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June 2, 2015 / ivytechartspartner

The Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards 2015

Contest Guidelines

Poems will be split into two categories, “Social Justice” and “Indiana History.” One winner will be chosen from each. Additionally, there will also be two finalists chosen from each category. All six poems—each winner and the finalists—will be published on The Wabash Watershed, the official website/web magazine of current Indiana Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras.

First Prize winners in each category will receive an award of $100. Second and third place in each category will receive $50 each. In the unlikely event that quality of submissions is lower than expected, fewer than these six prizes may be awarded.

There is NO entry fee. Because of the need to continue promoting poetry in our state, Indiana Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras, is offering up a portion of his honorarium to fund these prizes and honor winning Indiana poets with recognition both through publication and monetary awards.

The submission period for this year’s prize competitions is June 1, 2015 through July 1, 2015. Entries must be previously unpublished* and must be original work written in English by a current resident of Indiana. Current students and employees at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne are not eligible, nor are former students of George Kalamaras.

George Kalamaras will serve as one of the initial screeners. In order to ensure his objectivity, please do not submit a poem you have cause to believe he might be able to identify. If he identifies a poem as belonging to someone he knows, the submission will be withdrawn from consideration.

Finalists will be sent to an outside judge for final decisions. *What is eligible as unpublished work? We at The Wabash Watershed define “unpublished” as work that has not been published by an online or print publication and is not currently accepted for such publication.


Two Submission Categories: Social Justice and Indiana History


This year, we are offering prizes in the two categories of Social Justice and Indiana History. What do we mean when we say social justice and history? We do not necessarily mean poems should focus literally on either social justice or historical imagery and/or events—though we certainly welcome poems that do this. Language itself can also be examined in terms of social considerations and history. Thus, you may also focus on what these words mean to you and how social factors or history shape language.


Further, what do the words social justice represent to you? Are there systemic forces that allow and/or prevent acceptance? How do these forces shape your perceptions of social justice? Think of all the arenas that can fall outside of expectations that could be socially examined—including, but certainly not limited to, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. The same can be examined with poems of Indiana history? Who writes history? What is the difference between history and anecdote? Are there systematic forces that allow or suppress certain histories from gaining prominence? How do social justice and historical issues interact with your notions of community and what that means for you as a resident of Indiana?

These are only a few examples, but we hope you see that there are many and varying definitions for our two categories of Social Justice and Indiana History. While we love equally poems about and images of the French and Indian War, the Indiana fur trade, the history of Indiana’s steel industry, and poems that speak out against racism, sexism, and other injustices, we also encourage you to explore for yourselves what it means either to be socially aware or historical and what that means for you as a resident of Indiana.



Submission Guidelines—PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY


Contestants may submit both to the “Social Justice” and “Indiana History” categories, but may submit only one time to each category.


Please submit 1-3 poems (or a total of 100 lines of poetry for the entire submission) in any one category to


Submissions must be in one document and must either be in PDF or Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format, with only one poem per page. Do not send each poem as its own individual document.


Please put your name and poem category—“Social Justice” or “Indiana History”—as the subject heading of the email.


In the body of the email, please include the following information in this format:


Full Name


Phone Number

Email Address

Website (if applicable)


Title of Poem 1

Title of Poem 2

Title of Poem 3


DO NOT include your name or any identifying information anywhere on the attached document with your poems.


Simultaneous submissions are okay. Entries may be under consideration with another publisher, but we ask that you please contact The Wabash Watershed immediately if a submission is accepted for publication elsewhere, so we can withdraw it from consideration. If you are one of the finalists—and your poem appears on The Wabash WatershedThe Wabash Watershed acquires first rights, and you may later reprint your poem with the acknowledgment (of course) that The Wabash Watershed was the place of first appearance.

Entries will be accepted from June 1, 2015 until 11:59:59 PM EST on July 1, 2015.

All entrants should receive notification of the results via email by July 31, 2015.

Send all general questions to, but submissions MUST be sent to

Please understand that we cannot accept submissions that do not adhere completely to these guidelines.

May 28, 2015 / ivytechartspartner

Limestone Carving and Art at WonderLab for First Friday

Watch and talk with artists from the Indiana Limestone Symposium as they demonstrate the art and science of carving Indiana’s premier building stone during First Friday Evening Science of Art: Limestone Carving on Friday, June 5, at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington. In related activities, visitors can try carving a block of limestone with real tools with guidance from the Limestone Symposium artists, explore how sedimentary rock forms by making a sand art model, and carve a small block of soap to take home.  This event is part of First Fridays, the monthly celebration of the arts in downtown Bloomington. Half-price general museum admission ($3.50) will be in effect from 5:00 pm until the museum closes at 8:30 pm. The activities are recommended for all ages and are included with museum admission. A small plate meal, freshly prepared by Bloomingfoods, will be available to buy in the WonderLab café. Free parking spaces are available in the 4th Street Parking Garage after 6:00 pm. First Friday Evening Science of Art: Limestone Carving is sponsored by F. Rudolf Turner with additional grant support from Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Bloomington Arts Commission. The monthly program series is part of WonderLab’s mission to highlight the connections between science and art. WonderLab is an award-winning science museum and destination located at 308 West Fourth Street on the B-Line Trail in the heart of the downtown Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD). For more information, call 812-337-1337 ext. 25 or go online to or WonderLab’s Facebook page.

May 28, 2015 / ivytechartspartner

The Broadway Dreams Foundation Summer Intensives

BDF Generation

Each summer The Broadway Dreams foundation travels the country for week-long summer intensives. Broadway-bound performers are selected by audition (live and video) from around the country and abroad, and attend the week-long intensive in the city or cities of their choice to embark on a strenuous week of Broadway-caliber training from the best in the field. Performers are ALL AGES, and attend educational classes, along with rehearsals in preparation for a Broadway style showcase at the end of each intensive week, where they perform alongside their idols. Join The Broadway Dreams Foundation for a summer of unparalleled access and opportunity, at summer performing arts intensives across North America. The cities included in this summer’s Generation Tour can be found on the flier attached. Curious what a week at Broadway Dreams Foundation is like? Watch below and check out the unforgettable experience performers have each and every summer intensive week. For more information, contact Callie Rekas ( or see 


May 18, 2015 / ivytechartspartner

Arts Commission announces Capacity Building Partnership Program now accepting proposals

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that it is currently seeking project proposals for a new Capacity Building Partnership Program opportunity.


