Under the leadership of Shelleigh Birlingmair, the department of Cultural Arts was created in 2016 to highlight the arts offered in Uptown Normal specifically, the Children's Discovery Museum and the Normal Theater.
The Children’s Discovery Museum was founded on the belief that meaningful, fun, informal learning opportunities should be available to all. Children enjoy hands‐on experiences focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The Museum believes children learn through the power of play.
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.