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Gallery Walk Bloomington Always Offers Something Fresh and New

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.

Science Sprouts Place Opens at WonderLab by Niha Alasapuri, WonderLab

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.

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Great Theatre — Free — with a Cardinal Stage Nest Generation Subscription by Julie Warren

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.

‘Flat Stanley’ Shows the Many Ways Cardinal Stage Engages Kids by Julie Warren

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. Click here to read the full story.

Explore the Reality Behind Kurt Vonnegut’s Fiction at WonderLab After Dark: The Science of Vonnegut by Sam Zlotnick

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.

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Cardinal Stage Announces 2019-2020 Season! by Julie Warren

With shows ranging from 'The Great Gatsby' to 'Disney’s Newsies' to 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' Cardinal Stage’s 2019-2020 season covers a range of experiences and settings, but with one similarity: “They are all about identity in some form,” says Artistic Director Kate Galvin. Click here to see the entire lineup and read how Galvin chose the shows.

Life Experiences Prepared Francesca Sobrer for Role in Cardinal’s ‘Glass Menagerie’ by Julie Warren

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.

UNVEILED Turns Intimate Photo Sessions Into Support and Empowerment by Julie Warren

Transformative, empowering, supportive. This is how clients of UNVEILED describe their boudoir photo session. But being physically and emotionally exposed while having their photo taken is what bonds them to each other, writes Julie Warren. As one client puts it, “The support from other women to love yourself and one another is ongoing and crucial in a world that tends to tell us to do otherwise.” Click here to learn more about the UNVEILED community.

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The Granfalloon: A Festival of Music, Literature, and Art, Inspired By Kurt Vonnegut by Julie Warren

Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was an astute observer of people, culture, and communities. He has also inspired the Granfalloon festival, a multi-day celebration of art, ideas, and building connections between people. Organized by the IU Arts and Humanities Council, the second annual Granfalloon features music, academic panels, and creative activities to connect the campus and the community. Click here to read more about our own granfalloon.

Keeping Theatre Ticket Prices Low Despite High Production Costs by Julie Warren

A Cardinal Stage survey shows that producing live theatre can cost ten times more than most people think. Art provides an incalculable benefit to those who experience it, so Cardinal Stage is committed to producing quality professional theatre while keeping ticket prices low. Click here to read how they do it.

Goods For Cooks: More Than Goods, For More Than Just Cooks by Julie Warren

Goods For Cooks has been in business for 45 years, not just because of the products it offers (cookware, food, and decorations) but also because of the relationships it builds, with both experienced and first-time cooks. “We take the time to listen to their stories,” says co-owner Sam Eibling, “about food, travels, and family traditions.” Click here to read more about Goods For Cooks.

WonderLab’s Science Shows Hit the Road, Wowing Audiences Young and Old

In a classroom or at camp, at the library or in the office — or even at a favorite brewery — WonderLab’s Outreach program provides fun, informal science education for everyone. “We do this to help people fall in love with science and make it relevant to their lives,” says WonderLab’s Nick Whites. Each experiment and interactive presentation is tailored to a specific audience and topic, and designed to wow audiences. Click here to learn more about WonderLab's Outreach programs.