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Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD)

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BEAD is Bloomington's premiere arts and entertainment destination located in the heart of downtown.

Explore the work of artists indoors and out at our galleries and public art spaces. Take in a show at our theaters and live music venues. Choose from more than 90 downtown dining options and 100 shopping opportunities. Stroll walking trails or picnic at one of our three parks. Make it a weekend at a downtown hotel or a lifetime in our downtown neighborhoods and residential communities.

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BEAD is a designated Indiana Cultural District by the State of Indiana and an economic development project of the City of Bloomington.

BEAD's Mission:

The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District brings the business and creative sectors together to advance commerce and culture, build community and spur economic development thorugh a designated downtown cultural district.

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BEAD's Mission and Vision

District Character Areas and Map

Economic Development in BEAD


Sign up for the BEAD Newsletter, "BEADnews"

Like to get involved?

Join the BEAD Advisory Committee which meets every month at noon in the McCloskey Room in City Hall.

2015 meeting dates: February 16, March 23, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 21 (tentative).

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