The Capacity Building Partnership Program will provide funding for selected programs that further develop the professional skills of the staff of cultural organizations, community leaders and / or individual artists.


Eligible nonprofit and public organizations wishing to partner with the IAC in order to produce programs such as a symposium, conference, lecture, or workshop must address one or more of four program goals: measuring and communicating community impact; artists as community leaders; strengthening community fabric; and best practices.


Proposed activities may range in scale and formality, but must be of local, regional or state appeal and address one or more of the program goals. Eligible applicants could receive up to $20,000 per project. The deadline to submit proposals is August 12, 2015.


“This new program allows the Arts Commission to partner with experts at the local level, and leverage resources from the field,” said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC Executive Director. “The program is the direct result of feedback we have received from our constituents about key issues we can address to help build stronger arts organizations and communities throughout the state.”


Interested applicants should review the goals of the Capacity Building Partnership Program guidelines found on the IAC website at to see a complete list of project goals, description of eligibility, and how to apply.


For more information about the Capacity Building Partnership Program, contact Ann Fields at 317-232-1284 or email


The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, everyday, for everyone in Indiana.


May 18, 2015 / ivytechartspartner

Emma Libersky makes finals for Poetry Out Loud

After clinching an unprecedented third consecutive Poetry Out Loud Indiana state championship, Plymouth High School senior Emma Libersky was among nine finalists competing for the National Poetry Out Loud title April 28-29 in Washington, D.C.

Libersky recited three poems to qualify as one of the nine finalists: “A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown,” by Walt Whitman, “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” by John Keats, and “American Solitude,” by Grace Schulman.

Students and schools received $50,000 in awards and school stipends at the national finals. The fourth through ninth-place finalists each received $1,000. The schools of the top nine finalists each received $500 for the purchase of poetry books.

Maeva Ordaz, 18, a senior at West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska won the title of the 2015 Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

Eleven Indiana arts providers to receive NEA grants

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced its second round of grants for this year. The NEA will make  1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million in this grant period.

Eleven awards will be made to nonprofit art and design organizations in Indiana, totaling $962,400. This included $757,400 awarded through a state partnership agreement with the Indiana Arts Commission for programs that benefit state residents.

“The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States including Indiana,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Funding these new projects represents a significant investment in local communities and the creative vitality of Indiana.”

Click here for more information.

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Deadline nears for Bicentennial Medal designs

The deadline for artists to submit design ideas for the Indiana Bicentennial commemorative medal is approaching.

The artist with the selected design will receive $5,000 for the commission.

The deadline for submitting the application is 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Monday, June 29, 2015. Applications must be submitted through Cafe, the online call for entry system used by the Indiana Arts Commission for this program, at

Open to any permanent, legal resident of Indiana, 18 and older, artist may submit up to three designs with their application. Subject matter for the design(s) must be reflective of Indiana’s 200 years of history. To see a complete list of the design submission guidelines and requirements, please click here.

This project is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

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Camp Yes, And –

Camp Yes, And – is an improvisational theatre camp for teens on the autism spectrum and teachers hosted by the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) at Indiana University.

Improv is a lot of fun, but not everyone realizes that it also is a highly refined system of observing, connecting, and responding that has one major rule: Yes, and. At its heart, improv is about group agreement and support – saying yes to each other and building something new and wonderful together.

Camp Yes, And is the first program of its kind in Indiana. Its innovative approach combines camp experience for teens with professional development for teachers. The camp directly serves teens and teachers; plus it builds local capacity to expand and sustain the work.

to learn more about participating in the camp, visit the registration site

A growing number of arts organizations offer improv classes for teens on the autism spectrum to support them in developing relationships and social cues, flexible thinking, and communications skills. Parents and teachers also report that improv classes have helped them to see teens on the spectrum in a whole new light.

The IIDC also has launched its first ever peer-to-peer funding campaign to raise funds for camp scholarships. Individuals interested in donating may visit

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SAMARA house designated Historic Landmark

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced April 15 that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John E. and Catherine E. Christian House, SAMARA, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Fewer than 30 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the U.S. have achieved this status, and this becomes the 40th National Historic Landmark in the state.

SAMARA was previously named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 at the age of 36, well under the standard requirement that buildings be 50 years old to qualify for listing.

Wright designed or specified the Christian house and landscape, as well as the furnishing, lighting, tableware, linens – even the Christian’s stationary. Wright gave the house its name, SAMARA, a botanical term which means winged seed, a reference to pine cone seeds found at the site. Experts regard the site as one of the most fully realized Wright designs in existence.

“This is an important day for SAMARA,” said Marsh Davis, President of Indiana Landmarks, the state’s nonprofit historic preservation organization. “Achieving National Historic Landmark status for SAMARA is testimony to the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and his client. Dr. Christian commissioned the house, fulfilled Wright’s vision in its entirety over the course of his long life as the property’s steward. He also has made provisions for the home’s future, ensuring that SAMARA will be preserved and continue to inform and inspire new generations of those seeking deeper understanding of Wright’s work.”

SAMARA is located at 1301 Woodland Avenue, West Lafayette, Indiana and is open for tours, by appointment only, from April through November. Visits can be scheduled by calling 765-409-5522 or email (source: SAMARA press release)

(SAMARA photo by Alexander Vertikoff)

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News Around the State

Purdue alumnus’ social music app adds Spotify

Caktus Music Inc., a mobile music app that allows people to connect with friends and find new music through a unique social network, has added a global leader in music streaming, Spotify, to its list of supported music platforms. Caktus was co-founded by Keith Williams, a Purdue University alumnus. The app allows users to direct access to their iTunes library, local media files, SoundCloud tracks and now Spotify, all through the Caktus music player. Caktus is a client of the Purdue Foundry, and entrepreneurship and commercialization hub based in Purdue’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. Caktus’ main office is part of The Anvil, a community co-working space on Purdue’s campus supported in part by the Purdue Research Foundation and the City of West Lafayette. Caktus is available for free through iTunes and the Apple App store, and currently with an Android port in development. The company was named one of 2014’s Top 50 Hottest Startups at Tech Cocktail’s Celebrate conference in Las Vegas. (source: Purdue University press release)

