April First Friday & Slow Art Day

Saturday April 2, 2022 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
McLean County Museum of History200 N. Main St.Bloomington IL 61701309-827-0428
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Ready, Set, SLOW! April 2 is Slow Art Day and the McLean County Museum of History, along with eight other Downtown partners, are taking it slow all weekend. Starting with First Friday!

What is Slow Art Day? Slow Art Day (founded in 2010) is an annual global event with a mission to help more people discover the joy of looking at and learning to appreciate art. Participants in Slow Art Day will have the opportunity to spend time with art in meaningful ways and reflect on that experience with others. To find out more, visit

First Friday (Friday, April 1): Find us on the corner of Main and Jefferson on the Museum Square for an evening of egg hunting and art viewing. Kids of all ages and the young at heart can play the tortoise or the hare in our seek-and-find art relay. Can you take your time to find all of the hidden eggs in art works from the Museum’s collection?

YWCA Stepping Stones will be with us on the lawn with a pop-up exhibition of the annual Clothesline Project. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The Clothesline Project is a national effort founded in 1990 that empowers survivors of sexual violence and abuse to share their experiences through art making. T-shirts decorated by local survivors will be on display as testimony to their survival and the chronic problem of violence against women. The Clothesline Project will also be on display inside the Museum through Saturday, April 16.

Slow Art Day (Saturday, April 2): Enjoy Slow Art Day on Historic Route 66 with nine designated galleries/studios in Downtown Bloomington starting at 10:00 a.m. with a 4:00 p.m. closing reception and discussion of the Slow Art Day experience with artists, patrons, and gallerists at The Hangar Art Co. (105 W. Jefferson St.). The Museum will host the YWCA Stepping Stones Clothesline Project and a small selection of artworks from the Museum collection.

Other Slow Art Day locations in Downtown Bloomington are:

  • Angel Ambrose Fine Art Studio, 101 W Monroe St., Suite 201 (10-2)
  • Art Vortex Studio & Gallery, 101 W Monroe St., Suite 210 (10-2)
  • Eaton Studio Gallery, 411 N Center St (10-3)
  • Inside-Out Accessible Art, 200 W Monroe St. (10-2)
  • Joann Goetzinger Studio Gallery, 313 N Main St. (10-3)
  • Main Gallery 404, 404 N Main St. (10-3)
  • The Hangar Art Co., 105 W. Jefferson St. (10-6)
  • Threshold to Hope, Inc., 107 E Chestnut St. (10-2)


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