NICE ~ Noblesville Interdisciplinary Creativity Expo

Noblesville Interdisciplinary Creativity Expo

NICE is one of our annual Signature Events at Logan Street Sanctuary. The brainchild of author Sarah E. Morin and artist/author Alys Caviness-Gober, NICE offers artists of ALL kinds the opportunity to create artwork inspired by each year’s four selected classic literary passages.  It’s an “anything goes” artistic expo ~ participants share music, art, poetry, dance, performance, sculpture, and anything else! The four selected passages for 2016 are from Wynema A Child of the Forest, Rebecca, Macbeth, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Click here to see the four quotes and submission information.

NICE History

Alys and Sarah both love to read great classics, and find themselves haunted by certain memorable passages. They created NICE (Noblesville Interdisciplinary Creativity Expo) for 2 reasons:

  1. To breathe new life into literature by encouraging creative artists of ALL media to reinterpret key passages.  How do the classics inspire you?
  2. To provide artists high-school age and up, but of any experience level, a safe and positive place to experiment and share their work. Our expo is not a contest, but rather a place to show and receive encouragement from local creative artists and art fans. There are enough talent shows with buzzers and cutting comments—we’re “NICE” people who want you to grow as a creative artist.

Each year, NICE chooses four literary passages and asks people to create any kind of art inspired by the selected passages. Submissions are reviewed by the NICE committee, and selected pieces presented by the artists themselves at the annual event.

DOWNLOAD the 2016 callout HERE

Our 2nd Annual NICE will be:

Friday, Sept  30 AND Saturday, Oct 1
6:30 – 7:00 pm (Open Viewing)
7:00 – 9:00 pm (Live Presentations)

Logan Street Sanctuary
1274 Logan St, Noblesville, IN 46060

While the NICE event is FREE for participating artists (and we want our artists to attend BOTH nights), we encourage other attendees to support Logan Street Sanctuary with a suggested donation of $12 at the door; $25 for groups of 4+. This is not an entry fee or ticket price and no one will be turned away if unable to pay, but we would like donations to support the venue’s restoration efforts.

NOTE: Artists may have their created pieces FOR SALE during both nights of the event ~ visual artists may sell their NICE submissions, musicians may sell CDs or T-shirts, authors may sell books. Please do not bring large amounts of merchandise: space is limited. We can list your artwork in our Square Market online before and after the NICE event dates. If you want your items listed on Square Market online, you MUST submit a JPG and price in your entry form no later than September 12. All sales will be handled by NICE administrators. NICE retains 20% of any art sales.

Upcoming NICE Creativity Events: Register today at (space is limited for all events)

NICE will be hosting a two-day Brainstorming Creativity Workshop at Logan Street Sanctuary on  Saturday July 23 (1:00 – 5:00pm) and Sunday July 24 (2:00 – 5:00pm). The cost is $15 per person (includes BOTH days!) or $10 each person in Groups of 4 or more. We’ll discuss this year’s four selected NICE passages (symbolism, imagery, cultural context) and brainstorm some inspired pieces ~ poetry, songs, paintings, interpretive dance ~ anything goes! Feel free to bring the tools of your chosen medium like musical instruments, sketchbooks, paints, or just a notepad, and let’s get inspired and creative! You can download the Registration Form here: NICE Brainstorming Creativity Workshop Registration. Please mail us your registration form (pay securely online via our Square Market Store or send a check payable to Logan Street Sanctuary):

Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc.

1274 Logan Street

Noblesville IN 46060

Attn: NICE Workshop

NICE will also host an Alice’s “Mad” Tea Party & Creative Discussion at Logan Street Sanctuary on Saturday August 20 (1:00-4:00pm) for Creatives aged 14+.  $15 per person.  For “Mad” writers, artists, musicians, dancers, and Creatives of ALL kinds! Drink tea and discuss the many ways to retell classic stories. Come up with spontaneous retellings of Alice in Wonderland, much in the manner of “fractured” and “twisted” fairytales. Download the NICE Tea Party Registration and mail it to us (pay securely online via our Square Market Store or send a check payable to Logan Street Sanctuary):

Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc.

1274 Logan Street

Noblesville IN 46060

Attn: NICE Tea Party


Mark your calendars for the workshop and tea party dates and sign up for email information, too!

For more information and details, check out the NICE website and “like” us on Facebook!

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