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Lotus Tickets Now Available

Ways to love Lotus in anticipation of the big weekend:

  • Peruse a preview of what’s to come — including artist roster, which includes returning favorites as well as exciting newcomers. You’ll get a better look at this year’s featured Festival design, too — from Ambica Prakash and Mike Englert, ofeighty2degrees.
  • Check out the preliminary schedule — it includes an art exhibit, a Thursday Kick-Off, and (of course) our Friday-Saturday showcase nights, Arts Village, Lotus in the Park, and World Spirit Concert.
  •  Masks Around the World outreach project has been barreling through the summer, and many artists — of all ages — have put their hands to the task of making a gallery of whimsical masks that you’ll see at the Festival’s Arts Village on September 19 and 20. Visit our Facebook gallery for more adventures in mask-making.
  • Join Women of Lotus — a special Festival donor group dedicated to supporting the amazing women performing artists on the Lotus roster.
  • Be part of their fantastic Lotus volunteer corps — apply now, via the Lotus site. Just click on the bright red Lotus volunteer art (designed by illustrator Katie Vernon) on the upper left of each page. Priority deadline is August 12 — that means that you’ll have a better chance at securing the shift(s) you prefer if you apply that this date.

Welcome to the Neighborhood:  Hyatt Place Bloomington is Now Open

Patricia’s Wellness Arts Cafe and Quilters Comfort Teas Heads North Over the previous three years, Patricia’s Wellness Arts Café and Quilter’s Comfort teas has come to be known to some simply as “the tea shop” with Patricia called, “the tea lady”.  The blue teapot left the Western entrance to Arts Row and now resides at 2620 North Walnut Street, Suite 915 of Executive Park North where the Café’s new neighbors signs are displayed not street side but are applied to glass doors along interior carpeted landscape winding a maze of corridors connecting a really diverse sampling of Bloomington’s local business community.   Patricia C. Coleman, artist, educator, food artisan, has the freshest, most delicious dried herbal artisan blends or tisanes and seasonings available locally.  Everything is mixed up in small batches to ensure freshness and delicious variety of the Certified Organic proprietary creations to bring joy and well being through the senses.    Quilter’s Comfort’s certified organic, originally blended herbal teas have names like Rose Mint, Players Pub’s Bluesy Green, Owl and Pussy Cat’s Berry Green, Hops, Rose; Ginger Hip Hop, Chocolate Chamomile, Orange Earl Green and All Ears.  I LOVE ME and I LOVE ME Lavender are among the most popular.  Elderberry Boost, Lavender Tranquility and Sagewell are designed for the increasingly maturing body, each containing ingredients that support and nurture.  She loves designing herbal blends for clients – crafting their unique signature blend.   If you are curious to taste some of these locally blended brews you will find some of them on the menu at the Runcible Spoon and the Player’s Pub. Some are: ~DELICIOUS ~ I LOVE ME.  ~ COLD THYME TEA. Quilter’s Comfort and Patricia’s Wellness Arts Café will be participating in the 2nd Annual Makevention with Ichiyo Dharma Supplies on August 30th, 2014 in the Monroe County Community Center where she will be selling herbal teas, coffee, beer and wine jelly; herbal seasonings, dips, herbal baked goods, books and arts classes.  Patricia is Reiki Aid for the event and will be providing short Reiki sessions to the event organizers. If you can’t make it, you can visit Quilter’s Comfort online at For information about the Wellness Arts Cafe join the mailing list on or visit the Café Blog at     Make an appointment, register for one of the fun, relaxing arts workshops; stop in during any open house to see what arts are being explored in this creative studio space.

