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.
After a year of isolation, Kristina Boerger & Friends bring their voices to Champaign-Urbana.
"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.
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.”
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.