Artists of the Week:
Jesse Lacy Trio

The Jesse Lacy Trio likes to keep things simple. The group experiments with its history in classical music to create a folk sound. Lacy plays guitar, sings lead vocals and is the group’s songwriter. In 2013, he released his debut solo album, “First Steps,” with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign and went on an East Coast tour, where he performed 16 dates in 13 different cities.
Since the tour, Lacy has been performing with the Jesse Lacy Trio, made up of Wade Van Orman playing keyboard and singing harmonies and Sam Loeck playing upright bass. “Jesse Lacy Trio was formed with a notebook of new songs and an interest in refining the sound, but meeting Wade and Sam was serendipitous. Wade joined this past summer, and Sam started with us in 
September,” Lacy said.
This folk trio has an elegance that draws you into its poetic landscapes, where the human condition meets "musical story telling." (Appetizer Radio) The three are in Bloomington to finish an album due for release in the spring or summer 2016.
“To write music, it is all about the integrity of the song.” - Jesse Lacy

On April 30 at 8p the Jesse Lacy Trio will be co-headlining a musical event at Bloomington's Player's Pub with Hilary Scott. All ages invited, tickets are $5 | More info online at: Before the event, these touring musicians will also be visiting WFHB for an live in-studio session at 4:00PM for a live session. Stay updated with the Jesse Lacy trio at


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 through April 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 Ale Trail
PictureBloomington Brewing Co., Function Brewing, Quaff On! Bloomington, Salt Creek Tap Room, Scotty's Brewhouse, and Upland Brewing Co, have partnered to create an enduring program that rewards beer drinkers who patronize all 6 breweries/taprooms. Starting April 4th and continuing indefinitely, customers can pick up a Bloomington Ale Trail pamphlet at any of the 7 locations and can receive pamphlet stamps upon purchase a pint of beer at each location.
The locations are:
East Side:
Bloomington Brewing Company
Function Brewing
Quaff On! Bloomington
Scotty's Brewhouse
Upland Brewing - 11th Street Brewpub
West Side:
Salt Creek Brewery Taproom
Upland Brewing – Profile Parkway Production Brewery
One all 6 stamps are earned (participants can choose between the two Upland spots for their Upland stamp), the beer drinker receives a collectible prize on the spot (currently a signature glass) and is entered into a drawing for a Behind-the-Scenes VIP Tour at the brewery of his or her choice.  Over the course of time, the collectible prize will change.  Additional information at  Cheers!
First Fridays Is Looking for Buskers:  Musicians and Street Performers
Downtown's First Fridays are getting a refresh!  Beginning May 1, each First Friday will have a different arts focus, and First Friday partners Downtown Bloomington, Inc., BEAD and Gallery Walk 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.

Musicians and street performers are the featured artists for May, and we are looking for musicians (solo or 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!
Visit Bloomington Accepting Resumes for Graphic Designer
Bloomington, IndianaVisit Bloomington is currently accepting resumes for a graphic designer. Duties include: creating promotional and collateral material used in Visit Bloomington marketing programs and visual presentations, serving as visit Bloomington's photographer and videographer, and participating as brand ambassador. Qualified applicants will have a bachelor's degree in graphic design or related field and at least 2 years' experience. The position is full time. Please email cover letter, resume, and work samples (limited to one page, or link to online portfolio) to: by 5p April 17. For the complete job listing, click here.
Usher for Buskirk-Chumley Theater in April and May!
Lend a hand to the BCT team by ushering! See performances for free, help with concessions and just generally be awesome.Upcoming opportunities include One Day in April, Trashion Refashion Runway Show, Welcome to Night Vale, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and much more! All you need is a white shirt, black pants and a great attitude. For more info contact
Workshop Next Monday 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.
Visit Bloomington Social Media Session
Bloomington, Indiana
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!
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
Against the Grain- Paintings by Kurt Larsen Opening Reception
The_VenueOn Friday, April 10th, beginning at 6:00 p. The Venue will host a reception and exhibit of all new mixed media paintings by local artist, Kurt Larsen. This exhibit features oil paintings on canvass, and paintings utilizing the character and grain of the wood upon which they are painted, contrasted against the abstract style and hot colors for which Kurt is famous. hence, “Against the Grain”.
Refreshments will be served at The Venue, and our fine selection of paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and artistic gifts will be on display for purchase.
"Eurydice is another modern re-telling of a Greek myth, that of Orpheus and Eurydice. Eurydice has an exciting challenge built into the script itself. The setting for the play is in an elevator to Hades. As though an elevator onstage isn't hard enough, Ruhl has it raining inside the elevator." Join Ivy Tech in their portrayal of this exciting story OPENING TONIGHT at 7:30p at the John Waldron Arts Center. For all showtimes and tickets, click here
Fuller Projects Window Dressing Opening ReceptionIn an effort to foster outside-the-box thinking, the BFA Painting candidates herein were presented the formal problem of resolving a conventionally formatted, rectangular-shaped painting in three dimensions. They were asked to do so by adhering and arranging objects onto, next to, and in front of their respective canvases. Imagery, be it abstract or realistic, was to extend outside the rectangle in an upwards swell, laterally and into the viewer’s space. Fuller Projects presents "Window Dressing, " with the opening Reception: 7:30 - 9:30,TODAY, Friday, April 10th, 2015 at the McCalla School.  More here.
Bloomington Farmers' Market
Another great week for our Bloomington Farmers' Market! 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! This Saturday, stop by and see the Vendor of the Week, Red Frazier Bison Ranch and be entertained by the IU Jacobs School of Music Horn Ensemble . This Saturday is also Public Health Day and you can stop by the Community Health Fair from 9-Noon in the atrium. See you Saturday, Enjoy! Visit their website and subscribe to their weekly e-newsletter here.
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 their 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!

