Artist of the Week:
Craig Brenner

Craig grew up in North Miami Beach, FL and graduated from Florida Southern College in 1970.  After graduation, Craig returned to North Miami Beach and studied music for two years at Miami-Dade Community College North; his studies included classical piano, jazz piano, arranging, and oboe. In 1976, Craig moved to Bloomington, IN and attended the Indiana University School of Music from 1976 through 1980, where he studied piano, jazz improvisation, oboe, and composition.
During his studies at IU, Craig attended the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and appreciated first-hand various piano players who were exploring the rhythmic and barrelhouse aspects of piano. Exposure to these New Orleans musicians caused Craig to reevaluate his musical direction and style.
In 1981, Craig and a few friends formed the jazz-funk band Kruise Kontrol. This was followed in 1984 by the fusion trio Sajonner; in 1985 by New Orleans style R&B band Rhythm Method. Also in 1985, rhythm and blues band Craig & The Crawdads first appeared, and since 2001, the group sometimes includes the Crawdettes, female vocalists.
In 1986, Jim Bracken, Gordon Bonham, Brian Lappin and Craig formed the roots-rock Ragin' Texans. The group has included several remarkable musicians in its long history.  Special guests with the band have included Lisa Germano, John Prine, John Mellencamp, and many touring musicians who heard about the band and sat in.
Craig has performed live on many radio and television stations and has an impressive discography:
Craig's first recording, Backstage Boogie (1990) is all instrumental; Play it Again, Professor! (1995), includes conga drummer and Professor Longhair The jazzy Man At the Piano (1997) features Craig & The Crawdads; Window On the Soul (2002) recorded in Bloomington and includes ten original compositions and features Craig’s sons Eli and Nate Brenner and various Bloomington talent.  Live to Love (2009) by Craig Brenner & The Crawdads consists of all original music, with the first appearance on record of expressive vocalist Lori Brenner. 
Live At The Old Mint (2014), features Craig playing blues and boogie-woogie.  It was recorded live, recorded at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans in April of 2013.  Craig is also featured on the Cooler Kings' blues CD Looks Like Trouble, on Cathi Norton's Various Stages of Undress, on Piney Woods' Big Blues Party, Sonny Carter's Wings of Time, on CDs by Andy Ruff and the Dew Daddies and Red Eye Max, and on Music for Memory, produced by Mark Butterfield to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Indiana.

 In addition to performing and recording, Craig composes, arranges, and teaches advanced piano students the fundamentals of jazz, blues, and boogie woogie piano.  His book, Piano Music by Craig Brenner, contains some of his original pieces and is available for purchase.  For more information:

You can find Craig and his boogie-woogie piano or rocking out with the Ragin' Texans all summer throughout Bloomington at the Farmer's Market, Tuesday Market and the Friday concert series at the Waldron, Hill and Buskirk park. Also, be on the lookout for him at the Bloomington Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Festival on August 9, 2015!


Two First Fridays in July!
You can't get too much of a good thing, and First Fridays are no exception!  Look for TWO First Fridays in July - Friday, July 3 featuring WonderLab's the Science of Art:  Aerial Art and Food Truck Friday and Friday, July 10 featuring Red, White and Food and more. Details coming up in next week's BEAD News! Like First Fridays on Facebook!
July Atrium Exhibit
During the month of July, BEAD will showcase “Wood|Stone|Metal,” a series of mixed-media work by Morgan County artist Lynne Medsker, in the Atrium of City Hall.

The inspiration for the “Wood|Stone|Metal” series springs from Medsker’s lifelong interest and affection for rocks in all forms. Medsker combines rocks with driftwood, concrete,  and other treasures accumulated on her travels, as well as found metal components, to transform discarded and unused items into things of beauty.

Layering traditional art media with these materials, Medsker tells visual stories featuring organic and geometric shapes. These layers are manipulated with her bare hands or simple tools. Viewers, drawn to the work by the texture, color and details, will also discover things hidden within the layers. She delights in the moment when those details reveal themselves to others, sparking inspiration, stirring emotions or provoking thought.

