The Department of Cultural Arts was created in 2016 to provide cultural experiences and learning opportunities in Uptown Normal. This mission continues to develop as new community partnerships and programming opportunities develop throughout the Town.
The Children’s Discovery Museum was founded on the belief that meaningful, fun, informal learning opportunities should be available to all. Our mission is to inspire the love of learning through the power of play which is accomplished by providing hands-on exhibits, classes, and programs that actively engage the visitor in experiences that stimulate imagination, curiosity, and wonder.
The Normal Theater gives residents of Bloomington‐Normal the classic cinema going experience. Through a diverse line‐up of classic titles as well as modern independent, foreign, and documentary films, the theater highlights stories that resonate with all members of the community. Additionally, the theater hosts live events such as concerts, comedy shows, and lectures, to serve as a multi‐faceted cultural destination in Uptown Normal.
Uptown Normal is a vibrant community center and a perfect venue to host and collaborate for festivals, parades and concerts that celebrate local cultural opportunities. The Cultural Arts staff and volunteers work with Uptown Partners, many fellow Town of Normal departments and community organizations to create and maintain a diverse and enjoyable calendar of cultural enrichment, live and local entertainment and visitor-driven economic activity.
Located just south of Uptown Normal off the Constitution Trail, the Connie Link Amphitheatre is a unique outdoor venue that hosts a variety of live music, theatre, performing arts and children's programming throughout the spring, summer and fall. Audiences are encourged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for seating.