Connect Archives for 2020-10


City Parks Department Launches Website to Connect A Fair of the Arts Customers with Local Artisans

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, like dozens of other art fair event planners, opted not to hold the monthly A Fair of the Arts art and fine craft fair last summer due to concerns and restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To give customers opportunities to support local small businesses and the arts, the Department created a website that features links to the websites of more than 50 area artisans and studios. Shoppers who would ordinarily visit the in-person A Fair of the Arts can shop and buy directly from their favorite artist or fine craftsperson safely from a physically distanced, internet-enabled device like a smartphone or tablet.

The website,, is a stunning collection of gallery images and lists of artists and studios divided by their type of work. Shoppers may browse through categories including clay, glass, jewelry, woodwork and metalwork, personal care, fiber arts, drawing/painting/photography, natural materials, and recycled arts.

"Artists have had few opportunities to sell their work over the past six months, and patrons of local artists and the arts have had few opportunities to see what artists have created, and to buy locally made, unique items. As we move toward the holidays and gift-giving seasons, we hope this website will help connect shoppers to the local art community," said Crystal Ritter, program coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department's A Fair of the Arts.

The website will remain live through Nov. 27.

Local artisans, as well as local farm vendors and food and beverage artisans, will have an in-person opportunity to demonstrate and sell their products at the annual Holiday Market, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Showers Common, 401 N. Morton St. The Holiday Market takes place entirely outside at Showers Common. For more information about the Holiday Market, visit


23rd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk - Virtual

This year’s 23rd Annual Bloomington Breast Cancer Awareness Walk will have a different format as a result of the ongoing health concerns of COVID-19. In an effort to ensure the safety of our participants, we will be hosting online events throughout the month of October, as well as a Virtual Walk on Saturday, October 24th at 10am.

The purpose of the Walk is to promote awareness, to educate, and to show support for those who have been touched by breast cancer, all of which will be done online this year. on the day of the Walk. On October 24th, we will have a short Facebook Live Program at 10:00 AM. After the program, we encourage everyone to take a walk in their neighborhoods while wearing pink and submitting photos to our social media platforms. Our Facebook page can be found at Facebook- Bloomington’s Breast Cancer Walk Awareness Page


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