The in-person 2021 C-U Black and African Arts Festival promises a feast for all of your senses, plus a one-stop way to support Black and African-owned businesses.
This month's arts picks focus on pride. They offer opportunities to explore spaces and celebrate experiences that may feel like home to you, or, may challenge you to think and feel outside of your comfort zone.
With everything from beachscapes to tango, there's plenty to dip into as you enjoy your last slice of C-U summertime arts.
"It almost feels a bit like starting over which can be a bit messy but wholly thrilling at the same time," says 40 North Executive Director Kelly White about Boneyard 2021.
After months of preparation, The Station Theatre is revamping its focus on racial justice this summer with a brand new Teen Spotlight workshop for young artists of color.
May 2021 in the C-U arts scene means celebrating graduating visual and performing arts students, and beginning to explore ways, even in-person, to learn and explore the arts yourself.
According to Matt Wiley, "One of the benefits of a simple illustration style is how significantly facial expressions and framing can have on the feeling of a scene."
Tyehimba Jess' advice to young poets is "Don't give up and revise, revise, revise, and have a decent understanding of American history or of the history of the country you're living in and the country that your people came from."
April 2021 arts events are springing up in person and online. Debra shares five things you won't want to miss.
When asked about any upsides to this year's virtual format, 8 to Create president Caroline Wuerl said "it is refreshing to know that we have the potential to reach even more people now that it’s streamed virtually."
Rachel Rizzuto, one of the MFA candidates whose work will be showcased in March Dance 2021, is "hoping that discomfort can also lead to discovery."
On March 31st, the IMC will host a variety of born-and-raised and currently local trans musicians in a live stream as part of its Sounds Like Community series. 90% of all proceeds will go to Uniting Pride of Champaign County.
The Arts Section strives to celebrate our community's rich and vibrant artistic scene, from theatre to local authors, film, performance art, and everything in between.