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Proposed 6th Street public art activation project | Rendering and concept by LAA Office
Support the 6th Street Arts Alley!

With support from our generous donors and many community partners, we launched 411 Gallery. Strategically located in downtown Columbus, CAAC and 411 Gallery have become active in the cultural development of 6th Street as a creative place and future Arts Alley. With close proximity to other art and cultural organizations, we are working to bring dynamic programs and community activities to this central corridor in the heart of the city – with plenty of space for social distancing.

Join us for a Mask-Making Marathon at Studio 207 to help create face masks as part of The Mask Project!

Volunteers will cut, iron and sew fabric into face masks that will be available from safe pick-up locations throughout Bartholomew County. Some steps require intermediate sewing knowledge, while others are perfect for those with no prior experience. Whatever your sewing skills, project advisors Susannah Lipinski, Victoria Bell and CAAC staff will guide participants through the mask-making process, providing assistance and advice to make everything seem easy.

To ensure social distancing of all participants, please reserve a time – registration is free! Individually packaged drinks and snacks will be provided.

Read more and register to attend at

If you're looking for an ongoing volunteer opportunity, we are on the lookout for help cutting and sewing masks as part of The Mask Project. Sign up at

Whether you're good with scissors or skilled on a sewing machine, we can use your help. Learn more and submit your information to volunteer at

Thank you to Heritage Fund - The Community Foundation of Bartholomew CountyColumbus Regional Health and Healthy Communities Proyecto Salud Action Team for their support in making these free masks available to our community!


In celebration of the 131st anniversary of The Crump Theatre, CAAC has commissioned local artist Jenni Kiesler to illustrate two coloring pages of the historic theater. This fun and whimsical art activity is designed especially for young aspiring artists! 

And, as part of CAAC's strategic objective to foster and develop young talent, these coloring pages will be part of a Youth Art Contest on display at The Crump!

All submissions will be displayed in the poster cases outside The Crump Theatre in mid-December 2020 through March 2021. A gift certificate to Viewpoint Books will be awarded to one finalist in each age group: 4 and under; 5–8; and 9–12. 

Pick up a coloring kit this Saturday, October 31, from Viewpoint Books, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, or at The Crump Theatre, 5:00–8:00 pm. You can also download the pages and entry form at
Submissions due by December 1, 2020.

Mutant Bower by Carlson Garcia | Photo by Ian Carstens

Paper Pavilions is on view at 411 Gallery through November 21.

Contact us at to schedule a visit to the gallery, or find the virtual tour at Check out the features of Paper Pavilions in Limestone Post magazine and on WFYI's All IN

This exhibition connects artists and practitioners across the Midwest to celebrate a cultural exchange between Columbus and Bloomington along Arts Road 46. This curated body of work illustrates how artists can actively interpret space, sculpture, and materiality by responding to key sites of architecture and the natural environments of southern Indiana.

Learn more about the exhibition and project at

If you've been in 411 Gallery recently, you may have noticed some activity in the Community Studio. We are excited to welcome  Victoria Bell  as a student resident, and to support her creative and scholarly projects.

Victoria is a second-year Master of Architecture student in the IU J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program. Originally from Columbus, Victoria is an alumna of Columbus East High School, and has a B.S. in Architecture from Ball State University. Follow 411 Gallery on Instagram and Facebook to see Victoria's future explorations of the Community Studio through her residency.

The 411 Community Studio is a flexible space for youth artists and emerging creatives to work, meet and collaborate. Made of custom plywood panels and built-in furniture, the space is meant to evolve as artists work with the community to reimagine the exhibition wall into temporary installations. The Community Studio is part of the Columbus Area Arts Council's residency project and was made possible through generous support from Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

Mark your calendars for 50/50, A Community Art Project, on view at 411 Gallery, December 17, 2020–February 14, 2021.

50/50 showcases 50 artworks on 4”x4” wood panels, each by a member of the community. All pieces will be available for sale in 2021, $50 per artwork, to support 411 Gallery. More information coming soon.

50/50 artworks from the 2019–2020 Winter exhibition

The Columbus Museum of Art & Design (CMAD) is accepting Fall 2020 grant applications until tomorrow, October 30!

For this granting period, CMAD is interested in projects that: 

  • Present exceptional quality (for longer-term installations/experiences)

  • Present grassroots support or emerging artists (for pop-up installations/experiences)

  • Use funds strategically to have real impact.

Though not required, special consideration will be given to thought-provoking projects that react to current transformative topics such as: racial equity, civic responsibility and voters rights, human rights for all, access to the arts, and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Find the full guidelines and application form at
Applications due TOMORROW, October 30, 2020.

CAAC has announced a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the 16th Street Neighborhood Asphalt Art Project.

The asphalt artwork will be a ground plane mural installed along 16th Street between the intersections of Home Avenue and Union Street, near a residential neighborhood and budding neighborhood commercial node. This project is made possible by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative grant program with additional support from the City of Columbus and Columbus Regional Health (CRH) Healthy Communities

The goals of the Asphalt Art Project are to:

  • Transform the neighborhood with a visually appealing artwork that inspires and uplifts residents and visitors.

  • Improve walkability, street and pedestrian safety, and increase foot traffic in the designated area.

  • Enhance social connectivity and economic growth through creative placemaking and art activation.

Read and download the full RFQ at
Submissions are due December 4, 2020.


Exhibit Columbus has just wrapped up their 2020 Symposium, New Middles.

Presented as a series of live-streamed online conversations, the Symposium gathered thinkers, designers, architects and artists to discuss, "What Is the Future of the Middle City?" in four topic areas: Futures and Technologies, Resiliency and Climate Adaptation, Arts and Community, and Indigenous Futures and Radical Thinking.

Visit the Dezeen and Exhibit Columbus YouTube channels to watch the conversations, and head to to learn more about the 2020 Symposium.


Leadership Bartholomew County and CivicLab, in partnership with the United Way of Bartholomew County, are proud to present Equity Works! Building A Better Understanding Series. The six-part series features 60-minute conversations with experts in the field on equity-focused topics to help gain a better understanding and provide tools and resources to individuals and organizations.

Learn more at

We congratulate Robert (Bob) and Barbara Stevens, who have received a 2020 Governor's Arts Award, the state's highest honor in the arts!

Since moving to Columbus in 1985, Bob and Barbara Stevens have been leaders in business and supporters of the arts. The Stevens believe in giving back and leaving a legacy for their community, and Columbus has benefited from their support of numerous arts and community-based organizations. Their commitment to Columbus and the surrounding area can be seen in the range of projects, causes and Indiana artists they have supported, including the Columbus Area Arts Council, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, The Commons' new building, Indiana University's J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program, the Brown County Art Gallery expansion, and the new Visitor Center at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site.

Originally presented in 1973, the Governor's Arts Awards recognize excellence in artistic achievement, philanthropy, arts education and leadership in the arts, and are presented biennially at a public event. The public event for the 2020 recipients has been postponed to 2021. More information about the event, including the date, will be available early next year. 

Thank you, Bob and Barbara, for your support of the arts in Indiana!

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.
Cummins Inc. is the Columbus Area Arts Council's Investor-level sponsor in 2020.
Copyright © 2020 Columbus Area Arts Council, All rights reserved.

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