Art galleries are adapting to ever-changing conditions during the pandemic. Photographer Paige Strobel visited several local galleries for Limestone Post, to find out how they are welcoming visitors — in-person, online, or both. Pictured is Untitled, 2009, by El Anatsui, a recent acquisition by the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art. | Photo by Paige Strobel

Art galleries are adapting to ever-changing conditions during the pandemic. Photographer Paige Strobel visited several local galleries to find out how they are welcoming visitors — in-person, online, or both. “While the world looks different and extra precautions are in place,” she writes, “one can still experience the incredible artists and artistry this town offers.” Click here for Paige’s story and photos.

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    September 20, 2020

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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s moratorium on residential evictions is set to expire on August 14. Evictions for many renters are expected to resume the next day, writes Diane Walker. While rental assistance is available, demand will likely exceed supply. Walker talked to housing experts who fear a disaster could result if more help isn’t made available. | Limestone Post

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s moratorium on residential evictions is set to expire on August 14. Evictions for many renters are expected to resume the next day, writes Diane Walker. While rental assistance is available, demand will likely exceed the supply. Walker talked to housing experts who fear a disaster could result if more help isn’t made available. Click here to read the full story.

On two consecutive days in downtown Bloomington, protestors expressed outrage at the racial aggression, profiling, and anti-Black violence that residents have faced — recently, historically, and continually — in the community. Each protest was attended by hundreds of supporters, culminating in a march through the streets. | Photo by Limestone Post

On two consecutive days in downtown Bloomington, protestors expressed outrage at the racial aggression, profiling, and anti-Black violence that residents have faced — recently, historically, and continually — in the community. Each protest was attended by hundreds of supporters, culminating in a march through the streets. Click here to learn more.

Late last year, a group called Women in Nature Gaining Skills (WINGS) was formed to encourage women to participate in outdoor activities such as archery, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and birdwatching. All openings were filled before the first event in January. A kayaking trip is schedule for July. This photo is from an event hosted by Monroe Lake. | Photo by Jill Vance

Late last year, a group called Women in Nature Gaining Skills (WINGS) was formed to encourage women to participate in outdoor activities such as archery, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and birdwatching. All openings were filled before the first event in January. Writer Laurie D. Borman interviewed the organizers to find out why WINGS has exceeded expectations. Click below to read the article.

Ali Beckman brings bugs to life on Instagram @SoFlyTaxidermy, which has more than 140K followers. While the Bloomington resident says her goal is “to make people laugh” and see the beauty in insects, her cartoons often address grittier topics. A collection of her work is being published by Red Lightning Books. | Photos courtesy of Ali Beckman

Bugs Come to Life in Ali Beckman’s So Fly Taxidermy

“I get up, I make coffee, and I think about bugs,” says Ali Beckman, a B-town resident whose Instagram account has 145K fans. While her goal is “to make people laugh” and see the beauty in insects, her gritty bug cartoons @SoFlyTaxidermy often address serious topics. Writer Dason Anderson asked Beckman about her work — and her book deal. Click here for the story.

On June 5 in Bloomington, a peaceful march and protest called 'Enough Is Enough' was held in response to nationwide police brutality against People of Color. Organizers emphasized that, while people’s energy at the event was encouraging, more needs to be done in the fight for racial justice.

Photos: ‘Enough Is Enough’ March and Protest in Bloomington

On June 5, Bloomington’s largest protest in decades was held in response to nationwide police brutality and systemic racism toward Black people. “Enough Is Enough” was a peaceful march and protest in which organizers emphasized that, while the event on Friday was encouraging, more needs to be done in the fight for racial justice.
Click here for the photo gallery.

