Community work inspires a new cadence for the Jacobs School of Music
The arts are a critical part of the human experience, providing opportunities for creative expression, self-reflection, and transformation. Music in particular offers a common language that brings people and communities together to explore their collective identity, values, and dreams for a brighter future.
I’ve always believed this to be true on a personal level, but seeing the arts at work in rural communities through the Center for Rural Engagement has opened my eyes to the profound impact of the arts on audiences, communities, and the artists themselves. By leveraging IU Bloomington’s celebrated programs in the arts and humanities, the center is promoting stronger community identity, creating authentic arts experiences, and cultivating broader participation in community development efforts. These projects are also giving emerging professional artists at Indiana University the opportunity to connect more deeply with communities through their craft.