More information about Lynne and her artwork can be found online at  “Wood|Stone|Metal” will be on display July 3 – August 1. Exhibition hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, as well as additional evening and weekend hours when City Hall is open for meetings. 
Indiana Arts Commission Seeks Artist Qualifications for Bicentennial Public Art
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) has just announced it will partner with the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) to select artists / artist teams to create two site-specific public art pieces recognizing the state’s 200th anniversary. The two unique site-specific sculptures will be located in the Indiana Bicentennial Plaza now under construction west of the Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is now open to any artist 18 and older legally residing and working in the United States. Preference will be given to artists who have a relationship with the state of Indiana (i.e. born, lived, worked or attended school or college in the state). Artists should articulate this relationship in their letter of intent. The selected artist(s) / artist team will collaborate with IDOA, architectural design firm MKSK, and IAC staff regarding engineering specifications, exact location and all other details pertaining to the final approved design and placement of the sculptures. Artists may submit up to ten clearly titled and numbered digital (.jpg only) images of previously completed work with their application; current brief resume; list of three references; mention of how you heard about the RFQ; and contact name, address, email address, and phone number.
To see more information about the project and a complete list of RFQ submission guidelines and requirements, please visit The deadline to submit the application and artwork is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) Monday, July 13, 2015. The application must be submitted through Café, the online call for entry system used by the Indiana Arts Commission for this program, at
For more information about the project, contact Mary Kramer at and note “Indiana Bicentennial Sculpture” in the subject line, or call 812-240-0736.
Americans for the Arts Conference Scholarship!
Members of Americans for the Arts are invited to apply for scholarships to attend this year’s National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference in Salt Lake City, UT November 6 - 9, 2015.
Scholarships open Wednesday, June 24, 2015. These scholarships provide arts marketers, audience engagement professionals and development staff with financial assistance to attend the conference. Once on-site attendees gain access to innovative marketing research and audience engagement strategies through a series of dynamic session trainings, panel discussions and workshops. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from experts from the field and network with arts marketers from across the country.
Interested applicants must be individual members of Americans for the Arts or receiving benefits through a member organizationRegistration opens June 30, visit the National Arts Marketing Project website next week for more details.
Contact the membership department at or call (202) 371 – 2830 for questions or to check your eligibility.
Middle Coast Film Festival & Girls, Inc. Partner Host Lt. Governor at Bloomington Film Camp
Recently, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann participated in a summer camp where girls ages 12-18 learned about writing, shooting and producing a film. The girls interviewed Ellspermann as part of a short documentary they are producing during the course of the camp. Campers interviewed Ellspermann about the importance of young women preparing for careers in technology. She noted that all industries, including film production, rely on some level of technology. Ellspermann also spoke to the group about continuing to enhance their technology skills that are necessary for jobs in the 21st century.

The campers, members of Girls Inc. of Monroe County, will produce a two minute documentary about the importance of Girls Inc. in the Bloomington community. The film screens on Saturday, Aug. 15, as part of the three-day Middle Coast Film Festival. Participating girls will have the opportunity to see the entire process of making a film, ending with walking the red carpet at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater the night the film is screened. The film will also be shown at the Girls Inc. 40th Anniversary luncheon July 30.  
The Middle Coast Film Festival is Bloomington’s first interactive film festival, working in conjunction with the Bloomington community to provide access to both filmmakers and film audiences alike,  Aug. 13-15. For tickets and more information about the Middle Coast Film Festival, go to
Cardinal's $10,000 Raffle!
Could you use a little extra cash? Imagine what you could achieve with an EXTRA $10,000! Would you purchase a new car? Pay your student loans? Put a down payment on a new house? Go on that round the world trip?
With 1 easy purchase of a $100 raffle ticket you will…
  • Gain a chance to win $10,000 to achieve your dreams!-Only 500 Tickets will be sold!
  • Support a great organization!
  • Contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Bloomington!
  • Impact your community!
But wait…there is more! Reserve your tickets NOW and be eligible to win additional prizes from local businesses and vendors. Stay tuned for information about more opportunities to win.  GRAND PRIZE Drawing Date: June 28, 2015 following final performance of Hairspray (winner need not be present). Only 500 Tickets will be sold! 

