August's First Thursday (full listing)

Kevin Campbell's DOG portraits, Brinkman Gallery Kevin Campbell, The Puzzle Project, Brinkman Gallery Leon Crosby, Train, Cornerstone Center for the Arts Downtown Flea Market, Oddities, and Antiques "The Blues Brothers," After Hours Art Reels at the Fickle Peach Fourteen Boards of Baubles, GindhART at Madjax Ivy Tech's Demo Day Canan Commons Grates, the site of the hopes we wear on our backs, a participatory public weaving project by PlySpace Resident Artist Kacie Lyn Martinez "Blues Jam" at Valhalla

Book Arts Collaborative (at Madjax)
514 E. Main

Book Arts Collaborative will be open with a project for visitors to print.  Come by and meet our new faculty, Jim Bradley and Jim Shimkus from Bracken Library, along with returning faculty members Kim Miller from Tribune Showprint and Rai Peterson from the BSU Department of English.

Brinkman Gallery
409 S. Walnut

Brinkman Gallery will feature the Puzzle Project by Kevin Campbell and Kevin’s original DOG portraits. His art ranges from a single piece puzzle to a 730 piece puzzle.  We are featuring one of his creations that is over 200 pieces call “Sweet Thursday” Check our Kevin’s website

Kevin is a native of Griffith, IN and moved to Muncie in 1972 to attend BSU.  He has lived in Muncie ever since.

Brinkman Gallery is located at 409 South Walnut Street – corner of Walnut and Charles and welcomes guests to meet Kevin Campbell and enjoy refreshments during First Thursday.

Cornerstone Center for the Arts
520 E. Main

Join Cornerstone Center for Arts for the opening reception of Street Vibe by local artist Leon Crosby. The reception will take place in the newly renovated Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone Center for the Arts from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in conjunction with August’s First Thursday events.

Taking inspiration from mural art around the world, this collection aims to hit the multiple different styles that can encompass street art from surrealism, graffiti, fantasy art, watercolor and classical styles. These styles and more will be evident in Crosby’s unique show Street Vibe.

Leon Crosby is a local artist, teacher, and street artist. Street Vibe will be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of August. For more information about the exhibition call Cornerstone’s Department of Education & Communication at 765-281- 9503, ext. 23 or visit

Downtown Flea Market, Oddities, and Antiques
227 S Walnut St

We are far more than an ordinary store; come visit us and find your treasure! This First Thursday, we will have three special guests:

-Melissa Davis, owner of Queen Honey Bee Creations
-Jazon Zachary, a wood carver/sculptor from What Hides Inside
-Bob Williams of P& P Designs, who makes custom lamps out of everyday objects. 

We also have local artist work Daline Beacher, Michael DuQuette and Debra Gindhart along with art and collections from all cultures. Open until 7!

The Fickle Peach (21+)
117 E. Charles

After Hours Art Reels: “The Blues Brothers”
Muncie Downtown Development in partnership with The Fickle Peach, presents After Hours Art Reels following the First Thursday Gallery Walks. Come enjoy the gallery exhibits from 5-8pm, and join us afterwards at dusk for these great film classics!

August’s film will be “The Blues Brothers” featuring a special guest appearance!  Come ready to shake your tail feather!

Films will be projected onto the Mutual Bank wall on Charles Street at dusk. Seating will be available on the Fickle Peach patio area located at 117 E. Charles St. for guests who are 21 and up. Viewers who are not yet 21 can watch the films from the sidewalk surrounding the patio area.

Gindhart (at Madjax)
514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)

"Fourteen Boards of BAUBLES": Debra Gindhart is a local artist who has shared her love of art, poetry, and repurposing with ECI AND beyond. Her artist mantra is "RE-use, RE-claim, RE-new." This mantra moves through her wall art and her Green Glam Studio jewelry. During August's First Thursday, Debra is showcasing her recycle chic necklaces and earrings directly from the artist's private collection vault. Each designer set is $40 and up. If you have ever wanted to wear what she wore, this is your chance. 

