Artists of the Week:
Abbigail Israelsen &  Siri Backus

This week's two Artists of the Week come courtesy of Gather :handmade shoppe.  Abbigail Knowlton Israelsen was born and raised in Utah.  The youngest of eight children, she spent her youth in a small town with one stoplight.  Israelsen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University in Logan, Utah and her Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2007.
In the spring of 2008, Abbigail Israelsen was struck with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Her battle to survive took her through a lengthy and traumatic hospitalization and many months of physical and emotional recovery.  Abbigail now uses the visions she experienced during her illness and recovery to inspire her cathartic work. Find out more about her and her work on her website.
Israelsen currently lives in Bloomington with her three children, husband and Old English Sheepdog.  She has a studio in the historic I Fell Building where she teaches and paints. Join Abbigail for the opening reception of "Brightly Bleeding," showcasing the works influenced by the emotional toll of Israelsen's father's illness and recovery at Gather :handmade shoppe & Co. Abbigail will be on hand to answer questions and discuss her art at length with those wishing to know more about her process and journey. The opening reception will begin at 5pm and run through 8pm in conjunction with Gallery Walk Bloomington, Friday, April 3.

Siri Backus is Gather's first Emerging Maker. Siri Backus is the lady and mother behind Mirrored Iris - Gather's very first Emerging Maker thanks to the BUEA and their Zone Arts Grant Programs. Siri has a background in making from as far back as her childhood - growing up with a maker for a mother who ran her own handmade business. In 2015 Siri is beginning to focus on jewelry making; primarily beading and intricate designs. Siri's workmanship is impeccable, and her attention to detail is obvious in her work. For more information about Siri and her jewelry making, you can visit her website here.

Siri believes: “Making beautiful and inspiring things nourishes me deeply, and is an essential part of maintaining balance in my life. Life seems to be repeating a message to me about how much beauty can be experienced through the very small aspects of our world, and that it's the littlest things in life that have the biggest secrets to reveal.” Congratulations Siri! Please join Siri and Gather for the first Saturday trunk show, April 4 at 11:00 a.m. featuring Mirrored Iris! More on the trunk show here. 


Bloomington Photography Club Displays Photography for BEAD's April Atrium Exhibit
During the month of April, BEAD will showcase photographs by members of the Bloomington Photography Club. The Bloomington Photography Club explores the connection between the eye, the camera and the spirit by fostering and encouraging growth of artistic vision and technical knowledge.  The exhibit will be on display April 2 – 30. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as additional evening and weekend hours when City Hall is open for meetings.
The Bloomington Photography Club provides an informal, friendly and supportive environment for photographers at all levels of ability and with interests in all types of photographic imagery.  The Club offers a means for members to share ideas and knowledge with each other and to promote an interest in photography throughout the
community, through exhibitions and public events. The club has several exhibits each year at venues such as gallery 406, Gallery Group and Lennie's Restaurant. Their long-term annual exhibit is at the Grunwald Gallery of Art, (previously known as SoFA Gallery), in Indiana University’s Fine Arts building during the month of July. For more information on the club, visit their website at
Bloomington Farmers' Market
The 41st season of the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market opens THIS SATURDAY, April 4th at 8a! In addition to the familiar faces and their fill of produce, plants, meats, cheeses, and other farm products, there are four new prepared vendors who will sell every other week: No Coast Reserve, Sofra Cafe, Pie First Bakery and Primally Inspired Eats! Saturday will also feature the Bloomington High School Ensemble Band. See you Saturdays, Enjoy! Visit their website and subscribe to their weekly e-newsletter here.
First Fridays Is Looking for Buskers
Starting May 1, Downtown Bloomington Inc., Gallery Walk and BEAD are teaming up to make the first Friday of every month a showcase of live entertainment and interactive arts experiences in downtown Bloomington. Each First Friday will have a different arts focus, and we are excited to announce that Foundry at 304, a new downtown housing community, will be supporting this effort by sponsoring the performing artists at upcoming First Fridays.

