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Friday, May 23, 2014

Fourth IU Summer Festival of the Arts offers something for everyone!

Categories: Indiana University, Arts & Culture

After living in Bloomington during the summer for the first time, I learned to never underestimate the joy of easily finding a parking space on Kirkwood Avenue or quickly getting a table at the Village Deli on late Sunday mornings.

This year marks my third summer in Bloomington, and the peace and quiet that follows the end of spring semester never gets old. But I know if I ever get bored, I can visit one of several arts events offered by Indiana University Bloomington, conveniently listed on the IU Summer Festival of the Arts calendar.

Exhibits, theater productions, films, live music - the arts on campus don't stop just because the students leave town. In fact, the Summer Festival of the Arts began in 2011 with the goal of supporting the creation of new arts events for residents and tourists, as well as those attending the various camps, conferences and workshops held on campus.

Many of the arts events are free and family-friendly, like the production "School House Rock Live!" as part of the 2014 Indiana Festival Theatre, offered by IU Bloomington's Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance within the College of Arts and Sciences. And if you want to leave the kids at home, head to the IU Cinema where you can choose from a diverse lineup of foreign, drama and documentary films.

For those who are considering making a trip to Bloomington this summer, watch this Summer Festival of the Arts promotional video, which perfectly summarizes all the arts events that IU Bloomington has to offer this year: 

The fourth Summer Festival of the Arts officially kicked off on Monday, May 12, and will run through Aug. 24. Events are held at venues across campus, including the IU Art Museum, IU Cinema, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Jacobs School of Music, Kinsey Institute Gallery, Lilly Library, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Wylie House Museum and Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center.

While a complete list of Summer Festival of the Arts activities can be found online, a few of my favorite highlights include:

Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show, opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. May 16 at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts in the Grunwald Gallery of Art, Room 110. The exhibit runs through July 12. Cost: free.

Midsummer Night at the Art Museum, Celebrating Light Totem, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 21, IU Art Museum. Celebrates the relighting of Rob Shakespeare's light sculpture "Light Totem," which has been in restoration for almost a year. The event will also include a photo booth, complimentary desserts, local food vendors and a cash bar. Cost: Free.

Music Inspired by Matisse's Jazz, 3 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 25, Special Exhibitions gallery on the first floor of the IU Art Museum. Boston-based jazz pianist Christopher Bakriges and bassist Jeremy Allen, an assistant professor in the Jacobs School of Music, will perform original works inspired by Matisse's artwork with historical interpreter John Moore reading excerpts from the artist's own words.

Summer Band, Jacobs School of Music. 7 to 8 p.m. July 9 and 16, Musical Arts Center lawn. Cost: Free.

"Godspell," Wells-Metz Theatre, 7:30 p.m. June 9, June 11-14, June 17-21 and June 24-28; 2 p.m. June 15, 22 and 29. Part of Indiana Festival Theatre, hosted by IU's Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance within the College of Arts and Sciences. The two-act musical tells a story of friendship, loyalty and love. Cost: $15 to $25.

"Spiritualists, Sorcerers and Stage Magicians: Magic and the Supernatural at the Lilly Library," June 2 to Aug. 30. Lilly Library hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit offers a view of how ideas of the supernatural have persisted and transformed throughout history. Cost: Free.

About the Indiana University Summer Festival of the Arts 
The Summer Festival of the Arts began in 2011 and seeks to bring all of Indiana University Bloomington's cultural elements together, including live music, theater, dance, conferences, lectures, art openings and films. Events take place from May until August and ensure those visiting Bloomington as well as students, community members and IU faculty and staff are aware of the rich cultural offerings on campus. Calendar listings can be found on the festival website, artsfest.indiana.edu. For event updates, follow @IUArtsFest and #IUArtsFest on Twitter.

This guest blog was written by Jaclyn Lansbery, who currently helps promote the Indiana University Bloomington arts at the IU Newsroom. The IU Newsroom is the official source for news from Indiana University. To learn more about IU's creative arts community, visit Art at IU

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha was the primary contributor to the B-town Blog during her tenure as content coordinator. Her blogs covered a number of topics, from family activities to outdoor excursions.