 Arts Commission Invites Indiana High Schools to Participate in 2015 Poetry Out Loud Competition The tenth annual Poetry Out Loud Indiana State Finals competition will take place on February 21, 2015 in Indianapolis. Indiana high schools are encouraged to participate in this annual poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The 2015 event marks the tenth anniversary for Poetry Out Loud both in Indiana and nationally.   Registration is currently open for the 2015 competition. Schools must register in advance to take part in the Poetry Out Loud competition. For more information on how to register for Poetry Out Loud, contact Sarah Fronczek, at or call 317-232-1274. For more information about Poetry Out Loud registration, visit: Registration for schools is open until November 21, 2014, and information on local winners is due by January 23, 2015.   The winner of the state championship will represent Indiana at the 2014/2015 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. in late April. Emma Libersky, Plymouth High School, Plymouth, was the 2013/2014 Indiana State Champion, and the first person to earn that title in successive years.   A total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends will be awarded at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the national champion.The state champion receives a $200 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. The state champion’s school receives a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.

Mark your calendar and purchase tickets today for Mass Appeal by Bill C. Davis and Directed by Jeffery Allen Starring John Whikehart and Paul Daily Aug. 22, 23 To purchase tickets, visit Tickets $15 adults, $5 students/seniors.  For upcoming productions visit

Game Developer Gathering Expands to Monthly Schedule  Capitalizing on the local energy sparked by the Sigma Play game conference, the Bloomington Indie Game Night (BIG Night), a gathering of all kinds of game developers and enthusiasts, is switching from a quarterly to a monthly schedule. Every third Monday of the month, game fans and designers can now visit the Monroe County Public Library to network, playtest, and learn more about how games are made. Attendance is free and members of the public of all ages are welcome to attend. The next BIG Night meeting will be on Monday, August 18th at 6:30pm in Meeting Room 1C of the Monroe County Public Library. Mike Sellers, a new faculty member in the IU Media School and veteran game designer, will be at the meeting to discuss his experiences, including work on Meridian 59, SimCity Online, Ultima Online, and Sims 2. For more information, contact organizer Will Emigh at or visit Details about the Sigma Play conference can be found at

Magic of BPP Gala, Friday, August 29 from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

Free Talk: Who’s George “Rabbit” Shively? Bloomington’s Forgotten Negro Leagues Baseball Star – A free talk by Phil S. Dixon, baseball historian Opening remarks by Bob Hammel Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6pm Monroe County History Center (202 East 6th Street, Bloomington, Indiana) Phil S. Dixon is widely regarded as one of America’s foremost experts on baseball history. He has published six books on the history of the Negro Leagues. Dixon formerly worked in the Public Relations Department of the Kansas City Royals major league baseball team, and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, an organization which he served as a co-founder in 1990. He was awarded the prestigious Casey Award for the “Best Baseball Book” of 1992, and a Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) MacMillan Award for his excellence in baseball research Bob Hammel, an Indiana sportswriter for 52 years, has been honored innumerable times by his profession. He covered IU athletics for the Bloomington Herald-Times for 30 years. A native of Huntington, he has lived in Bloomington for the last 48 years. He is a member of the board of directors of both the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame and the Monroe County Historical Society. One of his 12 books is on baseball: Super Scout, the autobiography of legendary Baltimore Orioles scout Jimmy Russo. More information: 812-345-314

Not in BEAD but Still Awesome:  The Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale and Bloomington Resale Trail The Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale, now in its 5th year, is an effort by the City of Bloomington, Habitat for Humanity, and Indiana University 1) to divert reusable items from the landfill during student move-out, 2) to prevent additional resource consumption by selling collected items to students and community members, and 3) to raise funds for local charities.  The 2014 sale is on August 23 from 8am-1pm and August 24 from 11am-2pm at “The Warehouse,” located at 1525 S. Rogers in Bloomington.  $10 admission before 9:30am on Saturday.   The Resale Trail coordinates Hoosier to Hoosier and five other locations into Bloomington’s biggest garage sale.  Habitat Restore, Bloominglabs, the Near West Side Neighborhood Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Vintage Vogue, and IU Surplus Stores are all participants this year. For more information on both events, visit or

3rd Annual Grant Street Jazz Fest  Showcasing Bloomington’s finest jazz talent, the Grant St. Jazz Fest is a truly unique musical experience.  From the infectious strut of a New Orleans inspired brass band to the jaunty clave of a Latin octet, our festival has something for every jazz lover (not to mention delectable offerings from local food and drink proprietors).  This event takes place on Saturday, August 23 from 12 until 11 p.m. on Grant St. between Kirkwood and 6th. This event is free of admission and open to all ages. Jazz Fest Bands include:  Atomic Dog Brass Band  (marching from B-line trail to open the Grant Street Jazz Fest) Craig BrenneSara’s Swing Set Nate Johnson & the Keepers  Danny D’s Eight Feet Deep Atomic Dog Brass Band Stardusters Little Big Band Trio Collective Jazz Fables Quintet Monika Herzig’s Women in Jazz IU Jazz Faculty Octet Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Octet More on the event here.

