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Power Plant Collective Shows Art by Marginalized Artists

In a small basement on Bloomington’s Near West Side, a group of 20-somethings has created a gallery where aspiring artists can gather. It’s a space where they can display their work and showcase talents that might otherwise remain unknown.

Old IMU Phone Booths Now Tell Hidden Hoosiers’ Tales

The Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) pulsates with life—students circulate between cafés and study nooks, visitors bustle in and out of the Biddle Hotel, and, up marble stairs and tucked around a corner on the main level, “Hidden Hoosiers” resurrects voices from the past.

PopKorn! New Store South of the Square

Now located at 122 S. College, PopKorn! Kernels with a Twist offers over 30 sweet and savory popcorn varieties flavored with real foods like cheeses, peppers, nuts, and banana chips.

Find Inspiration and Spread Love with The Muse Project

Like the ancient goddesses for which it is named, The Muse Project offers inspiration to those who heed its words. The project’s founder, Jodi Pope Johnson, says today, more than ever, she feels there is a need to share messages of hope and healing.

Rahul Shrivastav: IU Dining Director

Restaurants, cafés, cafeterias, concession stands, catering—they are all under the purview of Rahul Shrivastav, executive director of Indiana University Dining.

Ivy Tech Offers Free Tuition For High-Demand Workers

A year ago, in February 2019, Tammy Wright turned 51 and got laid off from her job. That was when she decided the only way to improve her life was to finally finish high school and get further job training.

Wedding Guide

14th Annual Wedding Guide

If you’re planning a wedding and looking for ideas, our behind-the-scenes peek at the nuptials of these four couples offers plenty of inspiration.

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David Howard: Renaissance Man on the Move

To use a juggling metaphor, David Howard is a guy who keeps a lot of plates spinning. His latest project is Alley Works, a new apartment building with a restaurant complex at the former Yellow Cab site on 6th Street, west of the downtown Square.

Lee Loves: April/May 2020

After months of gray days, Bloomington’s glorious spring brings smiles to our faces. Local retailers have an array of practical and whimsical finds that pop with cheery colors to add even more joy to your day!

PopKorn! New Store South of the Square

Now located at 122 S. College, PopKorn! Kernels with a Twist offers over 30 sweet and savory popcorn varieties flavored with real foods like cheeses, peppers, nuts, and banana chips.

Find Inspiration and Spread Love with The Muse Project

Like the ancient goddesses for which it is named, The Muse Project offers inspiration to those who heed its words. The project’s founder, Jodi Pope Johnson, says today, more than ever, she feels there is a need to share messages of hope and healing.

Rahul Shrivastav: IU Dining Director

Restaurants, cafés, cafeterias, concession stands, catering—they are all under the purview of Rahul Shrivastav, executive director of Indiana University Dining.

Wedding Guide

14th Annual Wedding Guide

If you’re planning a wedding and looking for ideas, our behind-the-scenes peek at the nuptials of these four couples offers plenty of inspiration.

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An Important Message from Bloom Magazine

For the past 14 years, we have been publishing Bloom, a free, bimonthly cultural and lifestyle magazine serving Bloomington, Indiana, and surrounding communities. We have four missions: to support local businesses, local charities, local arts, and diversity. We are an integral part of the fabric of this community.

Like so many small businesses (4 employees), we are facing huge challenges in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to be able to continue producing the magazine and our website, magbloom.com, but we need your help.

Please consider donating to our GoFundMe drive using the link below. Thank you!