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Dear Friends of CAAC, 

We begin a new year with a note of gratitude: Thank you for supporting our mission, “to strengthen the community through arts and culture”. In 2022, we will continue to deliver programs and services that inspire a creative life for all. We especially want to thank our 2022 Investor-Level Sponsors, Cummins Inc. and Elwood Staffing. 

As we advance into 2022, we remain flexible and responsive to the needs of our community, providing both new and familiar ways to experience the arts in Columbus. Our current exhibit at 411 Gallery, 50/50, A Community Art Project – now in its fourth year – is a great representation of the diverse talent in Columbus and beyond. While you're downtown, stop by the Gallery or check out the Online Shop. We will host a closing reception for this inspiring exhibit on February 17. And, if you are looking for a fun way to engage the kiddos, download Inside/Outside the Lines, illustrated coloring pages by Jenni Kiesler. This free arts activity is an excellent way to learn more about public art located at The Commons.

Speaking of The Commons, we are pleased to announce that First Fridays for Families will return in March! It’s been two years since we’ve gathered in the Nugent-Custer Performance Hall for this fabulous program that introduces young audiences to the performing arts. The 2022 series is supported by a grant from the Nugent Foundation and the Custer Foundation, with additional support from the City of Columbus. We are grateful to have their support, helping to bring back First Fridays for Families, a popular favorite sure to educate and enrich the entire family.

Last year we celebrated the completion of Phase 1 of the 6th Street Arts Alley. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the Columbus Area Visitors Center and Noblitt Fabricating, we will organize quarterly events on 6th Street in 2022! Starting with the first event on March 24, 6th Street will be activated with live music, performers, food trucks and more. We are thrilled to see this creative placemaking project evolve, engaging so many community partners in the process. Stay tuned for more details on this year’s events and what’s next for Phase 2 of the 6th Street Arts Alley!

We are also pleased to announce that Studio 207 will begin its second year of programming, thanks to the incredible support of our lead sponsor, the Efroymson Family Fund. Studio 207 is the perfect location for artist residencies, pop-up exhibitions, public art projects, artist-led workshops and youth arts education. As we finalize our 2022 Programs + Events Calendar, we will share opportunities on how you can participate in these activities over the next year.

On behalf of the CAAC board and staff, thank you! We are proud to serve as your local arts council and invite you to be a part of our on-going work, to advance our mission and the arts in Columbus! 

With gratitude, 

Kathryn Armstrong
Executive Director

Here and Now by Jen Broemel
Every Reason to be Happy by Glenda Winders
Lily on a Field of Gold by Rachel Staley
The Dazzling Duo by Sharvari Kolhatkar

50/50 photos by Tony Vasquez

50/50, A Community Art Project is on view through February 20.

See all 50 artworks at, and visit us during gallery hours: each Friday 12:00–4:00 pm or by appointment!

We also hope you’ll join us for the 50/50 closing reception: February 17, 2022, 5:00–7:00 pm! Light bites and drinks will be served; masks are encouraged.

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. 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. 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. Thank you!


CAAC has teamed with The Commons and artist Jenni Kiesler for a free Youth Arts Activity: Inside/Outside the Lines!

Showcasing the public art and architecture of The Commons, this coloring page project supports CAAC’s strategic objectives, “to serve the community” and “to foster and develop young talent”. 

Download and print all 4 pages at, and share on Facebook by tagging @artsincolumbus and on Instagram with #artsincolumbus!

Photos by Hadley Fruits

Host a community event on 6th Street!

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

411 Gallery Internship

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.

Capturing Love and Joy – Call for Participation

Columbus East High School senior, Kaitlyn Carothers, is hosting a photography contest and planning an exhibition for her senior project! 

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Capturing Love and Joy will include photos of people or passions that bring participants love and joy. 
The photo gallery will be displayed at Hotel Indigo for two weeks, with a gala opening on February 13 and closing on February 27.

Read more about Kaitlyn’s project and submit your photo by January 24 at
With our strategic objective, “to foster and develop young talent”, CAAC is proud to support BCSC senior projects like Kaitlyn’s.

IDEA Workshops

Arts for All is a three-part Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) training series led by Dr. Pascal Losambe, an educator and consultant in the areas of education, organizational culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and presented by the Regional Arts Partners of the Indiana Arts Commission. This training is free for arts providers in Indiana and is designed to provide organizations with workable strategies to build relationships with their community and engage underserved audiences.

What does it mean to be inclusive?
Wednesday, February 2 at 11:30 am EST
Dr. Losambe will lead participants through a presentation and interactive session to help organizations understand the importance of working with – not for – the community.

What does IDEA look like in practice?
Friday, February 16 at 11:30 am EST 
The session will center on a panel discussion that illustrates best practices for using IDEA strategies and community engagement – how to apply learnings from the other two workshops.

Register at

FY23 Organizational Grant Opportunities

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 panel to be held via Zoom in late April. 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 links at


Join the Indiana University J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program for a lecture by artist and visiting professor Andy Bullard.
February 17, 6:30 pm at The Republic Building

Andy Bullard is a painter who earned his M.F.A. in painting at IU in 2020 and his B.F.A. in painting from Georgia State University. As an adjunct professor and associate instructor at IU, he has taught painting and drawing classes both in Bloomington and in IU’s Summer study program in Florence, Italy. Bullard's work has been shown widely in Bloomington and in galleries in Indianapolis and Cincinnati. This event is free and open to the public.

Learn more at

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic is performing Peter & the Wolf, with duo pianists Charles Webb and Steven Mann!

February 5, 4:00 pm at Columbus North Erne Auditorium

Fantasia, the Disney movie, introduced a generation to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. This “children’s concert for adults” (and children) features Peter & the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, and music from Harry Potter

Learn more and get tickets 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 Museum of Art & Design
Custer Foundation
Efroymson Family Fund
Nugent Foundation
Indiana Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts

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

Cummins Inc.
Elwood Staffing

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.
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