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 her ongoing investigation of empty spaces, artist Drea Aarons says "Life is full of a bunch of junk, and we’re busy pretending otherwise."
"Performances have been reshuffled and simultaneously reinvigorated," says Dance at Illinois in their news release for March Dance 2021.
"Seeing the creative decisions of three different illustrators together in one drawing is fascinating. Our approaches were as varied as the weirdos we ended up creating," says Urbana-based woodcut illustrator Lydia Puddicombe.
The pros and cons of virtual performance are more complex than what first meets the eye.
February 2021 offers lots of reasons to love the arts in Champaign-Urbana.
Illusionist, mentalist, and performance artist Scott Silven feels lucky to offer this chance to "take a moment to step back and reflect and realize that even in fragmented times, we can still find new forms of connection.”
"A few weeks ago we started talking about how moving into the new year we all felt hopeful about the future for the first time in a while. We wanted to share the feeling and see if we could keep it going, so we came up with the CU Haiku Hope Project."
"I believe that the role of the poet laureate is above all to bring people together," says Ashanti Files. "It is to expose our neighbors to our hidden talents."
How can local arts experiences help cultivate inspiration and relieve stress for the year ahead?
The winter holiday arts line-up may look a bit different this year, but with locally-sourced gifts to give and receive, there's still plenty to celebrate.
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.