Arts Eye December 2018

Arts Eye newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

On-Ramp 2018 session

Why wait? On-Ramp 2019 applications are open now

Applications are open for the 2019 On-Ramp accelerator program for early career creative entrepreneurs. On-Ramp provides artists with ways to enhance their business skills including professional coaching for development of business plans or career goals, new connections with potential Indiana supporters, partners or collaborators, and access to special funds to take them to the next level in their career development.

Still wondering if On-Ramp is right for you? Jewelry artist Lisa Walsh, a 2018 On-Ramp participant says:

"On-Ramp provided financial training in a supportive setting that is helping me navigate the confluence of major crossroads in both my artistic work and in my personal life. The diversity of participants contributed a richness and depth to the experience and the bonds between our group have continued over the months. The On-Ramp training was a wonderful experience and and amazing opportunity! It would be beneficial to anyone willing to commit to the work."

Don't wait! The Indiana Arts Commission is accepting applications through January 17, 2019.

Learn more.

Applications are open for Individual Advancement Program

Applications are now open for the next cycle of Individual Advancement Program grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. Artists with eligible projects in the disciplines of dance, literature, music, theatre, folk arts related to these traditional disciplines, and artists with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Artists may request up to $2,000 in support of projects that will help advance their career and have public benefit.

Application for the Individual Advancement Program grants must be made through the IAC's online grant system. The deadline for application is 4:30 p.m. (EST) February 7, 2019. Learn more.

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Students encouraged to enter writing contest

The Indiana State Library encourages young Hoosiers in grades 4 - 12 to enter a writing contest about how a book has affected them personally. The 2018-19 Letters About Literature contest is supported by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Participants should write a letter to an author (living or deceased) explaining how his or her work changed their view of themselves or their view of the world. The contest is split into three categories, and judged on state and national levels. The deadline to enter the contest is January 11, 2019. Learn more.

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What's it like to study ballet in Cuba?

How hip-hop is influencing architecture

Artists discuss the best and worst advice they've received

Artist Opportunities (more posted daily at

Conferences, Webinars & Workshops

  • Call for conference proposals, InterAction's 2019 Conference on Community Theatre for Social Justice Action, South Bend, IN (Deadline 11:59 p.m. December 15, 2018)
  • Art teacher workshops, Butler Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN (various dates in 2018 and 2019)

Fellowships, Grants, Residencies & Scholarships

  • Call for artist nominations, Citizen Artist Fellowship Program, The Kennedy Center, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline December 22, 2018)
  • Call for intern applications, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, Solsberry, IN (Deadline December 31, 2018)
  • Call for nominations, 2019 Kennedy Center / Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. (Deadline December 31, 2018)
  • Call for applications, project funding for musicians, Create Indy, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline January 11, 2019)

Jobs / Indiana

Jobs / Other States

Literary Arts

  • Call for submissions, Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (Deadline December 31, 2018)
  • Call for scripts, 2019 VSA Playwright Discovery Awards Program, VSA Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. (Deadline January 23, 3019)
  • Call for play submissions, 35th Annual MiniPlay Festival, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Bloomington, IN (Deadline February 1, 2019)

Performing Arts


  • Call for entries, Portrait of Humanity, 1854 Media (Deadline December 11, 2018)
  • Call for entries, LENS 2019, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL (Deadline January 14, 2019)
  • Call for entries, FOCUS 2019, IU Kokomo Downtown Gallery, Kokomo, IN (Deadline January 25, 2019)

Public Art

Visual Arts

  • Call for entries, "OPEN" Online Art Show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Everett, PA (Deadline December 15, 2018)
  • Call for entries from artists in Region 4, 2020 Solo and Group Exhibitions at the Wells Center, Lafayette, IN (Deadline December 21, 2018)
  • Call to artists, Impromptu Prompt Show, QB Curators, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline December 22, 2018)
  • Call for artists, Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, Indiana University Kokomo Downtown Gallery, Kokomo, IN (Deadline December 29, 2018)
  • Call to artists, Video / New Media Exhibition, Gallery 924, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline January 3, 2019)
  • Call to artists, Image & Word, Kaviar Forge & Gallery, Louisville, KY (Deadline January 11, 2019)
  • Request for qualifications, Welcome Race Fans 2019, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline January 14, 2019)
  • Call for entries, American Dream, Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute, IN (Deadline January 18, 2019)
  • Call for submissions, Mad Scientists Society Volume II, I FELL, Bloomington, IN (Deadline January 21, 2019)
  • Call for artists, reVISION Tactile Art Exhibition, reVISION, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline February 22, 2019)
  • Call for artists, "Upbringing," Indiana University Kokomo Downtown Gallery, Kokomo, IN (Deadline February 25, 2019)
  • Call for artists, Ivyside Juried  Art Competition, Penn State University, Altoona, PA (Deadline March 1, 2019)
  • Call for artist portfolios, Solo and Group Shows for 2020, Krempp Gallery, Jasper, IN (Deadline March 15, 2019)
  • Call for entries, Sanctuary: National Juried Exhibition 2019, (opening soon), Arc Gallery and Studios, San Fransisco, CA (Deadline March 18, 2019)
  • Call for submissions, Art Expo 2019 logo design, HANDSin Autism, Bloomington, IN
  • Private offices for 2D makers, RUCKUS Makerspace, Indianapolis, IN
  • Three Private Studio Spaces for makers, RUCKUS Makerspace, Indianapolis, IN

Volunteer Opportunities