Parenting through the pandemic can be challenging. But, as Jared Posey writes, self-care is important not only for a parent's well-being but also for teaching children how to respond to crises they will face in the future. Pictured above, the author mows the lawn while his son plays. | Photo by Katie Posey

Parenting Through a Pandemic: Role Modeling and Self-Care

Biohazard suits, protective masks, sheltering at home, and other grim realities of COVID-19 have raised fears and questions among children. Providing answers can be difficult for parents. But, as Jared Posey writes, self-care is important not only for a parent’s well-being but also for teaching children how to respond to future crises.
Click here for a guide to parenting through a pandemic.

Thinking about planting a garden? Beth Edwards, a writer and producer for the Indiana Environmental Reporter, has written about the physical, mental health, economic, and environmental benefits of home gardening. People with no space for a garden can rent a plot through the community garden program run by in the City of Bloomington’s Department of Parks and Recreation (see the end of the article for more info). Pictured above, the Willie Streeter Community Gardens on South Highland Avenue. | Limestone Post

Hoosiers Take On Home Gardening

Home gardens not only create access to healthy food, they also offer physical, mental health, economic, and environmental benefits, writes Beth Edwards of the Indiana Environmental Reporter. No wonder home gardening has gained in popularity every year since the 2008 financial crisis. Sheltering at home has even more Hoosiers digging in. Click here to learn more.

Abby Ang at the People’s Market CSA drive-thru on March 28. Ang and a group of vendors, community organizers, and university professors began meeting last year to plan what would become the People’s Market, “a farmers market model unprecedented in Bloomington and Indiana,” writes Ellen Wu for Limestone Post. The group had to “reorient swiftly to the drive-thru CSA once it became obvious that COVID-19 would upend everything.” | Limestone Post

Ethos of New People’s Market Focuses on Food Justice, Mutual Aid

A group of vendors, community organizers, and university professors began meeting last year to plan what would become the People’s Market, “a farmers market model unprecedented in Bloomington and Indiana,” writes IU history professor Ellen Wu. When COVID-19 “upended everything,” the group quickly reoriented to create a drive-thru CSA. Click here to read about the People’s Market.

This screenshot of the Indiana COVID-19 Data Report shows the number of COVID-19 cases statewide and by county of residence as of April 2. It is updated daily on the Indiana State Department of Health website. To mitigate the damage being done to the economy, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act offers financial help for nonprofits, independent contractors, and cooperatives.

Grants for Nonprofits, Co-ops, and Independent Contractors in CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was recently passed by Congress offers programs and initiatives to offer economic relief caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program called Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants offers help specifically for nonprofits, cooperatives, and independent contractors. Click here to learn more about the program.

A lone bike rider on the nearly empty streets of Bloomington, Indiana, March 25, 2020. Local officials, organizations, and individuals have developed programs and resources to help people trying to cope during the COVID-19 crisis. | Limestone Post

List of COVID-19 Resources for Bloomington and Monroe County

Bloomington and Monroe County officials, organizations, and individuals have responded to the COVID-19 crisis by developing programs and resources to help people trying to cope in the pandemic. Limestone Post has compiled this list for people who need help, who want to help, or who just want more information. Click here for the list.

United Way of Monroe County issued a press release announcing that nearly 30 local organizations are launching an emergency relief fund to support "human service organizations in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties" during the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the press release, grants will be distributed to groups "best positioned to meet the emerging needs resulting from this crisis." | Courtesy image

Press Release: Local Groups Launch COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

United Way of Monroe County issued a press release announcing that nearly 30 local organizations are launching an emergency relief fund to support “human service organizations in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties” during the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the press release, grants will be distributed to groups “best positioned to meet the emerging needs resulting from this crisis.” Click here to read the full press release.

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    “The People’s Market prizes inclusion and access as fundamental values. At one level, this necessitates an unequivocally 'Nazi-free space,' one that is explicitly anti-racist. Yet its mission to ‘create spaces that remain welcoming, inclusive, and accessible’ means even more than keeping avowed white supremacists at bay. It demands expanding the notion of access.” —Ellen Wu, in "Ethos of New People’s Market Focuses on Food Justice, Mutual Aid"
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