Buskers and street performers are the featured artists for May, and we are looking for musicians (solo and ensemble) and other street performers interested in busking (playing outdoors for tips) in selected spots in downtown Bloomington. As a bonus, the first ten performing groups that apply will receive a $50 honorarium from Foundry at 304!  Interested in applying?  Contact Talisha Coppock at DBI at or call 812.336.3681 no later than April 22.  Look for more on the new, improved First Friday - Celebrating Bloomington Arts coming soon!
Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) and BEAD now accepting applications 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.
An information session on the grant program will be held Monday, April 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the McCloskey room of City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. Staff will discuss the guidelines and application process and be available to discuss possible projects with participants.
For more information on the grant program, contact Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at  or 812.349.3534.
Downtown Bloomington Inc. Annual Awards and Reception
Join us for the Downtown Bloomington Annual Awards and Reception for celebrate projects and people improving downtown. Tuesday, April 14 at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center.. The program at 4:30p with the reception immediately following. Free. RSVP to
This Weekend

April Gallery Walk!
Gallery Walk BloomingtonHappy Spring Gallery Walk!! Visit member galleries for special exhibits, refreshments, entertainment and a chance to meet the artists TODAY,Friday, April 3  from 5-8p as Gallery Walk continues the celebration of the Arts in the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District! This will be an opportunity to see what’s new, colorful and different, spring into the new season, and support local small businesses with the #RedDotIt campaign!
Gallery Walk Galleries include:
blueline creative co-op & Gallery
By Hand Gallery
gallery 406
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
Pictura Gallery
The Venue Fine Art & Gifts
Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center
Gallery Group
Royale Hair Parlor Gallery

Blueline will be featuring Unusually Natural: Portraits by Eduardo Torres
By Hand Gallery will be presenting a new show, Rudy Pozzatti," highlighting new work from fine-art printmaker Rudy Pozzatti.
Gallery Mortgage The Vault will be highlighting Featured Artist Ben Pines'
Exhibit Across the Fields: Landscape of Paintings

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center will be featuring
Mark Beebe:  Sacred Tremors, with a Gallery Talk on Thursday, April 9th in the Miller Gallery 9:45-10:45 am
Claire Swallow:  Murmurations
Ivy Tech Fine Arts Students Spring 2015 Show
Monroe County Convention Center
Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center Art Gallery will host an exhibit featuring My Neck of the Woods, Paintings and Woodcuts by Gene Harrawood. Exhibit. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and live music performed by local singer/songwriter, Travis Puntarelli.
Pictura Gallery is hosting a retrospective of works by Jeffrey Wolin, a professor of photography at IU and a long time Bloomington treasure.
Royale Hair Salon will be hosting Memory Distortion photographs by Kellie Margaret Kuratko
The Venue is pleased to host Against The Grain, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Kurt Larsen on wood panel, inspired by the forms and shapes of grain on said panel