Because Indiana Gaming Commission laws require that raffle tickets be purchased by cash or check, please visit and fill out the form there to reserve your 2015 Cardinal Raffle ticket(s).  Please be sure to select your preferred method of receiving your tickets, and a Cardinal Stage Company team member will ensure that you get your chance to win.  Thank you for supporting Cardinal Stage Company and good luck!
***JUST IN*** Thanks to a very generous donor, you can double your impact! Through June 30, 2015, every donation contributed to Cardinal will be matched, up to $15,000!***
Usher at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater!*
Interested in breaking into the entertainment business by meeting and greeting the thousands of folks who come through the Buskirk-Chumley's doors every month? Want to see awesome shows for free? The BCT is in need of ushers for tons of events this summer, including Cardinal Stages' Hairspray! Interested? Email You never know who you're going to see there.
*Ok, so we meant "usher" as a verb here, but it did get your attention.

****For existing ushers, the BCT wants to hear from you about your experience! Please take a moment to fill out their usher survey here****

Local First Bloomington #shopbtown Summer Scavenger Hunt!
To enjoy the summer, Local First Bloomington is encouraging you to get out and explore the places that make our city so great with a summer long scavenger hunt!

Each week LFB will be highlighting a different facet of Bloomington, and all you have to do is take a photo of the task and post it to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the hashtag #shopbtown during the specified dates. Make sure to tag Local First Bloomington (localfirstbloom on Twitter and Instagram) and include the name of the business, location, organization, where you are!

Be as creative as you can with your photos, we want to see your side of Bloomington!

LFB will be giving away a prize every week with a grand prize drawing at the end of August. The more often you enter, the more chances you have to win! Good luck!

For Facebook participants:
Please make sure your privacy settings allow LFB to see your photos so you can be included in the prize drawing! Or can post pics directly to the LFB Facebook page or here on the events page. 
Power of Words Call Out!
The iconic civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis,  is coming to Bloomington in September to speak about his graphic novels, MARCH: Book 1 and MARCH: Book 2. He will be speaking along with his co-authors, Andrew Aydin of Washington, DC and Nate Powell of Bloomington.
Friends of Monroe County Public Library present
The Power of Words
Presentation by The Honorable John Lewis (D-GA), Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Authors of the award winning graphic novels, MARCH: Book 1 and MARCH: Book 2
Monday, September 21 at 7:30
IU Auditorium
Ticketed free admission (tickets to be released by IU Auditorium later this summer)

Please consider developing your own event related to civil rights, graphic novels or comic books, and any other themes relevant to the life of Congressman Lewis. Some of the events already scheduled are listed here:
Event website:
Contact Michael Shermis for more information at at the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department.
This Weekend
Bloomington Farmers' Market
Farm fresh produce, prepared foods and great music are on the menu this week at the Farmers' Market! Be sure to visit the Vendor of the Week: Freedom Valley Farm!

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Swingtime Big Band songs of the big bands

This Saturday, the MoCo Energy Challenge is hosting the first ever Explore Energy event at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will feature special demonstrations including:

10 a.m. - Filet-A-Fridge see how refrigerators are taken apart in the recycling process
11 a.m. - "Treasure Trove of Conservation Cove" I
12 p.m. - Bike Race stationary bikes will "race" to compare which electronics and appliances use the most energy

The event, held in partnership with Duke Energy and Vectren, is for all ages and is a great way for families and community members to get involved in the Monroe County Energy Challenge!
We're competing for $5 million and CHANGE.  For more information, see
Tuesday Market (4-7p):
On June 30, Dynamic Dick will provide blues and classic rock harmonica from 5-6:30 pm under the entertainment tent set up at the intersection of 6th and Madison. 
Want to know more?  Visit Farmers' market website or subscribe to their weekly e-newsletter here.

Friday Concerts at Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park
The 2015 summer performing arts series concerts in Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park continues TONIGHT, June 26 from 6:30-9p with Krista Detor. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this free concert brought to you by Bloomington Parks and Recreation ! See the full performing arts series concert schedule here.
Vinyl Lounge at The Bishop
It's summer time and The Bishop invites you to spend your weekend with Bloomington's finest record selectors, DJs and vinyl aficionados spinning the finest cuts from their collection. Not a dance party, just an appreciation for a record well played and a cool beverage well drunk. Friday and Saturday nights at The Bishop ALL SUMMER! 9pm-mdnight. 21 & up, Free.

