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Thank you to all the artists, designers, volunteers and community members who contributed to the success of Uncommon Cause 2020!

In this most uncommon, unexpected year, we are grateful for your support of arts in Columbus, of our mission, “to strengthen the community through arts and culture,” and of two exciting new initiatives: the 6th Street Arts Alley and Studio 207 at The Workshop.

You can learn more about these projects and the new format of Uncommon Cause 2020, and support all of CAAC’s work at
Many thanks for making the arts a priority in Columbus!

Paper Pavilions is the latest exhibition at 411 Gallery, on view October 1–November 21.

Curated by Sean Starowitz, the exhibition includes artwork by Gnat Bowden, Carlson Garcia, Samuel Levi Jones, Rachel Kavathe, Claire Krüeger, Maddie Miller, Armando Minjarez, Joann Quiñones and Andréa Stanislav.

Paper Pavilions explores how sculpture and architecture have become fused through the framework of sculpture pavilions and public artworks. This exhibition connects artists and practitioners across the Midwest to celebrate a cultural exchange between Columbus and Bloomington along Arts Road 46. The 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.​

Paper Pavilions is supported by the City of Bloomington, Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, Columbus Area Arts Council, 411 Gallery, Columbus Museum of Art & Design and Arts Road 46. This exhibition is made possible in part by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts

Learn more about the exhibition and project at

Are you looking for a creative assignment? 411 Gallery is seeking 50 creative people to each create one work of art for our winter exhibition: 50/50 – A Community Art Project

All works will be made on 4”x4” wood panel, supplied by the Columbus Area Arts Council. Additional materials are to be supplied by the participant and may include paint, pencil, collage, textiles and mixed media mounted directly on the wood panel.

Each work will be for sale for $50 to support 411 Gallery.

To participate, sign up at by October 10. 

The Columbus Museum of Art & Design (CMAD) has announced their 2020 Fall Grant Cycle!

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 are due by October 30, 2020.

CAAC is excited to announce 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.

Find the RFQ at Submissions are due December 4, 2020.

The Exhibit Columbus 2020 Symposium has begun! 

Presented as a series of live-streamed, online conversations the 2020 Exhibit Columbus Symposium New Middles gathers thinkers, designers, architects, artists, and landscape architects to discuss “What Is The Future of The Middle City?” This question, posed from Columbus, Indiana—in the middle of the U.S. heartland and rooted in the Mississippi River watershed—is one important to many urban centers locally and globally.

The 2020 Symposium takes up four topic areas: Futures and Technologies, Resiliency and Climate Adaptation, Arts and Community, and Indigenous Futures and Radical Thinking.

Read more, view the full schedule, and join the event at

Registration is now open for the 2020 Indiana Arts Homecoming.
Mark your calendars for this free online event, October 14–15. 

The Indiana Arts Homecoming is the annual gathering of Indiana’s artists, arts providers, creative communities and arts advocates. Connect with artists, arts organizations, arts advocates and community leaders at Indiana’s statewide digital conference. The focus of Homecoming is on being a source of inspiration, support and creativity during these challenging times.

Find the full schedule and register for Indiana Arts Homecoming at

Finally, we want to highlight the work of Columbus’ own Sherry Stark, who is completing her second term of service with the Indiana Arts Commission. Originally appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012, Sherry’s time on the Commission included a pivotal role as Strategic Planning Chair, leading the Commission in creating their 2017–2021 strategic plan. 

A Lafayette, Indiana native, Sherry has spent most of her adult professional life in Columbus. Previously, she was President and CEO of Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County for 12 years. Earlier positions included Executive Director of the Columbus Area Arts Council (two years) and Senior Deputy Mayor and Director of Community Development for the City of Columbus (ten years). Sherry continues to advise and serve organizations locally and nationally, and she is a frequent speaker and trainer on leadership, governance and community collaboration.

The mission of the Indiana Arts Commission is to positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our state's citizens and communities. The Indiana Arts Commission is made up of 15 people appointed by the Governor who establish the agency's policies and goals, plan its direction for the future, and approve all grant awards and programs. The commissioners serve up to eight years, and are selected to represent various areas of the state and diverse arts, business and community backgrounds. 

Thank you, Sherry, for your service on the Indiana Arts Commission and for supporting arts and culture for all Hoosiers!

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.
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