There are a plethora of other arts organizations in Bloomington that do amazing work for creators and community members. See some options below.
Local Art Fairs
A Fair of the Arts (cancelled due to COVID)
A Fair of the Arts is an arts and fine crafts fair held at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. in Bloomington, on the second Saturdays of the month from May to October.
Artists may apply to display and sell their original artwork by submitting an application either online or by mail. Criteria for selecting artists for A Fair of the Arts include style of work; quality of work, price of work, and variety & diversity of artists. Works must be original and made by the applicant.
For more information about A Fair of the Arts, or to request an application, call Crystal Ritter at 812.349.3725, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website.
Artisan Alley is partnered with the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington to bring you ArtBeat, a store in Simon Mall featuring the work of local artists. Stop by the store (in the corner between Target and Macy’s) or shop online here.
Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Art Show and Sale
A display and sale of local clay, glass, and fiber presented by the three Artisan Guilds of Bloomington: the Bloomington Glass Guild, the Local Clay Potter’s Guild, and the Bloomington Spinners and Weavers Guild.
For 2020, the show has been moved online. Visit their Facebook page for information.
Arts Fair on the Square
The Bloomington Playwrights Project‘s Arts Fair on the Square celebrates 40 years of bringing visual artists and craftspeople together with the local and regional community. This art show features 100 regional and national artists and craftspeople on the picturesque grounds surrounding the Monroe County Courthouse. The mission of Arts Fair on the Square is to showcase fine art and craft of the highest quality, connect artists with the art-buying community, and promote commitment to the arts through a variety of interactive arts experiences.
It has moved online due to COVID. Visit their website for more information.
Bloomington Fourth Street Festival
The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts is an artist-organized, admission-free, cultural event in the heart of Bloomington, featuring high-caliber artists from all over the world. Complementing the experience is 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.
It has moved online for COVID until December 31. Visit their website for more information.
Bloomington Handmade Market Holiday Market /Summer Fair (Cancelled due to COVID)
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 artists are selected from a pool of applicants, focusing on quality, unusual work of a type that they don’t often see in more traditional craft fairs.
Artists come from both Bloomington and around the midwest to participate, and we are always looking for new artists to apply! Visit their website to browse & apply.
Bloomington Open Studios Tour
Bloomington Open Studios Tour is an annual, free event where Bloomington 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.
Unitarian Universalist Church Holiday Art Fair and Bazaar
For over 55 years, the Unitarian Universalist Church has hosted a holiday-season art celebration with crafts such as jewelry, ceramics, and more. The event is held in December and also includes the opportunity to eat lunch or dinner in the cafe or do holiday shopping from the range of arts and creations available for purchase. All art mediums are welcome.
Due to COVID, the auction has been moved online from November 20-30. Visit their website for more information.
By Hand Gallery
By Hand Gallery is a locally owned, cooperative gallery that currently has 12 artisan members. It has been in the Bloomington community for over 30 years and has a reputation for selling art of good design and quality craftsmanship. There are over 70 additional artists who sell their work through By Hand Gallery. Visit their site for more information and to shop online.
Artisan Alley’s Dimension’s Gallery is a space for artists to exhibit their work and to participate in a variety of community events, classes, concerts, and retail opportunities. It is located in the center of our 222 W. 2nd Street location and can accommodate roughly 50-70 people.
For more information on the gallery, including how to rent out the space or showcase your work, visit the Dimension’s website.
Monroe County History Society
The mission of the Monroe County History Society (MCHS) is to foster a deeper understanding of Monroe County’s history, culture, and natural environment. To accomplish this purpose and mission, the MCHS collects, preserves, researches, interprets, and exhibits the genealogy, history, and artifacts of Monroe County. They have five galleries that rotate periodically throughout the year.
For more information, visit their website.
Spectrum Creative Group
The Spectrum Creative Group is a full-service creative firm to help with your Photography, Printing, Design, and Production needs. They continue to explore new technologies and trends while maintaining a high level of quality in every project, from marketing campaigns to artistic creations. From the design phase to printing, Spectrum can take your idea from concept to finished product.
The Venue Fine Arts & Gift
The Venue’s goal is to provide a venue for the finest in artistic and functional, handcrafted works of art. Visit and see the latest in contemporary styles of local, regional, and national artwork. Oils and watercolors, ceramics, semi-precious stone jewelry, and wood and leather crafts are just a few mediums you will find as you wind your way through The Venue.
If you’re planning an event in Monroe County, we’d love to share it on the Visit Bloomington calendar. Simply fill out the form and we’ll review your event listing. You can expect to receive notification that your event has been approved or denied within approximately 72 hours of submitting your event.
To get an event listed on our Community Calendar, please send the event name, date, time, and complete address of venue to email@example.com at least one week in advance.
Allison-Jukebox Community Center
The Allison-Jukebox Community Center has two large activity rooms available for hourly rentals (capacity of 50 & 80 students, respectively) with free parking spaces. You can find more information through the City of Bloomington’s website.
Bloomington Playwrights Project
The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) strives to be a leading artistic force in the production and encouragement of new plays. The BPP provides opportunities for development, education, and production for promising and established writers and theatre artists in a professional environment. The theater itself is also available to rent for productions and rentals. Visit their website for more information.
The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is owned by the City of Bloomington and operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. The Theater presents film screenings, concerts, and community events. The 629-seat Theater is available for rent for all types of performances, events, and presentations. Visit their website for more information.
Hilton Garden Inn Ballrooms
Large and small rooms are available for multiple uses. Rental is $1200 for the Grand Ballroom, $600 for the Monroe and Griffy Ballrooms, and $450 for the Dream and Bluff rooms. Check the full selection on their website.
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
In May 2010, Ivy Tech Community College took ownership of the John Waldron Arts Center building and now provides space for 6 galleries, one of which is a virtual gallery, and 2 performance spaces. $25 submission fee, $69.55 – $187.25 gallery fee, 0% commission
A non-profit theater company since 2006, Stages Bloomington offers exceptional year-round theater education and performance opportunities for children and teens in Bloomington. It is the only theater company in the area that offers a two-semester mentoring program for advanced high school and college freshmen actors.
Programming is guided by the belief that good theater is good theater regardless of the age of the performers, and they emphasize a commitment to high quality and meaningful live theater for audiences of all ages. Visit their website for more information.
WonderLab provides opportunities for people of all ages to explore science through hands-on exhibits that stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, and make connections between art, science, and everyday life.
The highlight is First Friday (evening of the first Friday of the month) during which WonderLab combines a gallery of regional artists with hands-on art activities that show how creativity and innovation are required for both art and science. WonderLab also provides weekday and weekend programs on a variety of art-related topics, as well as art exhibitions that are displayed on the gallery walls. Visit their website for more information.
Come check out Artisan Alley at the Bloomington Handmade Market Summer Fair on June 20! We will have arts booths up from 10am-5pm and will feature many of our artists’ wares.
The fair is on 6th street between College and Washington.