For more information on the Gallery Walk exhibitions visit
1221: Kaolin Shadowboxing
The Fuller Projects will host the opening reception for 1221: Kaolin Shadowboxing TONIGHT, April 3 from 7:30-9:30 at the McCalla School. This is a collaborative installation by Ceramic MFA Candidates Carolyn Watkins, Katie Baczeski and Paul Maloney. This even is free and open to the public.
Pigeon Hill: Then and Now
For more than 25 years, internationally recognized IU photography professor Jeffrey Wolin has combined photographic portraiture with narrative, exploring issues about memory and identity.  In the late 1980s, he turned his attention to "Pigeon Hill," a low-income area of Bloomington, capturing the personal stories of local residents through photographs and narratives.  "Pigeon Hill: Then and Now" features a selection of photographs and stories of people with whom Wolin worked over the years and examines the changing nature of life in the Pigeon Hill (now Crestmont) neighborhood.  The photographs have been displayed in Chicago and France, but this will be the first time they have been exhibited in Bloomington.  The exhibition will be on display at the History Center through the end of June 2015.
All are welcome to attend the exhibit opening, TODAY, April 3 form 5-7p at the Monroe Country History Center.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit
Gather Pop Up Sale with Bea's Soda Bar & Cardinal Spirits Tasting Event
Serendipity Martini Bar's photo.
George Shively Memorial Dedication Event
George Shively was a Bloomingtonian and star baseball player, who played in the Negro leagues from 1910-24.  He was likely the son of a slave, Joseph Shively (who worked on a tobacco farm in Kentucky).  George Shively's career statistics rival Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, and he was a star player for the Indy ABC's. He was a great player, but upon his death in 1962 (for reasons that are still not clear) he, along with his wife, and 8 others, were buried in unmarked graves at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. These parts of cemeteries with unmarked graves were historically known as the 'slave section.’
.On April 5 at 5 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, a volunteer citizens’ effort will climax with formal dedication of a handsome gravestone for George Shively his wife and others buried in unmarked graves crafted in Indiana limestone, from a Monroe County quarry, processed and carved and transported and put in place by an all-local corps – and paid for with donated Bloomington and Monroe County money. The event will feature performances from Tim Noble and Voces Novae  and officiated by Rev. Anthony Thompson.
Ugly Lies the Bone
Female soldier, Jess, returns from war severely burned only to find her Floridian hometown decaying with the end of the space shuttle era. She moves in with her sister and struggles through immense pain to define a new sense of “normal” when all she wants is her old life back. Using virtual reality therapy, Jess builds a dream world of cooling snow to calm her mind as she desperately tries to restore her relationships, home, and all that was lost. Join BPP TONIGHT for the premier of Ugly Lies the Bone, at 7:30p. For more information, visit
Tap Into Art: Hoosier Tap Company
The second annual gala brings together local dance, vocal, and music performance groups to share their talents and celebrate art in Bloomington on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 6p at the Buskirk Chumley Theater. For more information, visit the BCT Box Office.
Nano Day Celebration
The next big thing actually is super small! Take part of a nationwide festival about nanoscale science and engineering during NanoDays on Saturday, April 4 at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington. The event combines fun hands-on activities and presentations by real nanoscale scientists to help people of all ages understand nanoscale − objects one billionth of a meter − and see how nano-sized things behave differently than expected. 

"This is a special event to introduce children and their families to abstract cutting-edge scientific concepts through simple activities involving their senses," said Staci Radford-Vincent, WonderLab's Programs and Outreach Manager. Highlights of activities include:
Nano Pants 
Nano Tools 
Meet A Real Nanoscientist 
Kinetic Sand 
Heat Transfer 
Polarizing Filters
Thin Films 
Tell a Nano Story 

Activities will take place between 1:30-4:30p and are included with museum admission. For more information, visit
IU Vocal Jazz Ensembles ft. Bobby McFerrin
On Monday, April 6, at 8p, award-winning IU vocal jazz ensembles perform before Bobby McFerrin takes the stage at the Buskirk- Chumley Theater. A 10-time Grammy winner, McFerrin has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art and inspired a whole new generation of a cappella singers with his live performances and 14 albums. Be advised: this event will sell out. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the BCT Box Office.

Next Week and Beyond

Save the Date: Kaia 10th Anniversary Party!
Kaia is Celebrating 10 years with their Tenth Anniversary Concert Party on Saturday April 11, at 7:30pm at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Tickets are $12 ($10 for students and seniors) and are ON SALE NOW at the BCT box office and at the door on the night of the show. Doors open at 7pm

Join the party, where they'll perform our most powerful anti-war songs, their bawdiest drinking tunes, their most haunting ballads, their most hilarious social commentary, and their most joyous seasonal celebrations. They will share favorites from the last ten years as well as debut three of their latest pieces, including an arrangement of Ray Charles’ “Mess Around.” Plus they have some surprises up their sleeves! Learn more at!
My Dolly & Me Tea Party
Bring your favorite doll and your favorite grownup, on April 18 from 1-3p, for a fancy tea party complete with tasty treats, crafts, games, and a look at special doll-related objects from the History Center's collection and get a giveaway prize! $20 per child aged 5-12 and one adult.  Reservations by April 15 to (812) 332-2517 Ext. 2 or
Learning Opportunities

C!RCUS Variety Acts
Step into the big-top and try your hand at exciting skills like: juggling, balancing, plate-spinning, devilstick, diabolo manipulation, stilt-walking and more!

These unique circus skills are non-competitive, self-motivating fun for people of all ages, body types or athletic profiles, and are also adaptive for those with disabilities.