Friday - Donovan Romine
Saturday - Dan Coleman
Enjoy drink specials and bacon candy prepared by The Tamale Cart

Check out for the full lineup!
Switchyard Sale
This SATURDAY, June 27 and Saturday,July 18th The Switchyard: Artist Studios, 1607 S. Rogers Street will be hosting an artists yard sale open to the public. We will be selling artwork, hand crafted gifts, tools, equipment, materials, knickknacks and other yard sale-style whatnot's at discounted prices. 

So if you are looking for something unique and handmade or if you are trying to buy those hard-to-find specialized tools/equipment or materials, look no further and swing on by.

Additionally, if you have items you would like to donate or sell, contact Adam for details at 812-360-5164.

Money brought in through donations will be used for purchasing outdoor public seating and coverings for upcoming future summer events at the Switchyard Studios.
Remaining items will be donated to the Habitat ReStore.

In the event of rain, this event will be moved to the second date of July 18th. Hope to see you all there!
You're Invited: UkeTones Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser!
Come join the UkeTones for a special celebration on Saturday June 27 at The Players Pub from 5 - 7 pm. 

The UkeTones will be helping their friend Kathleen McConahay celebrate her 60th birthday with a special fundraiser for her favorite charity, CASA. 

The celebration will include some great music: first set, the McConahay jazz Sensation (5 - 6 pm); and second set the fabulous UkeTones! 

Join in for a fun evening and help support Monroe County CASA and the good work they do for neglected and abused children in our community!
Slime and Scales: A Live Animal Show
Meet a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians, and learn about the special features that help them adapt to their habitats during Slime and Scales: A Live Animal Show on Sunday, June 28, at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology! These fun, interactive shows, presented by Indiana Jim, will feature a large rubber boa, a lizard that can run on top of water, and many more creatures! The audience also will get to examine skeletons and skins to see what they reveal. The shows will take place at 1:30 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.

The Slime and Scales: A Live Animal Show is recommended for elementary-age children, teens, and adults. Seating is limited. Tickets ($2 per person, plus museum admission) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the museum welcome desk on the day of the program. More info at

Next Week and Beyond

The Art of Taking Cell Phone Photos
On Tuesday, June 30th, beginning at 5:30p.m., The Venue Fine Art & Gifts will host a presentation by Benedict Jones on how to take cell phone photographs. When you ask Benedict. who consistently takes the best cell phone photos we ever see, how he does it, he will tell you that his secret, as with any other kind of photography, is to pay attention and develop a good eye for composition and learn the characteristics and limits of your equipment. In this presentation Benedict will explain and demonstrate what he means. What is good composition, and how do I make the damn thing focus?
Bring your phone. This presentation will be interactive, informative, and fun. Refreshments will be served by The Venue, and our fine selection of paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and artistic gifts will be on display for purchase.
Raise a Glass for Middle Way!
WHAT IT IS: Cardinal Spirits is unveiling a special cocktail for the month of July to help raise money for Middle Way House. Try it on the very first day it's on the menu. (Those bartenders are wizards. It's gonna be delicious.)

PERKS: For every cocktail sold, Cardinal will donate $1.00 to Middle Way's "Building Healthy Relationships & Violence Prevention Education" program. It's an interactive curriculum designed for middle schools, high schools, and youth-serving organizations.

MORE PERKS: Bikesmiths Bicycle Shop - Bloomington, Indiana has very generously donated a hybrid bike to the cause. You can buy raffle tickets (and pet the very fancy bike in person) at this event and additional events throughout the month. The drawing will take place on July 31. Buy your tickets early and often, people. (An extra-special thanks to Jeanne Smith for her incredible generosity.)
First Friday Evening Science of Art: Aerial Arts!
Kick off the holiday weekend watching artists from AsaBela Aerials perform breathtaking aerial acrobatics using silk streamers hanging high above you during First Friday Evening Science of Art: Aerial Arts on Friday, July 3, at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington. After the performances, you'll get the chance to have a guided hands-on experience with aerial silk moves. This art form helps build your body’s strength and flexibility.

