The Writers Guild Spoken Word Series on November 3 features Ryser Scholarship winners Hanh Tam Bui and Juliana Crespo, plus Ryser Scholarship founder Shayne Laughter and singer-songwriter Sarah Cassidy — all from Bloomington. The Ryser Scholarship is named after Joan Ryser, who taught literature and creative writing for 44 years at Bloomington High School South. Click here to read the article by Hiromi Yoshida.
Since 2016, Bloomingfoods’ Positive Change program has raised more than $600,000 for local organizations. Member-owners of Bloomingfoods are voting through October 21 to determine the recipients for 2022, but any Bloomingfoods customer can support a local organization whenever they shop at one of the stores. Click here to read about Bloomingfoods’ Positive Change program.
During National Hispanic American Heritage Month, the Writers Guild at Bloomington will celebrate the unique contributions of Hispanic Americans with a virtual edition of its First Wednesdays Spoken Word Series. The October 6 livestream will feature three women writers: Shana Ritter, Zilia C. Balkansky-Sellés, and Rosebud Ben-Oni. Click here to read more about them and how to attend the performance.
The 4th Street Art Festival returns to Bloomington on Labor Day weekend. For many artists, this will be the first show they’ve been able to do in 18 months. While 2020 was a challenging year, it was also a time of introspection, creativity, and experimentation. And now artists and art lovers are ready to meet in person.
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Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is known for its vaunted world music and arts festival each fall, but Lotus’s other programming serves people year-round. Lotus Blossoms, the education program it runs throughout central and southern Indiana, enriches the lives of children as well as the adults who help make the programs happen. Click here to read about Lotus Blossoms.
Held on the first Friday of each month, Gallery Walk is an iconic, one-of-a-kind event in Bloomington — a chance for friends and family to meet downtown, take in some of the area’s best art, and enjoy one of the most vibrant cultural hubs in the Midwest. Talking with the artists in any of the 12 galleries, no one walks away from Gallery Walk without exploring what’s fresh and new in the local art scene. Click here to read about all the galleries in Gallery Walk.
WonderLab is opening a new exhibit area for early-childhood development, called Science Sprouts Place, with a grand opening on Saturday, October 5. The new interactive space is designed specifically for children from birth through age 3 and their caregivers. Science Sprouts Place includes programs and activities to help infants and toddlers develop fundamental skills, as well as resources to help new parents and caregivers with the early-learning development of their child. Click here to learn about this new educational resource for young children in our community.
With Cardinal Stage’s Nest Generation Initiative, people under the age of 35 can see great theatre for free. Theatre lovers introduce young adults to the high-quality performances in Cardinal’s Mainstage productions by sponsoring people who have registered for the program. It’s a risk-free way to experience the best shows in town. Click here to see how to register for the Nest Generation.
Cardinal Stage has developed many resources for kids to expand on their experience of seeing live theatre. Partnering with Monroe County Public Library, the IUCU Education Initiative, local schools, and others, Cardinal uses shows like the upcoming The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley to help young audiences learn more about the world around them.
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On May 9 at WonderLab, the inaugural event for the IU Arts & Humanities Council’s Granfalloon festival will be WonderLab After Dark: The Science of Vonnegut. Hoosier writer Kurt Vonnegut was “one of the most prolific science fiction writers of the 20th Century,” says Sarah Wells, WonderLab’s education specialist, so this event explores the science that the fiction is based in. Click here to read about the Vonnegut-inspired activities at this WonderLab event.
Francesca Sobrer is back in Bloomington, performing in Cardinal Stage’s The Glass Menagerie. Her life experiences have helped her prepare for the role of Amanda in a new way: “Amanda is usually seen as a monster of a mother, but she truly loves her children,” Sobrer says. "And I will defend her because of that.” Click here to read more.