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The Commons
300 Washington Street, Columbus, IN 47201 United States

Columbus Area Arts Council

Upcoming Events At This Venue

September 5

Art Break Day


Take an art break and make are for free with us!

Art Break Day is a daylong celebration that encourages people to sit down, take a short break from their busy lives, and make art for free. Booths will be set up in front of The Commons and passers-bye are provided with art supplies. The annual event occurs simultaneously in participating cities around the globe on the first Friday of September.

Art Break Day is free to the public. People of all ages are encouraged to participate and no prior experience is required to do so. The event starts at 9 am and ends at 5 pm. There is no time limit on participation. To learn more about this year’s event and locations, visit


Believing in the positive effect of art on an individual and a community, Art is Moving aims to improve understanding and access to art by providing information about its benefits as well as opportunities to practice art through various public programs. Art is Moving is a non-profit art organization dedicated to making art more accessible to the public and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to create art.  By breaking down the barriers between the art world and the public via dialog, interaction, and community outreach, Art is Moving aims to integrate art into daily public life.  You may contact AIM via email: or telephone: Lauren 602-370-9213


Start: September 5 @ 9:00 am
End: September 5 @ 5:00 pm
Cost: Free

October 3

Recycled Bottles

Presented by Columbus Area Arts Council and kidscommons. Sponsored by Columbus Regional Health WellConnect.

Get Up, Get Out, Get Art on Washington

Enjoy free, hands-on arts creation experiences throughout the summer at Artz Daze. kidscommons and the Arts Council will provide art supplies and artists to introduce a wide range of cultural arts from around the world, as well as a re-create day. On each day, kidscommons will provide programming designed for children, while the Arts Council will utilize guest artists to present featured art projects for adults.

No experience necessary. All activities are free and open to everyone. Activities are held outside in the 300 block of Washington Street in front of The Commons. Local musicians will perform live during lunch hours.

Today, recycle bottles into vases with teachers and students from Ivy Tech and Columbus East High School.

Thanks to the generous support of our title sponsor, this program is provided at no cost to the community.






Additional support comes from a Heritage Fund Welcoming Community Arts, Culture, and Design Grant.

Start: October 3 @ 11:00 am
End: October 3 @ 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

October 25

2014 marks the 39th year of unCommon Cause, the Columbus Area Arts Council’s largest annual fundraiser. Each year the community comes together to celebrate and raise funds for the arts in Columbus. And each year we celebrate with a different theme that helps to set the backdrop of the night’s festivities, that includes dinner and dancing. Live and silent auctions complete the evening’s goal of raising funds for the Arts Council.

Check back for complete details on the 2014 unCommon Cause.

Start: October 25 @ 6:30 pm
End: October 26 @ 12:00 am

November 15

The tenth Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show will be presented on Saturday, November 15th at The Commons in Columbus, Indiana. In observance of the anniversary, we’ve partnered with kidscommons Children’s Museum and the Indiana University Center for Art and Design to plan some special activities. One includes the Global Cardboard Challenge, an event in which kids create arcade games from cardboard. The Imagination Foundation, parent organization that sponsors the challenge, seeks to encourage children to become innovators and problem solvers.

The Columbus, Indiana version of the challenge invites children and adult mentors to create arcade games and enter them in a contest, with the final competition to be held at the Indiana University Center for Art and Design. We hope you’ll help us publicize our event, and encourage people to participate. To take part in the challenge, all entries must be submitted online and images uploaded to our Cardboard Challenge – Columbus, Indiana Facebook page by October 11th. For complete information, see this public page at

From the online entries, ten finalists or teams will be chosen to exhibit their work on Saturday, November 9th at the IU Center for Art + Design, which is located at 310 Jackson Street in downtown Columbus. There, the finalists will demonstrate their games, and one individual or team will win a grand prize of a $100 pizza party at Puccini’s in downtown Columbus.  Attached are two photos taken at past events. One shows kids in Toronto working on games, and the other features completed projects created in Baden, Germany. We look forward to bringing this fun activity to area children, families, and adults who work with kids, and we hope we can count on your help in encouraging them to participate.

If you have questions or comments about the event, please call 372-6886.



Date: November 15