The Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington

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Local and Regional Art Festivals

A Fair of the Arts

A Fair of the Arts is a juried arts and fine crafts fair held at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. in Bloomington, on the second Saturdays of the month in conjunction with the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, May through October. The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department invites local and regional artists to apply to participate in the 2020 A Fair of the Arts, an art and fine craft fair held the second Saturdays of the summer season, May through October. A Fair of the Arts is held at Showers Plaza adjacent to the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market on May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, and Oct. 10. Artists may apply to display and sell their original artwork at A Fair of the Arts by submitting an application either online or by mail. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 28 to receive full consideration. There is a non-refundable $15 jury fee per application. The cost for selected artists to participate in A Fair of the Arts is $60 per Fair; commissions are not collected on sales. Criteria for selecting artists for A Fair of the Arts include style of work (divided into 10 categories: clay, drawing/painting/photography, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metalwork/woodwork, natural materials, recycled arts, surface decoration, and personal care); quality of work, price of work, and variety of artists. All work for sale at A Fair of the Arts must be original and made by the applicant. In addition, work must be safe, have a decent life expectancy, and exhibit quality of craftsmanship. Participating artists are selected by a jury of Parks and Recreation staff and artists. For more information about A Fair of the Arts, or to request an application, call Crystal Ritter at 812.349.3725. Artists who wish to apply to participate in A Fair of the Arts in 2020 may be added to the contact list by emailing Crystal Ritter, Community Events Coordinator at ritterc@bloomington.in.gov.

Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Art Show and Sale

A display and sale of local clay, glass, and fiber presented by the three Artisan Guilds of Bloomington: the Bloomington Glass Guild, the Local Clay Potter's Guild, and the Bloomington Spinners and Weavers Guild. All three guilds have previously held holiday sales where artists' exhibits have included blown and stained glass, tapestry, tailored jackets, functional pottery, sculptural pieces, and more. The combined holiday sale will be in the Bloomington/Monroe Convention Center in November. All fiber, glass, and clay art is welcome.

Arts Fair on the Square

A Bloomington tradition, the Bloomington Playwrights Project's Arts Fair on the Square celebrates 40 official years of bringing visual artists and craftspeople together with the local and regional community. This juried art show features 100 regional and national artists and craftspeople on the picturesque grounds surrounding the Monroe County Courthouse. The mission of Arts Fair on the Square is to showcase fine art and craft of the highest quality, connect artists with the art-buying community, and promote commitment to the arts through a variety of interactive arts experiences. For 40 years, Arts Fair on the Square has been one of the premier annual events in Bloomington, Indiana, earning appreciation from artists from all over the country and patrons from all over Indiana and beyond for its commitment to quality. In addition to featuring a wide variety of amazing artists, Arts Fair on the Square also includes two interactive art centers, community organization spaces, and entertainment from local artists including musicians and dancers throughout the day. Arts Fair on the Square draws thousands of visitors to downtown Bloomington to experience the finest visual arts has to offer.

Bloomington Fourth Street Festival

Held every year on Labor Day weekend, the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts is an artist-organized, admission-free, wheelchair accessible, cultural event in the heart of the Festival District of BEAD (Bloomington Entertainment and Arts Districts). The Festival recruits high-caliber artists from all over the United States and Canada to national acclaim. Complementing the experience is live musical entertainment, hands-on art creation for children and adults, a spoken word stage with “poetry on demand”, interactive installation art, and informative booths presented by local, not-for-profit, arts-oriented organizations. Our community can experience art in many forms thanks to this Festival.

Bloomington Handmade Market Holiday Market

HM Holiday Market will be Saturday, November 14th, 2020 at the Monroe Convention Center from 10a-4pm with a special VIP evening event on Friday, November 13th, 2020 from 6p-9pm.

Bloomington Handmade Market Summer Fair

BHM Summer Fair will take place Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 10a - 5p Applications will be open for the month of March.

Bloomington Open Studios Tour

Bloomington Open Studios Tour is an annual, free event where Bloomington visual artists open their studio doors to the public for the weekend. We invite you to come tour studio spaces, have an up-close and personal experience with our artwork, examine the materials and tools that we use to make it, and see demonstrations of how raw materials are transformed into art pieces. Here's an opportunity to ask questions about what inspires artists, to find out how your favorite artworks came to be, and a chance to purchase unique artworks.

Unitarian Universalist Church Holiday Art Fair and Bazaar

For over 55 years, the Unitarian Universalist Church has hosted a holiday-season art celebration with crafts such as jewelry, ceramics, and more. The event is held in December and also includes the opportunity to eat lunch or dinner in the cafe or do holiday shopping from the range of arts and creations available for purchase. All art mediums are welcome.

Display Venues

By Hand Gallery

By Hand Gallery is a locally owned, cooperative gallery that currently has 12 artisan members. By Hand Gallery has been in the Bloomington community for over 30 years and has a reputation for selling art works that are of good design and quality craftsmanship. Besides our cooperative members, there are over 70 additional artists who sell their work through By Hand Gallery.

