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Bloomington Artist Database 

Connect with us at the City of Bloomington to join our Artist Database! By sharing your contact information, we can get in touch with you about the latest opportunities for exhibition, performance, collaboration, and funding.

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Current Opportunities

Request for Proposals: Fairview Elementary Mural

Fairview Elementary School is currently seeking an artist or a team of artists to design and execute a mural to further encourage the creative learning environment and student engagement in our school. The mural space is located inside the school, displayed for all to see. The mural needs to be vibrant, positive, engaging, and appropriate for all audiences. Religious, political, or commercial works are not eligible for this project.

For questions or clarification about the Request for Proposal, mural themes, or the selection process, please email fairviewmuralproject@gmail.com.

Deadline: December 13, 2017

Download the Fairview Elementary Mural RFP.

 

Bloomington Parks & Recreation 2018 Summer Concert Series: Call for Applications

Bloomington Parks and Recreation has a long history of providing free music and theatrical performances in city parks, and of showcasing local musical talent. Not only does the summer Performing Arts Series provide several delightful venues for outdoor performances, but also promotes music as a way for local residents to experience different musical cultures, and as a catalyst that brings neighborhoods together.

The 2018 schedule of performances includes:

  • Peoples Park Tuesday Concerts, May through August from 4:30-6 p.m. at Peoples Park
  • Music on the Monroe County Courthouse lawn in conjunction with the Strawberry Shortcake Festival. The performance is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 3.
  • Friday night concerts at the Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park in June from 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Sunday concert series at Bryan Park, July and August from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Bloomington Community Farmers' Market performances, Saturdays and Tuesdays during the Market season.

Deadline: December 5,  2017 ($10 Application Fee)

For more information, visit www.bloomington.in.gov/concerts.

 

Annual Grants for Arts Projects

Bloomington Arts Commission Arts Project Grant

**EXPERIENCE SURVEY**

The City of Bloomington is conducting a survey in an effort to understand how the Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) can serve our arts community better through its Arts Project Grants program. The program supports the tradition of assisting artists and arts organizations in pursuit of ambitious projects that propel the vitality and diversity of arts experiences available to the Bloomington community.

As a member of the Bloomington arts community, we're requesting information on your experience with the BAC Arts Project Grants program. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Your response will remain confidential and only grouped data will be reported. The deadline for participating is November 10th, 2017.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director for the Arts, Economic & Sustainable Development Department at starowis@bloomington.in.gov or 812-349-3534.

About the Grant

The Bloomington Arts Commission, as part of its mission to foster an environment that promotes the arts, makes funds available to support local art projects.

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations participating in arts activities that align with current areas of focus of the Arts Commission: to cultivate a community in which residents appreciate the value of personal and collective artistic activity; to encourage collaboration in and diversification of artistic activities that are equitable and inclusive; to foster ongoing creativity and innovation; to enhance and support a high level of artistry; and to support the economic vitality and interests of local artists and arts organizations.

2018 Arts Project Grant Timeline:

  • Applications Available: Early Spring 2018
  • Grants Workshop: TBD
  • Applications Due: Late March 2018
  • Award Notification: TBD


Prospective Applicant Resources:

2017 Grant Guidelines
2017 Award Recipients

For more information, contact Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for the Arts, BAC Staff Liaison, at starowis@bloomington.in.gov at (812) 349-3534.

Resources for Current Grant Recipients

Acknowledgment Requirements

The Commission requires that all promotional and programmatic printed or written material about the project meant for public distribution should utilize the BAC logo or a credit line stating, "This project is supported in part by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission's Arts Project Grant Program." If no printed or written promotional and programmatic material is used, a verbal acknowledgement of BAC support must be announced and documented. For a higher resolution or different format, please inquire to starowis@bloomington.in.gov or bac@bloomington.in.gov.

BAC Logo

Final Grant Report Requirements

No later than 30 days after the completion of a project, a final grant report is required to be filed. An extension can be granted, but must be requested before the initial 30 days has elapsed - contact staff for information on filing for an extension. 

Final Grant Report Form

 

Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association Zone Arts Project Grant

Offered in partnership with the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, (BEAD), the Zone Arts Grant Program is designed to help support arts activities within the boundaries of the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone.

Citizens, 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.

2019 Arts Project Grant Timeline:

  • Applications Available: TBD
  • Grants Workshop: TBD
  • Applications Due: Mid August 2018
  • Award Notification: TBD


Prospective Applicant Resources:

2018 Grant Guidelines
2018 Award Recipients 

For more information, contact Brian Payne, Assistant Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for Small Business Relations, at payneb@bloomington.in.gov or Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for the Arts at starowis@bloomington.in.gov.