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February 25th, 2021 by

BLACK, FEMALE AND CARVING OUT THEIR OWN PATH IN COUNTRY MUSIC

Feb. 17, 2021

Sarah Rodman, The New York Times

Mickey Guyton, Miko Marks, Rissi Palmer, Reyna Roberts and Brittney Spencer discuss the challenges of becoming the change they want to see in an infamously homogeneous segment of the music industry, country music.



TRADITIONAL ARTS INDIANA RECEIVES FUNDING TO MAKE MUSIC ACCESSIBLE TO OLDER POPULATIONS

Feb. 8, 2021

Tommy McEvilly, Indiana Daily Student

Traditional Arts Indiana, a statewide folk arts program, will give Indiana senior musicians opportunities to record their own music due to a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.



LOTUS WORLD MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2021 SCHEDULED SEPT. 23-26, IN-PERSON EVENTS PLANNED

Feb. 4, 2021

Alexis Lindenmayer, Indiana Daily Student

After the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation canceled the 2020 event due to the pandemic, the foundation hopes to bring back the energy and community spirit of its annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival in 2021.



JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER FOCUSES ON MUSIC’S ROLE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE

Feb. 2, 2021

Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times

With in-person concerts unlikely this spring, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday announced a full season of video presentations, all centered on jazz’s role in the fight for social justice. The new season features a tribute to renowned jazz vocalists.



FOR THESE CLASSICAL MUSICIANS, IT’S ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT RACIAL EQUALITY

Jan. 27, 2021

Joshua Barone, The New York Times

Many people in orchestras and opera companies, which have been historically white, have called for more diversity in their line of work. Josh Barone speaks to seven smaller organizations that opened the door for larger institutions.



MONROE COUNTY YMCA COLLABORATES WITH LOCAL ARTIST ON MURAL FOR FUNDRAISER

Jan. 27, 2021

C. Ovelton, Indiana Daily Student

The Monroe County YMCA is collaborating with public artist and Bloomington native Adam Long on the creation of a mural at the Southeast YMCA location. The mural is a fundraiser for the Y for All scholarship program.



INNOVATION DRIVES B-TOWN THEATER GROUPS DURING PANDEMIC SHUTDOWN

Dec. 26, 2020

Tracy Zollinger Turner, Bloom

Many of Bloomington’s theaters had to shut their doors due to the pandemic, and their futures are uncertain. Tracy Turner interviews the directors of Bloomington’s theaters to provide an update on how they are adapting and surviving.



ABATTOIR GALLERY CHALLENGES RACIST AND PANDEMIC CONVENTIONS

Dec. 17, 2020

Ian Carstens, Limestone Post

Abattoir Gallery, at Fourth and Rogers Street in Bloomington, will exhibit across mediums while maintaining a safe space for LGBTQ+, Black, and brown people, says its lead curator Gnat Bowden.



COVID-19 CREATES NEW BOOKING CHALLENGES FOR BLOOMINGTON MUSICIANS AND VENUES

December 3, 2020

Sam Boland, Bloomington Beat

Due to challenges created by COVID–19, Bloomington musicians like Alex Goldblatt are struggling to find work, while theatres like the Buskirk-Chumley are getting creative to make ends meet.



LOCAL PIANIST MONIKA HERZIG HAS DEDICATED HER CAREER TO INSPIRING WOMEN

Nov. 12, 2020

Sarah Parrish, Bloomington Beat

Monika Herzig, a Bloomington jazz pianist, has spent her career propelling women into the jazz music scene through various programs she organizes, such as Jazz Girls Day and local jam sessions with aspiring musicians.