Could your marketing use some TLC? Let Local First Bloomington and Downtown Bloomington Inc help you! Join us on August 19th from 5:30-7 at the Bloomington Convention Center for a free marketing panel event. Talk to experts, ask questions, get answers! Following the panel discussion you will be able to speak individually with professionals about print, video, digital, and social media marketing. This will be a great opportunity to get one on advise and to see how other businesses handle their marketing. Local First Bloomington is committed to helping you and your business connect with the community and we hope to see you at this event! Email with any inquiries, RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

Join their new Artistic Director Adam Bodony and the members of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra for an evening of light classical music under the stars!

Friday, August 22, Bryan Park. No Admission charge.

It’s the perfect place for a picnic, so bring your blanket, lawn chair, and the whole family! Program includes marches, popular music, TV themes, and a sneak preview of our upcoming season. Sponsored, as always, by the generous folks at Smithville.

Upcoming Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington Events Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts – August 30-31 The Arts Alliance will have booth space and welcomes any members interested in volunteering Visual Arts Marketing Information Exchange: I Support Myself With My Art – September 6 Arts Alliance Quarterly Meeting – September 25 7:30 p.m. in the McCloskey Room of City Hall, 401 N. Morton We will share our news including our 501(c)3 approval status. This is also an opportunity for promotion and exchange of ideas. Visual Arts Marketing Information Exchange: Local Restaurants and Businesses that Display Art – October 14

HR for Nonprofits, Navigating the Maze Part II Tuesday, August 19th 8:30-11:30am, Location TBD Cost: $10 early bird registration before 8/12, $15 after Speaker: Daniel Grundmann, on SPEA faculty, former HR director for City of Bloomington for 13 years.   Expect a highly interactive and engaging session in which Daniel will be sure to address your concerns. Feel free to send questions (to be used anonymously) ahead of time to The Session will cover the following HR Topics:

  • Work Rules
  • Employee Protections
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Work Schedules & Time Off
  • Insurance
  • Client Privacy

Payment Write checks out to Monroe County Nonprofit Alliance. Mail checks to: Community Foundation c/o Renee Chambers 101 W Kirkwood Ave #321

Not in BEAD, but You Should Go! Selling Art, Craft and Foods with Ease: Bruce Baker all-day workshop Art world’s most prolific speaker/teacher leads workshop for artists and food producers Bruce Baker will return to Indiana Tue., Sept. 9, for an all-day workshop focused on helping artists and  value-added food producers increase sales. From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Fishers, Baker will focus on two integrated topics – space design and merchandising, and leveraging trends for product development.  A 2010 Resolution by the Indiana General Assembly tasked Indiana Artisan with reviewing, recognizing and  promoting the work of Indiana’s highest-quality art and food artisans. It is hosting a Holiday Marketplace, in  Fort Wayne’s Grand Wayne Center Nov. 29 and 30, and one goal of Baker’s workshop is to help participants  think about merchandising their work for the strongest potential sales. This workshop is open to all artists and food producers in Indiana, and lessons can be applied year-round, not just for increased holiday sales.

Save the date, Meet the Funders Tuesday, September 23 from 9:00 am – 1 :00 pm A 60 minute presentation and Q&A session will be followed by several 25-minute informal group sessions with area funding organizations to discuss their  motivations and the types of giving programs that they offer. The session will end with a mini resource fair. This event is presented by Nonprofit Central and the Nonprofit Alliance of Monroe County. Please visit to register for this free event.