This event is part of First Fridays, the monthly celebration of the arts in downtown Bloomington. Half-price general museum admission ($3.50) will be in effect from 5:00p until the museum closes at 8:30p. The activities are recommended for all ages and are included with museum admission. A small plate meal will be available to buy in the WonderLab café. Find out more at!
Don't let the parade pass you by!
Enjoy a little bit of Americana at this year's 4th of July parade Saturday, July 4 in downtown. The day kicks off at 9:00 a.m. with a concert by the Bloomington Community Band on the courthouse lawn, and the parade begins at 10 a.m. What will Beanpole be wearing this year? Don't miss it. More here
We're off to see the the BCT!
Travel from drab Kansas to colorful Oz with Dorothy and Toto in this 1939 classic adventure. Nominated for six Academy Awards, The Wizard of Oz has become one of the best-known films ever and is deeply embedded in American popular culture. 
Join us over the rainbow as the Buskirk-Chumley Theater presents its 2015 screening of The Wizard of Oz on Sunday, July 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the BCT box office in person or by phone, or online here.
BSO Annual Summer Concert
On Sunday, July 12, at 6:30p, pack a picnic and enjoy the wonderful music of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra as they present their annual FREE summer concert in Bryan Park! The BSO will be joined by guest conductor Stephen Pratt. More info online!
SAVE THE DATE: B’Town Jazz Fest!
B'Town Jazz is ramping up for their August B’Town Jazz Fest, to be held Saturday, August 22nd in the Courthouse Square.  This fun event showcases the amazing jazz talent in Bloomington and features outstanding college age and graduate musicians, as well as leading professionals from the area.  There will be more shade this year than in the past, so we hope you all come out and join us! More info at!
Grants, Fundraisers, Crowdfunding, and Donations
Support Shalom's More Than Homeless Public Art Project
The Shalom Community Center (Bloomington's only daytime resource center for people experiencing extreme poverty), working with community artist Joe LaMantia, hopes to bring both beauty and compassion to Bloomington through a unique public art project to be installed in front of our Center's downtown location on South Walnut Street. The public art project is driven by the theme of “More than Homeless” and inspired by the countless women, men, and children without homes who experience horrible prejudice and even hatred because of their situation. 

Through Joe's unique team-building process, guests of Shalom, students and staff from local schools, and members of the general public will all be involved in the design, creation, and construction of this unique art spectacle, which, when completed, will be available for all to learn from and enjoy.
There is still a long way to go, and Shalom is actively seeking donations to complete this project. You can donate HERE on their IndieGoGo campaign website!
A Delicious Way to Support Lotus
Please join Lotus for this year’s Edible Lotus Benefit Event on Thursday, July 9 at Deer Park Manor at 6pm. Enjoy fabulous food from 15+ of Bloomington’s finest restaurants, get an exclusive 2015 Lotus Festival preview, snag amazing items at the silent and live auctions, dance to live entertainment, and much more!
Tickets are just $100 per person, or $600 for a table of 8. ($70 of each ticket is tax-deductible.) 21 & older, please; space is limited, so reserve your seat early!
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
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.
Learning Opportunities

