By joining the vast arts and humanities resources at IU Bloomington with the artistic heritage of the Hoosier state, we are catalyzing new connections, deepening understanding of our cultural diversity, and building creative pathways.
With the renowned Jacobs School of Music, we have engaged more than 480 rural residents—including K-12 students across the region—in interactive music and dance opportunities. The Jacobs School of Music led a community engagement summit, exploring best practices; key issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and strategic, asset-based approaches to igniting local arts efforts.
The IU Arts and Humanities Council and its Platform laboratory led an extensive exploration of the Washington County heritage site Beck’s Mill, bringing together the Friends of Beck’s Mill, researchers, and artists and artisans to explore the past, present, and future of the mill as a local resource and community place of pride.
The IU Eskenazi Museum of Art and the Center for Rural Engagement are hosting a veterans’ art-based wellness initiative, Creative Arts for Vets, designed to help service members of all military branches who are managing post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health challenges. Through the Rural Teachers Engaging Art program, the Eskenazi Museum of Art supports teachers with supplemental content for online teaching platforms while also supporting the analog Look Book and Look Nook projects that delivered arts programming, audio presentations, and interactive projects students can access without internet connection.
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