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Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association Announces Zone Arts Grant Recipients

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 16, 2013

For more information, contact:

Doris Sims, Assistant Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development, Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, 349.3510
Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, City of Bloomington, Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, 349.3534

Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association Announces Zone Arts Grant Recipients

Bloomington, Ind. - The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) in partnership with the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) announces four recipients of its Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program.

Projects selected from the August 2013 grant round are:

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra's A Lifetime of Music, which will improve the quality of life for families in the Zone by engaging them in focused musical activities.

Farmer House Museum, which will create a historical mural on the northern wall of the museum representing the 1869 Monroe County Courthouse.

Cardinal Stage Company, which will present two special matinee performances of Pippi Longstocking and prepare special educational materials for Fairview Elementary School students and their families.

Bloomington resident Cassaundra Huskey, who will be working with artist Laura Brikmanis, Bloomington Playwright's Project and other local partners to do a mural beautification project at 419 N. Walnut St.

Projects funded through this program must demonstrate a high level of artistic quality, provide evidence of professional management and demonstrate a positive impact on as well as provide value to the Zone and its residents.

Previously supported projects include materials and equipment for public ceramics outreach at Bloomington Clay Studio, commission and performance of a new opera for children by Roundabout Opera Company and a Science of Art partnership between Fairview Elementary School and WonderLab.

ABOUT THE BLOOMINGTON URBAN ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION (BUEA)

The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association provides the means to improve the economic, physical and social environment for Zone residents and businesses and contributes to economic development efforts in Bloomington's urban core. The Enterprise Zone operates in accordance with Indiana State Code and has created or retained hundreds of jobs and spurred millions of dollars in increased investment.

For more information on the BUEA, contact Doris Sims at 349.3582, or visit the BUEA webpage here.

ABOUT THE BLOOMINGTON ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS DISTRICT (BEAD)

BEAD seeks to bring the business and creative sectors together to advance commerce and culture, build community and spur economic development. BEAD is a geographically defined, mixed-use cultural district in downtown Bloomington which capitalizes on local and regional assets that are specific to the cultural, economic and social issues of Bloomington. BEAD emphasizes the high concentration of creative assets and related activities to strengthen and enhance the overall economic development of the community and provides a connective link to a variety of incentives, programs and grants to benefit its major stakeholder groups and users: the community, visitors, the creative, cultural and entertainment sectors and small business.

For more information on the grant program, contact Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts Miah Michaelsen at michaelm@bloomington.in.gov or 349.3534.

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