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City of Bloomington Arts Commission 2015 Arts Project Grant Program Applications Available and March Workshop 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 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  or 812.349.3534.

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! Visit for a complete schedule and more information

Hutton Honors College Celebration of the Arts A free event for the whole community to enjoy IU students’ artistic talents. HHart showcases a variety of artists in a number of mediums including: painting, video, photography, sculpture, written word, music, and dance. Dress up TONIGHT, February 20 from 7-10 at IU Hutton Honors College for an unforgettable night of food, art, performance, and fun! Visit the Hutton Honors website or the Facebook page for more details!

Works Created By StoneBelt Artisans will be March’s Atrium Exhibit During the month of March, BEAD will showcase artworks by Stone Belt Clients. Works are created in a variety of media, including what has become Stone Belt’s signature style, the mixed-media mosaic. The exhibit will be on display March 1st through the 31st.  Exhibition hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday as well as additional evening and weekend hours when City Hall is open for meetings. A reception will be held on Friday, March 6th, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for the public.  Stone Belt artwork will be available for purchase. The Stone Belt Arts Program provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to expand their capacity for self-expression, contribute to the beautification of the community, develop new life skills, and work professionally in the arts. Creative exploration provides an outlet for self expression, identity transformation, and the sharing of one’s personal story. Stone Belt envisions “the arts” broadly, including visual, performing, and culinary arts, and strives to provide a diverse offering of experiences through its education programming. Visit for more info.

The Business of Art at Gather Who: artists looking to grow their business When: March 26, 2015 7-9 pm Where: Gather – inside Fountain Square Mall Suite 112 Course Fee: $35.00 (non-refundable) 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. Prepaid registration required at: Registration closes March 24, 2015 Once you register you will be emailed a questionnaire that needs to be filled out ASAP so the instructor can have a better understanding of where everyone is.

This Weekend

Teen Night at WonderLab! Teens have their own “night at the museum” with free admission, free food, and special themed activities during Teen Night: Superheroes TONIGHT, February 20, 2015 at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology. Special activities will be provided by the Indiana University Biotech Club and Indiana University Physics Club exploring the science behind famous superhero and super villain powers. Teens who attend will experience being prone on a bed of nails without pain, seeing real bacteria that has a “Green Lantern” glow, crushing a can with electricity, and more. A lucky few will even get to drive a fire extinguisher-powered vehicle. Teens are welcome to dress up as their favorite superhero or villain!

Teen Night takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is open exclusively to teens in middle and high school (and home school equivalent). Youth groups are welcome. Upcoming Teen Nights, each with its own theme, will be held on March 27 and April 17. Explore more about WonderLab here.

The Fuller Projects: Plants A collaborative group exhibition by Ana Meza, Jonathan Galimore and Francisco Magdaleno. TONIGHT, February 20, the the McCalla School. For more information, visit The Fuller Projects website.

“Marco Solo” held over at The Venue Due to popular demand, The Venue Fine Art & Gifts will host an additional Exhibition of exciting and dynamic abstract acrylic paintings by Marco Zehrung, a Venue All Star, beginning TONIGHT, February 20 at 6p. Marco’s unusual and bold, painterly abstracts evoke powerful emotional sensations from the viewer. Although dynamic, they actually have a calming effect. All are unique, original, and a great value. Marco will be in attendance, and The Venue will provide refreshments for the occasion. The exhibition will run until March 5, 2015. Visit for more information.

