects taking place within Bloomington city limits. Detailed guidelines and applications are available on the City of Bloomington Arts Commission’s website at www.bloomington.in.gov/bac. As part of its ongoing capacity-building efforts, the Arts Commission will hold a drop-in workshop for potential applicants on Wednesday, March 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the McCloskey Conference Room in City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. Potential applicants are invited to bring applications in progress for review and feedback by Commission members. The drop-in workshop is first-come, first-served and will conclude at 5 p.m. For more information on the grant program, contact Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts Miah Michaelsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812.349.3534.
Bloomington Watercolor Society Offers Scholarship The Bloomington Watercolor Society (BWS) is investing in the future of art by awarding a $300 scholarship to help a promising visual arts student with supply costs. The annual scholarship award is made to one MCCSC high school senior who plans to pursue a degree in visual fine arts, arts education, architecture or design from an accredited college, university, or school of design. Eligible expenses for the scholarship are art supplies related to the student’s pos tsecondary course of study. The award also includes a solo exhibit in a local gallery before their college graduation. BWS members will provide professional technical support, guidance, publicity and an opening reception. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must graduate from any MCCSC high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA before July 1 and be enrolled in a post secondary institution the same year as high school graduation. Eligible students may apply for the award through the Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools’ website, www.mccsfoundation.org/scholarships. The application deadline for the 2015 award is April 1. The recipient will be announced at the student’s school awards ceremony for graduating seniors. Questions about the scholarship may be directed to students’ high school counselors or emailed to BWS at members@BloomingtonWatercolor.org. For more information on BWS, visit http://bloomingtonwatercolor.org. Additional information, including photos of events, instructional sessions and member art, can be found on Facebook.
Cardinal Stage Red Feather Gala Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm, Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall, 601 East Kirkwood Avenue Awards Program and Live Auction with Jimmie Dean Coffey, Dinner provided by One World Catering Dancing & musical accompaniment by Janiece Jaffe & Curtis Cantwell Jackson More info and tickets here.
Indiana Youth Musicians Wish List Indiana Youth Musicians cultivates a lifelong appreciation of excellence in music by offering youth in six Indiana counties, including Monroe, the opportunity to create and perform in a variety of ensembles. To grant a wish, contact Jill Bryniarski at(812) 369-4387 or email@example.com.(iymusicians.org) Wishes: laptop computer, music stands, sheet music, musical instruments, musical instrument accessories (rosin, bows, mutes, reeds), large folding table.
Artist and Creative Spaces
Two Art Studio Spaces Available Immediately Two 75 sq/ft studio spaces available with access to water, electricity, and bathrooms. $100 each, utilities included. Possible uses, but not limited to – art production, music practice rooms, design, creative writing etc. Call or text Chris at (812) 360-4641.
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Upcoming Calls for Visual and Performing Artists
Garden Gate Festival and Beehive Arts Market
Participate in the Beehive Arts Market and Garden Gate Festival on Saturday April 18th in historic downtown Huntingburg, IN. Art Market hours are 11 am to 7 pm. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application and additional information.
Call for Images for “A Day in the Life of My Neighborhood” Exhibit The City of Bloomington’s Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) and Bloomington Arts Commission are teaming up to issue a Call for Images for consideration for an exhibit at City Hall Atrium for the month of June, “A Day in the Life of My Neighborhood”. Bloomington’s neighborhoods are each unique, and a special photo exhibit during the month of June 2015 will highlight that uniqueness. “A Day in the Life of My Neighborhood” is a community-based art exhibit sponsored by HAND in partnership with the Bloomington Arts Commission celebrating the uniqueness of Bloomington neighborhoods. The exhibition will run June 1—30, 2015 in the City Hall Atrium. The opening celebration will be Saturday, June 6th, 10:00 a.m.—noon coinciding with HAND’s Blooming Neighborhood Celebration. Residents of any age are invited to submit a photographic image that illustrates what they think is special about their neighborhood. It could be the annual block party, a community garden, or neighbors lending a helping hand on a home repair – or something completely different. Images should be high resolution (not to exceed 2MB) and be emailed to email@example.com by May 1, 2015. Multiple images may be submitted per individual resident, but staff reserves the right to make final selections. Those selected will be asked to provide a brief written statement describing the scene the image captures.
Be an Emerging Maker in 2015! Are you an emerging artist? Gather brings you “Gathering Emerging Makers”. What does it mean? Well, if you are chosen as one of our emerging makers you get to take part in one of our gallery exhibitions or trunk shows and you get mentorship time with the Gather staff, discussing the business of art and what’s important to you! There are only SIX slots open for the 2015 calendar year, so please consider applying asap to get yourself in the running! Apply here to be part of our Emerging Makers project for 2015!!