Ivy Tech Columbus continues student art show The Gallery of Fine Art & Design at Ivy Tech Community College Columbus is featuring the annual student art show now through June 15. Work displayed represents the departments of photography, graphic design, interactive design and environmental / interior design. Read the full story here. (source:

Sculpture added to Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial A sculpture by Bloomington artist Dale Enochs was installed earlier this month in Garton Plaza in Columbus, Indiana. The work, titled Counterpoint, is made of Indiana limestone, powder coated steel, stainless steel hardware, and gold leak. The 16-foot sculpture was crafted specifically for the Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial. Enochs has worked as an independent artist for 28 years and has complete over 17 public art commissions. His work is in private, public, corporate, and museum collections in the United States, Japan, and China. Counterpoint represents the seventh sculpture to be installed as part of the 2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial. (source: Columbus Area Arts Council)

Sculpture brings functional art to downtown Logansport The bike racks coming to downtown Logansport this spring will give cyclists new places to park their rides while making an aesthetic mark on the neighborhood. Read the full story here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Sculpture planned for Superior Circle in Fort Wayne Fort Wayne city officials will soon begin accepting bids for the construction of a sculpture planned for Superior Circle. The Fort Wayne Board of Public Works recently approved a resolution allowing the city’s Community Development division to begin accepting bids for three phases of construction on a gateway feature planned for Superior Circle – the roundabout located where Fairfield Avenue converges with Ewing, Superior and Wells streets. Click here for the full story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Limestone sculpture added to Bloomington roundabout A Limestone sculpture was installed recently in the middle of the newly built roundabout at 17th Street and Arlington Road in Bloomington. Click here for the full story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Fowler Theatre renovations near completion The 75-year-old Fowler Theatre is in the final phase of a major renovation. The nearly 15-year-long project is led by the Benton County-based Prairie Preservation guild Ltd. It’s expected to be complete later this year. Read more here. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

Connersville property deeded to Whitewater Valley Arts The new sign in the window at 402 Central Ave., Connersville, Indiana announces the future home of the Whitewater Valley Arts Association, allowing members to take the second step in transforming the downtown into a center for the arts or all varieties. Click here for the full story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

IMA to add preschool The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) says it will offer what it calls the first encyclopedic art museum preschool in the country. The 180-day program, which launches in August, will be operated through a partnership with St. Mary’s Center. Click here for more information. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

IU Art Museum’s new director already making plans Electronic publications with high-resolution photos that allow you to see every brush stroke. Events with student-selected musical acts. An entire rethinking of how collections are presented. Those are just some of the plans David Brenneman has for the Indiana University Art Museum. Find out more by clicking here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Storytelling Arts of Indiana teaches the power of a good yarn Donald Davis wasn’t minding his own business. Instead, he was asking people about their business, and listening intently. A regular performer at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and one of the most in-demand artists on the storytelling circuit, the soft-spoken, North Carolina-drawled Davis was conducting the first of a trio of “The Story of Your Business and the Business of Your Story” workshops sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana. Click here to read more. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

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National News

Creative Kicks: Vans’ Custom Culture Competition for Teens Vans is partnering with Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets and empower students to embrace their creativity. Through the Custom Culture Competition, high school art classes lend their artistic designs to four blank pairs of shoes for the chance to win $50,000 for their schools’ art program and have their creations manufactured and sold nationwide. In addition to providing $50,000 for the winning school’s art program, Vans will donate proceeds from the sale of the winning shoes to Americans for the Arts and will provide $4,000 to each of the four runner-up schools. Click here for the full story. (source: AFTA)

Encourage Creativity: Teach the Arts tool kits Arts education is largely a local issue – nearly 90 percent of funding comes from city and state governments and policies. Advocates work hard to advance support for arts education at all levels of government; but the real work happens on the ground, at the community level. To support local leaders in their advocacy efforts for arts education, Americans For The Arts (AFTA) have produced a new suite of tools to help build, craft, and present effective messages to educational leaders in order to affect change in local communities. The ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY tool kit is designed to complement the Arts Education Navigator e-book series, and includes tools to learn strategies for making change, compelling videos to use in advocacy presentations, and quizzes to learn the robust facts and figures to present. To learn more, click here. (source: AFTA)

Common Core prioritizes the arts in standardized test prep In an age when public education has become synonymous with high-stakes exams, an inner-city charter-school network is using culture and creative expression to teach Common Core standards. Click here for the full story. (source: The

National Lt. Governors Association passes Arts Education Week Resolution In March, the National Lieutenant Governors Association met in Washington, D.C. for its spring meeting. On the agenda was a resolution declaring September 13 – 19, 2015 as Arts Education Week. The resolution passed unanimously. The resolution calls upon the nation’s lieutenant governors to promote National Arts in Education Week by working with their state’s department of education, state arts agency, local school boards, and parents. The resolution, supported by Americans for the Arts (AFTA) notes that an arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, imagination and creativity, discipline and collaboration, alternative ways to communicate and express feelings and ideas, and cross-cultural understanding. (source: AFTA)

Does Maine really LOVE the arts? At least 1,500 more people will have to sign up by June 1, 2015 of the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles won’t issue a license plate inspired by the iconic LOVE sculpture created by Robert Indiana. Mainers are running out of time to show their love for the specialty plate that supports Maine arts. The Maine Crafts Association is hoping that 2,000 people play $29 to reserve a LOVE license plate. So far only about 525 people have signed up. Click here for the story. (source: Portland Press Herald online)

L.A. Music Center struggles amidst dissension The administrators of the Music Center oversee the venues at the heart of L.A.’s classical music and theater scene. The president of the Blue Ribbon leads the Music Center’s oldest and largest fundraising ally – and she’s not happy about the way things are going. Read the details here. (source:

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Executive Administrative Assistant, Indiana Arts Commission The Indiana Arts Commission seeks applicants for the position of agency administrative assistant. the administrative assistant serves as lead administrative support for the agency, but primarily the Executive Director. Often acts as staff liaison to the Indiana Arts Commission and its Committees. Represents agency missing, strategic plan, and programs to the public, constituents, and partner organizations. Plans, coordinates and staffs meetings of the Commission, its committees and other related tasks. Schedules meetings, maintains attendance reports, creates meeting minutes, and prepares meeting materials and facilities. Click here to see the full job description and how to apply. Applications may only be made online through the Indiana State Personnel Department. Deadline to submit online application is May 18, 2015.