Show your summer PRIDE! A new festival presented by PRIDE and The Back Door! WHERE: The Back Door, 4th Street in Bloomington between the parking garage and College Ave., and the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, September 5th and 6th WHAT: Activity booths, dancing, live music, community art projects, workshops, queer arts, food and drink, and so much more WHO: Everyone. We’ll have activities for youth, adults, and everyone in between. HOW MUCH: The street festival is entirely free for the public! Some shows at The Back Door will incur a cover fee to help us pay for the fabulous artists we’ll be bringing in from across the Midwest. More here.

PRIDE Summerfest is also seeking performers and event volunteers: Performer Application      Volunteer Application

Coming Up Soon: Science Night Out – WonderLab Fundraiser Science Night Out Benefit to Support Science Education at WonderLab Discount Tickets Available Through August 17  The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology invites adults to discover their inner spy as they support the museum’s science education mission at the benefit gala Science Night Out: Shaken, Not Stirred. This year, the annual event is inspired by James Bond and will take place on Friday, September 5, in the evocative setting of the historic Woolery Stone Mill, with indoor, tented and outdoor 007-themed experiences.    Guests will arrive in style on a red carpet as the event begins at 6 p.m. Whether they choose to dress in costume as a Bond movie character or not, attendees will enjoy a Hollywood-style greeting with a photo opportunity. Inside they’ll find gourmet global cuisine buffet stations provided by One World Catering and cocktail bars staffed by Malibu Grill and stocked by Oliver Winery, Quaff On! Bloomington, and the Scholar’s Inn.    In addition, there will be spy-themed science activities for grown-ups. These include a laser maze and a pick-a-lock station provided by Bloominglabs, the “beernouli” pong challenge, the potato gun target practice range, and the make-an-explosion chemistry area. At the wine wall, guests will be able to make a $25 donation for a wine cork that matches a bottle on the wall and then use special spy decoding techniques to discover whether the value of the bottle they’ve selected is worth the same as the donation or is much more valuable. Guests also will be able to put together a custom box of Peacetree Mountain artisan wine truffles to take home with a donation matched to the size of the box.   The live auction will be hosted by Brad Holtz, WTTS program director and on-air host. He also will select the winning name for the 50/50 cash raffle and will conduct the finals of the Bond character costume contest. After the auction, the Vallures will take the stage to provide live music for dancing. Late into the evening, DJs Heath Byers and Jonathan Richardson will spin dance music.   Science Night Out: Shaken, Not Stirred’s goal is to raise $80,000 (net) for two purposes: to support WonderLab’s hands-on science education activities in general and also to support the museum’s Connecting to the Community Fund, which provides opportunities for low-income children to access WonderLab’s services. WonderLab is an award-winning science museum serving more than 84,000 onsite visitors and over 5,000 individuals by outreach services throughout south and central Indiana, as well as more than 560 Indiana University students as interns and volunteers. WonderLab also provides workshops to help teachers develop inquiry-based science teaching curricula, is a partner in the MCCSC EdVentures after-school enrichment program, and is an outreach partner with Indiana University faculty in science research grants.   Lead Science Night Out: Shaken, Not Stirred sponsors include A Sweet Design; Brave New Productions; Cassady Electrical Contractors, Inc.; CFC Properties, Inc.; IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians; Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington; Macy’s; Markey’s Rental and Staging; Oliver Winery; One World Catering; Premier Healthcare; Quality Mill Supply Co.; WFIU; and World Arts Printing, Inc. All sponsors and auction donors are listed   Science Night Out: Shaken, Not Stirred will be an accessible event. WonderLab will designate convenient handicap parking spaces in the large free parking lot at Woolery Stone Mill.  The event also will have special accessible restrooms, as well as additional spacious restrooms with built-in sinks. There will be climate-control features in the enclosed and tented area for guests’ comfort.    More information and tickets are available by calling Kaylee Lewis, WonderLab development associate, at 812-337-1337 ext. 31 and by going online to Those who wish to follow fun event updates and posts may do so on WonderLab’s Facebook page. Guests must be at least 21 years old.   Ticket Information Single Ticket: $100 | $75 if purchased by August 17 Table of Eight: $800 WonderLab is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tickets are tax-deductible in part. General seating will be available for those with single tickets. Purchasing a table guarantees reserved seating at a named table. Each ticket holder receives free parking, two complimentary drink tickets, unlimited food, and enjoyment of the science activities and dancing. Extra donations must be made at the event for additional drinks, the wine wall, handmade truffle boxes, auction purchases, and raffle participation.

