First Thursdays

Fall 2020

September 3rd

October 1st


First Thursdays are outdoor festivals that showcase the diversity of arts and humanities at IU Bloomington and offer a welcoming environment for students to explore new creative outlets and engage with the work of their peers and faculty members.

The Arts & Humanities Council presents First Thursdays in partnership with our friends from around campus including IU Auditorium; the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture, and Design; the Eskenazi Museum of Art; the Jacobs School of Music; IU Libraries; IU Cinema; Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance; the African American Arts Institute; the Mathers Museum; Traditional Arts Indiana; Themester; IU Corps; all of our campus cultural centers; and dozens of departments from the College of Arts and Science, the Media School, and the Hamilton Lugar School. 

Previous festivities have included everything from opera signers to breakdancers, stage-fighting to clay-throwing, and much, much more. Each First Thursday is unique, and each is a great opportunity to experience the wonderful work of artists, performers, and scholars from all across campus.

While First Thursdays have traditionally been held on the IU Arts Plaza around the Showalter Fountain, the Fall 2020 festivals will take a different form in response to public health considerations and university policies regarding COVID-19. On September 3rd and October 1st, the A&H Council and our friends will present a series of discrete interactive arts and humanities stations stretching roughly from the Musical Arts Center to the Arboretum. These First Thursdays "Trails" will carry on the spirit of our larger festivals by offering unique opportunities for creative exploration and engagement, but their focus on small-group and individual activities will allow for proper social distancing and public safety measures. 

NOTE: All participants in Fall 2020 First Thursdays will be required to adhere to all IU guidelines regarding public health and safety, including wearing masks at all times and maintaining appropriate social distance. Participants will also be asked to register online before or at the event and provide an IU email address that could be used by public health officials for contact tracing. 

The A&H Council will share more information about the September 3rd First Thursday soon. Please check back here and follow us on social media for updates.