NALAC announces Regional Arts Training Workshop The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces registration is open for their 26th Regional Arts Training Workshop in Detroit, Michigan will be June 5-6, 2015. The conference will feature two days of interactive workshops, discussion forums, technical assistance and performances. Registration cost is $20 for NALAC members and $40 for future members. Click here to download the agenda for the conference. Click here for registration.

Request for Proposals, Indiana Evaluation Association The Indiana Evaluation Association (IEA) seeks proposals from a diverse group of presenters to be a part of IEA’s 2015 conference on October 9, 2015 in Indianapolis. Because they know evaluation is integrated into organizational activities in a variety of ways around the state, the theme for the 2015 annual conference is The Evaluation Landscape in Indiana. Sessions will be 60 minutes long and can include a presentation, panel, workshop, case study, or other format. For more information, email Mindy Hightower King at or Dawn Martz at Proposals must be submitted via email to: by June 12, 2015.

Executive Director, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra Reporting to the Chairman of the Board of Directors and working in partnership with the Music Director, the Executive Director will be an entrepreneurial and visionary leader who can empower the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra to innovation in achieving its artistic, financial, and community relations goals. Click here to see the full job description, duties and responsibilities, qualifications and how to apply.

Director, Clemens Fine Art Center, Paducah, KY West Kentucky Community & Technical College seeks a director for its Clemens Fine Arts Center. The director is responsible for the overall management of the Arts Center performance and exhibition space, with a significant role in fundraising, budgeting and financial management, contract negotiation and administration, marketing, and college / public relations. Click here for a full job description, duties and responsibilities, qualifications and how to apply.

LEAD Conference set for August 2 – 7 The Kennedy Center, Office of VSA and Accessibility, announced the 2015 LEAD Conference registration is now open. Join fellow arts leaders about accessibility and inclusion in the arts. Pre-conference and capacity building workshops will be August 2 – 4, 2015 and the full three-day conference is August 5 – 7, 2015. For more information on the conference and how to register, click here.

Butler seeks adjunct art instructors Butler University in Indianapolis seeks adjunct art instructors to teach Introduction to Art classes for Fall 2015. MFA required. Send CV, letter of interest and portfolio link (with examples of student work) to the Director of the Art Program – Michelle Jarvis at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline to apply is August 31, 2015.

May 18, 2015 / ivytechartspartner

News from BEAD

 Artists of the Week: One Pulse Entertainment One Pulse Entertainment is headed up by Jenn Cristy and Eric Brown. While on tour together in 2014 Jenn and Eric realized that by combining their talent and experience, they could bring a heightened quality and professionalism to music productions.    Jenn’s background experience includes recording and touring with John Mellencamp and then moving on to her own successful career as an exceptional songwriter and entertainer, performing original material. Wearing all the hats in her project (performer, singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, businesswoman, manager, booking agent, and more), she brings a depth of experience to One Pulse that is unmatched.    Eric’s background includes performing all over the world in many different projects. He has also written and produced multiple original albums and recorded in the studio for many different performers.   Now they are merging their talent and performance and business experience and have created a new entity: One Pulse Entertainment. One Pulse works with only the most talented, quality, professional entertainers.   One Pulse Entertainment hosts its official launch party at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater TONIGHT, May 15 at the Buskirk Chumley Theater at 7:30p!   One Pulse is bringing together an incredible array of talent for this gala event. Some of the best talent around will grace Bloomington’s historic stage for one wonderful night of dynamic performances. Performers include: Matt Romy Brandi Nicole Michael Schulbaum Jamey Reid Matt Brookshire Al Paurazas Ron Kadish and more! Help celebrate One Pulse opening their doors as they journey through 60 years of great pop and rock music. In a whirlwind two-hour celebration of the music that changed the world, audiences will hear toe-tapping, body-swinging classics from the 50s and 60s, selections from some of those powerful female vocalists of the 70s and 80s, guitar-driven Americana rock songs, and everything in between. If you are a fan of anyone from Springsteen to Billy Joel, Buddy Holly to Green Day, Etta James to Madonna, you don’t want to miss this party! #weare1pulse Stay connected with One Pulse Entertainment online at and on their Facebook page!


Workshop:  How to Hang a Gallery Exhibit  The Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington in conjunction with Switchyard Studios, is hosting a workshop entitled “How to Hang a Gallery Exhibit” with featured speaker Michal Ann Carley. In this workshop Michal Ann will demonstrate how to curate a gallery show and then go into creating a proper layout for the exhibition. Finally, she will show how to hang each individual piece with their appropriate labels and hardware – taking into account lighting, flooring, and other environmental features.  This is a free event sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington, Switchyard Studios, and co-sponsored by Cyclops Studios, Adam Nahas, and Bloomington Open Studios Tour.  May 19 – 6-8pm, 1607 S Rogers Street , (Switchyard Studios / Cyclops Studios) Please RSVP to Facebook event

Bloomington Arts Commission Accepting Applications Want to be a part of making art work here in Bloomington? There is currently a position open on the Bloomington Arts Commission. To learn more about the Commission and how to apply, click here.

hYPe Announces Admit One Series  hYPe (helping Young Professionals excel) and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce have launched a new arts and entertainment series called Admit One. Admit One is a five-ticket sampler subscription designed for young professionals age 21-40 (don’t have to be a Chamber member) to explore the thriving performance and visual art scene in Bloomington.   Admit One passes are on sale now until June 1 for $75 – an exclusive package discount – and include admission to five events and special receptions for pass holders to mingle before the show. The full lineup for Admit  One includes:  Limestone Comedy Festival – Kyle Kinane Hairspray the musical by Cardinal Stage Company Downtown Gallery Walk Lotus World Music and Arts Festival Mr. Burns, a post-electric play Admit One passes will only be available through June 1 and in limited quantity. Passes are available through the Buskirk-Chumley Box Office, either online at or in person at 114 East Kirkwood Ave. For more information about Admit One click here.