Creating Vibrant Communities through the Arts is coming to Munster, IN October 9 & 10!  Back by popular demand, this two-day conference on economic development through arts integration is presented by the Indiana Arts Commission, Ball State University’s Building Better Communities and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Visit Bloomington Tourism Grants – deadline October 1 Visit Bloomington is pleased to announce the continuation of a successful grant program that will provide marketing funds to Bloomington area festivals and events. Events must be scheduled to take place between January 1 and December 31, 2015. Completed applications will be accepted beginning June 1, 2014 through October 1, 2014.  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 here.


Job and Internship Opportunities

Public Programs Manager for Monroe County History Center  The Monroe County History Center in Bloomington, Indiana, is seeking a skilled education and public programs manager to develop multigenerational educational programs that fulfill the mission of the museum.  Responsibilities include:  working with staff to develop and implement creative public programs; collaborating with teachers to establish professional development workshops and incorporate the Center’s resources into the classroom; engaging with the community to reach all sectors of Monroe County with innovative history-based programs; working with interns and volunteers; collaborating on grant writing.  Master’s degree in history, public history, museum studies, or education is desired; practical experience with public programming and working with diverse audiences is required.  Must possess excellent communication skills – both written and verbal – as well as good people skills.  Send letter of application, résumé/CV, and references to:  Monroe County History Center, Attn:  Education Manager Search, 202 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408 or email by 7/31/2014.  MCHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Executive Director for Brown County Art Guild The Brown County Art Guild is seeking an Executive Director. This position is responsible for providing leadership and overall management of the Guild. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in nonprofit fiscal management, grant proposal preparation and fund-raising, current marketing and promotional strategies, special events development, educational programming, and board optimization. Requirements include: Bachelor’s degree; exceptional interpersonal; communication; and organizational skills; the ability to relate to individuals at varying levels, internally and externally; an understanding of philanthropy and discretion in working with confidential information; and flexibility to work on weekends, occasional evenings, and holidays as needed. Knowledge of non-profit practices in the arts or cultural sector is preferred.  For more information, as well as to apply with a resume and cover letter, please email Position is open until filled.

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

Bloomington  Handmade Market Volunteers Needed:

Currently seeking volunteers to help with the 2014 Bloomington Handmade Market. There are myna volunteer  opportunities ranging from passing out postcards and rack cards to hanging posters to putting out lawn signs to helping on the day of the event. Interested in helping out this awesome indie craft show? Send email to with subject line : VOLUNTEER 2014.

Volunteer for the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

Volunteers make Lotus buzz!  Apply now to join the team of 500+ volunteers needed to bring the 2014 Festival to life from September 18-21.  Shifts are available throughout the Festival weekend, with responsibilities ranging from set-up and tear-down, to admissions, artist hospitality, wristband checking, and more.  Applications received before August 12 receive priority consideration for your preferred shift/assignment.  Find more details and apply online at

H2H Community Sale Pick-up & Sorting Volunteers – Aug. 18-24 It takes hundreds of volunteers to make the Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale come together. Volunteers are now in the final stages of organizing thousands of items donated by IU students. Then, on Aug. 23 and 24, they will be sold to both students and the general community. Many shifts are available: Aug. 18 (9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m.), Aug. 19 (1-4 p.m., 4-7 p.m.), Aug. 20 (9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m.), Aug. 21 (1-4 p.m., 4-7 p.m.), Aug. 22 (9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m., 4-7 p.m.), Aug. 23 (Sale Day:7:30-10:30 a.m., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-4 p.m.), Aug. 24 (Sale Day: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.) This is a great individual or group volunteer opportunity. Minimum age is 18. Please register at or contact Jacqueline Bauer at (812) 349-3837 or

