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Downtown Bloomington Association

The Downtown Bloomington Association (DBA) is a not-for-profit membership-based organization representing business owners, property owners, and residents to enhance the vitality and livability of Downtown Bloomington. The DBA works in partnership with City staff in the Downtown Development Division and serves to advise, support, and raise funds to further enhance the quality of life and place in Downtown Bloomington.

Special Awards

The Downtown Division and the DBA recognize property owners who are actively working to make Downtown a beautiful destination for people to live, work and play.

  • Jean Anderson Downtown Improvement Award

    This award recognizes and honors individuals who significantly contribute to the revitalization of Downtown Bloomington and is awarded each year in early December. This award is named in honor of Jean Anderson, who served on the Bloomington City Council from 1989 until her death in 1996. Jean’s dedication and leadership set the stage for the downtown renaissance by pioneering the idea of public and private involvement in downtown. Her hard work, persistence and faith began a success story for the city’s historic core.

  • Farmers’ Market Minnie Award

    The Minnie Award is given annually to the Farmer’s Market volunteer who goes “Above and Beyond” to maintain the integrity of the market and enhance the downtown experience for those who both participate and attend.

    The Award is named to honor the memory of our market’s mascot, Minnie the Boxer, the constant companion of Market Artist Mike McNeil.


Bloomington Cultural Commission
The Bloomington Cultural Commission serves as an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and other City officials in developing plans for integrating the arts, in all their diversity, into the fabric of civic life in Bloomington. The Cultural Commission consists of up to (11) persons appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. Elected officials of the City shall be eligible to serve on the Commission. Terms of members shall be three (3) years in duration on a staggered basis. Staff from the City’s Downtown Development Division advise and support the Cultural Commission.               

Meeting Times/Details:

Second and Fourth Thursdays of the Month
7:30AM - Creativity Center, 107 East Chestnut Street

Cultural Commission Photo