Arts Eye July 2019

Arts Eye newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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"I'm the Drum, You're the Drum, We're the Drum", Nicole Williams, 2019 Grant Recipient

Apply now for Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites funding

Hoosier artists can reach new audiences and build new partnerships through an Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant.

Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites is a grant program that brings participatory arts activities into Indiana's state parks and historic sites. To receive funding, projects must be connected to the participating state park or historic site and provide high quality experiences for visitors.

Download the program guidelines here.

The deadline for grant applications from artists is 4:30 p.m. (EDT) September 12, 2019.

The IAC will host a program webinar July 9, 2019 at 6 p.m. Click here to join the session.

Fifty-six Hoosier artists to receive career development grants

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) recently approved grant recommendations for 56 Hoosier artists for Fiscal Year 2020. The grants were among 431 grants, totaling more than $3 million, approved by the Commission at its June 14, 2019 Quarterly Business Meeting in Indianapolis. Learn more.

Apply now for scholarships to 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming

The Indiana Arts Commission is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming October 24 - 25, 2019. The two-day convening will focus on the theme of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access, and explore what "Arts for All" means in practice. Click here for more information on how to apply.

Applications are being accepted now through July 19, 2019.

Nominations are now open for Indiana State Poet Laureate

The Indiana Arts Commission is now accepting public nominations for the next Indiana Poet Laureate.

The Indiana Poet Laureate represents Indiana and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the education community and general public. The Poet Laureate makes formal presentations at various educational facilities and events, pursues individual initiatives to advance the knowledge and appreciation of poetry, and offers advice to the IAC regarding ways to further the art of poetry in Indiana.

Nominations should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination. Successful nominees must be current residents of Indiana and remain residents during their two-year term of service. Nominees should be published poets, with experience in educational program development.

Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by email only, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, September 5, 2019. Nominations should be emailed to Bridget Eckert at

Makerspaces provide artisans a place, and the tools, to practice their craft

Fable-inspired program will culminate with gateway sculpture in Jeffersonville

Beyond Books: Libraries home-bound services about more than reading

Music for All searching for new CFO

UIndy to host Guitar Foundation Convention

Woodworking on display at DePauw's Peeler Center

New U.S. Poet Laureate first Native American to hold the post

Advancing Inclusion: creative ways musicians can take the lead

How 'Hamilton' changed the Broadway touring business

In the arts, having a masters degree will have no substantial impact on wages

Students who study music do better in other subjects

The cost of being a ballerina

Why is Hollywood so liberal? Research says creative people see things differently

Amazon responds to NYT story that says it is lax in policing fake books

Dave Chappelle to receive 2019 Mark Twain Prize for humor

Artist Opportunities (more posted daily at

Art Fairs & Festivals

Conferences, Webinars & Workshops

  • Call for registration, The Business of Backstage (July 8 - July 12, 2019), Actors Theatre of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
  • Call for registration, Am I Eligible webinar, USArtists International, Mid Atlantic Arts Federation, Baltimore, MD (2 - 3 p.m. July 11, 2019)
  • Call for registration, Art is Work - Pricing Your Art, Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Lafayette, IN (August 14, 2019)
  • Call for registration, Application Tips & Pointers webinar, USArtists International, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, MD (2 - 3:30 p.m. August 16, 2019)
  • Call for registration, Indiana Potters Conference (Oct. 3 - 5, 2019), Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN (Deadline September 3, 2019)
  • Call for registrations, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Indianapolis, IN (November 13 - 16, 2019)
  • Call for registrations, PASIC Drum Circle Facilitation Workshop, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN (9 a.m. - 2 p.m. November 17, 2019)
  • Art teacher workshops, Butler Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN (various dates in 2019)

Fellowships, Grants, Residencies & Scholarships

Jobs / Indiana

Jobs / Other States

Literary Arts

  • Call for artists / authors, Literature for Lucha Libro Fest, La Sardina Gallery, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline July 12, 2019)
  • Call for registration, Indy Author Fair 2019, The Indianapolis Public Library, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline July 28, 2019)
  • Call for submissions, Playwright Theater Lab, Actors Theatre of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline July 31, 2019)
  • Call for Indianapolis area poets, Indianapolis Review, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline October 1, 2019)
  • Call for submissions, When Dream Come True: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, Kids at Heart Publishing, Cambridge City, IN (Deadline October 1, 2019)

Performing Arts

Public Art

  • Call for video art proposals, Indianapolis International Airport and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (rolling application reviews)

Varied Disciplines

Visual Arts

Volunteer Opportunities