Art ALL AROUND
In Bloomington, arts and culture are a part of the landscape. You can experience it at Mall of America® through 300-plus free events during the year or during late nights at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy. You can also see it throughout Bloomington with its vibrant placemaking and creative organizations. It’s everywhere.
Walk down Lindau Lane, for instance, and you can find five utility-boxes-turned-city-buildings by local artist Eric
Sletten. Each is painted with bright colors like sky blue, scarlet or lavender with four-paned windows and doors
adjacent to a miniature fire hydrant, bench, post office box or even a construction zone with mini traffic cones.
“People will comment how they just sort of stumbled on them, which is of course exactly what these things
are supposed to be,” says Rachel Daly, the director of visual arts at Artistry, Bloomington’s main theater and
visual arts organization, housed in the Bloomington Center for Arts building. “They’re not necessarily ‘go and
see’ but ‘happen upon and see and be amazed’—it’s a little brightness in your day.”
Other city placemaking happens through events like Creative Happy Hours, but visitors can enjoy all of the
different art installations year round—there are
14 in South Loop alone.
For those wanting to catch a show or a gallery exhibit, options include Griffin Gallery, a collection of representative
art from traditional to modern located in the historic Camelot Castle; the Gideon S. Ives Auditorium in the Minnesota
Masonic Heritage Center, which hosts music, theater and dance; and, of course, Artistry, a theater and arts institute.
“Mary Poppins,” Artistry
The Twin Cities have a thriving arts
and culture scene, but Bloomington
has a blossoming scene all its own Inez Greenberg Gallery, Artistry
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