A monthly festival featuring...
- Live music, dance, & theatre.
- Hands-on arts, crafts, & games.
- Good food!
- Great people!
Back by popular demand, the Arts & Humanities Council once again presents First Thursdays on the Arts Plaza. The festival dates for Fall 2017 are September 7, October 5, and November 2.
Lewis and Addison Rogers are brothers who make pop-music together. When they do this, they go by Busman’s Holiday. The two bring a playful and enriching balance to one another. Lewis plays guitar, and Addison plays his modest drum kit. Busman’s Holiday songs are finely crafted to tell exceptional stories of everyday lives, and they are able to do this with melodies that keep you singing along. Independently, the brothers have played in support of artists both various and sundry.
IU Theatre presents selections from Urinetown . Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Set in a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
The critically acclaimed African American Choral Ensemble preserves the legacy of African American choral music through transformative, inspirational, and spiritually uplifting interpretations of this unique art form. The Choral Ensemble presents a broad repertoire of spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel music, and formally composed works by African American composers.
Now with five solo albums and currently working on her sixth, Jenn began her career with Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee, John Mellencamp, as a multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist. When she embarked on her solo career in 2003, she wanted to create a sound that both honored all of her varied influences – from Ben Folds to Pink and Bruce Hornsby to Queen – while creating something decidedly original. Cristy has played around the country, sharing the stage with a veritable who's-who of artists – Shawn Mullins, John Eddie, Antigone Rising, Indigenous, Bree Sharp, Jeffery Gaines, Danielia Cotton and Michael Gabliki (Rusted Root) –or dominating it herself. Her songs have earned praise everywhere from blogs and small-town newspapers to The New York Times. The piano-driven rock is a platform for lyrics that encompass everything from matters of the heart to politics to straight-ahead fun…or murder. In Cristy’s world, every story has a melody. http://www.jenncristy.com/
Grace is a singer-songwriter from Fort Wayne, Indiana. She accompanies her quirky, story-like lyrics on the piano, guitar, and ukulele. She has a folk-pop sound, with elements of blues and jazz, that also showcases her classical vocal training. Grace is currently a student at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Hooshir is Indiana University's premier Jewish a Capella group, featuring the talents of twelve men and women from all across the country. Hooshir is the three-time winner of the Kol Haolam competition in New York city and a three time quarterfinalist in the ICCA competition (yes, the same one from Pitch Perfect!). Hooshir is a proud representative of Indiana University's Hillel organization and several of its members comprise the ranks of the Singing Hoosiers.
Founded by Hannah Marks in 2017, the Heartland Trio strives to combine the melodic simplicity of folk music with the improvisational freedom of jazz. The group consists of Barclay Moffitt on tenor saxophone, Hannah Marks on double bass, and Rocky Martin on drums. Along with their originals, the Heartland Trio also uses jazz standards, folk tunes, and traditional hymns and spirituals as vehicles of expression.
The IU Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance tent will feature a wide array of activities at the September 7th First Thursdays event. Complementing the featured stage presentation by the cast of Urinetown, there will be a giant toilet (dunk tank) at the Theatre tent to allow attendees the chance to “flush” the play’s evil president, Caldwell B. Caldwell, and even win a prize. Students and faculty from the department will also be on hand to provide promotional materials about the entire 2017-18 IU Theatre season.
The Music and Memory club at IU has recognized the urgency for actively rethinking and reforming approaches for the care and treatment for elders living with dementia and Alzheimer’s in the Bloomington community. The goal of this club is to create personalized iPod playlists for elders with Alzheimer’s and dementia that they can use in their everyday lives! Through our volunteer work we aim to break down the idea that music is only a form of entertainment, and encourage caregivers, family and nursing home staff to use the playlists we create to combat anxiety, depression, sundowning, memory loss, and other symptoms associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s. At the festival we will be presenting clips from videos that were made last year of this project, as well as speaking more about what our goals are for this year!
Don't stand on the sidelines… Paint and draw with faculty and students from the IU School of Art + Design’s Painting area. Pick up a brush and jump in as faculty and students guide visitors in creating a larger than life painting. No drawing or painting skills are required to participate - our expert guides will show you the way. And for a small fee, faculty and MFA Painting candidates will create an on-the-spot painting, drawing, or portrait you can take home!
Open with the exhibition Light.Matter: The Intersection of Photography and Printmaking.
Open in Fine Arts 120 for your browsing and shopping pleasure, including student made work from IU's Ceramics, Metals, Painting, Printmaking, and Textiles Guilds.
Student guilds will have artwork for sale.
Explore three outdoor sculptures on this quick guided tour in the arts circle area. Meet at the art museum activity booth. Tours limited to 15 minutes. | 5:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Roll dice to create an artwork inspired by Surrealist artist Joan Miró in this playful game.
See images of renovation plans. Build your dream museum with architecture series Legos. Tell us what you’d like to see, hear, do in your new museum.
First Nations Educational and Cultural Center will be cooking up mini fry bread and serving them Indian Taco style with all the traditional taco toppings. We will also be guiding attendees through a craft, a raw hide feather keychain, which can be completed by all ages!
Tell us what you did on your summer vacation! The Lilly Library will be celebrating the closing of our summer exhibition, “Americans on Vacation,” in which visitors can read letters from travelers, learn about the history of travel guidebooks, and explore how vacations worked before the time of Google Maps and online boarding passes. We’ll have some fun vacation-themed activities and end-of-summer treats.
The Medieval Studies Institute invites you to a hands-on demonstration of how books were made before the age of the printing press, from preparing the parchment to completing the gold-embossed illustrations. Try your hand at using a stylus on wax tablets, deciphering medieval handwriting, and coloring in an illuminated initial.
Themester 2017 will test you on your knowledge of diversity, difference, and otherness in history, geography, philosophy, political science, sociology, linguistics, literature, biology, current events, and pop culture. Watch the competition to learn about some of the issues explored through this year’s theme. Team up with your friends and sign on to compete for prizes during one of the multiple matches.
The LGBTQ+ Culture Center will host a drag photo booth! Come learn about drag’s history and cultural significance, and then try on some gender-bending accessories for a fabulous photo opportunity.
The Mathers Museum of World Cultures will be celebrating September’s First Thursday with fun ways to move and learn through dancing and games. Students from IU’s Filipino-American Association will demonstrate and teach “tinikling,” a traditional Filipino folk dance that involves two people beating, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other as dancers step over and in between the poles. After the dance you can try your hand (literally) at washer pitching, a popular American outdoor game and cousin to cornhole.
Garden at #IUHome with Wylie House Museum. Your first IU president's home provides window sprout kits (perfect for dorm rooms!) and seeds from its heirloom garden. Learn how you can ensure biological diversity here at IU.
The First Thursdays Festival is a celebration of contemporary arts & humanities on the IU Bloomington campus. The festival is always free and open to all members of the public, with performances and activities around the Showalter Arts Plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., followed by featured evening events at venues across campus.