Next Week and Beyond

Dinner With Dopplegangers- A True Story of Madness and Recovery
The_VenueOn Tuesday, April 14th, beginning at 5:30 p.m., The Venue will host a presentation by author, Coleen Well, of her new book, “Dinner With Doppelgangers – A True Story of Madness and Recovery”.  Colleen has a BA in English from Indiana University, an MA in English from Butler University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. An award winning author, Colleen writes about matters close to her heart, such as family, adoption, and animals, and also about social justice issues regarding the elderly, homelessness, and those suffering from mental illness.  Colleen’s newest book, “Dinner With Doppelgangers – A True Story of Madness and Recovery” is the story of her struggle with profound depression and mania, the hallmarks of bipolar disorder. With highs, lows, and hospital visits blurred by medications, the poetic text explores with uncompromising honesty how mental illness can affect family, friends, and self. Colleen tackles this complicated issue with a magnetic grace that easily pulls readers along. Fall inside her madness, and catch a powerful glimpse of life with mental illness.  Colleen is a native of Indiana currently living in Bloomington with her husband, two sons, a daughter, three dogs, and three cats. Refreshments will be served at The Venue, and their fine selection of paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and artistic gifts will be on display for purchase.
Monroe County History Museum 35th Anniversary Celebration
RSVPs are requested   812.332.2517  ex. 2
Teen Night: Just Dance  End of the Year PARTY!
Teens have their own "end of year party" with free admission, free snacks, and special activities during Teen Night: Just Dance on Friday, April 17, at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington. Those attending will get to actively explore the health benefits of dance as a form of exercise by learning to groove to the rhythms of Zumba, hip hop, Bollywood, and other styles of dance one might see in a popular video. Teens may take part in a 1980s costume contest.  
Program participants include Shirin Ansari, who will demonstrate and guide Bollywood style dancing; Vicki Coffey, who will lead Zumba; and members of the Indiana University Dance Marathon, who will lead line dances. Teen Night takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is open exclusively to teens in middle and high school (and home school equivalent). Youth groups are welcome. This is WonderLab's last Teen Night of the 2014-2015 school year.  More here.
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
Junie B. Jones The Musical
jbj144Dear first-grade journal, Hooray, hooray! Junie B. Jones is coming to Cardinal Stage Company! It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her!  New friends, a new teacher and new ways to find herself in trouble. Sneak a peak into the “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal” of the outspoken but loveable Junie B. Jones.  Based on the four best-selling books written by Barbara Parks, this delightfully funny musical is fun for the whole family! Don't miss Cardinal Stage Company's Cardinal For Kids production, opening today, April 18 and running through May 1. For more info, including show times and tickets, visit
I.D.E.A. Lab Rocket Car
Can you build a cutting edge vehicle that can complete a task for NASA? Find out at I.D.E.A. Lab: Rocket Car Challenge, a drop-in workshop from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at WonderLab. Participants will design, build, test and continue to tinker with an air-powered rocket car made from simple materials to improve its performance before taking it home. This particular activity, intended for elementary-aged children, was developed by NASA. The fee is $5 per kit for museum members and $6 per kit, plus museum admission, for nonmembers. For more information, call 812-337-1337 ext. 25 or go online to

