BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The sweltering heat beat down on those who braved the sunny 90-plus-degree temperatures to partake in the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts this Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5 and 6.
Tents lined both sides of Fourth Street from Lincoln to Indiana Avenue. Each offered a different perspective on the artist’s worldview. From jewelry, metal and woodworking to fabric arts, painting and photography, the tents welcomed browsers and shoppers alike. On stages, festival-goers got a taste of performance art, including skits and spoken word, and even experienced a variety of musical talent.
The Bloomington Fire Department also hosted a fundraising cookout as part of the festival.
The festival began in 1977 and was created to highlight the work of artists and craftspeople in southern Indiana; however, artisans from across the country journey many miles to sell their wares to the festival’s visitors each year.
Bloomington thrives in its arts and cultural offerings and has officially been designated a cultural arts district, the Bloomington and Entertainment Arts District (BEAD). The city devotes space to public art and exhibits art in City Hall. The City of Bloomington Arts Commission is a citizen-driven organization that offers support through funding and partnerships.