IU Art Museum Visitor Services Volunteer Needed We are looking for Volunteers to staff our museum Information Desk on Saturdays and Sundays. Your job is to greet visitors, answer their questions, direct them to their desired destination, and inform them about current and upcoming exhibits and activities in the museum.  You are the smiling and welcoming face that people first meet at the museum and therefore represent the museum, helping to create a positive, professional, and friendly environment for our visitors. Schedules of two to four hour time periods available. For further information contact Patsy Rahn

Volunteers Needed at Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts – Aug. 29-31   Volunteers play a huge role in contributing to the success of Bloomington’s Fourth Street Festival of Arts and Crafts! Volunteers are needed for Fri. night setup (Aug. 29), as well as Sat. and Sun. to booth-sit for artists while they take lunch breaks, deliver water to artists, sell T-shirts, and other varied and sundry tasks. Volunteer shifts are: Aug. 29 (any two hours – or more – between 5-9 p.m.), Aug. 30(any two hours between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.) and Aug. 31 (any two hours between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.) Volunteers will receive this year’s collectible festival T-shirt. Minimum age is 16. Please contact Juliet Roberts at or 812-345-1531. (

Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington is Seeking Steering Committee Members! The Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington is currently seeking new members for the Steering Committee. We are looking for dancers, musicians, writers, venue owners, and arts advocates who are able to meet at least once per month and help guide the development of new programs and initiatives. For more information, please email Ann Fields, Marketing Chair:

IU Art Museum Volunteers Needed Events Volunteers The IU Art Museum is currently seeking volunteers for summer events. Volunteers are needed to assist guests during several events in June and July. Additional help is also needed to distribute promotional materials during the months of May and June. For more information, please contact Ann Fields at 856-3138 or

Intern/Volunteers Needed for Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington Website – Experienced web design intern needed for upkeep and creation of database and arts based website. Applicant must be familiar with web design, Weebly, database administration, as well as social media marketing via Facebook and Twitter. Marketing – High energy individual needed for ongoing arts-based marketing, including social media, press releases and a power point presentation. Good communication skills required to train volunteer team in marketing presentation to local businesses and organizations. Email

Internship Opportunity for Gather: Handmade Shoppe&Co:

Gather :handmade shoppe & Co: (formerly Gathering :handmade pop-up shop: will be opening 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: gathershoppe@gmail with subject line INTERN.

City of Bloomington Volunteer Network’s Community Volunteer Fair

Location: Farmers’ Market at 8th & Morton Streets Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014 Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost: FREE  REGISTER HERE They provide the table and chairs – you bring your recruitment materials and displays. Be sure to extend this invitation to your organization’s Executive Director, Board of Directors and stalwart volunteers, as the Volunteer Fair is an excellent opportunity for general outreach.

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 (

Hillbilly Haiku Music Festival – Aug. 29 Kick off Labor Day weekend with good food, good beer, and good music at the Hillbilly Haiku Music Festival, an outdoor concert hosted by Upland Brewing Co. Every year, this festival seeks out the best grassroots music the Midwest has to offer and pairs it with Indiana grassroots beer, with proceeds donated to Sycamore Land Trust! Volunteers will set up, staff the admissions table, serve food, clean up and, in return, receive free admission, food, and drinks! Each volunteer will work two shifts between3:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. Alternatively, you can volunteer for one short clean-up shift onAug. 30 and earn free admission, food, and drinks on Friday night. Minimum age is 18. Please contact Katrina Folsom at (812) 336-5382 ext. 102 or

Artist and Creative Spaces Available

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Upcoming Calls for Visual and Performing Artists

Bloomington Handmade Market Call to Artists and Makers:

Bloomington Handmade Market, now in it’s 6th year, is now accepting applications for its Holiday Show to happen Saturday, November 8th, 2014 from 10a-5p at The Convention Center, located at 302 S. College Ave. Applications will be open until 11:59pm Sept 6, 2014. Please read the FAQ before applying.

