The Crump Theatre
Coloring Project and Youth Art Contest

About The Crump Theatre Coloring Project and Youth Art Contest: 

In celebration of the 131st anniversary of The Crump Theatre, the Columbus Area Arts Council (CAAC) has commissioned local artist Jenni Kiesler to illustrate two coloring pages of the historic theater. This fun and whimsical art activity was designed especially for our young aspiring artists! 

All submitted artwork will be featured in the poster cases outside The Crump, mid-December 2020 through March 2021. 


We’ve provided a few hints/ideas below to get you started:

  • Do you have a message you would like to share with our community? Use the marquee to tell us what’s on your mind.

  • Who do you want to see perform on the stage of The Crump Theatre? Write their name on the marquee and include a poster in the cases to help promote the show!

  • Explore The Crump at night. What colors do you see in the neon lights? 

  • Imagine you get to design a new mural on the side of The Crump Theatre. What would it look like: an Art Deco pattern, a portrait of a historical figure, pop star, your teacher or someone who is special to you? Use the blank wall to help brighten up the building and downtown Columbus!


About The Crump Theatre:

Built in 1889, The Crump Theatre was the first official opera house in Columbus, Indiana. Over the last 131 years, The Crump Theatre has provided a stage for silent films and mainstream movies, performing arts, comedians and live concerts. It is now one of the oldest theaters in America, featuring an Art Deco design with neon lights. You can learn more about the Theatre in “Columbus, Indiana’s Historic Crump Theatre” by David Sechrest, available at Viewpoint Books. For more information on how to get involved, email


About the Artist: 

Jenni Kiesler is a lettering artist and business owner of Keywords Co. With expertise in customized typography, chalk art, digital lettering and painted murals, you can discover Jenni’s work all around Columbus, Indiana and beyond. For more information, visit


About the Columbus Area Arts Council:
The Columbus Area Arts Council has been a leading arts agency in Bartholomew County since 1972, partnering with state, regional and local arts and culture organizations to bring the arts to everyone. With a mission, “to strengthen the community through arts and culture,” CAAC delivers programs, services and resources that support the arts in Columbus. For more information, visit

431 Sixth Street
Columbus, IN 47201​
Office Hours:
In efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the CAAC office is closed to the public until further notice.​
Staff will be working remotely at this time.
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