Southern Indiana may not be where you expect to find a robust arts culture, one of the nation’s top music schools (the Jacobs School of Music), or a world-class cinema. The artistic spirit and cultural richness are among the joys of life here—whether you want to create things yourself or admire other people’s creativity.
Arts and culture flourish here
100+films screened each semester at the IU Cinema, sometimes with the films’ creators present
1,500+performances each year, many starring IU Bloomington students
Step into the spotlight
We bring shows and concerts to the IU Auditorium and exhibits to the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art, but many on-campus arts are performed or created by students (and are free for students to attend). This is your time to shine—and get great material for your resume.
- Play in the Marching Hundred
- Take the stage to perform music, opera or ballet, or theatre
- Write, edit, take photos, or design for the Indiana Daily Student
- Exhibit your works at Grunwald Gallery of Art
- Perform stand-up, improv, or sketch comedy
- Join the IU Soul Revue, African American Dance Company, or African American Choral Ensemble
- Write for a literary magazine
- Broadcast yourself on WIUX student radio or IU Student Television
Hammer and Nail isn’t any regular dance show. It’s a semester-long collaboration among seniors in the IU Contemporary Dance Program who do the choreography, students in the Jacobs School of Music who compose the score, and younger dancers who perform the stunning results.
After committing to IU to attend the Kelley School of Business, Sandy Saikumar decided to minor in music because of IU’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music. “I thought it’d be perfect to simultaneously pursue my passion for music in such a widely recognized and esteemed program.” She’s a fan of classical voice and has attended several operas at IU.