1 - Cultural (Arts & Humanities) - Community Organizations

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Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Inc

AddressP.O. Box 1667
Bloomington, IN 47402


Mission is to create opportunities to experience and celebrate the diversity of the world's cultures through music and arts.

ContactSunni Fass (Executive Director)
sunni [at] lotusfest.org
Additional ContactLee Williams (Artistic Director)
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Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Address416 North Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405


The Mathers Museum of World Cultures offers research and training opportunities for IU students, educational support and services for IU faculty and elementary/ secondary school teachers, and family-friendly exhibits and programs. Admission to the museum and its programs is free. During normal hours of operation the Mathers Museum exhibition hall and Museum store are open Tuesday through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Free visitor parking is avaliable by the Indiana Avenue lobby entrance. Metered parking is available at the McCalla School Parking lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Indiana Avenue. The parking lot also has spaces designated for Indiana University C and E permits. During the weekends, free parking is avaliable on the surrounding streets.

Contactmathers [at] indiana.edu
Year Established1963
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Mind's Ear Audio Productions

Address522 West Fourth St.
Bloomington, IN 47404-5128


Mind's Ear is dedicated to the production, performance and promotion of contemporary audio theatre. We also strive to educate stage designers as to the importance of sound in a theatrical presentation. We believe in the value of training and nurturing emerging audio playwrights, actors, designer and engineers. Our work is distinguished by our obsession with on-location recording techniques. Fans have said that our work is like 'listening to a movie with your eyes closed'.

Contactmindsear [at] minds.ear.org
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Monroe County Civic Theater

AddressPO Box 2032
Bloomington, IN 47402
Additional Address 400 East 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47402
Theatre available to the Community members for all to be able to perform, or be a part of Theatre in Monroe County, Indiana.
ContactMaryann Iaria
miaria [at] indiana.edu
Additional Contact
Year Established1988
Incorporation StatusUnincorporated
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Monroe County Civil War Round Table


The Monroe County Civil War Round Table is a group for the discussion of American Civil War history. Produces a monthly newsletter called The Sentinel.

ContactDavid Wiley (President)
davidwwiley [at] sbcglobal.net
812 337-0649
Additional ContactSteve Rolfe (Secretary)
srolfe [at] indiana.edu
812 336-0757
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Monroe County History Center

Address202 E. Sixth Street
Bloomington, IN 47408


The Monroe County History Center's permanent and current exhibits remind us of our proud cultural and natural heritage and showcase items from our collection of over 50,000 artifacts-- documents, clothing, tools, furniture, toys, maps, and photographs/

Contactmchcoperations [at] gmail.com
Year Established1973
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Monroe County History Center's Genealogy Group

Address202 E. 6th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408


The local chapter of the Indiana Genealogical Society, the Monroe County History Center's Genealogy Group presents regular programs of interest to genealogists with emphasis on local research. Works to preserve, publish, and improve access to local records.

Contactgenealogy [at] monroehistory.org
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Musical Arts Youth Organization (MAYO)

Address804 N. College Avenue, Suite 102
Bloomington, IN 47404

The mission of the MUSIC NOW project is to bring classical, chamber music, and popular music to students of all ages in Monroe and surrounding counties. Through group rehearsals, public performance, and outreach events, the program inspires in its students a love of music and a high standard of excellence in their performance.

Contactinfo [at] mayomusic.org
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National Society of Arts and Letters

Address1520 South. Woodruff Lane
Bloomington, IN 47401
Additional AddressP. O. Box 7105


ContactDennis Organ (President)
organ [at] indiana.edu
Additional ContactRichard Carr (Vice President)
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Neal Marshall Black Culture Center

AddressIndiana University Bloomington
275 North Jordan Avenue, Suite A226
Bloomington, In 47405


The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center (NMBCC) is committed to academic excellence through quality educational, cultural, and social programs that promote public awareness about the Black experience while celebrating the academic and leadership achievements of our students.

ContactStephanie Power-Carter Power-Carter (Director)
nmbcc [at] indiana.edu
Additional ContactInger Nemcik (Operational Specialist )
stecarte [at] indiana.edu
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New Music Ensemble

Address1201 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

The Indiana University New Music Ensemble dedicates its efforts to performing a broad spectrum of contemporary music, focusing on works from the past thirty years, but also presenting significant works from earlier in the 20th century. Along with solo, chamber, and large ensemble works by composers from around the world, a typical concert includes music by a guest composer and a work by a member of the Indiana University Composition Department, the latter of which is recorded soon after the concert.

