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Resource Lists

Where to Hang Your Art in Bloomington

Venues available to artists locally for display and sale of artwork. Where to hang your artwork (PDF 135.36 KB)

Art Show Listings

Arts and craft shows available to artists locally and throughout the state of Indiana. Indiana Arts and Craft Shows (PDF 498.50 KB)

Artisan and Food Products Produced in Bloomington

A listing of Bloomington artisan and food producers with contact information. Products made in Bloomington (PDF 356.41 KB)

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Shared studio space available on Vernal Pike -

Switchyard Studios - a variety of artist spaces located on S. Rogers Street. -

Windfall Dance Studio - basement space with natural light -,

Vernal Pike Studio (old Hensonburg School) - 812-340-4200

CFC Properties - several spaces located throughout downtown -


Indiana Arts Commission: Arts Operating Support Grant Programs

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced that a "notice of intent to apply" is now required for all organizations desiring to apply for Fiscal Year 2016 Arts Operating Support (AOS I, II, III) grant funding. Organizations must complete a notice of intent to apply form by 4:30 p.m. (EST) January 9, 2015. The notice of intent to apply may be found at:

In addition, changes in the grant guidelines will impact grant applicants beginning Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016) in the grant levels of Arts Operating Support (AOS) I, II, and III.

The notice of intent form reflects revised eligibility guidelines for operating support grants which require that "providing arts activities or services" be a primary mission, purpose, and focus of the applicant organization.

Examples of qualifying organizations would be arts producing, arts promoting, arts presenting, artist services, or arts teaching organizations. The organizations must be a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt status 501 (c) (3) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or an Indiana public entity (part of city or county government).

Guidelines for these grant programs are now available online at the IAC website or through your Regional Arts partner. To find your Regional Arts Partner, please visit: Organizations considering applying for AOS I, II, or III should carefully read through the new guidelines. The notice of intent form, dueJanuary 9, 2015, will determine eligibility to apply for these grants.

Guidelines for organizations applying for AOS III, or those organizations in Region 7 (Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, and Shelby counties), should consult directly with IAC staff Becca

Individual Artist Program Grants

Hoosier artists in selected disciplines have until Friday, February 6, 2015 to submit grant applications for the IAC's Individual Artist Program.The Indiana Arts Commission encourages artists to apply.

Eligible projects will only be considered in the areas of: dance, literature, music, theatre,and folk arts related to the traditional disciplines. Artists with disabilities are encouraged to apply for projects related to the eligible disciplines either through the discipline directly or through the access category.

Individual artists living and working in Indiana may apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP grant, which requires no matching funds. The grants are intended to assist artists with specific project-related costs that will help them further their career and provide some form of public benefit through the completed project.

The application guidelines and the online grant application system are currently accessible on the IAC website and can be found at:

Application for IAP grants will only be available through the online grant system. The deadline for application is February 6, 2015.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, must be an Indiana resident for at least one year prior to the date of application, and plan to remain in the state for the full grant period. Artists may not be enrolled in a degree-granting program. All projects must be completed between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Applications must be submitted through the Indiana Culture Grants Online at t
For more information, please contact Sarah Fronczek at 317-232-1274 or email|

Artist Calls

Bloomington Open Studios Tour Call to Artists

Event dates for next summer, 2015:
Saturday June 6 10 am-6pm
Sunday June 7 10 am-4pm
Bloomington Open Studios Tour is a two-day event in which local visual artists open their workspaces to the public. June 2015 will be their fourth year and they are stronger than ever. Their booklet and advertising are dependent on them having an earlier application due date. Several applications are already in, so please complete yours as soon as possible.

Their online application reflects a few adjustments to the fee structure and participation guidelines, so read carefully. If you would like to participate, but are worried that your workspace is not suited to be opened to the public, please let them know by acknowledging it on the application. They are hoping to pair up artists with host-studios.

Thanks to the hard work of participating artists, they have already secured their first piece of grant funding from the Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau/CVB and will again be able to publish our full-color, 40+-page, community sponsored booklet. They will be promoting their event outside of Bloomington. By pooling their talents and resources they are able to market their artwork more widely and bring new art fans into theirlocal scene, creating a dynamic art-filled weekend.
Please contact Sarah Pearce at 812-323-9745 if you have specific questions, or email us at
Click here for the application!

