Author: Rodney Margison

Galleries of Bloomington 2018

Among Indiana communities, Bloomington has a well-deserved reputation as a thought leader in the arts. It was the first city in the state to establish an official Statewide Cultural District (the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, or BEAD) through the Indiana Arts Commission and the first to pass a “percent for art” ordinance, which requires that 1 percent of the budget for publicly funded capital improvement projects go toward public art.

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Caleb Poer: Political Activist

Caleb Poer, 17, admits there was a time when he wasn’t politically aware. “I don’t remember thinking about politics until Barack Obama was running for president,” Poer says. But it isn’t as if he was getting a late start. When Obama announced his candidacy in early 2007, Poer was 6 years old.

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Local Composers Create Modern Operas for Kids

Kim Carballo, a voice coach at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, says that in the 1950s and ’60s, a slew of children’s operas were composed to introduce children to the art form. “Kids used to graduate from sixth grade knowing Carmen and other famous works, but now there’s a different focus on arts education,” Carballo says.

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The Many Ways Our Food Bank Gathers Produce for the Hungry

With its bustling farmers’ markets and ever-growing interest in farm-to-table cuisine, it’s no secret that Bloomington residents have an appetite for locally grown produce. What people may not know is that the farmers who bring their goods to market also make fresh vegetables and fruits available to people seeking food security.

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