View this email in your browser
Rebirth by Erica DeAngelis
Untitled by Beth Smith
Lily on a Field of Gold by Rachel Staley
The Dazzling Duo by Sharvari Kolhatkar

50/50 photos by Tony Vasquez

Join us TONIGHT, 5:00–7:00 pm, for the exhibition reception for 50/50, A Community Art ProjectLight bites and drinks will be served; masks are encouraged. 

This is the last week to see 50/50 in the Gallery! Visit during gallery hours, Friday 12:00–4:00 pm or by appointment. All 50 artworks are also online at!

Now in its fourth year, 50/50 is an opportunity for community members to be creative and contribute to a group exhibition at 411 Gallery. 4” x 4” panels are provided by the CAAC – for free – to 50 participants, who each create a unique work of art. Organized as a fundraising initiative in support of 411, these 50 artworks are sold for $50 each, benefiting future programming at the gallery. With a diverse group of local talent, 50/50 continues to generate excitement each year, making the arts accessible for all.


First Fridays for Families is returning this spring!

All performances will take place at The Commons, 300 Washington Street in downtown Columbus. Doors open at 5:30 pm; Shows 6:00–7:00 pm

First Fridays for Families introduces young audiences to a wide variety of performing arts in a fun and informal setting. More details to come soon.

Learn more about First Fridays at, and stay up-to-date at

First Fridays for Families is made possible by the Custer Foundation and the Nugent Foundation, with additional support from the City of Columbus. Thanks to our generous sponsors, this program is free and open to everyone!


We are excited to announce Small Talk/s, a new speaker series at Studio 207!

Small Talk/s features local creatives telling their stories. Through this program, CAAC aims to highlight the varied and circuitous paths our local creatives take in their careers. The format for Small Talk/s is casual, fun and flexible. The audience is encouraged to ask questions and interject throughout the talk. Humor and irreverence is welcome and encouraged.

Join us the second Wednesday of each month, March–August, for this new program! Refreshments at 5:30 pm; Small Talk/s at 6:00 pm. 

  • March 9: Loran Bohall
  • April 13: Jan Lucas
  • May 11: Jamie Goldsborough
  • June–August: To be announced soon!
Small Talk/s is presented by CAAC in collaboration by Echo Bravo, a creative collective working in Columbus.

Learn more at

Photos by Hadley Fruits

Host a community event on the 6th Street Arts Alley!

We have created an online form for organizations and groups interested in hosting events on the 6th Street Arts Alley!
Submit your information and find resources for hosting an event at

Requests must follow the Downtown Columbus Special Event Policy and Application process. Events must be accessible, safe and open to the public. Full policy and application at


Patricia Malina 

In 1988, Patsy Malina and husband John moved from the suburbs of Chicago to Columbus, Indiana. John joined Cummins and Patsy saw many opportunities to fulfill her many interests. In 1990 they built a new home in Tipton Lakes which she 100% designed herself using French Provincial style. Then she earned Master Gardener status to help satisfy her art instincts and help landscape her new home. Also early in the 1990s, she helped the newly formed Columbus Newcomers Club welcome new residents to our wonderful community. 

Patsy's most enjoyable pastime was painting as a hobby, with watercolor as her favorite medium. She loved Columbus and its commitment to the arts!


CAAC is hiring a 411 Gallery Intern!

Are you interested in working with our creative team and learning more about 411 Gallery?
Send your résumé to by February 21!

Must be available to work Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons. $9 per hour, 10–12 hours per week.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is now accepting applications for The Laura Showalter Youth Concerto Competition. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 4, 2022.

The competition is an exciting opportunity for high school aged musicians to prepare a musical piece and audition for an opportunity to perform with Indiana’s oldest continually-active symphony orchestra! Winner and first runner-up for the Youth Concerto Competition will receive a scholarship of $500 and $100. 

Amongst her many accomplishments, Laura W. Showalter was a teacher, writer and musician. She began playing the violin as a child and joined the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in 1970. She also played with the Singing Strings. Laura was an active and engaged member of her community serving on numerous local, state and national education associations as well as local clubs, committees and boards. In celebration of her life and her love for music and education, her family has partnered with CSO to offer the Laura Showalter Youth Concerto Competition. 

Learn more at

Applications are now open for Arts Project Support and Arts Organization Support grants for FY23, July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023

Arts Project Support (APS) grants provide funding to Indiana 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public entities for specific arts projects or arts activities. 
Arts Organization Support (AOS) grants provide annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations.


Applications are due March 9, 4:30 pm EST
Online application portal: 

We are also seeking 
panelists for the Region 9 grant review panels April 29 and May 2. We seek a diversity of representation to foster greater dialogue, awareness and understanding while representing the many perspectives that make up our state and region. Submit your information to serve as a panelist. Nominations are also welcome. Each panelist is eligible for a stipend of $75.

Find more information and resources at


Viewpoint Books will be hosting a special event with Al Unser, Jr. on Thursday, March 10 from 4:00-6:00 pm! 

Al will be at Viewpoint to sign copies of A Checkered Past, his autobiography as told to Jade Gurss, who will also attend. The book was released in October, 2021 and this is one of the first book signing events in Central Indiana!

Find Viewpoint Books at, and learn more about A Checkered Past at

The next Cabaret at The Commons features actress and singer Eden Espinosa, March 10 at 7:30 pm!

Broadway’s Eden Espinosa (Wicked, RENT, Falsettos) will share an intimate evening of songs and off-the-cuff stories. Expect songs from her albums, Broadway, pop and rock covers, songs she’s never sung before, and more. She’ll also be taking requests, so prepare accordingly!

Learn more and get tickets at

Learn about the art, architecture and ideas of New Harmony, Indiana at the Social Alchemy Symposium organized by Big Car Collaborative, April 11–13.

Artists, placemakers, writers, historians, designers, architects, philosophers, urban and rural city planners, and community organizers are invited to converge in New Harmony, Indiana – famous site of two utopian experiments – for an exploration of imagination, history and design in the quest for ideal communities.

Learn more at


2nd Annual Hogstock: Live Music & Beer Festival

After a fantastic first year, Scott Wilson State Farm and Hog Molly Brewing Co. are bringing back Hogstock, a day of music, food and craft beer benefiting CAAC.

June 11 at Hog Molly Brewing Co.


Annual Arts Fundraiser: Uncommon Cause

Mark your calendars for Uncommon Cause, an evening of fellowship and fundraising as we celebrate our mission, “to strengthen the community through arts and culture”.

August 6 at Harrison Lake Country Club

More information to come!

Visit to stay updated on these and all CAAC events!

Many Thanks to our 2021 Program Sponsors: 

City of Columbus
Columbus Area Visitors Center
Columbus Museum of Art & Design
Custer Foundation
Efroymson Family Fund
Noblitt Fabricating
Nugent Foundation
Indiana Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts

And thanks to CAAC's 2022 Investor-Level Sponsors: 

Cummins Inc.
Elwood Staffing

Support Our Work:
CAAC is a non-profit organization supported by private and public donations, the City of Columbus, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Copyright © 2022 Columbus Area Arts Council, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.