Month for the Arts

Month for the Arts Happy Hour

February 29 @ 5:00 pm 6:00 pm

Join us at the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery as we celebrate success in our “Month for the Arts” fundraising and awareness campaign. The event is free and open to the public, runs from 5 to 6 pm, and will feature a cash bar by Sauced. 


Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

212 Main St
Evansville, IN 47708 United States
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Message from Executive Director, Anne McKim

January can be a challenging month: too long, yet somehow always flying by, too cold and grey, but not enough snow for this Michigan girl-at-heart, too many items on my beginning of the year checklist. The first half of the month is foggy with a post-holiday-emotional hangover, and the second is a race to complete the tasks I ambitiously assigned myself back in the heady days of December. 

January’s redemption, however, comes in the possibilities that each new year brings when you work in public arts. 

We’ve built out a challenging and interesting gallery calendar, set dates for the “On the Roof” series, and have begun booking bands; emails are swirling – fast and furious – with collaborators for films, performances, and readings. There are calls for public art, calls for artists for community events, and venues secured for celebrations. Our programming season may not kick off until February, but here, even the anticipation is a joy. 

The arts make life interesting, give context to the passage of time and our place in the world, and bring people and communities together. There is possibility, so much possibility, for beauty and excitement and connection in 2024 at the Arts Council, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with all of you.

Before I sign off, here are two items to have on your radar: first, in huge news, the Arts Council is launching our “Month for the Arts” fundraising and awareness campaign in February. Stay tuned for more information, because there’s a role for everyone in ensuring the campaign’s success. Second, Rats Live On No Evil Star, our first exhibit, opens on Thursday, February 1st with a reception on February 3rd from 5:30 to 7 pm. I hope you’ll join us! 

Stay warm, stay tuned, stay creative, and here’s to 2024!


Month for the Arts Benefitting the Arts Council

Share your love for art this February!

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is launching a new annual initiative this February, Month for the Arts, and we need your help to make it a success! Supporting the Arts Council this month will ensure we can continue providing our community with accessible, free, and diverse arts programming. 

Last year, our regional impact included:

  • Hosting ten fine art exhibits in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery, featuring 546 artists, and attended by over 1,300 guests
  • Featuring eight On the Roof concerts, showcasing thirteen local bands made up of fifty musicians
  • Awarding twelve Sponsorship Grants, totaling $35,167 for youth arts programming
  • Hosting and managing four Creative Exploration Days, serving almost 100 young children and caregivers 
  • Featuring 558 young artist participants in gallery exhibits
  • Granting membership scholarships for all EVSC high school art students
  • Reaching nearly 20,000 participants in community arts programming 
  • Facilitating twenty-five Indiana Arts Commission grants awarded in seven southwest Indiana counties
  • Supporting our artist members and entrepreneurs by coordinating professional development days and networking events

Our plans for 2024 are even bigger, bolder, and more intentional.

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