Gather

Gather Handmade Shoppe & Co. is a retail gift shop located in the historic Redman Building at 116 N. Walnut on the east side of the square in Bloomington. Gather is owned by shopkeep Talia Halliday and run by an awesome staff of artistic women. We showcase emerging and independent handmade goods. We sell the independent work of more than 250 artists, crafters, and makers from the Midwest and beyond. The work represented in the store ranges from handmade and handcrafted jewelry to bath and body, kids’ toys and clothing to woodworking, illustration, knitted and crocheted work and much much more. Also offered in the space are workshops and classes to help create and foster our artistic community as well as a gallery space to exhibit emerging as well as well known artists in the area. Each month we host public craft nights to bring our community together around the practice of making. Gather is about creating a community around art and the process of art - supporting the makers that create, and illustrating that creation.

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

In May 2010, Ivy Tech Community College took ownership of the John Waldron Arts Center building and now provides space for 6 galleries, one of which is a virtual gallery, and 2 performance spaces. $25 submission fee, $69.55 - $187.25 gallery fee, 0% commission

Monroe County History Society

The mission of the Monroe County History Society (MCHS) is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Monroe County’s history, culture, and natural environment by all. To accomplish this purpose and mission, the MCHS collects, preserves, researches, interprets and exhibits the genealogy, history, and artifacts of Monroe County, Indiana. With five galleries, four that rotate what is on exhibit multiple times a year, we have something for everyone!

Spectrum Creative Group

We build on your vision and work with you to inspire creativity that supports your goals. We believe in creating amazing work that resonates with your audience. Starting with the creative process and moving through the printing, mounting, and signage, we find unique solutions to help your projects succeed. Spectrum Creative Group offers unique and customized design, photography, and printing services. We’re locally-owned but experienced in working within the ever-changing world of marketing and creative engagement. We understand our clients’ needs, from the budget concerns of a small business to the quality demands of an artist. At Spectrum, we provide customized creative services to meet your personalized goals.

The Venue Fine Arts & Gift

Our goal is to provide a venue for the finest in artistic and functional, handcrafted works of art. Visit with us and see the latest in contemporary styles of local, regional, and national artwork. Oils and watercolors, ceramics, semi-precious stone jewelry, and wood and leather crafts are just a few mediums you will find as you wind your way through The Venue.

Online Marketing

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Fiscal Sponsorship

Community Calendars

Bloom Magazine

Hoosier Times

Visit Bloomington

If you're planning an event in Monroe County, we'd love to share it on the Visit Bloomington calendar. Simply fill out the form and we'll review your event listing. You can expect to receive notification that your event has been approved or denied within approximately 72 hours of submitting your event.

WFHB

To get an event listed on our Community Calendar, please send the event name, date, time, and complete address of venue to calendars@wfhb.org at least one week in advance.

Performance Spaces

Allison-Jukebox Community Center

The Allison-Jukebox Community Center has two large activity rooms available for hourly rentals. The "Carpet Room" (with carpet flooring) is approximately 1,500 square feet (62.5' x 24') and has a maximum capacity of 50 people. The "Tile Room" (with vinyl tile flooring) is approximately 1,150 square feet (48' x 24') with a maximum capacity of 80 people. Ten rectangular tables and about 60 folding chairs (metal and plastic) are available for use. Twenty-two free parking spaces, and three free accessible parking spaces, are available behind the building.

Bloomington Playwrights Project

The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) strives to be a leading artistic force in the production and encouragement of new plays. The BPP provides opportunities for development, education, and production for promising and established writers and theatre artists in a professional environment. The theater itself is also available to rent for productions and rentals.

Buskirk-Chumley Theater

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is owned by the City of Bloomington and operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. The Theater presents film screenings, concerts, and community events. The 629-seat Theater is available for rent for all types of performances, events, and presentations.

Hilton Garden Inn Ballrooms

Large and small rooms are available for multiple uses. Rental is $1200 for the Grand Ballroom, $600 for the Monroe and Griffy Ballrooms, and $450 for the Dream and Bluff rooms. The rooms are 760, 940, 1518, 1932, and 3450 sq. ft.

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

In May 2010, Ivy Tech Community College took ownership of the John Waldron Arts Center building and now provides space for 6 galleries, one of which is a virtual gallery, and 2 performance spaces. $25 submission fee, $69.55 - $187.25 gallery fee, 0% commission

Rhino's All Age Music Club

Rhino’s, a division of the Harmony Education Center, provides services to youth 6 – 18 years old at Harmony School at 909 East 2nd St and in the community. During the week, Rhino’s offers three after-school programs – youth radio, homework support, and theater. Periodically will be we hosting all-ages events: music shows, movies, plays, art exhibits and more at a variety of locations around Bloomington.

The Bishop Bar

A performance spot with a 16'x2' stage, a mixing board, speakers, microphones, subs, lighting, video, and monitors. Parties can be brought and space can be set aside for free.

Wonderlab Museum

WonderLab's mission is to provide opportunities for people of all ages, especially children, to experience the wonder and excitement of science through hands-on exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, foster lifelong learning and explore connections to the arts and everyday life. WonderLab uses art-based activities and experiences to explore science in a hands-on way. The highlight is First Friday (evening of the first Friday of the month) when WonderLab features regional artists demonstrating their work, augmented by exciting hands-on art activities that replicate the artist's medium and show how creativity and innovation are required in both art and science. WonderLab also provides weekday and weekend programs on a variety of art-related topics, as well as art exhibitions that are displayed on the gallery walls.

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The Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington is a member-driven organization that promotes the sustainability of the creative arts community by catalyzing communication, and collective action.

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