A monthly festival featuring...
- Live music, dance, & theatre.
- Hands-on arts, crafts, & games.
- Good food!
- Great people!
- 4:00-6:30 pm, Nov. 2
Images from the September 7th First Thursdays Festival
Sing along, play along, dance along with a freewheelin' hootenanny featuring guitars, banjos, and more!
CEWiT presents Binary Bracelet making: spell IU, your initials, or your name in Binary Code. Or try painting with a Sphero robot, Snap Chat glasses, VR headset, and other hands-on tech toys. The Women in Game Design will join us to demonstrate gaming devices and showcase some of the work they’ve been creating.
TEDxIndianaUniversity will engage students in stimulating conversation and offer a platform to share their ideas through a variety of acts. We will provide a wall for students to pose questions they'd like answered by an expert, offer suggestions for TEDx Talks, or even share their knowledge on questions posed. Further, we will give students an opportunity to speak on areas of their expertise; after submitting their topic of expertise, the TEDx team will select appropriate talks for those experts to speak on for five minutes.
Info coming soon.
Interactive maker activities courtesy of the School of Art, Architecture, + Design; the Grunwald Gallery; and the Friends of Art Bookshop, including:
Demonstrations featuring visiting artist and University of Missouri Professor Bede Clarke throwing pots on a portable wheel. Plus, Ceramics students will help you to make your own ceramic object.
Various student guilds will have artwork for sale and share information about upcoming activities.
Staff will be at the Maker’s Stations to answer all your questions, and the shop will be 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.
The gallery will be open throughout the festival with the exhibitions A Shared Elegy and Kinship:
Since the French Revolution and before, political activists and politically active artists have used slogans — spray painted on walls, tagged on subway cars, incorporated into LED displays as part of museum installations — and NOBODY used slogans as effectively as the French Situationists and their 1968 counterparts. This month the Wounded Galaxies tent features a live music/mix group that incorporates sound files into their work; a slogans-on-demand table; and live projections of slogans and films that are cut up to make their own kind of short pithy statement.
What’s your definition of family? Your challenge is to record the present moment with your family, whatever that means to you. This could be family members, friends, pets, or any other definition you provide. Borrow an instant camera from us or use your phone and our instant photo printer. Record and share your family’s experience. Together your photos, will create a story about family and the shared experience of this campus arts festival. Grab a photo prompt or photograph what inspires you, then add your photo to the display. We'll have 2 instant cameras circulating so photographs can be taken from start to finish. Use the hashtag #SharedElegy.
Create a coat of arms for your family with Society of Art Librarianship Students. Explore genealogy resources to find out how to learn more about your family history.
Walk through the special exhibition with curator Nan Brewer to discover insights about these four photographers. 20 minutes | 6:30 p.m.
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.
Take a 360 degree Virtual Reality tour of the Eskenazi Museum of Art.
See images of the renovation plans. Build your dream museum with architecture series Legos. Tell us what you’d like to see, hear, do in your future museum.
On a day of examining slogans, IU Cinema offers a few:
Winter is on its way and it is time for some hockey—box hockey that is! With no skating required box hockey is perfect for people of all ability levels. Join the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in learning about and playing Box Hockey, a 20th century invention that has become traditional.
Delicious food abounds at First Thursdays, courtesy of Traditions Catering (brought to you by RPS Dining.)
Menu coming soon.
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 in front of the IU Auditorium from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by featured evening events at venues across campus.