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June 22, 2012 / ivytechartspartner

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Help Bloomington Become America’s Best Food Town!
Bloomington has been chosen as a finalist in the 2012 Rand McNally Best of the Road competition in the category of Best of Food. With all the delicious restaurants, organic farms, incredible wineries and original breweries located here, we’re sure to be a top contender for the title! We’re very excited and honored to promote the Bloomington area to the rest of the country and we are asking the entire community to help support this effort.

Two judges will be driving across the country from June 15 to July 13, visiting the six towns in their category. Our judges are the Road Bros and they will be visiting Bloomington June 25 and 26. Join us for a kickoff event at the Bloomington Banquet sculpture on the B-Line Trail at 10 am on Monday, June 25. We can’t wait to welcome them to Bloomington and we want your help in getting them excited about our food town! Please help us win this competition and show the rest of the country that we are America’s Best Food Town!

This Just In:  Bloomington’s Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Stimulates Local Economy!

In a national study just released by Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $72,276,722 in annual economic activity in the city of Bloomington—supporting 3,430 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $6,288,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

According to the study, nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $52,300,406 during fiscal year 2010. In addition to spending by organizations, the nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $19,976,316 in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Bloomington, these dollars support 651 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $2,239,000 in local and state government revenues. The full report is available at

Bloomington Community Band to kick off Arts Fair on Square!
The 32nd Annual Arts Fair on the Square is tomorrow, Saturday June 23. The Bloomington Community Band will kick-off the event at 10 am at the courthouse square. The BCB also welcomes its new conductor, Maestro Ron Sebben!  Mr. Sebben comes to the BCB with a broad conducting and pedagogical background in Texas, Ohio and Indiana. He moved back to Bloomington in 2006 after receiving a Master of Ministry degree with emphasis in music from Cincinnati Christian University. He also holds a BA in Music Education from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from 1992. As an accomplished horn player, he has played with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble for a number of seasons.

Arts Fair on the Square is free and open to the public. For more info on Arts Fair on the Square, visit For more info on the Bloomington Community Band, visit

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