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra presents Shades of Music! Tired of snow, slush and freezing temperatures? Time to get away! Take a trip with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra as we explore the musical shades of world cultures… España – Emmanuel Chabrier Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber In the Steppes of Central Asia – Alexander Borodin Masquerade Suite – Aram Khachaturian Slavonic Dance No. 1 – Antonín Dvořák No traveler’s checks or passports required. All aboard for a fantastic musical adventure! Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, 7:30pbusk TICKETS: $15 adult (reserved seating), children 18 and under – free (reserved seating) Tickets available at the BCT Box Office, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., 812-323-3020, or

Bloomington Early Music Showcase concert A free public performance featuring: Arethusa Musica (Medieval Ensemble) Forgotten Clefs (Renaissance Wind Band The Burgundy Consort (Renaissance a cappella choir) BloomingViols (Viol Consort) Location: First Presbyterian Church, 221 E 6th St. Presented by Bloomington Early Music, the Historical Performance Institute and Gamma Ut The Showcase will be be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church at 7p. For more details visit The Bloomington Early Music Website.

Local Artists Showcase 2015 Presented by Bloom Magazine and Ivy Tech Community College, more than 1,000 art lovers attended each annual Local Artists Showcase event at the Bloomington Convention Center. Don’t miss this year’s event! Spend a leisurely afternoon in the climate-controlled Convention Center. -Free parking -View wonderful art in all price ranges—from just a few dollars on up. -On display: paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, multimedia, glass, wood carvings, crafts, photography, clothing -Meet the artists; meet your friends. -Enjoy a delicious lunch from Gerrick’s BBQ. $2 admission fee. Children admitted free. All proceeds go to purchase local art for display in the Convention Center. 60+ Artists all in one place! Booth spaces are still available. Email or call 812-323-8959 ext. 0 for more information.

Mid By Midwest Murder Mystery: The Roaring Twenties It is 1927 Chicago; a time of opulence and revelry. America’s second city swells with an unbridled excitement. The Jazz Singer has ushered in the popularity of talkies on the silver screen. Charles Lindbergh just made a non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. And prohibition has created flamboyant underground parties in secret locations. You have been invited to notorious speakeasy, The Blind Olive. With a secret password and flip of a concealed switch, a bookshelf clicks open revealing a passage to a clandestine soiree. Through a haze of smoke, flappers dance on a makeshift stage, mobsters sip bathtub gin, and jazz musicians improvise in a dimly lit corner. The problem is, one of you is a murderer.   How it Works: Each player receives a character card and is placed on a team. The goal is to utilize the clues given to your character, your teammates clues, and information gained from the game to solve the crime.  The game progresses in rounds. Each one revealing more clues to the players and giving them a chance to mingle with players on opposing teams to follow up on leads and obtain clues. The winning team receives gift cards from Scholars as well other prizes.   Come solve the mystery on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 7-10p at Scholar’s Inn. Call Scholar’s Inn to purchase Tickets!

Walk the Red Carpet with the Buskirk-Chumley Theater! Save the Date to join us for a celebration of film including a screening of the Academy Awards, red carpet coverage, movie trivia, a local short film competition, and more! Walk the red carpet to benefit the Buskirk-Chumley Theater! Your best red carpet attire is encouraged on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Funds raised will benefit the programming of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Help us bring nationally known performers to our community AND make our stage available to local artists. Admission to the screening and the short film competition is free. You can also purchase a ticket to the VIP reception on the mezzanine and balcony. The reception includes an open bar featuring Upland Brewing Company and Oliver Winery and snacks from One World Catering. Doors open at 7p for games and live red carpet coverage. The Academy Awards begin at 8:30, with games during commercial breaks. For more information and to purchase VIP tickets, call the BCT box office or visit the BCT Box office online.

Next Week and Beyond

Lotus Blossoms Series with Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus What better way to welcome spring than with Blossoms! This February and March, the 2015 Lotus Blossoms line-up takes center stage in our schools and our community.  Lotus Blossoms is an educational outreach program that enables youth and community members alike to engage with artists from around the globe, developing an appreciation and respect for different cultural traditions and the people who bring them to life. On Monday, February 24, 2015, beginning at 7p, Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus will perform at Ivy Tech’s John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium. Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus are outstanding solo artists, but together create a dynamite musical duo. With Dirk on the fiddle, bango or accordion and multi-instrumentalist Riley, the pair is a powerhouse of traditional Southern tunes.   For more information on the Lotus Blossoms series, visit the Lotus Blossoms webiste, or click here.