BLEMF is back for Memorial Day Weekend This Memorial Day weekend, get ready… get set… to celebrate the sounds of the Bloomington Early Music Festival! The series includes a FREE offering of six concerts by local, regional, and national artists who’ll join together to perform music from the Renaissance to the late Baroque. A unique instrument ‘petting zoo’ will be organized at the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market – a perfect opportunity for the entire family to touch and try out exact replicas of instruments that are hundreds of years old. The festival is a joint effort between Bloomington Early Music, a not-for-profit that nurtures the growth of early music performance in the region throughout the year, and the IU Jacobs School of Music’s Historical Performance Institute, Project Jumpstart, and the IU student organization Gamma Ut.   FREE EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO: · Thursday, May 21, 7pm | Rachael’s Café  Pre-Festival Concert: HPI goes POP! Pop music in early music style, directed by Brady Lanier · Friday, May 22, 7pm | Monroe County Court House Rotunda Opening Festival Concert: The Forgotten Clefs ensemble, directed by Charles Wines A concert including dulcians (Renaissance bassoons), shawms (Renaissance oboes), sackbuts (trombones), recorders, small percussion instruments, and bagpipes. · Saturday, May 23, 10am-1pm | Bloomington City Hall Atrium Instrument Petting Zoo and Pop-Up Performances in Early Music Performed by members of Gamma Ut and curated by Devon Nelson · Saturday, May 23, 2pm | First Presbyterian Church Martin Davids and Antonin Stahley, violins L’abbe le fils duets · Saturday, May 23, 7pm | First Presbyterian Church Chantons, Chantons! A Lully Jubilee Directed by Reynaldo Patino, Stage Directed by Christina Lynch · Sunday, May 24, 2pm | Auer Hall Remembering Washington McClain and Honoring Michael McCraw A concert of works by Georg Philipp Telemann Eva Legêne, recorder; Kathryn Montoya, oboe; Keith Collins, bassoon; Corey Jamason, harpsichord · Sunday, May 24, 8pm | Auer Hall An Evening in Celebration of Stanley Ritchie A concert of chamber music and light orchestral works performed by Jacobs School faculty, alumni and friends.  For more information about the upcoming Bloomington Early Music Festival, please visit or follow us:  –          Website ( –          Facebook (

Art Meets Bikes:   Now Accepting Applications for Local-Motion Grant Program The Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission (BPSC) is now accepting Letters of Intent for the Local-Motion Grant Program. This program is designed to help support actions that celebrate the virtues of Bloomington, while incorporating values of the community’s walking and bicycling culture.   Individuals, teams, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups, artists, arts organizations and other members of the creative community are encouraged to apply for local initiatives that will advance bicycle and/or pedestrian mobility for area residents. The Local-Motion Grant Program will provide direct support to initiatives that focus on cultural, day-to-day or other locally-based activities that introduce walk and/or bike locomotion into the scope. Possibilities for eligible initiatives are unlimited, but should demonstrate creativity, positive impact and the ability to transform mobility toward a low-impact and healthy way to travel.     The deadline for submitting the Letter of Intent is May 22 at 5 p.m. and must be submitted via the web-based form on the BPSC website. Applicants will also give a presentation at the BPSC meeting on Monday, June 15, and submit a final application by Monday, July 6. The full list of guidelines and the application process for the program are available on the City of Bloomington BPSC website at

David Reuter featured Atrium Artist for May During the month of May, BEAD will showcase functional and decorative works in wood created by David Reuter in the Showers Atrium of City Hall, 401 N. Morton Street.   Reuter creates custom wood products that were salvaged from dead or storm damaged tress from a certified tree farm in northern Monroe County. No live or healthy trees are harvested or used in Reuter’s designs. Using wood from damaged trees brings a knotty, grainy wood to the process which lends itself to a different level of beauty and quality in the finished product. The original edge of the board, the “live edge”, is incorporated into the finished product which Reuter will be showing in the form of picture frames, mirrors and benches.  The exhibit will be on display April 30th  through May 31st.  Exhibition hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as well as additional evening and weekend hours when City Hall is open for meetings.

People’s Park Tuesday Lunch Concert Series Every Tuesday through July 1, and again August 19-Sept. 23, from 11:30a-1p at People’s Park, stroll downtown for a toe-tapping lunch break at Peoples Park! Grab some carryout from a local restaurant or brown bag from home and spend an afternoon with some of Bloomington’s finest musicians.For a complete schedule, visit the City of Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation site here.

Save the Date! WonderLab Announces Annual Gala Theme and Date Are you ready to fall down the rabbit hole to benefit hands-on science education in your community? The WonderLab Museum announces its annual gala fundraiser this year will be Science Night Out: Alice in WonderLab at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. The festivities start at 6 pm on Saturday, September 12. For more information, contact Alison Pitt, development director, at 812-337-1337 ext. 14 or

Collections Manager – Monroe County History Center   The Monroe County History Center in Bloomington, Indiana is seeking a skilled collections manager to implement the museum’s collection policy.  Responsibilities include: research and care of objects; in-house conservation, and data management.  Visit the History Center’s website at for full position description and details on how to apply.  All applications must be received by 5 pm on 5/22/15.  MCHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This Weekend

Bloomington Bike to Work Day Block Party  The City of Bloomington encourages residents to travel by bicycle on National Bike to Work Day on TODAY, May 15. Participants can register their commute at for a chance to a win a gift certificate to a local bike shop.   Bike to Work Day marks the height of the Bloomington Bikes MonthThe event also will include the Fifth Annual Bike to Work Day Block Party, from 5 – 8:30 p.m., hosted by Bloomingfoods at 316 W. Sixth St. The event will feature bike-friendly businesses and food, drink and music. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Autism Society of Indiana’s iCan Bike Camp for young people with disabilities..   The City of Bloomington, as well as bike friendly folks Revolution Bike and Bean and the Bicycle Garage will demo cool bikes, do bike repairs, and award prizes. In addition, we’ll be joined by local artist Kim Ransdell, JL Waters, Mountain Folk Adventure Series, and Sycamore Land Trust. Rumor has it that local celebrity Charlie Bird will also be making a special appearance on his bike! See you there!

