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Eskenazi to pilot an 'Open Studio' series at First Thursdays Festival

The IU Arts and Humanities Council will be showcasing the diversity of arts and humanities on campus and in Bloomington from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening for the First Thursdays Festival.

The event will be at the Fine Arts Plaza and will include performances, creative crafts and community building activities.

Tomorrow night’s mainstage musical performances will include local bands Huckleberry Funk and Dizgo as well as performances by the African American Choral Ensemble and the the IU Theater and Dance Outreach Cabaret, according to the Arts and Humanities’ website. 

The Eskenazi Museum of Art will also reopen to pilot a mini pop-up version of a series called “Open Studio” where festival attendees can create a cut-out collage inspired by Henri Matisse’s “Jazz,” according to the museum’s website. 

After the festival, the College Arts and Humanities Institute will present U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith who is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection “Life on Mars” in the Grand Hall of the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center for a reading, according to the Arts and Humanities website. 

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