Arts in the Park
It's only five dollars/day for one carload to enter the McCormick's Creek State Park. This year, on Saturday, June 14th your entire family can enjoy the 9th Annual Arts in the Park Festival. Once inside the park, follow signs to the Nature Center to be greeted by the sounds of a local singer songwriter or maybe a high-energy blues band. In 2014, on June 14th You'll see a small grouping of white tents with artists celebrating a wide variety of local arts underneath the high canopy of our native tulip, oak, and beech trees. Walk among the many tents of very talented artists selling their handmade original pieces, enjoy a series of concerts by local musicians at an outdoor stage, help other community members finish a unique piece of art together while being outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine!
Bloomington Community Art Fair
Community Art Fair and Garlic Fest are located at 3rd Street Park in beautiful downtown Bloomington Indiana on Labor Day Weekend. We are a venue for local artists to exhibit and sell their art work. We encourage young, old, emerging and newbie artists that want to participate in an art fair. Artists must create and produce their own art. We have found that their are many artists in our community who are under served and would like this opportunity! We are partnering with Garlic Fest making this a fun filled weekend featuring a well balanced good quality art fair, great music and tasty garlic based foods. Facebook
Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival is an annual music and dance festival in featuring acclaimed blues and boogie woogie piano players, swing dancers, food and beverages. The festival includes free and ticketed performances at multiple venues and free educational components.
Bloomington Boogies takes place at multiple venues in downtown Bloomington, with ticketed and free performances. Ticketed concerts usually take place inside the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. Free performances take place outside the Ivy Tech Waldron Arts Center, and at Bloomington Boogies After Hours venues on the Court House Square. Educational components include free performances at schools, a limited number of concert tickets for students attending schools located in the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, and free piano workshops.
Bloomington Handmade Market
Bloomington Handmade Market founders Mia Beach, Sally Harless and Nicole Wolfersberger saw the need for an artistic venue in Bloomington that would enable contemporary, emerging artists and crafters to showcase their wares at an affordable price. During the summer of 2009, the Bloomington Handmade Market was born and has been going strong ever since!
BHM is a juried show, meaning that participating artists are selected from a pool of applicants and notified a few months in advance of the show. In selecting artists, they look for artists and crafters that are creating quality, unusual work of a type that we don't often see in more traditional craft fairs. Artists come from both Bloomington and around the midwest to participate, and they are always looking for new artists to apply! In the "Vendors" page is a list of links to artists who have participated in the past, and browsing these can give you a good idea of the types of arts and crafts they seek.
They now hold BHM once a year, in November. Admission to the show is always free and open to the public. The first BHM, in November of 2009 was held at the John Waldron Center for the Arts. With an unexpectedly high turnout of just over 1000 people, they knew the next one would have to be in a larger venue, so the Spring 2010 Market was held at KRC Banquets and Catering. Their third event was held at the Bloomington Convention Center, with over 1,600 patrons and 46 artists and crafters. With 7 events under their belt, they've continually had over 2,100 people visit our event, spending an estimated $30,000 among our 50 booths! Future BHM events will continue to be held at the Convention Center. email Facebook
Bloomington Open Studio Tours
Now in our fifth year, we are thrilled to introduce the tremendous variety of art being created in Bloomington. Indiana!Open Studios Tour is a unique, free event where 36 of Bloomington’s visual artists open their studio doors to the public for the weekend. We invite you to come tour studio spaces, have an up-close and personal experience with our artwork, examine the materials and tools that we use to make it, and see demonstrations of how raw materials are transformed into art pieces. Here's an opportunity to ask questions about what inspires artists, to find out how your favorite artworks came to be, and a chance to purchase unique artworks.
Creative Aging Festival
In celebration of Older Americans Month, the City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invites the community to celebrate creativity and our aging population through its fourth annual Creative Aging Festival during May 2014. The primary objectives of the Creative Aging Festival are to highlight the artistic talents of older adults; promote intergenerational understanding through dialogue, sharing traditions, and storytelling; and increase awareness about the value of creative engagement to adult health and well being.
Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts
The 2014 Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts will be held on August 30 and 31. Rain or shine! The 4th Street Festival (FSF) was created in 1977 by Bloomington, Indiana area artists and craftspeople to showcase southern Indiana talent. Since then, the fair has grown to include artists from all over the country. Today, the FSF is an artist-organized, admission-free, wheelchair accessible, cultural event held each Labor Day weekend in the heart of the Festival District of BEAD (Bloomington Entertainment and Arts Districts). FSF recruits high caliber artists from all over the United States and Canada, and the event has achieved local, regional and national acclaim. The Artfair Sourcebook, 2013, ranks it in the top 50 shows in the United States. The art fair experience is enhanced with live musical entertainment, hands-on art creation for children and adults, a spoken word stage with “poetry on demand”, interactive installation art, and informative booths presented by local, not-for-profit, arts-oriented organizations. Thus, FSF presents an opportunity for a broad cross-section of the community to experience art in many forms.
Grant Street Jazz Festival
Grant Street Jazz Festival is an annual festival featuring local jazz music, food, and drinks. The festival is located on Grant St. between Kirkwood and 6th and is free and open to the public. 2014 will be the third year for the festival.
Hyperion Music & Arts Festival
Hyperion Music & Arts Festival is a weekend camping festival located at Stable Studios in Spencer, IN. Hyperion, the Greek Lord of Light, was re-imagined as a music & arts festival in 2012 at Stable Studios, where Herm Productions took their stage lighting design skills to the next level and scaled their creativity over an entire festival. The comfortable grounds of Stable Studios became the new home for one of the Midwest’s most fun festivals.
Indiana Limestone Symposium
The Indiana Limestone Symposium was founded in 1996 by two master stone sculptors, Amy Brier and Frank Young. It is based on the Greek model of coming together for discussion and celebration, and continues the tradition of sculpture symposia that have proliferated in Europe and Asia. Symposium instructors believe that anyone with the desire to carve can learn how. The atmosphere is relaxed, congenial, and non-judgmental. Instructors are available at all times to guide participants through the process of carving from start to finish.
Lotus Education & Arts Foundation
The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Bloomington, Indiana (est. 1994). Our mission is to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts.
All Lotus programming supports the institutional mission: the annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach, and Edible Lotus, as well as a vibrant Visual Arts program. Lotus also offers special programming and events with community partners throughout the year.
The Foundation’s flagship program is the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. Established in 1994, the Festival is one of the oldest world music festivals in the U.S. and the only festival of its kind in the state of Indiana. Now in its 22nd year, it attracts more than 12,000 people to downtown Bloomington annually each fall, for 4-5 days of music and arts from around the globe. Through the Festival, Lotus creates – on a grand scale – the rare opportunity for audiences to experience places far removed from their everyday routines and to broaden their worldview through the arts.
Lotus is supported by a diverse funding base that includes individual contributors, business sponsors, foundation and governmental grants, and ticket revenues. The organization is named partly in honor of Indiana musician Quinten Lotus Dickey (1911-1989). His spirit of open inquiry into the music of cultures other than his own—and his gifts as a musician, singer, and songwriter — inspired the founders.
Spencer Pride Festival
The Spencer Pride Festival is an annual rural event celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender community and its allies in Indiana. The Festival takes place on the square of the Owen County Courthouse in downtown Spencer. Admission-free and 100% family-friendly, the Festival features all-day live entertainment provided by local performers, such as the Quarryland Men’s Chorus, Amanda Biggs, Straight Davis, & the Different Drummer Belly Dancers. There is also a huge and diverse marketplace of nearly 75 organizations, including many artists from throughout South Central Indiana. Other popular items include the Family Fun Area for guests under 12 years of age, thousands of dollars in prizes and raffle items, festival foods, and much, much more. 2014 will also incorporate the Chalk Walk, a fundraiser for the local art community. In its 8th year, the 2014 Festival takes place on Saturday, June 7 from 10 AM until 5 PM.