College basketball’s March Madness has bounced right into the arts community.

People can take a few minutes to create a fan’s No. 1 foam finger, a pennant, a literal feathery or accordion-style hand fan or a watercolor portrait of the Easter Bunny at the first free Artz Daze event of the year from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday inside The Commons, 300 Washington St. in downtown Columbus.

Tuesday’s program theme is “Become a Fan of the Arts” according to organizers.

This year’s series theme, however, is “Get Up, Get Out, Get Art.”

“We’re hoping plenty of people will be out and about,” Sue Lamborn said of the final day for spring break in Columbus. She is the new regional services coordinator for the Columbus Area Arts Council.

The Artz Daze series, launched in the fall of 2013 with 200 participants, is a collaboration between kidscommons children’s museum and the arts council. It offers quick, hands-on opportunities to make art and beat stress amid the work day, and fast, creative projects for youngsters.

WellConnect sponsors the events normally scheduled the first Friday of warm-weather months. Some past Artz Daze have attracted as many as 300 spur-of-the-moment artists.

Past projects have included clay figures, block prints and other such creations.

All materials are provided at no cost, and no experience is necessary. Most efforts require about 15 minutes to complete. Organizers will have five artistic helpers on hand to draw out participants’ inner muse.

Information: 812-376-2539;

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.