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Brian Payne, Director of Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, 812-349-3419,

Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director for the Arts, 812-349-3534,

Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) and Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) Announce 2017 Deadline and Upcoming Information Session for Zone Arts Grant Program

Bloomington, Ind. – The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) and the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) are now accepting applications for the Zone Arts Grant Program.

The Zone Arts Grant Program is designed to support arts activities within the boundaries of the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone. Individual artists, teams of artists, local businesses and nonprofit 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; and 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.  

An information session on the grant program will be held Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ivy Tech Waldron Art Center (122 S. Walnut St.). Staff will discuss the guidelines and application process and be available to discuss possible projects with participants. Guidelines and applications for the program are available on the City of Bloomington website at The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2017.

For more information about the grant program, contact Brian Payne, Director of Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, at or 812-349-3419.


The BUEA provides the means to improve the economic, physical, and social environment for Zone residents and businesses and contributes to economic development efforts in Bloomington's urban core. The Enterprise Zone operates in accordance with Indiana State Code and has created or retained hundreds of jobs and spurred millions of dollars in increased investment. For more information on the BUEA, visit


BEAD seeks to bring the business and creative sectors together to advance commerce and culture, build community and spur economic development. BEAD is a geographically defined, mixed-use cultural district in downtown Bloomington which capitalizes on local and regional assets that are specific to the cultural, economic and social issues of Bloomington. BEAD emphasizes the high concentration of creative assets and related activities to strengthen and enhance the overall economic development of the community and provides a connective link to a variety of incentives, programs and grants to benefit its major stakeholder groups and users: the community, visitors, the creative, cultural and entertainment sectors, and small businesses.