Evening of Bloomington Irish Arts at Serendipity Head to Serendipity next Friday Feb 27, 2015 from 8-11p for an evening of Céilí, Ceol & Craic (Party, Music & Fun) with  The Indianapolis Ceili Band and The Ryan Academy of Irish Dance Don’t miss out on this fun!

30 Drinks in 60 Minutes?! The Blizzard is Coming! The BPP’s annual production The Blizzard fundraiser is one of Bloomington’s most exciting and unique theatrical events. An ensemble of actors attempts to perform 30 plays in only 60 minutes in the random order the audience chooses. Can they finish them all before the countdown timer hits zero? It’s short-attention span theatre at a hilarious, breakneck pace. The Blizzard is original, unique, totally fun, and totally BPP.  This year, all 30 plays are inspired by drinks from local bars, breweries, and wineries. Prior to the show, from 7:00 pm – 7:30, local establishments will offer complimentary tastings in the lobby.    The Blizzard will only perform on three nights – February 26, 27, and 28 all at 7:30p, so don’t miss out! For more information, visit

WTIU Kids Day at WonderLab


Explore TV technology with WTIU, the PBS station from Indiana University, at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington during WTIU Kids Day on Saturday, February 28. Special activities, included with museum admission, will be offered from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Highlights include: Writer`s Workshop, Media Labs, WTIU’s The Weekly Special “Teleprompter Experience, PBS Kids Photo Booth, PBS Kids Costumed Character, and Watch New Episodes of Popular Shows. You don’t want to miss out on this exciting experience! Visit for more details!

Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted at the BCT Notaro is a Grammy Award-nominated comedian, writer, actor, and radio contributor. In 2011 she released her debut stand-up album, Good One, on Bloomington’s Secretly Canadian record label. Her latest album, Live, is a recording of a performance at Largo in Los Angeles where she addresses the cancer diagnosis she had received days before, amid other personal difficulties. Notaro has appeared on numerous television shows including Transparent, The Office, and Community. She wrote and starred in a series called Clown Service in 2012 and co-hosts the Professor Blastoff podcast with fellow comedians Kyle Dunnigan and David Huntsberger. Tig Notaro will be performing for a sold out audience on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8p, but two center orchestra tickets will be auctioned off at the BCT’s Red Carpet Affair this Sunday.

Learning Opportunities

Arts JAM in the Pub: Tetraflexagon Book Structure Each class is an exploration into bookmaking, paper arts and paper engineering techniques while live music drifts in from the next room.You will be able to use these techniques alone, in multiples or incorporate them into other book arts forms. No previous experience is necessary. Activities are all from the Contemplative Fold Series.  Click here for more information and to register  $22- $33 sliding scale. Materials included (unless noted). While you relax and create, enjoy Quilter’s Comfort’s Player’s Pubs Bluesy Green or I LOVE Me, or another Quilter’s Comfort blend on the Pub menu; or enjoy another favorite brew!

Ivy Tech Foundation funds youth arts scholarships with Pygmalion’s fundraising donations Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is the 2014 beneficiary of Pygmalion’s Art Supplies’ fifth annual custom-color fundraiser. Proceeds from the yearlong effort will benefit for Ivy Arts for Kids scholarships. Each year Pygmalion’s Art Supplies commissions a custom color from submissions created by area artists. The art store orders 280 tubes of oil paint in that limited edition color, with sales benefiting an area nonprofit. To encourage area artists’ involvement in the initiative, Pygmalion’s hosts an art show each April and accepts any submissions, including mixed media, which use the year’s custom color.   The store sold 225 tubes over the course of 2014 with 100 percent of sales going to the Ivy Arts for Kids scholarship fund. The winning color, Eggplant, was created by Tom Colcord, a 2013 Indiana University fine arts graduate whose work was featured during the month of January in the National Society of Arts and Letters exhibition at Ivy Tech Waldron. Previous winning colors have included Alice Pink, Kiki’s Cool Yellow, Skink Tail Blue, and Green Bean Green.   Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus offers engaging, age-appropriate art classes for children ages 4-15 through its Ivy Arts for Kids program at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. For more information about Ivy Arts for Kids,visit Ivy Tech’s website here.   Contact the Center for Lifelong Learning at 812-330-6247 about scholarship availability.