Come meet the artist from 5-8pm and enjoy light refreshments & sippables during the First Thursday gallery walk. 

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
224 E. Main

Gordy will be hosting our mid-summer art party showing represented artists and featuring live acoustic music by Greg Pyle and Austin Burton. Pyle and Burton will play from 6:00-7:30pm. The Gordy gallery will serve refreshments from 5:00-8:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

Grace Episcopal Church
300 S. Madison

The Hillcroft Services Choir and Handchimes Groups will be performing from 7-8:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church on Madison Ave. In addition, Hillcroft’s Creativity Unlimited will have a booth selling items crafted by our artists. Come hear arrangements of today’s best Pop music and check out some beautiful artwork.

Corner of High and Main St.

Join Ivy Tech on August 2nd for Demo Day as we take the first steps toward the new downtown campus located at the corner of High and Main Streets. Festivities begin with an Express Enrollment event from 9am-4pm where you can register for Fall classes.

You can help an Ivy Tech student with their new beginning! Swing a sledge hammer at the demolition site and donate to the New Beginnings Scholarship!

The evening celebration will kick off at 4pm with a free Zumba class. At 5pm there will be food trucks and beer tents. At 6:30pm, the Carl Storie Band will perform.

608 E. Main

The Muncie Arts and Culture Council and PlySpace, an artist-in-residence program based in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District in downtown Muncie, Indiana, are excited to announce the second Summer Term Resident Artist, Kacie Lyn Martinez. Martinez is a participatory fiber artist based in Brooklyn, New York whose work generates contemporary weaving projects which combine therapeutic, meditative practice with traditional weaving methods. While in residence at PlySpace throughout the month of August, Martinez will present a public weaving project,

“the hopes we wear on our backs”, at Canan Commons. The launch of this project will coincide with the First Thursday in August. She will also work directly with the YWCA of Muncie and Muncie OUTreach as community collaborative project partners to explore the weaving process as a catalyst for healing, community cohesion, and home-making.

The participatory public art project titled “the hopes we wear on our backs” explores the process of collectively envisioning Muncie’s future. Held at the west end of Canan Commons through the month of August, “the hopes we wear on our backs” invites Muncie residents to write out their hopes for the city on strips of recycled clothing which will then be woven by Martinez and interested participants into a temporary public artwork installed at the Canan Commons grates. The project is inspired by a lack of public spaces for dialogue as well as negative news cycles which sensationalize trauma and ignore daily beauty in our communities. The project aims to engage with various Muncie communities by using participatory fiber arts to make physical the process of collective dreaming.

Martinez will begin actively working on the public installation on First Thursday, August 2nd, from 5-8 PM. She will be on site to answer questions about the project and her process, and the public is invited to participate by sharing their hopes and dreams for Muncie in person. She will continue the project by facilitating public participation each following Saturday throughout the month of August from 11 AM to 2 PM. Martinez will also be on site Saturday, August 4th from 6-8 PM prior to Downtown Development’s Moonlight Movie screening of “Wonder Woman” at Canan Commons. The public can also participate at any time by adding to the supply of recycled clothing strips and writing their hopes on the strips for Martinez to weave during her next public workday. Full instructions on how to participate will be available at the Canan Commons artwork site and on

For more information about Muncie Arts and Culture Council and its other programs, please visit Questions or comments about the PlySpace Residency program, events, and community collaborations can be directed to Program Coordinator, Erin Williams at

PlySpace is a program of Muncie Arts and Culture Council in partnership with the City of Muncie, Ball State University School of Art, and Sustainable Muncie Corporation. PlySpace is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Valhalla  (21+)
215 S. Walnut

Valhalla presents “Blues Jam” every Thursday. “Blues Jam” is an open event with sign-up starting at 7pm and music from 8-11pm. Come show us your talent!