HOPE, a program started by IU professor Theresa Ochoa, is designed to help youths in juvenile-detention facilities across Indiana. Anne Georgescu follows up her first article on HOPE, showing how the only mentorship program of its kind in the country continues to help break the school-to-prison pipeline for juvenile offenders. Click here to read the full story.
In this three-part photography series titled “Places, Things, People,” Adam Reynolds roams the southern Indiana countryside with his new 4×5 “large format” camera — a style that was popular until 35mm film began to hold sway in the mid-1900s. Making pictures with this camera, Reynolds says in his artist’s statement, “is a slow, almost meditative, affair.” The results can be striking. Click here to read Reynolds’ artist’s statement and to see a gallery of his 4×5 photography.
Filmmaker Chris Green takes a glimpse at the DIY art community. In Bloomington, DIY art overlaps with more established artist groups in town, including those creating music and film. But, at heart, it maintains its alternative (or punk) approach to creating and enjoying art. Click here to watch the video.
When the absurdist art movement known as Dada began spreading to major cities around the world in the 1920s, it rarely found its way to sleepy Midwestern towns. But writer Michael G. Glab looks into how a soda shop in Bloomington became a hotbed of Dada, courtesy of favorite son Hoagy Carmichael and his friends. Click here to read the full story.
Jennifer Pacenza opens her theater column in Limestone Post with a preview of “fierce, funny” The Legend of Georgia McBride. Pacenza, author of Bravo, Bloomington!, a blog dedicated to local performance, says this Cardinal Stage Company production about the drag community challenges its audience “to consider the permeability of gender and sexuality.” Click here to read the full story.
David Anspaugh and the cast and crew of Row After Row, a production by Bloomington Playwrights Project, give filmmaker TJ Jaeger a behind-the-scenes look at what their craft means to them, what theater means to the broader world, and why art is important to everybody. Click here to watch the video.
The City of Bloomington’s Volunteer Network has created a new initiative, called ONE Community, to change how people serve nonprofits in Bloomington. A collaboration between the city and six organizations on the northwest side of Bloomington, the initiative focuses on a shared vision of creating healthy, asset-rich, success-ready individuals, families, and youth. Click here to watch videos of each of the six organizations.
On Saturday, January 21, Ruthie Cohen and two busloads of people arrived in Washington, D.C., after an all-night trip from Bloomington, to participate in the Women’s March on Washington. Afterward, in Bloomington, Ruthie penned a response to a friend’s 11-year old daughter, “S—,” who is skeptical about the march making any difference in the world. Here is her letter.
Punk rock was a lively part of the Bloomington music scene even before the godfathers of American punk, the Ramones, recorded their first album in 1976. And it is still alive and kicking. Sierra Vandervort looks into the hardcore beginnings of punk and how it has influenced today’s stock of DIY musicians. Click here to read the full story.
Elvis has left the building — wearing a dress and high heels. In sequined jumpsuits and catchy tunes, Cardinal Stage Company’s The Legend of Georgia McBride will knock you out — just as it knocks down preconceived notions of normality. Following the all-female cast of The Merchant of Venice last fall, The Legend of Georgia McBride furthers Cardinal Stage’s mission to be on the forefront of celebrating diversity in race, sexual orientation, and gender. Click here to read more!
Wintertime gives outdoor enthusiasts an experience that fair-weather campers often only pretend to enjoy — seclusion in the great outdoors. In frigid and even subfreezing temperatures, when most people are staying warm inside, campers usually have the forests to themselves. And with the right equipment and preparation, winter camping can offer the best of the outdoors. Click here to read the full story.
Aaron Tilford, publisher of the art journal Spunk, wrote in the 10th issue that the intention has always been “to inspire, to explore, to create, and to see things in a new way.” Writer Dason Anderson talks to Tilford about living in New York City, publishing an art magazine, and returning home to Bloomington. Click here to read the full story.