Announcing: Candidates & Officials Arts Forum
Bloomington arts community to host local Candidates & Officials Arts Forum on September 17, 2019
The event will also serve as the first meeting of Arts Forward Bloomington, a local collective of arts advocates
August 16, 2019 –Arts Forward Bloomington, a local collective of arts advocates, will host an Arts Forum with participation from candidates and officials for Bloomington elected offices on Tuesday, September 17 from 7:00 – 8:30pm at the John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium (112 S Walnut St).
Recently, the City of Bloomington released its 2019 Community Survey, finding that of all of the community features mentioned, Bloomington residents were the most appreciative of the wealth of opportunities to attend cultural, arts, and musical activities, with around 9 in 10 praising these opportunities. Additionally, a recent economic impact study, conducted by a group of graduate students at the O’Neill School of Public & Environmental Affairs, found that three downtown performing arts providers account for $4.6 million in economic impact annually. Understanding that arts and culture is an essential and defining feature of this community, Arts Forward Bloomington hopes the Arts Forum will be an educational and enjoyable opportunity for artists, organizations, and arts patrons to learn more about each candidate and official’s approach to encouraging, sustaining, and growing the local arts and culture sector.
The event will begin by providing attendees with a snapshot of the current civic programs offered at the local level to support arts and culture before allowing current and prospective city officials the opportunity to explain their own views on the subject, including how they would like to see current efforts develop or change, and how the arts community can best support these efforts.
The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.
Arts Forward Bloomington, in conjunction with the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington, will continue to host quarterly community arts forums to address pertinent topics of critical interest to the economy of the arts community. We intend to discuss specific topics of interest related to public arts policy and to organize and promote appropriate actions when necessary.
Those interested in participating should contact Ken Buzzard at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/groups/ArtsForwardBloomington. Arts Forward Bloomington is represented by Danielle McClelland, Director of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater; Gabe Gloden, Managing Director of Cardinal Stage; Ken Buzzard, President of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra; Susan Swaney, Artistic Director of Voces Novae and Founder of Sing for Joy! Senior Choir; and Kay Olges, Board President for Windfall Dancers.