Explore, Experiment, Experience...
There is more to staying inside than binging your favorite show (even though that is very important). This time can also be spent learning new skills, trying cool experiments, or connecting with people virtually. Many places around town are helping you keep busy with their virtual experiences.
Bloomington Playwrights Project
Bloomington Playwrights Project is offering unlimited online access to 25 plays and musicals until September 1 if you make a one-time donation of any amount to their BPPFLIX program. Your donation will support BPP artists and staff and help the company prepare for future shows. For more information and to make a donation, visit their website.
Bloomington's distillery misses you. Aside from their cocktails to-go, Cardinal Spirits is hosting online happy hours and variety shows. To get the most up-to-date information on their new to-go cocktails and happy hours, follow them on social media.
Eskenazi Museum of Art
The newly-renovated museum may be closed, but there are still many ways to be artistic and experience the Eskenazi Museum of Art from home. Their program #EskenazifromHome includes art projects and wellness activities. Check out their social media for art-making activities, collection highlights, and even a virtual open art therapy studio.
The IU Auditorium brings in dozens of off-Broadway productions and concerts every year. While they are currently not happening live in Bloomington, the theatre is sharing links to performances at home by artists around the country. Visit their social media for more information.
The on-campus cinema is currently not open, but that isn't stopping them from showing world-class films. IU Cinema is having virtual screenings every week to keep people engaged and entertained during this time. For information on the weekly film and the link, visit their social media.
Jacobs School of Music
Kilroys on Kirkwood
The infamous college bar is continuing with a classic tradition: T-shirt Thursdays! New t-shirts will drop digitally every Thursday during this "shelter in place." Kilroy's on Kirkwood will also be selling old shirts and merchandise. All profits from T-shirt Thursday and merch sales will go to local charities and food banks. For info on where to buy, check KOK's social media.
The popular nightlife venue is known for live concerts and a great atmosphere. During this time, they plan to do the same...virtually. Kilroy's Sports' "Live at the Atrium" music series will now be digital! The venue is offering their sound and lighting equipment to local artists to use to share their music. They will be going live on Fridays at 9:00 pm on Youtube, and Kilroy's Sports' social channels. Click here for more information.
Monroe County Public Library
The Monroe County Public Library has plenty of online resources to keep you entertained while we are staying inside. The library has a variety of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music for download. Don't have a library card? That's okay -- check out MCPL's social media for how to access a temporary eLibrary card.
Did you know WonderLab has virtual programming? Every day the science museum has a different program covering all areas of STEM. The sessions are meant for kids of all ages and grade levels. Check their website for the schedule.
Itching to Go Outside?
While it is advised that everyone stay inside unless for essentials, getting fresh air and staying healthy is also important. Trails and public parks are still open to get exercise. Please, per usual, practice social distance and make smart and safe decisions.
Note: While the trails and public parks are open, many public restrooms and access to water fountains are closed.