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Monday, May 6, 2013

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Art, theater, film highlight IU's annual Summer Festival of the Arts

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May 6, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The third annual Summer Festival of the Arts, which is quickly becoming one of Indiana University's most anticipated summer traditions, begins today.

The festival offers 113 days of arts programming, continuing through Aug. 26. Events are held at venues across campus including IU Cinema, IU Art Museum, Jacobs School of Music, Lilly Library, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Wylie House Museum, Grunwald Gallery of Art and Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center.

The festival began in 2011 as a way to support the creation of new arts events. The event also showcases the many cultural offerings that help make the community such a vibrant arts destination for townies and tourists, as well as those attending the various camps, conferences and workshops held over the summer on the Bloomington campus.

Summer Festival of the Arts is also a complement to IU's summer tuition initiative, which helps students save money and graduate on time by attending summer school.

"We're looking forward to the return of Indiana University's Summer Festival of the Arts, which is rapidly becoming one of the university's most anticipated annual traditions," said Valerie Pena, associate vice president and chief of staff for the IU Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations. "The festival reflects the breadth and depth of cultural activity that's available on campus during the summer, and highlights the close connection between the arts and our academic mission."

While a complete list of Summer Festival of the Arts activities can be found online, highlights include:

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