The Capables Anna Capable is a hoarder. The stacks of McDonald’s happy meal toys, beanie babies, and useless junk pile straight up to the ceiling, forcing her daughter, Jessy, to call a TV network in hopes of clearing the mess and curing her mother. But the TV network’s producer, David, is looking for more than just another cluttered home to get the ratings he needs. With his career on the line, he’s hungry to expose the Capables’ dirty laundry—whether it’s in their house, or their personal lives—at all costs. The BPP wraps up its successful season with the Capables! May 15-16, 21-23, 28-30, 2015 at 7:30pm. Find out more at; get your tickets online at the BCT boxoffice.

Expressions with Windfall Dancers Join members of Windfall Dancers as they explore the human experience through movement and dance in“Expressions” at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Art Center Auditorium May 16th at 2 and 8pm. The Windfall Youth Company will present a special performance based on the Wizard of Oz prior to theevening performance beginning at 7pm. Your ticket purchase for theevening performance includes both shows! Tickets may be obtained at the Buskirk Chumley Theater Box office ( at the door. For more information contact Windfall Dancers at

Bloomington Farmers’ Market Farm fresh produce and fine arts are on the menu this week at the Farmers’ Market! 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – Don’t miss the sounds of the Backwoods Bluegrass Band, 9-10:30 and The UkeTones, 11:30-12:30Don’t want to miss out on the fun!  Visit their website and subscribe to their weekly e-newsletter here. Ready, Set, Grow! Enjoy “Ready, Set, Grow!” to celebrate the upcoming gardening season. Educational demonstrations will be held on a variety of gardening topics.In addition, local organizations with an agriculture and gardening focus will be represented so anyone can learn how to get involved.For more information, please contact

Bloomington and the Word & The Art of Poetry/The Poetry of Art On Friday, May 15th, beginning at 6:00pm. The Venue Fine Art & Gifts will host a Reception for the “Bloomington and the World,” Exhibition and Sale of the Paintings and Giclee Prints by Anastasia Mak, and Avi Katz. In sharply contrasting styles, both artists have created original paintings and prints of iconic buildings and scenes of Bloomington. These affordable works make perfect graduation gifts, and reminders of memorable times spent in our fair city.   To provide a truly unique experience, The Venue Fine Art & Gifts has invited ten gifted poets to each select one painting by one of ten talented artists, which inspires them to write a poem. On Saturday evening, May 16th, at 6:00 p.m., five of the Poets will be present at the Venue, with their five paired Artists, to explain what inspires them about the painting and to read their poem. The paired Artist will then explain their inspiration for the painting. The following Saturday evening, at 6:00p.m., the second group of five Poets and five Artists will appear at The Venue, to present their works. A “peoples choice” award will be presented. More at

Next Week and Beyond

Tourism Week 2015 Visit Bloomington’s Tourism Week starts THIS WEEK!  Events will be May 18-22, and Visit Bloomington will award the best local tourism businesses and organizations in five categories: best restaurant or bar, attraction, festival or event, retail store and lodging property. Other events during Tourism week will include: Visitors Center Open House – Monday, May 18 Stop by the Bloomington Visitors Center at 2285 N. Walnut St. for food samples, giveaways, discounts and food trucks! Visit Bloomington staff will be on site to chat about tourism and other questions you might have about Bloomington. Pizza & Ice Cream Social on the courthouse lawn – Friday, May 22 Locals and visitors get to hear the story of tourism face-to-face when Visit Bloomington takes over the courthouse lawn! The event includes free ice cream from Hartzell’s plus other goodies, live music and games, and takes place from 11:30am – 1:30pm. More on Tourism Week here.

An Evening With Shelby Lynne Already a veteran of country music when she won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1998, Shelby Lynne has built a career on authenticity and emotion, blending genres by staying true to her voice. And what a voice–Tammy Wynette once called her contralto “the best voice in country music.” This year, Lynne released her thirteenth full-length album I Can’t Imagine, which brings together a range of influences, from California country & western to soul and jazz to her tumultuous Alabama upbringing. Don’t miss this rare talent in concert at the BCT.   Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:00 PM at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater   *Special Offer: Buy one ticket to this concert, get a second ticket free. Enter promo code IMAGINE on the seating chart webpage. Offer expires Friday, May 15 at noon.*

Kids in the Kitchen: Sugar Sleuths What are healthy alternatives to sugary snacks? Find out during Kids in the Kitchen: Sugar Sleuths, a hands-on workshop for preschool-age children with their caregivers on Saturday, May 23, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at the WonderLab. Activities include tasting different natural sweeteners as substitutes for sugar, using kitchen measuring tools to make healthy sweet treats, and getting to sample the treats. Participants will make chocolate pudding and strawberry monster smoothies, or their dairy-free alternatives. Each child will receive a brightly colored “portion plate” to take home, and each caregiver will receive nutritional information and recipes for extending the workshop’s lessons at home.

Sweany Artworks & Meadowood Five Star Senior Living proudly present: Generations: A Continuum of Sweany Family Artwork


Through the rest of the month, enjoy a retrospective of artwork by the late Indiana artists, Paul J & Margaret Sweany, plus past and current works of art by their four daughters and grandchildren. This multi-media exhibit spans several decades of work and includes transparent watercolor, oil and pastel paintings; collage; film and digital photography; pencil drawing; terra cotta vessels and sculpture by the Sweany Family. Sweany Artworks giclee reproductions are available for purchase, and are a tribute to a multi-talented family and their love for nature, architecture, color and travel. More on the exhibit here.

Cardinal Stage Season Announcement Party Enjoy tasty snacks and drinks! Mingle with staff, board and patrons! Experience live performances! View the lovely slide show! Discover how to reserve best seats for next year’s shows! AND Learn about 4 new subscriber benefits!   SUBSCRIBE ON THE SPOT AND WIN!  THURSDAY, MAY 28 5:00 pm, Season Announcement at 5:30

Clips Beer and Film Tour New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer & Film Tour is hitting the road once again, making its second stop of the 2015 tour in Bloomington on May 29 at Bryan Park. This beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show is going coast-to-coast hitting 20 cities in its sixth year. The best part is that 100 percent of the proceeds from beer sales benefit local nonprofits working to improve communities nationwide. This year, the nonprofit partner in Bloomington is Open Streets Bloomington and the event kicks off in Bryan Park at 7:30 p.m. The films start rolling at 9 p.m.

