Arts Eye March 2018

Arts Eye newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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Warsaw Community HS student wins Indiana Poetry Out Loud

Joshua Fisher (above right) earned the honor of being named the 2018 Poetry Out Loud Indiana State Champion. Fisher, a sophomore at Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, qualified for the national finals by winning the Indiana State Poetry Out Loud Championship February 17, 2018 at the Indiana State Library. Runner-up Sophia Delgado (above left) of Herron High School, Indianapolis, won the Poetry Ourselves competition in which students submitted their own original written or spoken word poems. Fisher will represent Indiana at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals April 23 - 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The semi-finals and finals will be webcast live. The Midwest and South Central round, which includes Indiana, will begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) April 24, 2018. Learn more.

Hey artists! We want to hear from you

Without artists, there would be no art, and the Indiana Arts Commission knows artists have great ideas on how to make our communities more vibrant. Why not share your ideas for presentations and sessions at the 2018 Indiana Arts Homecoming? We are also looking for artists to submit proposals for pop-up exhibitions and performances. The 2018 Arts Homecoming will be October 18 - 19, 2018 in Fort Wayne, but we need your input by Tuesday, March 6, 2018. To share your session ideas or creative content proposals, sign in to the IAC online system. Want to be first in line for registration? RSVP here.

Interested in public art? Community Canvas is for you

Whether you are an artist, arts organization, or community / neighborhood representative, this fast-paced, hands-on workshop is for you. Participants will leave equipped with a broad stroke introduction and baseline learning in public art, including planning, the selection process, community-based practices and local policy tools. The workshop will be Friday, June 29, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Union Local 416 and Firefighters Museum. RSVP for your place today.

University of Saint Francis student-run record label announces first signed artist

Young cancer survivor's #DancerBeatingCancer video campaign gains national media attention

Northwest Indiana artist among 40 to receive NALAC award

Indiana Artisan celebrating 10 years spotlighting Indiana-made art, crafts and food

So you're a writer? Working, doubting, and making a living as a writer

In Puerto Rico, artists rebuild and reach out following Hurricane Maria

Fund helps struggling independent musicians in Puerto Rico

Troops deployed to Middle East making war by day, art by night

Morris Louis painting back in the museum, right side up this time

So, who were the world's earliest artists? You might be surprised

Cowboy poetry ain't what it used to be, but it's thriving

Meet the man who teaches movie stars to dance like ballerinas

A star dancer for 20 years, he got his job by sneaking into an audition

Artist Opportunities (more posted daily at

Fairs and Festivals

  • Call for artist vendors, 2018 First Fridays Series, Haynie's Corner Art District, Evansville, IN (Deadline March 9, 2018)
  • Call for artist vendors, 37th Lubeznik Arts Festival, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN (Deadline March 15, 2018)
  • Call for artist vendors, 2018 Summer Show, INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline March 17, 2018)
  • Call for Zine Makers, Gluestick Festival, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline March 30, 2018)
  • Call to artists, 23rd Annual West End Arts Festival, La Grange, IL (Deadline March 30, 2018)

    Fellowships, Grants, Residencies & Scholarships


    • Call for entries, 19th Annual Golden Trailer Awards (Deadline March 23, 2018)
    • Call for entries, 35th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival, (Deadline May 1, 2018)
    • Call for applications, European Filmmaking Experience, Indiana Filmmakers Network, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline June 1, 2018)

    Jobs / Indiana

    Jobs / other states

    Literary Arts

    Performing Arts

    • Call for youth to audition, Annie, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis, IN (March 3, 2018)
    • Call to audition, Little Women, Hendricks County Civic Theatre, Danville, IN (March 4 - 5, 2018)
    • Call for artist / performers, 2018 First Fridays Series, Haynie's Corner Art District, Evansville, IN (Deadline March 9, 2018)
    • Call to audition, Summer Stock Theatre, Nettle Creek Players, Richmond, IN (March 24, 2018)
    • Call to audition, The Rainmaker, Buck Creek Players, Indianapolis, IN (7 p.m. April 2 & 3, 2018)
    • Call to audition, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Belfry Theatre, Noblesville, IN (April 3 - 4, 2018)
    • Call to audition, Pinocchio, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Fort Wayne, IN (4 - 6 p.m. April 10 & 11, 2018)


    • Call for entries, 24th Annual Photo Show, Kokomo Art Association, Kokomo, IN (Deadline March 3, 2018)
    • Call for entries, Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 6, 2018)

      Public Art

      Visual Arts

      • Call for artists, "Light as Air" Contest, Olay + ArtWorks, Cincinnati, OH (Deadline March 7, 2018)
      • Call to artists, Artwork Inspired by the Literary Arts, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline March 9, 2018)
      • Call for artist portfolios, The Krempp Gallery, Jasper Arts Center, Jasper, IN (Deadline March 12, 2018)
      • Call to Indiana college artists, College Invitational Exhibition, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline March 15, 2018)
      • Call for artist submission, Rethink Art Competition and Exhibition, Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, Valparaiso, IN (Deadline March 30, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Granfallon, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Deadline March 30, 2018)
      • Call for video art, Arts Council of Indianapolis and Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 1, 2018)
      • Call for artist submissions, 2018 National Veterans Day Poster Contest, Veterans Administration, Washington, D.C. (Deadline April 1, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Ode to Degas, National Juried Exhibition, Coburn Gallery at Ashland University, Ashland, OH (Deadline April 9, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Art from the Heartland Exhibition, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 13, 2018)
      • Call for submissions, Artist Trading Card Exchange, back room projects, Chicago, IL (Deadline April 15, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Indiana University Bicentennial Medal Design, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Deadline April 18, 2018)
      • Call for artist submissions, 2018 Art Expo by Hands in Autism, Indianapolis, IN (April 26 - 27, 2018)
      • Call for artists, The Hopper Prize, (Deadline May 15, 2018)

      Volunteer Opportunities

      • Call for volunteers, Indiana Artisan Marketplace (April 5 - 8, 2018), Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indiana Artisan, Indianapolis, IN
      • Call for volunteers, Virginia Avenue Music Festival (may 9 - 13, 2018), Indianapolis, IN

      Webinars & Workshops