For the 5th straight year, students in Rachel Bahr’s English 11 class at Bloomington’s Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship have completed a class project, called ‘Sense of Place,’ and shared their work with Limestone Post. Above is a screenshot from student Jaidyn Cooper’s video about Campbell's Park in Ellettsville.

The annual “Sense of Place” project by students at The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship shows “a sliver of each student’s identity,” writes student Richelle Elkes. But each student’s video, she adds, “gives the viewer a greater understanding of the young people in the community and how their values affect the community of Bloomington.”
Click here to read about the project and watch their videos.

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Origin Park is a 600-acre urban park project along the Ohio River that will connect Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany, Indiana. Encompassing the Falls of the Ohio State Park and Ohio River Greenway, the park will feature 35 miles of park lawns, 22 miles of trails, and 4.5 miles of paddle trails. One of the highlights of the park is called the Infinity Loop, a 2.8 mile elevated trail that will allow visitors to walk over the river. Illustrated above is a section called The Flatwater. | Image courtesy of River Heritage Conservancy, Inc.

Water volume in the Ohio River is expected to increase by 30 percent over the next 50 years. But a 600-acre park being developed in southern Indiana will turn the inevitable flooding into an attraction, making it “the first climate-resilient park in the Midwest.” Click here to read the story by Beth Edwards of the Indiana Environmental Reporter.

Limestone Post food columnist Ruthie Cohen (left) created four dishes inspired by her daughter Leigh. | Photo by Aviva Orenstein

Limestone Post’s food sage, Ruthie Cohen, settles a domestic dispute by offering us recipes inspired by her daughter Leigh, the last of the Cohen kids to be featured in her column. Ruthie says Leigh “embodies the essential ingredients that ignite: a zest for life, a fire in her belly, a brash sizzle, and a subtle hint of sweetness.” Click here for Ruthie’s Leigh-inspired recipes.

‘Paper Pavilions’ is a group exhibition of Midwestern artists, showing virtually and physically at the 411 Gallery in Columbus, Indiana. Curated by Sean Starowitz, the City of Bloomington’s assistant director for the arts, the exhibition allows artists to set the tone for the future of public art. Pictured is ‘Mutant Bower’ by the Carlson Garcia collective. | Photo by Ian Carstens

‘Paper Pavilions’ is a group exhibition of Midwestern artists, showing virtually and physically at the 411 Gallery in Columbus, Indiana. Curated by Sean Starowitz, the City of Bloomington’s assistant director for the arts, the exhibition allows artists to set the tone for the future of public art. Click here to read a review from writer and photographer Ian Carstens.

Volunteers stock tables and shelves before opening the People’s Open Pantry on a recent Saturday at Artisan Alley. People’s Open Pantry, or POP, is a new initiative under the aegis of the People’s Market, whose mission is to build equity and support community access to healthy food, writes Ellen Wu. | Limestone Post

New People’s Open Pantry Offers Access to Healthy Food

Building equity and supporting community access to healthy food are at the heart of the People’s Open Pantry, a new initiative under the aegis of the People’s Market, writes Ellen Wu. But starting a pantry during a pandemic takes dedication and planning. Wu talked to several of the people involved in the effort.
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Actors in the Emerging Theatre Artist Residency rehearse a play at Krista Detor and Dave Weber’s artist retreat, The Hundredth Hill, in northern Monroe County. Since moving to the retreat in August, these recent graduates from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts have been working on two productions that they will perform for live audiences on a custom-built, outdoor stage. | Limestone Post

Theater Residency at The Hundredth Hill Creates Art During Pandemic

Krista Detor and Dave Weber’s artist retreat, The Hundredth Hill, has served since August as a theater residency for a troupe of recent graduates from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Not only has the group created two productions but they will also perform them for live audiences — an all but unheard-of feat in theater during the pandemic. Click here for the story.

Charlotte Zietlow holds up a campaign brochure for the 1971 election in Bloomington when she was elected to the city council. Before becoming a local political powerhouse, Charlotte and her husband, Paul, spent a year in Czechoslovakia as part of an educational exchange program. She says in her new memoir, “Minister’s Daughter: One Life, Many Lives,” with Michael G. Glab, that the experience proved American democracy was worth fighting for. | Limestone Post

Book Excerpt: ‘Minister’s Daughter: One Life, Many Lives’ by Charlotte Zietlow

Before becoming a local political powerhouse in Bloomington, Charlotte Zietlow and her husband, Paul, spent a year in Czechoslovakia as part of an educational exchange program. She says in her new memoir, “Minister’s Daughter: One Life, Many Lives,” with Michael G. Glab, that the experience proved American democracy was worth fighting for. Click here to read an excerpt from the book.

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

Galleries Adapt to Pandemic While Artists Continue to Create [Photo Essay]

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.

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

Some Renter Help Available As End of Eviction Moratorium Looms

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

Peaceful Protesters Outraged at Racist Attacks and Anti-Black Violence

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

WINGS Offers Outdoor Adventures for Women by Women

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.

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    “I was trying my best to impress a guy. So I came home one day and found two dead flies lying next to one another. I picked the two flies up, put them on paper, drew around them, and I’ve done it every day since. The guy never worked out.” —Ali Beckman, in "Bugs Come to Life in Ali Beckman’s So Fly Taxidermy" by Dason Anderson
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