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Category - Arts & Culture

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

As we transition from summer to fall, the city of Bloomington transforms into a colorful canvas with events you can't afford to miss! Kiwanis Balloon Fest The sky will be all aglow again this year at the Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana Balloon festival. The festival will feature 20 balloons,... Read More

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

To help celebrate National Preservation Month and gear up for Limestone Month (June), we're hosting a special Instameet with Bethany Emenhiser of the City of Bloomington where we'll explore the unique heritage of the Vinegar Hill neighborhood. If you've never heard of an Instameet, they are a place... Read More

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

May 18th is International Museum Day, a chance for museums around the world to be celebrated and for the public to learn more about the important role museums play in education and preservation. But one day is really not enough, so it's been stretched into Museum Month! Bloomington is lucky to be... Read More

Friday, April 14, 2017

Guest post by Heath Byers, co-owner of Landlocked Music On April 22nd 2017, record stores around the globe will open their doors to long lines of customers eager to buy new music on vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, and cassette tapes. It will also be the largest sales day of the year for every one of these... Read More

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lee Fields and the Expressions You’d be hard pressed to find another singer who’s ever worked as hard as Fields, a man who’s been making soul and funk anthems since 1969. Lee Fields and the Expressions bring some soul to B-town on March 1. Indiana Heritage Quilt Show The Indiana Heritage Quilt... Read More

Monday, February 20, 2017

Guest blog provided by Erika Dowell, Assistant Director and Head of Public Services at the Lilly Library at Indiana University. Abraham Lincoln has a special place in the hearts of many Americans, especially those who grew up in the same places that Lincoln grew up: Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.... Read More

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February is all about love: the love of music, theater, art, and more! And we're positively in love with these upcoming events. Make sure you make time for the things you love this month. Drama, comedy, musicals, and more, the spring theater season in Bloomington is looking good. From Row after... Read More

Thursday, October 20, 2016

What is a Rainwork? Rainworks are rain-activated street art that are completely invisible when dry, and only appear when they are wet. Rainworks are designed to make rainy days happier. They are created by using a non-toxic, environmentally-safe super hydrophobic spray called Rainworks Invisible... Read More

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall is finally here and the event calendar is filling up! From events around campus, to the arts, and family fun, there is something for everyone in Bloomington, this fall. First Thursdays at IU Fall is a great time for festivals in Bloomington. This year the contemporary arts and humanities at... Read More

Friday, September 9, 2016

With school back in session Bloomington is a buzz with football games and festivals. Our museums and cultural centers are bustling as well with new exhibits as well and we've rounded up the must see exhibits this fall! Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University Vik Muniz The Sidney and Lois... Read More