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One Percent for the Arts Program

For more information, please contact:

Sean Starowitz

Assistant Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for the Arts

812-349-3534

starowis@bloomington.in.gov

 

City of 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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RFI: Fabricators for Bloomington Public Art Projects

The City of Bloomington seeks interested vendors who provide design and fabrication based services to be listed in conjunction with ongoing Public Art Opportunities through the City's 1% for the Arts Program. Interested vendors would have their business listed for potential work with the City on future public art commissions. Potential vendors should be willing to work with emerging artist/designers, who may not have fabrication skills or experience with public art installations on public art projects.
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Grants for 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. Artists and arts organizations contribute to the quality of life and the general welfare of the citizens of Bloomington.

The Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) plans, develops, and implements the City’s arts policies, articulated in the 2017-2019 BAC Strategic Plan and the Public Art Master Plan. Funds are made available for public art, grants, and other initiatives.

 

NEW FOR 2019: TWO FUNDING CATEGORIES

The Common Council has made available $40,000 towards arts grants in 2019. The BAC will consider proposals in two categories: Arts Project Grants (available to both individual artists and nonprofit/arts organizations) and Operating Support (available only to nonprofit arts organizations that serve Bloomington). Nonprofit arts organizations can apply for either Project Support or Operating Support. Applicants can only apply to one category, and are encouraged to work with staff/BAC to determine the most appropriate category.

 

Timeline:

  • Grants Info Workshop: February 20th, 2019 from 5:30-7pm at Lotus Education Arts Foundation (105 S Rogers St, Bloomington, IN 47404)
  • BAC Grants Workshop: March 13th, 2019 from 4-5pm at City Hall in the McCloskey Room
  • Applications Due: April 5, 2019
  • Award Notification: Late May/Early June

 

BAC Project Support
 

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 or individual artists 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.

 

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

BAC Operating Support 
 

A new funding opportunity available only to nonprofit arts organizations that serve Bloomington. 

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.
 

 

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

 

Resources for Current BAC 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 60 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 60 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 BUEA Arts Project Grant: Timeline:

  • Applications due August 16th, 2019. 

 

Prospective BUEA Applicant Resources:

2019 Grant Guidelines
2019 Grant Application 

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.