Downtown Bloomington Fashion Show The Bloomington Fashion Collective presents a showcase of locally available fashions, jewelry, accessories and hair designs in the Fountain Square Mall Ballroom on Sunday, Jun 7 – beginning at 12:30pm.   Proceeds benefit My Sister’s Closet. Tickets – $20 (available at participating shops as well as the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center)   Join local retailers in celebrating shopping small and shopping local!   Featuring: Master of Ceremonies Miah Michaelsen! DJ melo hielo Drinks from Cardinal Spirits The John Porter Quartet and the fashions of over 15 local shops!!   Special Thanks to CFC, Fountain Square Mall, Mr Copy and The Bloomington Convention Center.

Learning Opportunities

Junior Historian Program Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! Visit for more information!

Fine Art Camp in Brown County

Sponsored by the Brown County Art Guild. More on the camp here.

Visit Bloomington Social Media Session The next Visit Bloomington Social Media Session will be a Twitter Crash Course on Tuesday, May 26 from 2-3pm at Summerhouse at Indiana. This training session will be appropriate for beginners through intermediate users, but all are welcome. You’ll learn all the things you need to know to manage your Twitter account (even if you don’t have one yet) for your business, event, or nonprofit. Get your answers to those Twitter quirks that have been bugging you for years, like why some people start out their tweets with a period before tagging someone (.@visitbtown, for example). Bring your questions! Please RSVP to Abby Perfetti at by Friday, May 22 if you will be attending. Space is limited!

Janiece Jaffe: Your Voice As a Healing Instrument Saturday, May 23rd from 10:00 a- 5:00 p, we will be exploring our voices in a safe and sacred space with various exercises, meditations, and fun! Class is limited to 10 people. Registration is only $100 for the full day, including lunch!   Please feel free to call  with any questions or for more information at 812-345-1135 or email

C!RCUS Summer Camp! July 6th-10th Long Days – 8am-6pm $200/week or $50/long day Short Days – 9am-3pm $150/week or $40/short day Location: Twin Lakes Recreational Center Circus Camp is a day-camp experience designed to introduce children and teens to circus, performing, and visual arts in a safe and noncompetitive environment. Camper age begins at 6 years and up. Any level of physical development & skill is welcomed.   Our Fearless Flying Founder Juliana Burrell is an Aerial Master Instructor with 25 years of aerial circus experience and is an Art Educator, K-12 Certified & Aerial Summer Camp Instructor (Including Olympic International Gymnastics Camp, IGC in PA).   Every child will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities including: Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop, Trapeze, Spanish Web, Juggling, Arts & Crafts, Turf Time, Hula Hoop, Hand Balancing, Acrobatics, Storytelling, Music, & More!   Sign up here!

Bloomington Music Together Summer Classes Let’s make music together with Lela this summer! Summer Session starts 5/24 8 week family mixed age class on Sundays 4:45PM -5:30PM Space is limited to maximum 12 children Register here!

Learn Bucket Drumming

Bucket drumming is a social, creative, high-energy way to make music. With roots in African drumming and traditional drum circles, this form of music encourages participants to invent, create, improvise, and compose. The class fosters group interaction and strong sense of belonging to a team. Above all, learning to make music through bucket drumming is intuitive, easy and FUN! This class is for youth ages 10+ and will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 6-7pm at THE WAREHOUSE. No previous musical experience is required.  All instruments and equipment is provided. To sign up for classes, email For more information, visit

BPP/Ivy Tech Summer Education Programs  BPP offers four camps over the course of the summer, for kids ages 5 – 16 Broadway Kids – Ages 5 – 8 – June 1 – 12 | $260 The art of acting and storytelling form the backdrop of Broadway Kids, with campers DramatiCATS – Comedy and Tragedy Stars – Ages 8 – 12  June 15 – 26 | $260 In DramatiCATS campers will learn playwriting and acting skills, culminating in their own two-character plays that they’ll perform side-by-side with adult actors. BPP’s Laugh Factory (new this year!) – Ages 9 – 13 – June 29 – July 3 | $200 Do you have a funny kid at the dinner table? Do they practice their jokes for you hours on end or stay up late to watch Saturday Night Live? Then send them over to BPP’s Laugh Factory where they’ll learn to perfect their comedic acting, joke writing, and quick thinking through sketch and improvisational comedy! Musical Theatre Camp – Ages 9 – 16 – July 6 – August 2 | $485  This unique camp is geared toward youth who have a passion for the stage! Campers will write, produce, and perform an original musical, culminating in a series of full performances for the general public. Registration available at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center or online at All camps are held at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in downtown Bloomington from 9am – 4pm.

Brushstrokes Available The latest issue of Brushstrokes is available for you at    Included is a list of the 2015 paint outs.  Consider stopping by and visiting with the artists as they paint, particularly at the Summer Garden Walk in June, sponsored by the Bloomington Garden Club.

KMB Studio Classes Whether you are returning from a vacation, a “stay-cation,” or a regular week of work spent missing your favorite classes, it is now time to get into a spring routine! Take a moment to book your classes from now through May. They’ve added 5 classes to their Open Class Schedule, seen below or online!   A student pricing option for clients aged middle school through grad school has also been added! Take advantage of the $95 unlimited one-month option, select “Open Movement Classes” in the drop-down box from the Online Store tab. For a $90 unlimited auto-renew membership, (2 month minimum,) select the subcategory “Contracts/Packages” in the Online Store tab.   New “Open Barre” Class Times: Monday and Thursday Mornings at 11:30am will begin Monday March 23rd! New “FLEX and Stretch” Times & Teacher: Every other Saturday, 11:30am  after “Creative Core.” & Thursday 7:15pm “FLEX and Stretch” will now be taught by Kelly  Children’s Creative Movement and Ballet/Modern Class: Creative Movement – ages 1-3 w/Kelly on Thursdays 5-5:30pm & Ballet/Modern – ages 7-12 w/Dana on Mondays 4:30-5:30pm

