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Arts Start Up Seminar

Presented by: BCT Presents

Where: Monroe County Public Library


Saturday, March 31st 10:30 am No Tickets Needed


10:30am-5pm in Monroe County Public Library Room 2B

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Have you always wanted to put on a show at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater? Do you dream of starting your own dance company? Do you aspire to bring your favorite musician to your favorite stage? Do you know just the movies to build the next Bloomington film festival? The Arts Start Up Seminar connects the expertise of the BCT staff and partners to community members who want to create the next big thing in Bloomington. Applying the philosophy and business approach of entrepreneurship and the startup industry, the seminar is an annual day-long workshop, usually held in the spring, that offers enterprising artists, organizers, and promoters the opportunity to learn the basics of imagining, planning, and executing a successful event.

This seminar is ideal for people who have an idea they want to implement but is also open to those interested in the concepts discussed. It includes information specific to planning events at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, but the majority of the content focuses on event conceptualization and planning in general. Those who complete the workshop are eligible for entry into the Arts Start Up Competition, which selects promising ideas for further coaching and development and ultimately chooses winning entries that will receive rent-free use of the theater to launch new programming at the BCT.

Arts Start Up Competition Timeline:

  • March – Seminar is hosted by BCT staff and community partners.
  • September – Event proposals are due.
  • October – Winning proposals are announced.

Those interested in getting started on event promotion sooner may wish to attend February’s Arts Start Up Education Series 2 hour seminar.

The Venue

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303 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) serves the 138,000 citizens of Monroe County, Indiana, through the Main Library in downtown Bloomington, the Ellettsville Branch, and the Bookmobile. The library’s special services include the Learn and Play Space, a preschool discovery center; VITAL, an adult literacy program; CATS, a five-channel community access television network; the Indiana Room, a local history and genealogy collection and grants center (part of the Foundation Center’s Cooperating Collections National Network); and service to inmates at the Monroe County Correctional Center.

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The Promoter

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

BCT Presents strives to bring diverse, high-quality, nationally-touring performers to the stage each year. The series also occasionally includes  classic films.

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