City Parks Department Accepting Applications for 2014 Art and Fine Craft Fair Vendors The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department invites local and regional artists to apply to participate in the 2014 Holiday Market.   Holiday Market is one of the largest events in Bloomington with thousands attending to buy art and fine crafts created by local artisans as well as locally grown products, all while listening to the music of the season. The TubaSantas fill the Market with holiday spirit, and St. Nick and his reindeer will visit too!   Artists may apply to participate in Holiday Market online. Applications are available at There is a non-refundable, $15 jury fee per application.   To receive full consideration, applications must be received by September 5, 2014 at 5 p.m.   Criteria for selecting artists for Holiday Market include style of work (divided into 10 categories: clay, drawing/painting/photography, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metalwork/woodwork, natural materials, recycled arts, surface decoration, and personal care); quality of work, price of work, and variety of artists.

HANDS in Autism Interdisciplinary Training & Resource Center Call for Artists If you create artwork that may be categorized under one of the following: FINE ART – drawing, painting, or sculpture/ MIXED MEDIA- artwork using more than one medium (i.e., beads, feathers)/PHOTOGRAPHY/ DIGITAL MEDIA- digital illustrations and so on …You have a chance to display your art at A Spectrum of Art at Art Splash Gallery  111 W. Main St., Ste. 140, Carmel, IN 46032 Age Eligibility: No age limitations. For individuals under 18, applications should be submitted by They also welcome artwork and/or print donation to be auctioned at the gallery. Please mark the artwork you would like to donate in your submission form. Submission Deadline: August 22, 2014 More info here!

Call to Artists and Makers from Gather: Handmade Shoppe and Co 

Gather :Handmade Shoppe & Co: (formerly Gathering :handmade pop-up shop: will be opening a permanent brick and mortar store inside Fountain Square Mall (suite 112) on Aug 30, 2014! Currently accepting submissions for art and craft to be included in the shop. Looking for emerging artists with an indie flair. Apply here:


Also, Gather is accepting submissions for gallery exhibitions for the 2015 season. Submission page here –

IU Art Museum is Looking for Musicians, Poets, and Dancers! The IUAM is looking for musicians, poets, and dancers, who focus on traditional and/or folkloric music from around the world, to perform at the museum on September 5, 2014  from 6:30 to 8:30 at a new event “MIX”. The performers would be playing in the galleries mirroring the cultures displayed in the gallery exhibits, fusing art, music, dance, and poetry. This is a paid opportunity for the performers. If interested, please contact: Anita De Castro of the IU Art Museum. Manager of events,

Call for Makers Makevention is a celebration of the do-it-yourself spirit with loads of local and regional makers sharing their love for making.  Makevention is all about makers including tech enthusiasts, artists, educators, crafters, hobbyists, and tinkerers all who have a love of making. . Makevention 2014 will be held August 30, 2014 at the Convention Center in Bloomington, Indiana. Organizers are currently taking exhibitor applications for this year’s event. Go to our Call for Makers page to reserve your space today.  If you are interested in exhibiting at Makevention, please put in an application. If you have any questions, contact us at contact@makevention.orgMore info on the website here! 

IU Art Museum Events

Special Event: CultureFest After-Party Thursday, August 21, 7:00–9:30 p.m. Thomas T. Solley Atrium

New in the Galleries: A Feast for the Eyes: Weston’s Produce Pictures July 1–December 21, 2014 Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art, first floor California-based modernist photographer Edward Weston shocked the art world in the 1920s with his close-ups of fruits and vegetables. With his crisp formalism and rich tonal printing, the simplest everyday objects became surprisingly sensual and evocative.

Yoga in the Atrium Saturdays 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. through October 25. Beginner classes are offered on the first and third Saturdays of each month. More advanced classes are held on the second and fourth Saturdays. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mat and water bottle, dress comfortably, and arrive early to grab a spot in the first come, first served classes. Due to the popularity of the program and in order to maintain a peaceful environment, indoor classes will be capped at twenty-three participants. No registration is required. For more IU Art Museum events click here.

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