Event Information


Art Beat 2017

Downtown South Bend
South Bend, Indiana (Midwest)

Phone: 574-282-1110
Event Dates: 8/19/17 - 8/19/17
Application Deadline: 5/25/17 Midnight EST
1 day(s) and 14 hour(s) remaining


Images: 4 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application Fee): $10.00


Event Summary
***ADD 4 IMAGES OF YOUR WORK TO YOUR USER  PROFILE BEFORE FILLING OUT YOUR APPLICATION***  In the middle of the application you will be asked to upload images.  The application only accepts images in your user profile.  It will not let you upload them from your computer, and you will not be able to complete the form.  Log in to your user profile at the top of this screen with your username and password (If you are new to ZAPP, create a user profile), and make sure at least 4 images are uploaded to your portfolio. 

Art Beat is a free, downtown South Bend stroll along the streets and sidewalks featuring the work of local visual, performing, and culinary artists. The event showcases South Bend and the surrounding community’s artists and creates awareness of the role that downtown organizations and businesses play in the artisans’ promotion and success. Local Michiana artists only - check full description for participation and eligibility details.

General Information
For one day the streets and sidewalks of downtown South Bend become a living gallery as artists, dancers, musicians, actors, poets and culinary artists display their talents for the community. Art Beat represents an opportunity for artists, merchants and community to meet in an atmosphere of celebration and camaraderie to enjoy richly diverse performances, displays and retail experiences.

Art Beat 2017 will be held on August 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. primarily along Michigan Street in the heart of downtown South Bend. Art Beat "Scenes" or areas of concentrated activity (performances & vendors) will be located throughout downtown.

1. Eligibility: Artists living in the following counties are eligible for participation: St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall and Starke counties in Indiana and Berrien and Cass counties in Michigan.
2. Application must be submitted before the deadline
3. Art work will be juried by volunteer members of the Art Beat Visual Arts Committee and acceptance notifications will be posted to artbeatsouthbend.org for each round. For more details on the jury process please see the Jury section below.
4. Artwork must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
5. Artwork can be for sale. Artists should check local guidelines for collecting sales tax.

Each participating artist will be given a 10’x10’ booth space in one of the Art Beat Scenes. Artists can request more than one booth space, for an additional $10 fee per extra space. Artists are required to bring their own tents and tables. Artists must secure tents and display areas with sand bags or weights in case of windy conditions. Participants may pack up display area no earlier than 7 p.m. unless in the case of extreme weather conditions at which time Art Beat officials will notify participants. Failure to comply with these guidelines will have implications on future entry into event.

The cost for processing an Art Beat application is just $10. Payment is required to submit an application. This fee is non-refundable. Payment can be made online through credit cards. Upon acceptance, additional fees will be required if you choose any of the following: extra space ($10 per extra space), electricity ($20), scene selection ($10) and Fine Arts Showcase jury ($20).

The final registration deadline is May 25, 2017. There will be a rolling application process this year, and a list of accepted artists will be posted on the Art Beat website May 1 (for applications received on or before April 25) and June 1 (for applications received on or before May 25.)

All applications must be submitted on or before the final deadline of May 25.

A jury will be conducted for all entries that are received. The jury is comprised of volunteer members of the Art Beat Visual Arts Committee, who rate each submission on a scale of 1-5 (5 being best). All 4-5s are considered accepted, 2-3s will be waitlisted and juried again with the second round of applications (no one will have to apply twice), 1’s will not be accepted.

DTSB depends on the jury selections to ensure the highest quality show each year and with the amount of applications on the rise, not all applicants will be accepted. Accepted applicants will be informed of their selection soon after the jury is completed. Applications will be processed as they are accepted. There will be a rolling application process this year, and a list of accepted artists will be posted on the Art Beat website May 1 (for applications received on or before April 25) and June 1 (for applications received on or before May 25.)

In case of severe weather, the event will be delayed 24 hours until Sunday, August 20th, 11:00 a.m. - 7 p.m. Event organizers will make this call by 5 a.m. on Saturday, August 19th and notify all participating artists by email as well as post information on the Art Beat website, and DTSB's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Art Beat organizers must receive notice of your inability to attend the event at least 4 weeks prior to the event so the space can be reassigned to another artist. Please note that application processing fees cannot be refunded. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed by the Art Beat Committee.

Due to the urban location of this festival, site layout may be modified from year to year. Upon acceptance to the event, artists will have the ability to choose their "Scene" location for a small additional fee of $10. If electricity is required by the artists, locations with electricity will be available for an additional fee of $10. Spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited and based on availability. Artists will not have the ability to choose a specific location within a Scene for this year's event.

Upon acceptance into Art Beat, applicants will have the option to be juried into the Fine Arts Showcase portion of Art Beat for an additional $20 jury fee. If not accepted into the Fine Arts Showcase, participants may use this non-refundable fee to serve as payment for Scene Selection. Please indicate on the application if you wish to be considered for the Fine Arts Showcase. Deadline to purchase Fine Arts Showcase Jury Fee is Monday, June 12. Artists will be notified of their acceptance into the Fine Arts Showcase on or before Monday, June 19.

Informational newsletters will be sent out to Art Beat applicants on a regular basis. Additionally, the Facebook group "The Artists of Michiana...Unleashed!" is a helpful resource for local artists to discuss Art Beat questions and receive tips from fellow veteran Art Beat participants. Also, be sure to check ArtBeatSouthBend.org for event updates and a list of accepted artists, which will be posted on May 1 and June 1. 

New this year: in order to help field your questions, comments, and any issues in a more timely manner, a special email address has been set up that several members of the Art Beat committee have access to: ArtBeatDTSB@gmail.com.