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Bloomington Arts Commission

2013 Bloomington Arts Commission Members

About the Bloomington Arts Commission

Established in 1980, the Bloomington Arts Commission provides a means for the City of Bloomington to stimulate and encourage community appreciation for and participation in the arts.

The City of Bloomington recognizes that the arts are an important part of the culture and economy of the community, and that the City has a responsibility to foster an environment conducive to the community's participation in the arts. The conservation and development of the city's artistic resources are essential to the social, educational, and economic growth of the city. Artists, works of art, and artistic institutions contribute to the quality of life and the general welfare of the citizens of Bloomington.

Statutory Authority: BMC 2.12.020


Appointee Appointed By Term Expiration Date
Martina Celerin Common Council 1/31/2017
Lynn Schwartzberg Common Council 1/31/2017
Sally Gaskill Common Council 1/31/2017
Alain Barker Common Council 1/31/2016
Vacancy Common Council
Francesca Sobrer Mayor 1/31/2018
Jan Grant Mayor 1/31/2017
Craig Widen Mayor 1/31/2017
Abby Perfetti Mayor 1/31/2016
Jean Kautt Mayor 1/31/2016
Peter Jacobi Mayor 1/31/2018

Apply to fill a vacancy

Commission officers:

Jan Grant, Chair

Craig Widen, Treasurer

Paul Sturm, Secretary

Activities of the Commission - The Bloomington Arts Commission awards grants, is responsible for the City's Public Art Master Plan and directly commissions public art through the City's Percentage for the Arts program.

For background on the BAC including history, current programs and initiatives, click here (PDF 6.49 MB).

Learn more about the commissioners (PDF 504.34 KB)


Trademark, Copyright and Contract Law for Visual Artists, Musicians and Other Creative Folk

Learn the need-to-knows of copyright, trademark, branding and contract law at this workshop designed for the specific needs of the creative sector.

Friday, October 16, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center
302 S. College Avenue, Bloomington, IN

Join Robert S. Meitus and fellow attorneys at Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP's Entertainment & Media Law practice as they provide a broad overview on trademark and branding, copyright, and contract law for the creative community. Breakout discussion sessions will follow for visual artists, musicians, film artists, literary artists and other creative folk to address specific issues within each discipline.

Workshop facilitator Robert S. Meitus chairs Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP's Entertainment & Media Law practice and serves as counsel for a wide range of clients including recording artists, record labels, filmmakers, authors and creative business clients in a range of industries such as print and broadcast media, fashion and other areas. His practice largely involves negotiation of agreements, work with intellectual property protection, clearance and licensing and generally serving as business/legal counsel to numerous creative clients. The firm's clients have included a diverse array of talent such as The Alan Parsons Project, Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty Records, Cage the Elephant, Foxygen, Trixie Whitley, Ron Artest, as well as institutional clients such as the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Emmis Broadcasting and the NCAA. Meitus is an adjunct professor of law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, teaching Entertainment Law and a music law clinical course. Meitus received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, his masters of international affairs from Columbia University, and his B.A. from Wabash College. He also performs in his band Blue Sky Back and lives in Bloomington with his singer-songwriter wife, Carrie Newcomer, whom he also manages.

The workshop is free of charge, but space is limited.
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Advance registration is required.

This workshop is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, with additional support provided by BEAD and the City of Bloomington Arts Commission.

Call to Artists - Request for Qualifications Issued for Arden Place Sculpture Commission

The Arden Place Neighborhood Association in partnership with the City of Bloomington 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 which will serve as a figural representation of the many individuals who work throughout the year to enhance the beauty of their gardens and yards, which all in the Arden Place neighborhood and throughout the city can enjoy.

A selection panel, comprised of Arden Place residents, project partners and public art staff will review qualifications submitted and select an artist for the commission. The budget for the artwork commission is $12,000.

A project description as well as information on how artists may respond to this RFQ is available here. (PDF 232.43 KB)

For more information, contact Miah Michaelsen, the Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at or (812) 349-3534. Deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.

Public Art Master Plan - The Arts Commission's Public Art Master Plan for the City of Bloomington (PDF 1.42 MB).

Creative Assistance Initiative Program - Learn more about the Creative Assistance Initiative

BAC Meeting Schedule - All meetings in McCloskey Conference Room at 5:00 p.m. unless noted.
Meeting Minutes and Agendas


Wednesday, January 14

Wednesday, February 11

Wednesday, March 11

Wednesday, April 8

Wednesday, May 13

Wednesday, June 10

Wednesday, July 8

Wednesday, August 12

Wednesday, September 9

Wednesday, October 14

Wednesday, November 11

Wednesday, December 9