ContactDavid Dzubay (Director)
ddzubay [at] indiana.edu
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New Voices Opera

Address900 E. 7th Street
IMU 371
Bloomington, IN


New Voices Opera is based in Bloomington, Indiana.  The company is a mix of students at Indiana University and community members. A creative team and crew chiefs are assembled for each production with an active roster of vocalists, musicians, and crew members. . Their mission is to  foster the creation of operas by the next generation of operatic composers,  help create a genre of opera that is relevant to a modern audience in today's society,  strengthen the cultural vitality of our region with new operatic works and a new operatic genre, and  provide student musicians and artists with increased performance opportunities and creative outlets.

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Octubafest & Tuba Christmas

AddressP.O. Box 933
Bloomington, IN 47402-0933

Tuba and euphonium players are again invited to participate in one or more of the TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events presented throughout the world. Help achieve maximum participation for your area's TUBACHRISTMAS concert. Your efforts will be appreciated by tuba and euphonium players everywhere.

ContactHarvey Phillips (Producer/President)
participant [at] tubachristmas.com
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Pokemon Go Bloomington

AddressBloomington, IN

Pokemon Go Bloomington facilitates meetings, tournaments, and community events for the local Pokemon go player base.

ContactAlicia Keebaugh
btowndiscord [at] gmail.com
Year Established2016
Incorporation StatusUnincorporated
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Printmaking Workshop Studio

AddressHenry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts
1201 E. Seventh St., room 123
Bloomington, IN 47405


The IU Printmaking Workshop is located in its own 12,000+ square foot space providing state-of-the-art print workshops and equipment in all areas both traditional and digital.

ContactPaul Brown (Director)
faoffice [at] indiana.edu
Additional ContactJustin Otten (Advisor)
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Quarryland Men's Chorus

AddressFirst United Church
2420 East 3rd Street, Bloomington
Additional AddressPO Box 3345
Bloomington, IN 47402



The Quarryland Men's Chorus provides a positive performance-based community for gay and bisexual men and their allies in South Central Indiana. We foster talent, fellowship, pride, and understanding through excellence in vocal music.

Additional ContactMailing address
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Reimagining Opera For Kids (ROK) - formerly Roundabout Opera For Kids

AddressBloomington, IN


Led by Jacobs School of Music faculty coach Kimberly Carballo, and as a community partner in service learning for Indiana University students, ROK’s goal is two-fold: to introduce area children to opera through engaging first experiences as audience members, and to give developing professional musicians an opportunity to hone their performance skills. The musicians donate their preparation and performance time, and ROK provides free performances and curriculum guides to K-12 students.


This organization may be contacted via their website.

Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Saint Mark's Hand Bell Choir

AddressSt. Mark's United Methodist Church
100 North State Road 46 Bypass
Bloomington, IN 47408


The tradition of hand bell ringing is alive and flourishing at St. Mark's. Under the direction of Assistant Music Director and Organist Elaine Sonnenberg, two bell choirs, one for adults and one for youth, rehearse each week and perform at least once per month.

ContactElaine Sonnenberg (Assistant Music Director)
esonnenb [at] indiana.edu
Additional Contactsmumc [at] stmarksbloomington.org
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Scottish Society of Greater Bloomington

AddressP.O. Box 862
Bloomington, IN 47402

The Scottish Society of Greater Bloomington was founded to provide a means for individuals of Scottish ancestry or interest to experience and participate in activities that celebrate the Scottish culture.

Contactinfo [at] bloomingscots.org
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Society for Creative Anachronism - Local Branch


Non-profit education organization for people interested in the Middle Ages. Arts and Sciences Medieval research and recreation group.


Information listed is for local group; to contact the SCA directly, visit www.sca.org.

ContactChristoph von Minz (Local Branch President)
christophvminz [at] gmail.com
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Society of the Friends of Music of Indiana University

AddressIndiana University Jacobs School of Music
1201 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405


The Society of the Friends of Music is a volunteer organization dedicated to the support of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music through its student scholarship program.

ContactJessica Klein (Assistant Director of Development)
friendom [at] indiana.edu
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Sounds of Indiana Chorus

AddressTempleton Elementary School
1400 S Brenda Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401

"Sounds of Indiana" is an a-cappella male Barbershop Chorus that sings and performs popular songs in the unique style called Barbershop, focusing on consonant four-part harmony. We meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Music classroom at Templeton Elementary School to enjoy the fellowship of creating music together and to prepare for numerous public performances during the year. The Sounds of Indiana chorus belongs to the Cardinal District of the national Barbershop Harmony Society. Visitors and new members are always welcome!



ContactAndy Fak
soundsofindiana [at] gmail.com
Year Established1976
Incorporation StatusUnincorporated
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Stages Bloomington

AddressP.O. Box 5036
Bloomington, IN 47407

Stages Bloomington provides music, dance and theatre arts experiences for young people in grades 1-12. Stages gives youth in Bloomington and surrounding communities the opportunity to learn and participate while building self esteem and self confidence.

Contactinfo [at] stagesbloomington.com
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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