Irish Dance Summer-Fall 2015 classes
The new summer camp for kids aged 6-12 will be held July 22-23 in Bloomington. The camp is two half day sessions designed to expose kids to aspects of Irish Culture like music, language, crafts, and dance in a high energy setting filled with lots of fun activities! The flyer is attached, and registration is open online 
Fall classes will be on Wednesdays starting August 5th according to the following schedule:
5:30-6:30 Beginners (1st-2nd year dancers aged 5+)
6:30-7:30 Advanced Beginner/Novice (2nd-4th year dancers aged 5+)
7:30-8:30 Adult Intro/Intermediate 
The new studio is located in downtown Bloomington in Fountain Square Mall (101 W. Kirkwood Ave, Suite 113). Free parking is available across the street in the 4th St. Garage which is connected to the mall via skywalk.
Lotus Education & Arts Foundation: 
Visual & Cultural Arts Workshop Series
The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation’s 2015 visual arts project focuses on themes of food and culture, exploring how food functions across the world as ingredient, art medium, and touchstone for cultural identity. Activities and installations will feature:
Creating Pahiyas: A Philippines Harvest Tradition Workshop
On Sunday, June 28th, the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation will host Creating Pahiyas: A Philippines Harvest Traditionfrom 2-4 p.m. at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures (416 N Indiana Ave). As part of the “Celebrating the Harvest” summer workshop series, participants will have the opportunity to make Pahiyas Festa House creations and learn about this colorful tradition.
Pahiyas, a harvest celebration, dates back to the 16th century and involves elaborate, food-based decorations. Participants will use high-pigment markers to color plastic materials from recycled milk jugs, inspired by Pahiyas practices. In addition, regional food inspirations will be included to bridge local and global cultural connections. All materials made during this workshop will be part of a larger display in the free Lotus Arts Village at the 22nd Annual Lotus World Music & Arts FestivalSeptember 25-26.
Light refreshments will be provided. Recommended for adults, families and children ages 7 and up.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Please email or call812-855-6873.

Natural Dyes Workshops                                                                                                
On July 25 and 26th, Lotus will also present the Naturals Dyes Workshops. Each workshop goes from 1:00 -5:00p.m. taught at Hale Studio (3122 N. Norwest Woods Circle, Bloomington, IN). A varied color palette will be explored, while highlighting madder, cochineal and other derivations of natural dyes that create the color red. The workshops are connected to Lotus’s featured 2015 festival exhibit: “Seeing Red : World Textiles,” at Ivy Tech John Waldron Art Center’s Miller, Vault, and Treasurer’s Galleries. Workshops are taught by local Bloomington artist Gail Hale, a member of the “Seeing Red : World Textiles” exhibit planning committee.
Materials will be provided, and in addition participants are encouraged to bring their own materials they wish to dye during the workshop(s). Items should be of light-colored textile materials from non-synthetic sources (e.g. cotton, silk, wool, yarn, etc.). Workshops are intended as a two-day sequence, however workshop content also supports single-day participation.
Registration required. Registration online form: You may also register by calling (812) 336-6599 or email Suggested donation for each workshop is $25, or $50 both days per person. Each day accommodates up to 12 students. For adults and children ages 8 and up accompanied with an adult. Registrants with allergies please note that materials such as nuts and other possible allergens will be used during the workshops. Light refreshments will be provided.
Scholarships Now Available for Junior Historian Programs!
Scholarships are now available for the Let Your Garden Grow Gardening Camp!  Don't miss this exciting opportunity! Visit for more information!
C!RCUS Summer Camp!
July 6th-10th
Long Days - 8am-6pm
$200/week or $50/long day
Short Days - 9am-3pm
$150/week or $40/short day
Twin Lakes Recreational Center

Circus Camp is a day-camp experience designed to introduce children and teens to circus, performing, and visual arts in a safe and noncompetitive environment. Camper age begins at 6 years and up. Any level of physical development & skill is welcomed.
Our Fearless Flying Founder Juliana Burrell is an Aerial Master Instructor with 25 years of aerial circus experience and is an Art Educator, K-12 Certified & Aerial Summer Camp Instructor (Including Olympic International Gymnastics Camp, IGC in PA).
Every child will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities including:
Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop, Trapeze, Spanish Web, Juggling, Arts & Crafts, Turf Time, Hula Hoop, Hand Balancing, Acrobatics, Storytelling, Music, & More!
Sign up here!
Learn Bucket Drumming

Bucket drumming is a social, creative, high-energy way to make music. With roots in African drumming and traditional drum circles, this form of music encourages participants to invent, create, improvise, and compose. The class fosters group interaction and strong sense of belonging to a team. Above all, learning to make music through bucket drumming is intuitive, easy and FUN! This class is for youth ages 10+ and will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 6-7pm at THE WAREHOUSE. No previous musical experience is required.  All instruments and equipment is provided. To sign up for classes, email For more information, visit
BPP/Ivy Tech Summer Education Programs 
There are 2 more camps left  over the course of the summer, for kids ages 5 - 16

BPP's Laugh Factory (new this year!) - Ages 9 – 13 - June 29 - July 3 | $200
Do you have a funny kid at the dinner table? Do they practice their jokes for you hours on end or stay up late to watch Saturday Night Live? Then send them over to BPP’s Laugh Factory where they’ll learn to perfect their comedic acting, joke writing, and quick thinking through sketch and improvisational comedy!