Job and Internship Opportunities

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

WFHB Looking For Board Members WFHB Community Radio exists to provide an open community forum for the exchange and discussion of ideas and issues, and to celebrate and increase the local cultural diversity. WFHB envisions a sustainable, diverse, participatory multimedia service that contributes to an entertained, informed, and empowered community. As Indiana’s first community radio station, WFHB has been volunteer-powered since 1993. They operate with a small paid staff and nearly 200 volunteers. The Board of Directors will present a slate of 3-6 nominees at its annual meeting on June 6, 2015. They are seeking individuals who would like to be considered for the slate. Women, people of color, Native Americans, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals with a background in fundraising, marketing, wealth management, strategic planning, broadcast law, and/or understanding of the communications industry are also encouraged to apply. For information about Board members’ responsibilities, please contact

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 (

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 (

Grants, Fundraisers, Crowdfunding, and Donations

Applications Accepted for the Zone Arts Grant Program The Zone Arts Grant Program is designed to help support arts activities within the boundaries of the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone. Individuals, artists, teams of artists, local businesses and non-profit organizations (including neighborhood groups) are eligible to apply for project support that will do one or more of the following for residents and businesses within the Urban Enterprise Zone: facilitate involvement in arts and cultural activities; provide an opportunity to participate in the creative process; advance the quality and availability of the arts in the Zone; or celebrate or enhance the identity of the Zone.  Exhibits, concerts, performances, festivals, art markets, art space development and public art (including murals) are all examples of the types of projects eligible for funding through the BUEA and BEAD Zone Arts Grant program.   Guidelines and application for the program are available on the City of Bloomington website at  Two rounds of applications will be accepted in 2015. Application deadlines are 5:00 p.m. on May 15 and November 15, 2015. For more information on the grant program, contact Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at  or 812.349.3534.

Visit Bloomington 2016 Special Event Grant Visit Bloomington is pleased to announce the continuation of a successful grant program that will provide marketing funds to Bloomington area festivals and events. The program encourages events to expand their marketing reach, which will contribute positively to the growth of tourism in the area.  This year’s grant deadline has been moved to July 1, 2015, to help accommodate events that take place in early 2016.   Events must be scheduled to take place between January 1 and December 31, 2016. Completed applications will be accepted beginning March 6, 2015 through July 1, 2015.  Applicants must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a well-defined tourism-oriented festival or event within Monroe County.   Grant funds may be used for marketing the event through advertising placed outside the Bloomington area, the production of promotional pieces to be distributed outside the area and event web site development. The maximum funding level for any single event is $5,000. To be considered for grant funding, events must be held within the boundaries of Monroe County, must be open to the general public and must show potential to draw visitors from outside the Monroe County area.   Grant guidelines and a sample grant application can be found at Anyone with questions about the program may contact Visit Bloomington Director of Tourism Julie Warren at   812-330-4304 or

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.

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.

CFC Properties

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Upcoming Calls for Visual and Performing Artists

Call to Artists:  Create Bicentennial Collector Medal  The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is partnering with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission to select an artist to create a commemorative medal recognizing the state’s 200th anniversary. The call for artists is now open to any permanent, legal resident of Indiana, 18 years-of-age or older.   Artists may submit up to three designs with their application. Subject matter for the design(s) must be reflective of Indiana’s 200 years of history. To see a complete list of design submission guidelines and requirements, please visit    The winning artist will receive a $5,000 cash award for their design. The winning design, including copyright, becomes the property of the State of Indiana.   The deadline to submit the application and artwork is 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Monday, June 29, 2015. The application must be submitted through Café, the online call for entry system used by the Indiana Arts Commission for this program, at   For more information about the project, contact Paige Sharp by calling 317-232-1279 or of Flowers PaintOut!

Join the Bloomington Community Band

The Bloomington Community Band needs music-reading percussionists for the 2015 summer season. Come join the band!

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!!

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 Shane Mobley at or (812) 778-3755!!

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Upcoming Awesomeness! BUEA Zone Arts Grant deadline is TODAY. Don’t wait!



Getting Your News in BEAD News

Got news about something going on in BEAD? Email us by 5:00 pm on Wednesday.  ARTIST OF THE WEEK To submit a candidate and image for the BEAD Artist of the Week, email Miah Michaelsen. The artist (visual, musician, actor, etc.) must be performing, exhibiting, or generally hanging around in BEAD.

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Upcoming Events For more events and information, visit the BEAD events calendar.
Friday MAY
Food Truck Fridays at Chocolate Mousse Chuck Rainey & Rod Taylor Conversation One Pulse Launch Party Voces Novae Gender 101: A Chorale Caberet Time Travels New Wave Night
Saturday MAY
Windfall Dancers Present “Expressions” The Art of Poetry/The Poetry of Art
Sunday MAY
The Dance Center 45th Annual Spring Recital
Monday MAY
Rachael’s Songfest Bloomington Songwriter’s Showcase
Tuesday MAY
People’s Park Tuesday Linch Concert Series Rachael’s Laughfest Kids’ Nights at be.CAUSE
Wednesday MAY
Songwriter’s Select An Evening With Shelby Lynne
Thursday MAY
BLEMF Presents: HPI Goes POP! Sarah’s Swing Set at Serendipity
Friday MAY
Food Truck Fridays Soul Medicine at Serendipity BLEMF Presents: The Forgotten Clefs Bloomington Community Band Concert in the Park
May 12, 2015 / ivytechartspartner

Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana: A Presentation and book signing with author James H. Madison, at The Venue.


On Tuesday, May 19th, beginning at 5:30p.m., The Venue will host a presentation and book signing by author James H. Madison, of his newest book, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana. Jim Madison is a Professor of History, emeritus, of Indiana University, and is and award winning author and lecturer.

Thirty years ago Jim Wrote a book called “The Indiana Way”.  Now, having discovered a wealth of new facts, new stories, new cities, and new perspectives Jim has written a new book. Spanning over two centuries, this sparkling new history offers an invigorating view of one of America’s distinctive states and the long and fascinating journey of its people, us Hoosiers. Join us and learn how and why we matter.

Refreshments will be provided by The Venue. Our fine selection of paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and other gifts will also be on display and available for purchase.  You can visit the following link for free parking options near The Venue:


Contact for Gallery: Gabriel Colman, David Colman

Contact information:

Telephone                  812-339-4200


Gallery Address:        114 S. Grant, Bloomington Indiana 47408

Gallery Hours:           11am-7pm Tuesday-Sat,      12pm-5 Sun pm, CLOSED Monday

Gallery Telephone:      812-339-4200