Call for Artists: City Hall Atrium Exhibition Opportunities

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

Call for Participation: 2015 Creative Aging Festival

The City of Bloomington Commission on Aging and the Center on Aging and Community invite you to participate in a city wide celebration honoring our elders and their creative contributions to our community! This celebration is in recognition of May as Older Americans Month. Bloomington is known for being both an arts destination as well as a retirement destination. We seek to enhance these two positive attributes by hosting the fifth annual Creative Aging Festival. We encourage all arts organizations, faith based organizations, local businesses, municipalities, neighborhoods, and families to participate in this unique annual community celebration by organizing a community activity of your choosing. Our primary objectives are to: Showcase the talents and skills of both established and first-time older artists, writers and performers; Promote inter-generational understanding through dialogue, sharing traditions, and storytelling; Enhance awareness about the value of creative engagement to adult health and well-being.

The easiest way for you to participate is to simply identify the creative elders around you and then publicly recognize them in some way anytime during the month of May. If you are a business you may choose to apply the "creative aging" theme in some way, or better yet you may choose to host some sort of creative aging event. Here are some examples:

Open your public space for the exhibition of creative visual art done by members of your organization.

Hold a storytelling circle that brings together youth and elders that you know.

Offer an open-house or reception to honor elders in your organization.

Host a creative hobby day or a show and tell event for creative elders.

Creative Aging Festival Program Guide

The Bloomington Commission on Aging will post an online program guide, promoted on the City of Bloomington and partnering agencies' web sites that will feature creative aging events and exhibits. Additionally, a printed program guide will be distributed to arts and aging venues throughout the county and state. The 2014 Creative Aging Festival program guide is available for your review at our

If you would like to have your event promoted through the web site's online program guide, please fill out an event listing application form Creative Aging Festival Online Event Submission Form and submit it no later than March 1st, 2015. Early submissions will be given priority consideration to be included in the printed program guide as well. (Space is limited, so inclusion in the printed program guide cannot be guaranteed.) Events that do not meet the guidelines and/or spirit of the Creative Aging Festival will not be included.

Monroe County History Center Call for Artists

Monroe County History Center is seeking applications from artists wishing to have a gallery show of their work. Opening ‚Äč is ‚Äčavailable from April 2015 through August 2015. There is 10 x 22 foot area for the artist to use.

The show will be a feature during the 2015 June Garden Walk. We are specifically seeking 2D artists who focus on gardens, flowers, or a combination. Please submit an image to to be considered. Deadline for Submission: January 1, 2015. For more information about the museum, visit monroehistory.orgBloomberg Philanthropies Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge Applications - Due Dec. 15!Public Art Challenge will grant at least three cities up to $1 million each over two years to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development.

For Organizations

Consulting Services for Nonprofits

Are you on a non-profit board that needs a retreat facilitator, help with the planning process, or is facing a specific organizational challenge? Michael Shermis is offering his expertise on the following areas of non-profit operations: Mission, Vision, and Values Planning, Strategic Planning, Retreat Facilitation, Board Recruitment, Board Development, Organizational Restructuring, Staff Board Dynamics, Bylaws Updates, Policy Development, and Fund Plan Development. Contact Michael at for more information.

Ongoing Classes

Ryan Academy of Dance Irish Dance Classes

The Ryan Academy of Irish Dance will be beginning another 6 week session January 13th. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the Bloomington United Arts Academy, located across from College Mall on Pete Ellis Drive.

No previous dance experience is required for this class. An introduction to technique and footwork will be provided, after which we'll be working on both group and solo choreography. As we did for the last session, plans are in the works to give students an opportunity to perform in the community at the end of the session.
The cost for the session is $80 for new students and $60 for returning. Session tuition is due on the first day of class and can be made payable to the Ryan Academy of Irish Dance. Click here to register

Windfall Dance Studio Currently Registering for Classes

Bloomington's only contemporary dance company offers a wide range of dance classes. For a full schedule, visit the website.

Bloomington Clay Studio Offers Classes

Many times available to fit your schedule. Adult Beginning/Intermediate Wheel Throwing, Young Adult Wheelthrowing, and more! Full class schedule can be found here website.

Arts Classes at Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

Non-credit classes for all ages at downtown arts center. Ceramics, painting and drawing, textiles, creative writing and more. Class schedule here website.

Bloomington Print Collective Offers Classes

Bloomington Print Collective is a non-profit arts group in Bloomington for those interested in printmaking. Visit their website for membership information and other events.

Watercolor Classes

Bloomington Watercolor Society offers a variety of classes. Browse the catalog and register online online.


Indianapolis Arts Council E-Newsletter

Visit the Indianapolis Arts Council's E-Newsletter for a weekly listing of artist, grant, and employment opportunities throughout Indiana. The e-newsletter is updated weekly, so make sure to check back often!