Arts Fair on the Square now accepting applications This June jewel of an arts show (Saturday, June 20, Courthouse Square) just keeps getting and better, and if you’ve been hankering to apply, now’s your chance. The submission deadline for exhibiting artists is March 31, 2015. Applications can be submitted through ZAPP at www.ZAPPlication.org (register for a free account and then search for Arts Fair on the Square Bloomington). For more information about the fair, submission guidelines, and application information, please visit the website at www.artsfair.org.
Call for Artists: City Hall Atrium Exhibition Opportunities BEAD is seeking artists for the 2016 Atrium exhibition program. The Atrium exhibition space is best suited for two-dimensional works but three-dimensional works may be considered as well. Exhibitions are typically one month in length and public viewing hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, as well as additional evening and weekend hours when City Hall is open for meetings and events.Artists may submit a digital portfolio of works for consideration to Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (812) 349-3534 for additional information.
Call for Participation: 2015 Creative Aging Festival The City of Bloomington Commission on Aging and the Center on Aging and Community invite you to participate in a city wide celebration honoring our elders and their creative contributions to our community! This celebration is in recognition of May as Older Americans Month. Bloomington is known for being both an arts destination as well as a retirement destination. We seek to enhance these two positive attributes by hosting the fifth annual Creative Aging Festival. We encourage all arts organizations, faith based organizations, local businesses, municipalities, neighborhoods, and families to participate in this unique annual community celebration by organizing a community activity of your choosing. Our primary objectives are to:Showcase the talents and skills of both established and first-time older artists, writers and performers;Promote inter-generational understanding through dialogue, sharing traditions, and storytelling;Enhance awareness about the value of creative engagement to adult health and well-being.The easiest way for you to participate is to simply identify the creative elders around you and then publicly recognize them in some way anytime during the month of May. If you are a business you may choose to apply the “creative aging” theme in some way, or better yet you may choose to host some sort of creative aging event. Here are some examples: Open your public space for the exhibition of creative visual art done by members of your organization. Hold a storytelling circle that brings together youth and elders that you know. Offer an open-house or reception to honor elders in your organization. Host a creative hobby day or a show and tell event for creative elders. Creative Aging Festival Program Guide: The Bloomington Commission on Aging will post an online program guide, promoted on the City of Bloomington and partnering agencies’ web sites that will feature creative aging events and exhibits. Additionally, a printed program guide will be distributed to arts and aging venues throughout the county and state. The 2014 Creative Aging Festival program guide is available for your review at our website:www.bloomington.in.gov/coa. If you would like to have your event promoted through the web site’s online program guide, please fill out an event listing application form Creative Aging Festival Online Event Submission Form and submit it no later than March 1st, 2015. Early submissions will be given priority consideration to be included in the printed program guide as well. (Space is limited, so inclusion in the printed program guide cannot be guaranteed.) Events that do not meet the guidelines and/or spirit of the Creative Aging Festival will not be included.
Call for Artists and Musicians for Downtown Hyatt Place Hotel! The new Downtown Hyatt Place Hotel is looking for visual artists and musicians for performance and exhibition opportunities at the hotel. Contact Kristine Swisher at email@example.com!
On the Indiana University Campus
At the IU Art Museum:
March 7 is the opening program and reception for the spring special exhibition “Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone.” More info/ Facebook invite here. https://www.facebook.com/events/425770024248477/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular March 7 is the Reception for Youth Art Month.Works of art selected by MCCSC art teachers showcase the excellence and variety of art education in local schools. These selections, representing grades kindergarten through six, are on view in the second floor of the IU Art Museum’s Thomas T. Solley Atrium beginning March 1. At the IU Cinema: March 6-7 is the In Light Film Festival, with features at 2:30, 5:30, and 8p both days. March 9 is the presentation of Sidewalk Stories/A Natural Born Gambler. Sidewalk Stories tells the story of a modern day “tramp” and his unlikely friendship with a lost child. Lane pairs the comedic charm of Chaplin with the harrowing social realism of Lionel Rogosin to explore class relations and homelessness in 1980s New York. Lane’s film will follow Bert Williams’ 1916 short A Natural Born Gambler, featuring the Black comic playing on popular stereotypes to provide a point of comparison, as well as a striking point of departure to Sidewalk Stories. The print for A Natural Born Gambler is preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The Lillian Gish Trust for Film Preservation.
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