Children and adults alike are invited to learn amazing traditional circus and variety skills with Ann Dorwin - of RINGS Integrative Circus Education - circus artist, instructor and director with 30-years of real circus experience. Life is more fun in the center ring! For more info and to sign up, click here.
Stage Combat and Improvisation Master Classes
Stage Combat:
April 18, 25 & May 9
11a-1p  Instructor: Rob Johansen  $115

Building Performance Skills Through Improvisation:
April 18, 25 & May 2, 9 (Final Showcase May 9, 3p)
1:30-4:30p  Instructor: Nell Weatherwax  $185

Both classes, ages 14+
$275 for Both.  Click here for more info and to download the registration form
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
Nonprofit Alliance of Monroe County Planned Giving Seminars
The NPA in cooperation with the Community Foundation of Bloomington/Monroe County is offering two half-day seminars.  These seminars are designed to assist non-profit agencies of all sizes incorporate a planned giving program into their individual development plans.  The goal is to provide information agencies will find concrete, practical and usable.  The elements of creating, marketing and managing an effective planned giving program will be the focus of the seminars. Administrative and development staff along with agency board members are encouraged to attend.  Seminar I: Tuesday, March 31; Seminar II: Tuesday, April 14
Both Sessions will be held from 9a-12:30p (Late registration at 8:30a) at the MCCSC Education Resources Center, 553 E. Miller Dr. You may pre-register here.
Cirque Flow- Try It All!

Cirque Flow - Try it ALL! Starts April 4th
6 Session Workshop for $100
(Child 6 to Adult)
Learn Spanish Web, Static Trapeze, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Silks and more!
Sign up for Cirque Flow - a 6-Session Workshop - and learn the basics. After the introductory workshops, you can sign up for Open Cirque Flow for independent training, then, sign up again to learn new skills! Return students welcome.
**No make up time for missed sessions  NOTE: Pick 6 Sessions of 8, sessions span April-June.  Mark your calendars and sign up here:
KMB Studio Spring Classes!
PictureWhether 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

Color Mixing Workshop - Registration Deadline TODAY!
Join the Bloomington Watercolor society for a color mixing workshop on April 4, 2015 from 10-4. The cost is $60 for non-members, with an optional catered lunch for an additional $6.  You can find all the details plus register on-line at  Please register by Friday, March 27...TODAY.  And, there are only a very few spots left, so don't delay!
Spring Semester classes now registering at Music Together
Enjoy music-making together in classes for all ages and all stages in a supportive music-filled environment. Spring Break classes at 10A on Monday March 16 & Saturday March 21. You are invited to a free sample class. The Spring Session starts the week of march 23. For a full class schedule and how to register, click here.
The COMBINE 2015 is here!
The Combine is an annual conference on entrepreneurship and innovation. Each year, hundreds of founders, innovators, investors, developers and creatives convene in Bloomington. Together, they spend 3 days learning, networking and being inspired by some of the world's most incredible presenters. The Combine is a critical touch point for the rapidly growing Midwest startup community. The single stage speaking event delivers an eclectic mix of presenters, each targeting topics related to community, culture, creativity, code and capital. This shared experience has served as a springboard for connecting over 1,500 awesome attendees over the last 5 years.

The Combine is where developers meet co-founders and decide to start a company together. It's where startups find support and funding, and where established companies find amazing employees. It's also a place to learn, with a full day of hands-on workshops aimed at arming attendees with the tools to create and grow ideas. Above all, The Combine is a place to be inspired by the people, ideas, and environments that drive and innovation.

