Arts in Columbus
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We extend our thanks to all who contributed to CAAC in 2019 and supported our mission to strengthen the community through arts and culture. 
We look forward to seeing what 2020 has in store for the arts in Columbus, and hope to see you soon!

First Fridays for Families
Mario the Maker Magician

January 3
The Commons
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Show starts at 6:00 pm
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Artist Reception

January 23
411 – A Project of the Arts & Entertainment District
5:00–7:00 pm
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Southern Indiana Taiko Drumming
January 3
2:00 pm
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2020 First Robotics Competition Season Game Reveal
Reeves Building, 675 Reeves Way
January 4
10:00 am
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Community Update from City Leaders
Bartholomew County Public Library
January 13
6:00 pm
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MLK Breakfast
United Way of Bartholomew County
The Commons
January 20
7:00 am
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Comedian Pat Godwin
Harlequin Theatre
January 25
8:00 pm
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Letters Home
Bartholomew County Historical Society
January 28
11:30 am–1:00 pm
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Krieger Plays Beethoven
Columbus Indiana Philharmonic
Columbus North Erne Auditorium
February 1
7:30 pm
More info

Love Your History – Call for Youth Artwork

Bartholomew County students ages 14–19 and/or attending high school (public, private and homeschool) are being asked to submit original artwork for the Inn at Irwin Gardens' event, "Love Your History."

Are you inspired by historic landmarks that make Columbus a special place to live? We have an art assignment for you! Create a one-of-a-kind work of art that visually represents what “Love Your History” means to you and win a chance to exhibit your work at The Inn at Irwin Gardens. Students selected to exhibit work will be entered into an art contest with cash awards.

Artwork due January 31, 2020.

Click here for more information.


Rural Indiana Performance Fund announced

In association with the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Midwest has announced ten grants to Indiana communities as part of the Rural Indiana Performance Fund. 
The Rural Indiana Performance Fund, a partnership between Arts Midwest and the Indiana Arts Commission, engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater or musical theater, and other performing arts forms throughout rural Indiana.

Click here for a full list of funded projects.


Matthew Graham selected as Indiana State Poet Laureate

The Indiana Arts Commission has announced the selection of Matthew Graham, Evansville, as the new Indiana State Poet Laureate by a selection committee comprised of representatives from Indiana's major institutions of higher education, a requirement of the post's enabling legislation.

Click here for more information about Graham and the role of Poet Laureate.


Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial call for proposals

The Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission is issuing a Call for Proposals to Indiana-based artists or artist teams interested in designing and fabricating an original work of art to be displayed in the Indiana Statehouse to commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment and to remain a part of the State of Indiana’s permanent public art collection.

Proposals should embrace and celebrate a theme of representing the ideals, people and actions behind the movement for women’s suffrage and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel convened by the Indiana Arts Commission, which will include artists working in public art, public art administrators and citizens. Three finalists will be submitted to the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, which will make the final selection.

Proposals due January 10, 2020.

Click here for more information.


Hoosier Women Artists Contest call for entries

Since 2008, the Hoosier Women Artists program has celebrated and further expanded the important role art plays in our communities by showcasing the work of talented women artists throughout the state.

The theme of the 2020 Hoosier Women Artists competition will be a celebration of women and commemoration of the women’s suffrage centennial anniversary. Artists are encouraged to submit pieces related to this theme, expressed in the artists’ own interpretation.

Proposals due January 31, 2020.

Click here for more information.


Indiana Arts Commission Opportunities

On-Ramp Career Accelerator
On-Ramp is an accelerator for Indiana creative entrepreneurs looking to rev up their business thinking. On-Ramp gives participants new connections, plans, coaching and access to special funds. Applications due January 16, 2020.
Click here for more information about On-Ramp.

Individual Advancement Program
Individual Advancement Program provides support up to $2,000 to Indiana artists for career development projects. This cycle, IAC is accepting visual arts (crafts, design, media arts, photography) applications. Applications due February 6, 2020.
Click here for more information about Individual Advancement Program.

Creative Community Pathway
Creative Community Pathway is a roadmap for any Indiana community to use arts and culture-based strategies to grow community wellbeing. Communities interested in pursuing special designation through the program must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by February 27, 2020.
Click here for more information about Creative Community Pathway.

Arts Organization Support I
Arts Organization Support provides annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations. Organizations new to this grant must submit a Letter of Intent by January 15, 2020. Applications due March 5, 2020.
Click here for more information about Arts Organization Support I.

Arts Project Support
Arts Project Support provides funding to nonprofit organizations to support a specific part of the organization's arts activities or a series of related arts activities such as art classes or training sessions. Applications due March 5, 2020.
Click here for more information about Arts Project Support.


Connect with CAAC!

Do you love the arts in Columbus? Become a volunteer for the Columbus Area Arts Council! With a variety of programs and events happening year round, we are always looking for ways to get others involved in our work. Email for more information today!

Promoting local events is one of the many ways CAAC supports arts and culture in the Columbus area. Let us know about your event and we may feature it in our newsletter or on social media. Newsletters go out biweekly. Deadline for submission is the Monday before the next newsletter.
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