The UkeTones at the Player's Pub
The UkeTones are BACK at the Player's Pub for Happy Hour, Saturday, April 18, 5-7p. See you there!
Remember When
Players Pub and Stardusters Music present “Remember When” a musical trip back to the 50’s and 60’s.  A time when rock and roll got its start.  The American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark was going strong and the teens were learning an entirely new type and style of dancing.  The 50’s began with performers like Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Louis Prima and Aretha Franklin were transitioning to new musical ideas.
Hear four very talented singers perform the music of Bill Haley, Elvis,  the Supremes,  The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, taking us on a musical journey through the 50’s and 60’s.
For those who like to dance this music is the best.  It has a beat, it has definition giving you a solid sound allowing yourself be cut loose on the dance floor. April 18 from 8-11p at the Player's Pub. More information at't miss it!
Connoisseur Irish Whiskey Dinner at Irish Lion
Don't miss this rare opportunity to Taste the Best of Irish Whiskey in One Event at the Irish Lion. Jameson Community Manager Niamh Ryan will be the guest speaker on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Irish Lion. The reception begins at 6:30, followed by dinner beginning at 7p. For more details visit!events/c9fp
Reimagining Opera for Kids FIRST Annual Gala!
This event is free, but ticketed. Email for tickets
Bloomington Symphony Orchestra: COSMOS
Join the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra for a spectacular multi-media performance of Gustav Holst’s masterpiece, The Planets. The music will be paired with breath-taking images from NASA and narration by Gabe Lubell and Dick Durisen of Indiana University’s Astronomy Department. 
Doors will open at 5:30 for a pre-concert lecture on science, mythology, and our growing understanding of the cosmos.
This performance also features Zoie Hightower, Winner of our 2015 Youth Concerto Competition, on the first movement of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor.
Sunday, May 3rd
6:00 pm 
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
$15 general admission
$10 students (19 and older, with valid id)
18 and under – free
Tickets are available at the Buskirk Chumley Theater Box Office and online here.
Save the Date: New Voices Opera Double Bill
THUMP by Kimberly Osberg
Based on the short story The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, this Vocal Drama chronicles a very calculated and premeditated murder. The story is told by an unnamed narrator who seeks to convince the audience that he is not insane, but he is continually haunted by the auditory hallucination of his victim's heart still beating.
The King in Yellow by Melody Eötvös
Based on the famed collection of short stories published in 1895 by Robert W Chambers, The King in Yellow is a series of vignettes set in various locations including Paris and the imagined future of 1920s America. The macabre and eerie stories share common threads including the fictional character The King in Yellow and his bizarre Yellow Sign.

Tickets available at BCT Box Office and online.
Learning Opportunities

Writers Guild Workshops

Third Sunday Writing Workshop: Guild Members Only
Sunday, April 19
Monroe County Public Library, room 214
To register, email and include your name and phone number.

Jazzy, Snazzy, Bombastic, Shy: Putting Your Voice Upon the Stage
Sunday, April 19
Monroe County Public Library, room 2B
Free and Open
CIRCUS 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

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.
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

Be More Awards!
BMA LogoJoin in the celebration of the extraordinary accomplishments of volunteers throughout our community on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 7-8:30p at the Buskirk Chumley Theater. This event is FREE and open to the public, no RSVP needed. After the awards, head to the back room of Nick's English Hut for a special Be More awards after-party! If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Schaich at (812) 349-3433 or
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!
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
Visit 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.
CFC Properties
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Upcoming Calls for Visual and Performing Artists
Bloomington Environmental Commission Announces Fourth Annual Eco-Heroes Competion
Eco-Heroes Full logoParticipation in the Eco-Heroes Competition is open to all public, private and homeschooled students in grades K – 12, who live in the city of Bloomington. Entries based on the theme, “Doing My Share for Cleaner Air,” are welcomed in a wide range of formats, both written (up to 300 words) or First, second and third place will be awarded for grade groups: K – 2, 3 – 5, 6 – 8 and 9 – 12. Students are permitted to collaborate and may work in pairs, groups or as a class. All submissions received by the EC will be displayed at City Hall. In addition to the honor of being named an Environmental Hero, Mayor Kruzan will be presenting each winner with award prizes donated by local businesses during the recognition ceremony on Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.   
All entries should be submitted to the City’s Planning and Transportation Department located in City Hall, 401 N. Morton St., Ste. 130, by Friday, April 10. Text or digital files may also be emailed to David Cohen at Submissions must include the student’s name, grade, school (if applicable) and contact information, including telephone and email.
For more information, please contact Senior Environmental Planner Linda Thompson at or 812.349.3423.
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 buffet 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 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:
Through May 24 Queen Isabella I and Sixteenth Century Spanish Textiles
On view are two letters from Queen Isabella I of Spain (reigned 1474-1504) that highlight the Catholic monarch's collection of luxury textiles. Along with the letters, which are on loan from the Lilly Library, this installation features Spanish textiles from the IU Art Museum's collection and artifacts from the industries engaged in production, trade, and consumption of luxury textiles in the sixteenth century. 

At the IU Cinema:
April 13 Paprika, 7p
The line between reality and fantasy is blurred when a machine that allows therapists to enter patients’ dreams is stolen. Free, but ticketed.

April 17 Abderrahmane Sissako Guest Filmmaker Lecture, 3p
Sissako is one of the few filmmakers from Sub-Saharan Africa to be considered one of the world’s leading filmmakers. Sissako's themes include globalization, exile and the displacement of people. His 2014 filmTimbuktu was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. Free, no ticket required.

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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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