This year, The Combine will be held at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center from April 8- 10, 2015. You don't want to miss it! Tickets are on sale NOW! Visit for a complete schedule and more information.
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 for Buskirk-Chumley Theater in March and April!
Lend a hand to the BCT team by ushering! See performances for free, help with concessions and just generally be awesome.Upcoming opportunities include Pit Stop Music Fest, Hillel's Campus Superstar, IU Vocal Ensemble and much more! All you need is a white shirt, black pants and a great attitude. For more info contact
Volunteer your artistic talents at the Banneker Center!
Banneker Community CenterWhether 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
AZ Vintage Needs Your Help!
Help keep the doors open to a great gem of a place here in Bloomington! Donate to AZ Vintage through their GoFundMe page here!
City of Bloomington Arts Commission 2015 Arts Project Grant Program Applications Available!
The grant program helps fund different arts activities completed by nonprofits throughout the community.
Grants are available for arts activities that align with current areas of focus of the Arts Commission: to cultivate a community in which residents appreciate the value of personal and collective artistic activity, to encourage collaboration in and diversification of artistic activities that include participants from across the community, to enhance and support a high level of artistry and to support the economic vitality and interests of local artists and arts organizations. In 2014, 15 arts projects were supported through the program.
The April grant round will only be the only round in 2015, and applicants must submit applications online by April 1 at 5 p.m. The maximum grant amounts awarded this year will be $1,500. The grants are available to nonprofit organizations with projects taking place within Bloomington city limits. Detailed guidelines and applications are available on the City of Bloomington Arts Commission’s website at

For more information on the grant program, contact Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts Miah Michaelsen at  or 812.349.3534.
isit Bloomington 2016 Special Event Grant
Bloomington, IndianaVisit 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
Bloomington Watercolor Society Offers Scholarship
The Bloomington Watercolor Society (BWS) is investing in the future of art by awarding a $300 scholarship to help a promising visual arts student with supply costs.  The annual scholarship award is made to one MCCSC high school senior who plans to pursue a degree in visual fine arts, arts education, architecture or design from an accredited college, university, or school of design. Eligible expenses for the scholarship are art supplies related to the student’s pos tsecondary course of study. The award also includes a solo exhibit in a local gallery before their college graduation. BWS members will provide professional technical support, guidance, publicity and an opening reception.

To be eligible for the award, the recipient must graduate from any MCCSC high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA before July 1 and be enrolled in a post secondary institution the same year as high school graduation.  Eligible students may apply for the award through the Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools’ website, The application deadline for the 2015 award is April 1. The recipient will be announced at the student’s school awards ceremony for graduating seniors.
Questions about the scholarship may be directed to students’ high school counselors or emailed to BWS at  For more information on BWS, visit Additional information, including photos of events, instructional sessions and member art, can be found on Facebook.
Indiana Youth Musicians Wish List
IYMIndiana 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.
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Upcoming Calls for Visual and Performing Artists
30th Annual Spring Wildflower Foray!
2011 Wildflower Foray LogoFriday, Saturday & Sunday, April 24-26th, 2015
Join us at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site and around Brown County for the 30th Annual Wildflower Foray! Experience the sights and sounds of spring in the southern Indiana forests…30 years of finding spring blooms in Brown County and beyond. Foray founders hit on a winning combination by pairing enjoyable hikes and programs with serious work gathering wildflower data.
Knowledgeable guides lead wildflower and bird hikes, boat trips, and hikes exploring local natural areas. Each year Foray veterans and newcomers share their wisdom and challenge each other to find new species in bloom. Together they keep on finding flowers and ways to enjoy springtime’s abundant beauty.
Since 1986, Brown County’s Spring Wildflower Foray has grown from one to three days, doubled the number of hikes and programs, and expanded to new wildflower habitats. 30 years and counting! For a complete list of events, check the programs page at and click on the Wildflower Foray 2015 button!
Cat’s Tail at Pygmalion's! Pygmalion’s Art Supplies is pleased to announce Cat’s Tail, their new custom color for 2015. Cat’s Tail is the sixth in the family of custom oil colors that Pygmalion’s Art Supplies has introduced to the artistic community in Bloomington and beyond. Manufactured by Gamblin Artists Colors of Portland, Oregon, Cat’s Tail is an oil color—but don’t let this limit your creative enthusiasm! Over the past few years artists have used our custom oil colors in everything from watercolors, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, book arts and mixed media.
With Cat’s Tail, Pygmalion’s is continuing its tradition of community involvement. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of each of their custom colors over the past six years has been donated to a local non-profit. This year’s color will benefit the Friends of Art School of Fine Arts Holiday Awards at Indiana University. The mission of the IU Friends of Art is to support the School of Fine Arts and its students through fundraising, education, and social engagement in the wider community.
Cat’s Tail sells for $8.95 and will be on sale throughout the year 2015 at the store or by mail order. Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to use this new color and see how it can enhance their creative process. Submit your work with Cat's Tail to the Custom Color Art Show, held April 10 form 6p-10p
Use the pain in a work of 2D or 3D
Up to 4 pieces may be entered per person
Bring the work to the store any time during business hours, Thursday April 9 to be eligible for judging
Works will be displayed in the store at the Custom Color art show and buffeet and available for pickup, Saturday April 11
For more information, call 812-332-0025
Contact the store at 812-332-0025 with any questions, or visit for photos from some of our previous custom color events.
Festival of Flowers PaintOut!
Celebrate the Fine Arts in Indiana on Saturday, May 16th, by entering the Festival of Flowers PaintOut, a plein air art contest at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, only 20 minutes from Bloomington in beautiful Nashville, Indiana!  
T.C. Steele, an American Impressionist and the premier portraitist in Indiana at the beginning of the 20thcentury, was the first Artist-in-Residence at IU Bloomington.  Plein air painters and artists from all over the Midwest visit each year to paint the House of the Singing Winds, Steele’s hilltop home, and Steele’s Large Studio, as well as Selma Steele’s famous gardens. Pre-registered artists create artwork while visitors observe the process of creation - all outdoors. All work submitted for judging must be created the day of the contest. Contestants of all ages welcome! Child (12 and under) and Teen (13-18) categories offering prizes of gift certificates for art supplies, etc.
Lunch will be available for purchase from Bloomingfoods, with an outdoor concert by Mel Chance and the Noteables beginning at 1 p.m. Registration materials are forthcoming. Check the programs page for updates, or call or email us
TIME: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
ADMISSION: $2 Parking for General Public;
REGISTRATION: Early Bird (April 1-April 30): $10 Adult, $9 Friends Members, $5 Kids, $4 Kids—Friends Members; Regular Registration (May 1-16): $15 Adults, $14 Friends Members, $10 Kids, $9 Kids—Friends Members
PLACE: TC Steele State Historic Site
PHONE: 812.988.2785
Join the Bloomington Community Band