Winter 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 Saturday and Sunday, March 14 & 15, 2015 or Friday and Saturday, March 20 & 21, 2015

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: 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 or contact Kim Ecenbarger, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, at (812) 349-3739 or (

Quilt Show Hosts/Hostesses and Greeters! The Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, which will take place from 8a. to 6p on March 5, 6 and 7, draws upwards of 4,000 attendees thanks to the beautiful quilts on display, classes taught by nationally recognized instructors, and scores of vendors from throughout the Midwest. You don’t need to be a quilter to volunteer! Two or three hour assignments are available for White Glove Hostesses, Ticket and Merchandise Sales, Entry Gate Monitors, and the Stow & Go coat check room. Sit-down positions can be requested. Volunteering at the show is a fun way to meet new friends and share the hospitality that is Bloomington’s hallmark. Volunteers receive a free one-day admission to the show – an $8 value! Minimum age is 16; 13 if with an adult. If you can help, register online at or send an email to indicating your preference for day, time, and assignment. Those without email can call Susan Brewer at 812-322-6956. (

Usher for Buskirk-Chumley Theater! Lend a hand to the BCT team by ushering! See performances for free, help with concessions and just generally be awesome.Upcoming awesomeness include BCT’s own Red Carpet Affair fundraiser, Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant, Pit Stop Music Fest,  and much more! All you need is a white shirt, black pants and a great attitude. For more info contact

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 (

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 (

 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 (

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 (

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 (

Fundraising/Crowdfunding and Donations

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 Wishes: laptop computer, music stands, sheet music, musical instruments, musical instrument accessories (rosin, bows, mutes, reeds), large folding table

Join the Fundraising Campaign for Calliope’s Call, Art Song Performance! Calliope’s Call is in the home stretch of their Indiegogo fundraising campaign, with only 18 days remaining, consider becoming a supporter of Calliope’s Call today!  You may donate through: Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign (be sure to select a perk!); Fractured Atlas, their fiscal sponsor (for tax-deductible donations); or donate by check (Calliope’s Call, 408 E. Hillside Drive, Bloomington, IN  47401 made payable to Fractured Atlas and Calliope’s Call in the memo). Lastly, at the inaugural Bloomington concert, Calliope’s Call will be holding a ticket raffle for audience members who sign-up to their mailing list!  Two fans will be randomly selected to receive two complimentary tickets to theater shows in Bloomington.  The unveiling of the prize details will take place at the close of the concert on February 28th!  More on Calliope’s Call here.

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

Upcoming Auditions for Jewish Theater of Bloomington! The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington will be holding auditions for their production of “Coming to See Aunt Sophie” by Arthur Feinsod, directed by IU theatre professor, Dale McFadden.  Auditions will be Saturday, February 21 from 11 A.M to 1:30 P.M.  at  IU’s  Lee Norvell Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Avenue, in the Directing Studio, Room 207. Sides will be distributed at auditions with time provided for preparation. Rehearsals begin May 13, 2015 with performances on June 13, 14, 18, 20, 21.     Characters: Old Karski ( 60’s) Young Karski ( Ages 12 – 29) Male Other 1 (Middle Aged) Male Other 2 (Middle Aged) Female Other 1 (Roughly 50) Female Other 2 ( Roughly 25)  For further information contact Audrey, or 812-336-3198.

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 (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

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 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 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!

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