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This year, CAAC’s annual arts fundraiser, Uncommon Cause, will be more uncommon than planned. In an effort to keep our community safe, we have decided to move this year’s Uncommon Cause to an online format.

Although this was not an easy decision, we are confident that it was the right one. As the arts continue to unite us in new and innovative ways, having the community's support is more important than ever.

For over 45 years, Uncommon Cause has been the biggest fundraiser for CAAC and for arts in Columbus, as it provides the support needed to deliver a broad range of high-quality arts programs, events and services to our community. With this unforeseen adjustment, our board and staff are working on alternative fundraising models, including an online art and design auction and sale featuring work by local creatives and students. Proceeds raised from the online auction and sale will directly support artist-led and student-led programs, as well as provide resources for local creatives in 2021. 

In lieu of attending or sponsoring an in-person Uncommon Cause, there will be several new ways for folks to give to the organization. Right now, donations can be made at; more ways to support CAAC will be announced soon.

We are pleased to announce the Columbus Museum of Art & Design Spring 2020 grantees! For this cycle, micro-grants are awarded directly to individual professional artists/designers through a partnership between CMAD and CAAC. These projects respond to the COVID-19 outbreak by engaging the Columbus community through public visual art and design projects or experiences.

The following projects were awarded funding:

Interactive Lighting Design
Advisor: Daniel Luis Martinez
Design Team: Shorf Afza, Alyssa Bullock, Jacquelyn Brice, Mark Kebasso

This proposal is for an immersive lighting installation along the north facade of the Republic Building (home of the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program). The installation uses coding and sensors to create an interactive and socially-distant game to activate the front lawn of the building. The design team consists of four graduate students (Alyssa Bullock, Shorf Afza, Jacquelyn Brice, and Mark Kebasso) working with Assistant Professor Daniel Luis Martinez as an advisor. The proposal builds on themes in a seminar completed by the students in the spring of 2020 titled, "Architectural Lighting: Techniques + Poetics".

Symbiotic – Artwork Series and Online Exhibition
Rachel Kavathe

We are in a time of extreme anxiety in our culture. We are disconnected from loved ones, and our collective sense of community. This series of work, called Symbiotic, is about forming connection in a time when we need it most. While we isolate, many in our community are discovering the healing benefits of connecting with nature. I am requesting funding to realize an online exhibit that I believe will provide a bit of relief during this time, a fresh perspective on our connection to the natural world, and a way that Columbus citizens can participate in this experience to find their own deeper connection with the natural world.

Finished Paintings to Date
Timothy Michael Rix

This project respects the rich history of Columbus while leading us into a radically new era of artistic production and presentation. “Finished Paintings To Date” takes a different approach to the way art is shown and viewed within this community by not exhibiting the artwork in a traditional gallery setting but instead creating an independent pop-up event in a residential neighborhood. 

Congratulations to these Spring 2020 CMAD grantees!
We look forward to seeing and hearing more about their projects.

We are also excited to announce that the City of Columbus  and CAAC have been awarded a $25,000 Asphalt Art Initiative grant by Bloomberg Philanthropies! From 200 applications, Columbus was one of 16 cities selected; see the full list at

The project site will be near the intersection of 16th Street and Home Avenue; this location was selected by the City due to its identification in the Columbus Central Neighborhood Plan as an important commercial node for the surrounding neighborhood. This project aims to improve pedestrian safety in this area by defining the visual identity of the area and adding pedestrian-scale elements to the street, such as crosswalks and curb extensions.

More details will be finalized in the coming weeks, including a request for proposals.

The Indiana Arts Homecoming is going digital this year! Mark your calendars for October 14–15, 2020. 

Many changes have come about since the initial call for proposals for the 2020 Indiana Arts Homecoming conference. It will be a different kind of conference than originally planned, but what hasn’t changed is the IAC's commitment to shared inspiration, connection and learning for creatives.

The IAC has announced a refreshed Call for Content centered around the ideas, skills, networking and arts experiences you want to participate in. The IAC is open to different session types and are inviting everyone to suggest content or experiences. 

Submit your ideas by July 31, 2020.

Have you heard about The Mask Project? This new CAAC project has engaged local artists and designers to create custom fabric patterns for face masks that are not only useful, but also fun and fashionable. Many creative professionals have been affected by COVID-19, and this project creates a new opportunity within the local creative economy. Through The Mask Project we hope artists and designers can serve not only as leaders and ambassadors of arts and culture, but also of public health.

With the help of volunteers, CAAC aims to produce 7,500 free masks that will be available from safe pick-up locations throughout Bartholomew County. If you are interested in volunteering to make masks, please submit your information online or contact CAAC at

Stay tuned for updates on The Mask Project, including pick-up dates and locations and more information on an exhibition of the finished designs. 

Thanks to Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew CountyColumbus Regional Health and Healthy Communities Proyecto Salud Action Team for their support of The Mask Project.

Thank you for supporting our mission,
"To strengthen the community through arts and culture."
For more updates check out the CAAC website, and visit our Facebook and Instagram [@artsincolumbus] for news and resources.
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