Category: Our Town

Jean Capler: Social Worker

When Jean Capler was named Bloomington’s 2016 Woman of the Year, it was something of a surprise. “I was really honored, but I looked at the list of other women who have received the award and there were a lot of impressive women doing pretty impressive things,” she says. “And I just do what I do.”

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Jon Chickedantz: Restaurateur

For more than 20 years, a visit to Malibu Grill meant a visit with JB (John Bailey), the downtown restaurant’s loquacious long-time managing partner. When JB took off for Nashville, Tennessee, at the end of 2016, some folks wondered what that might mean for the popular restaurant.

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Jeanne Smith: Change Maker

If there is any thread that connects the disparate aspects of Jeanne Smith’s life, it’s her ability to reimagine the world. Whether it’s recreating herself to become the person she was meant to be (Smith, now 64, lived as a man until age 55), refurbishing items so they can find new purpose, or participating in politics, Smith makes change happen.

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Sean Starowitz: City Arts Advocate

To Sean Starowitz, the city’s new assistant director for the arts, advancing the arts means expanding its reach, acting as a liaison to artists, and developing imaginative approaches to weave arts into the fabric of the city.

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Stanley Njuguna: Activist

At 20 years old, Indiana University sophomore Stanley Njuguna has already been a featured speaker at protest events such as Bloomington’s Inaugurate the Revolution and Black Lives Matter rallies — and he’s just getting started.

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Dean Peg Faimon: School of Art + Design

Indiana Unviersity’s new School of Art and Design merges the Department of Studio Art and the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design. Peg Faimon discusses the honor of becoming the founding dean.

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Billy Young: The Bicycle Man (video)

Billy Young says bicycles can be a means for those experiencing homelessness to get back on their feet. His bike project involves salvaging bicycles and finding them new homes with those in need.

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Iris Kiesling: Public Servant

BY BARB BERGGOETZ When Mayor Tomi Allison asked Iris Kiesling to run for Bloomington City Council in 1987, she declined. “I didn’t think I could do it,” she recalls. She was soon convinced she could, and so began nearly three...

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