The Bloomington Community Band needs music-reading percussionists for the 2015 summer season. Come join the band!
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center 2015-16 Call for Submissions
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is accepting applications and  scheduling shows for October 2015 – Summer 2016.
 O% commission.  Keep 100% of your sales.
Receptions, publicity, and advertising support by Ivy Tech.
Rates from $75-200 per space.
Shows run for one month. 
Application fee:  $25
5 galleries:  25 to 600 square feet.
 To apply, visit  Deadline is May 1.
Call for Images for “A Day in the Life of My Neighborhood” Exhibit
The City of Bloomington's Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) and Bloomington Arts Commission are teaming up to issue a Call for Images for consideration for an  exhibit at  City Hall Atrium for the month of June, “A Day in the Life of My Neighborhood”.
Bloomington's neighborhoods are each unique, and a special photo exhibit during the month of June 2015 will highlight that uniqueness. “A Day in the Life of My Neighborhood” is a community-based art exhibit sponsored by HAND in partnership with the Bloomington Arts Commission celebrating the uniqueness of Bloomington neighborhoods.  The exhibition will run June 1—30, 2015 in the City Hall Atrium. The opening celebration will be Saturday, June 6th, 10:00 a.m.—noon coinciding with HAND's Blooming Neighborhood Celebration.
Residents of any age are invited to submit a photographic image that illustrates what they think is special about their neighborhood.  It could be the annual block party, a community garden, or neighbors lending a helping hand on a home repair - or something completely different.

Images should be high resolution (not to exceed 2MB) and be emailed to by May 1, 2015. Multiple images may be submitted per individual resident, but staff reserves the right to make final selections. Those selected will be asked to provide a brief written statement describing the scene the image captures.
Be an Emerging Maker in 2015!
Are you an emerging artist? Gather brings you "Gathering Emerging Makers". What does it mean? Well, if you are chosen as one of our emerging makers you get to take part in one of our gallery exhibitions or trunk shows and you get mentorship time with the Gather staff, discussing the business of art and what's important to you! There are only SIX slots open for the 2015 calendar year, so please consider applying asap to get yourself in the running! Apply here to be part of our Emerging Makers project for 2015!!

