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Lack of funding felt in high school theater programs

December 5th, 2019 No comments

Bloomington High School South 2016 graduate Lindsey Bomba wrote reviews for the theater program in her freshman year. Now a 21-year-old IU senior, Bomba considers her BHSS theater experiences to be some of the most important in her education.

“I learned how to appreciate different things in life from a different perspective,” she said. “I’ve learned confidence and expression from being involved in the arts.”

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Graduate Bloomington mural adds to growing public art

December 5th, 2019 No comments

Brayden Kutch, front desk agent for Graduate Bloomington, walked through the modern decorated lobby greeting staff and guests with a smile. Students and Bloomington residents filled the chairs and tables scattered throughout. Recently, Graduate Bloomington added a vibrant, geometric mural to the community.

“It’s very slick and very clean and very different than a lot of the murals we have in town,” Sean Starowitz, assistant director of the arts for the City of Bloomington, said. “I think that’s something to take in mind as well.”

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IU graduate Mallory Elver finds career in Bloomington arts

November 7th, 2019 No comments

Mallory Elver is surrounded by colorful paintings from local artists. She is in the lobby of the Bloomington Playwrights Project reflecting on Bloomington entertainment.

In Elver’s world, Bloomington is a constant overlap of performing and visual arts. She paused for a moment and then used one word to describe the world she has dedicated her life to – “eclectic.”

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Local artist Sam Bartlett inspired by family practical jokes

November 7th, 2019 No comments

Sam Bartlett’s clothes are covered in white paint, but he doesn’t seem to mind as he moves around the Building and Trades Park. He inspects each block of artwork around the basketball court, adding a second coat of paint to his mural. The walls are covered in red, blue and yellow.

“I’m a musician by training – a banjo player, a mandolin player – and I do love that,” Sam said. “I love to draw. I love to publish books. Doing public artwork is really fun. It’s almost kind of an extra thing for me.”

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Bloomington residents ignore student journalist with raspy voice

November 6th, 2019 No comments

I began my interviews on Kirkwood next to People’s Park in the early evening on Oct. 2. I hoped for large crowds to pass by the central area between Noodles, Kirkwood, the Sample Gates, and local stores.
Prior to beginning interviews, I nervously sat in my car for 15 minutes on Dunn St. scoping out the area and practicing my questions. It looked mildly busy, and although I was nervous, I felt confident I could get just four people to stop and answer a few simple questions.

I stepped out with my camera and microphone then found a spot on the sidewalk next to People’s Park. I started asking the first people I saw just to warm up only to be declined multiple times. I was angling my story toward art around Bloomington.

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Bloomington residents hesitant to talk with IU student in blistering heat

November 6th, 2019 No comments

Experiences in reporting can vary from person to person and story to story. For me, interviewing complete strangers on the street was challenging in many ways. However, the lessons I learned while completing the assignment will carry into my career.

In many journalism classes at Indiana University, interviews are part of the curriculum. Proper interview etiquette and preparation, as well as crafting thought provoking questions that engage the subject are a mandatory part of how we conduct interviews.

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Bloomington locals excited to help student journalist find solutions for music diversity

November 6th, 2019 No comments

Walking down Kirkwood with a camera and microphone asking locals questions gave me more insight on Bloomington than the past three years as a student at IU.
I interviewed four different strangers on the topic of music diversity in Bloomington over the course of two days. I learned that locals don’t like to be interviewed, and most interviewees agree Bloomington’s music is diverse considering the city’s size and location.

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Bloomington prefers live music for entertainment

November 1st, 2019 No comments

Bloomington residents said the best form of entertainment in the area is live music, according to four informal interviews on Kirkwood Avenue from Oct. 2, 2019 to Oct. 4, 2019.
All locals interviewed agreed that live music is one of the best entertainment options Bloomington has to offer.

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Bloomington residents say local action is answer to increasing music diversity

November 1st, 2019 No comments

For a small city, Bloomington excels in music diversity, according to four locals interviewed throughout the area. However, they said it still generally lags behind when it comes to larger cities.

The solution lies in getting a higher demand for diverse artists, according to Stephen Benard, a 38-year-old sociology professor and Bloomington resident. The more residents who want to attend those shows, the more promoters and venues around town will bring in those acts.

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Bloomington residents avoid Kirkwood nightlife, others say IU campus is more disruptive

October 31st, 2019 No comments

The nightlife scene in Bloomington is problematic for the community because of the culture of overdrinking and business being catered to drinking, according to four random interviews conducted on Kirkwood Ave. on Oct. 4. Others believe it is not as problematic as on-campus activities, and it’s not a problem, depending on how far people take their drinking.

“I even think possibly some of the economy and business here is sort of catered to the nightlife scene,” said Sean Murphy, a 21-year-old IU student. “I guess it’s only really conducive towards the college kids. I could see how that would maybe be a problem for some of the community around here.”

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