Musical Theatre Camp - Ages 9 – 16 - July 6 - August 2 | $485
 This unique camp is geared toward youth who have a passion for the stage! Campers will write, produce, and perform an original musical, culminating in a series of full performances for the general public.

Registration available at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center or online at
All camps are held at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in downtown Bloomington from 9am - 4pm. 
KMB Studio 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

Job and Internship Opportunities

IU Art Museum Now Hiring Part-Time Events Staff
 Join a great team of events staff who coordinate exhibition openings, concerts, lectures and other public and private events.  Hours are variable (event-driven) and flexible;  events staff sign up to work events that fit their schedule.  Typically shifts fall in late afternoon, evening or weekends.  The work requires physical ability to set up equipment and communication skills.  For individuals with flexible availability, this is an opportunity to to work with a local arts organization, learn about museum operations, and contribute to successful museum programming.   Email for a job description or to apply. 

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

Bloomington Boogies Needs Volunteers!
You may have heard about the upcoming event, Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival.  They are looking for volunteers and have several opportunities remaining, one of which might suit you!
Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival is Aug. 9, 2015, in and outside the Ivy Tech john Waldron Arts Center, followed by Bloomington Boogies After Hours on the Courthouse square.  We are presenting some of the world’s best blues and boogie woogie pianists from 3 - 7 p.m. After the conclusion of the concert in the Ivy Tech Waldron, music will continue at Bloomington Boogies After Hours at Malibu Grill, where the pianists will also perform.  
Then on Monday, Aug. 10, the festival will conclude with a performance by some of the guest artists at Fairview Elementary School!  
The following volunteer opportunities are available:
Artist hospitality
Event Set-up
Event Clean-up
Take Tickets 
Staff the CD/book Sales Table - 2 hr. shifts available (2 - 4 p.m.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 6 p.m. - close)
Survey Participants as they leave venues
Other jobs to be announced.
More information is available at,  email, or by phone (812) 334-0415. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Craig Brenner. If not, please join us at the festival!

Jugs Needed for Lotus
Lotus needs water and/or milk one-gallon jugs (non-mashed, rinsed) and gift-tie ribbon (3cm wide, non-cloth) donations for our visual arts programming this summer. If you can give a hand with these requests, please take these items to the South Walnut Recycling Center (3400 S. Walnut St.). Contact Mary Hunter with Materials for the Arts at (812) 349-2022 or email ahead of time. Your support is most appreciated!
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. 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 (
Artist and Creative Spaces Available

Bloomington Playwrights' Project Seeking Gallery Partner
The BPP's lobby gallery is available for long-term lease to an individual or group. For more info, contact Chad Rabinovitz at

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

Stop and StART Mural Program Looking for Adopters!
BEAD is looking for adopters for its Stop and StART program which brings the work of artists to traffic signal boxes around town. Modest reimbursement is available for supplies. Interested in learning more?  Contact Miah Michaelsen at
The Indiana Arts Commission Seeking Project Proposals for New Capacity Building Partnership Program
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) recently announced that it is currently seeking project proposals for a new Capacity Building Partnership Program opportunity.
The Capacity Building Partnership Program will provide funding for selected programs that further develop the professional skills of the staff of cultural organizations, community leaders and / or individual artists.
Eligible nonprofit and public organizations wishing to partner with the IAC in order to produce programs such as a symposium, conference, lecture, or workshop must address one or more of four program goals: measuring and communicating community impact; artists as community leaders; strengthening community fabric; and best practices.
Proposed activities may range in scale and formality, but must be of local, regional or state appeal and address one or more of the program goals. Eligible applicants could receive up to $20,000 per project. The deadline to submit proposals is August 12, 2015.
Interested applicants should review the goals of the Capacity Building Partnership Program guidelines found on the IAC website at to see a complete list of project goals, description of eligibility, and how to apply.
For more information about the Capacity Building Partnership Program, contact Ann Fields at 317-232-1284 or email

Get on the A-List with the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington
Get seen by folks looking for musicians, ensembles, writers, visual artists, arts instruction and more.  The Arts Alliance is offering a free listing on their website. To find out more and get listed, visit the website here.