Call for Artists: City Hall Atrium Exhibition Opportunities 
BEAD is seeking artists for the 2016 Atrium exhibition program.  The Atrium exhibition space is best suited for two-dimensional works but three-dimensional works may be considered as well. Exhibitions are typically one month in length and public viewing hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, as well as additional evening and weekend hours when City Hall is open for meetings and events.Artists may submit a digital portfolio of works for consideration to Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at or call (812) 349-3534 for additional information. 

Call for Participation: 2015 Creative Aging Festival
The City of Bloomington Commission on Aging and the Center on Aging and Community invite you to participate in a city wide celebration honoring our elders and their creative contributions to our community! This celebration is in recognition of May as Older Americans Month. Bloomington is known for being both an arts destination as well as a retirement destination. We seek to enhance these two positive attributes by hosting the fifth annual Creative Aging Festival.  We encourage all arts organizations, faith based organizations, local businesses, municipalities, neighborhoods, and families to participate in this unique annual community celebration by organizing a community activity of your choosing. Our primary objectives are to:Showcase the talents and skills of both established and first-time older artists, writers and performers;Promote inter-generational understanding through dialogue, sharing traditions, and storytelling;Enhance awareness about the value of creative engagement to adult health and well-being.The easiest way for you to participate is to simply identify the creative elders around you and then publicly recognize them in some way anytime during the month of May.  If you are a business you may choose to apply the “creative aging” theme in some way, or better yet you may choose to host some sort of creative aging event. Here are some examples:
Open your public space for the exhibition of creative visual art done by members of your organization.
Hold a storytelling circle that brings together youth and elders that you know.
Offer an open-house or reception to honor elders in your organization.
Host a creative hobby day or a show and tell event for creative elders.

Creative Aging Festival Program Guide:
The Bloomington Commission on Aging will post an online program guide, promoted on the City of Bloomington and partnering agencies’ web sites that will feature creative aging events and exhibits. Additionally, a printed program guide will be distributed to arts and aging venues throughout the county and state.  The 2014 Creative Aging Festival program guide is available for your review at our
If you would like to have your event promoted through the web site’s online program guide, please fill out an event listing application form Creative Aging Festival Online Event Submission Form and submit it no later than March 1st, 2015. Early submissions will be given priority consideration to be included in the printed program guide as well.  (Space is limited, so inclusion in the printed program guide cannot be guaranteed.)  Events that do not meet the guidelines and/or spirit of the Creative Aging Festival will not be included.

Call for Artists and Musicians for Downtown Hyatt Place Hotel!

The new Downtown Hyatt Place Hotel is looking for visual artists and musicians for performance and exhibition opportunities at the hotel. Contact Shane Mobley at or (812) 778-3755!!

On the Indiana University Campus
At the IU Art Museum:
April 4 Honoring the Dead in Ancient Greece, 2-3p
Join us for a free public tour of selections from  the permanent collection that highlight ancient  Greek traditions of honoring the dead. This tour  will be led by IU Art Museum docent Tammy Jo  Eckart. Please meet in the first floor of the  Thomas T. Solley Atrium.

At the IU Cinema:
April 6 We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite/ Judy Chicago & The California Girls
In 1962, Mackie Harris founded a gay bar for his Brooklyn community in a highly charged climate of the civil rights movement. We Came to Sweat: the Legend of Starlite documents the impact of gentrification and displacement on the patrons of the Starlite, in a portrait of the living history of the LGBTQ community.

At the height of the 1970's women's movement, on the cusp of revolutionary change, American artist Judy Chicago began a unique experiment: to train only young women artists in an all-woman art program at Fresno State College. The film documents this first all-woman art program, in a compelling and candid portrait of a country and culture in the midst of great social change. (2K DCP/16mm presentation) 

Looking for Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations? Click here!
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Upcoming Awesomeness!

Don't forget to RSVP for Downtown Bloomington Inc's
Annual awards and reception

Getting Your News in BEAD News

Got news about something going on in BEAD? Email us by 5:00 pm on Wednesday. 

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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