Arden Place Neighborhood Association Announces Call to Artists for Artwork
 The Arden Place Neighborhood Association in Bloomington, Indiana is issuing a Call to Artists - Request for Qualifications for a site-specific artwork commission in Bloomington, Indiana.  The Arden Place Neighborhood Association was granted funds by the City of Bloomington’s Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) to commission an artwork for the neighborhood. 
The Neighborhood Association is seeking qualifications from those artists/artist teams interested in a commission to create in a minimalist style, a sculptural representation of the concept of a “constant gardener”.  Preferred material is limestone. Height would be approximately 5 – 6’. From this RFQ an artist will be selected for the commission and will work with the neighborhood association on the final design.
Email Miah Michaelsen for more project information and application procedures.  Deadline for responses is July 15, 2015.
Brushtrokes is here!
The latest issue of the Bloomington Watercolor Society newsletter, Brush
strokes, is available here!

Applications Now Available for Non-Profit Booths at 4th Street Festival
Non-profit arts groups that are interesting in getting in front of the 40,000+ attendees at the 4th Street Festival are invited to apply for a booth. Applications are due by July 15, and the application form is available by emailing Susan Snyder at
Call to Artists:  Create Bicentennial Collector Medal 
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is partnering with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission to select an artist to create a commemorative medal recognizing the state’s 200th anniversary. The call for artists is now open to any permanent, legal resident of Indiana, 18 years-of-age or older.
Artists may submit up to three designs with their application. Subject matter for the design(s) must be reflective of Indiana’s 200 years of history. To see a complete list of design submission guidelines and requirements, please visit
The winning artist will receive a $5,000 cash award for their design. The winning design, including copyright, becomes the property of the State of Indiana.
The deadline to submit the application and artwork is 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Monday, June 29, 2015. The application must be submitted through Café, the online call for entry system used by the Indiana Arts Commission for this program, at
For more information about the project, contact Paige Sharp by calling 317-232-1279 or of Flowers PaintOut!
Join the Bloomington Community Band

The Bloomington Community Band needs music-reading percussionists for the 2015 summer season. Come join the band!
Be an Emerging Maker in 2015!
Are you an emerging artist? Gather brings you "Gathering Emerging Makers". What does it mean? Well, if you are chosen as one of our emerging makers you get to take part in one of our gallery exhibitions or trunk shows and you get mentorship time with the Gather staff, discussing the business of art and what's important to you! There are only SIX slots open for the 2015 calendar year, so please consider applying asap to get yourself in the running! Apply here to be part of our Emerging Makers project for 2015!!

Call for Artists and Musicians for Downtown Hyatt Place Hotel!

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

IU Cinema: Results
Image from the film Results
Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny’s well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.
Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 3:00p.m.
Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:00p.m.
Tickets are $6 for general public, $3 for IUB students
IU Cinema: Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Image from the film A Midsummer Night's Dream
Omniverse Vision is delighted to present Julie Taymor’s much heralded and sold-out production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at the Theatre For A New Audience in Brooklyn, New York, in 2014. Julie Taymor is the creative force behind such productions as Titus Andronicus, The Magic Flute(Metropolitan Opera), and the highest grossing Broadway musical of all time,The Lion King.   Of all Shakespeare’s plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the most phantasmagorical, featuring fairies, spells, and hallucinatory lovers. Julie Taymor turns out a production that’s visually breathtaking, funny, sexy, and darkly poetic. With cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Argo, Frida) and music by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, this is an immersive, inventive cinematic experience that was filmed during the show’s highly acclaimed inaugural run. The feats of visual imagination are ingenious and plentiful, but beating at the center of the film is an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of this beloved tale. (2K DCP Presentation)  
Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7:00p.m.
Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 3:00p.m.
Tickets are $15 for general public, $12 for IUB students
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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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