The 3rd Annual C-U Pride Fest, put on by The UP Center of Champaign County, kicks off on September 7! The festival received Urbana Arts Grant support for the first time this year. We spoke with Kevin Bowersox-Johnson, President of The UP Center and Pride Fest Chair, to find out how this year’s events incorporate the arts. Continue reading
Abe in the Grass, by Larry Steinbauer
Today is the final installment of our Murals on Glass series. All three murals are installed in downtown Urbana. You should go look at them, they are amazing! Today we talk with Larry Steinbauer, whose work Abe in the Grass, can be seen on the northeast end of the parking deck on Main Street. Here’s what Larry says about his work:
Fiesta 3, by Lisa Kesler
Here we are today with another Murals on Glass selection for you to admire. This one, entitled Fiesta 3, is displayed on the south side of the Parking Deck on Main Street. This piece was created by Lisa Kesler, and here’s what she has to say about her work:
Please join us in dedicating a plaque celebrating the historic architecture of Urbana High School, as designed by Joseph W. Royer – Urbana’s most noted and recognized architect.
When: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Where: Urbana High School – 1002 W. Race Street
When: Celebration begins at 2 p.m. and includes ice cream, entertainment by the Prairie Blend Barbershop Quartet and dedication of the Royer plaque.
Following the dedication, please join us for tours of the newly renovated Urbana High School Auditorium.
For more information, please visit www.urbanaillinois.us
Glass Gems, by Kelly Eddington
Hello Urbana! This post is part of a series about the artwork selected for the Murals on Glass project. Murals on Glass is a public art project that displays local artists’ work on windows throughout downtown Urbana. Each artwork chosen is reproduced by the city of Urbana in adhesive vinyl and adhered to these windows. The project aims to integrate art into our urban environment, beautify and improve our city streetscape, and enrich the lives of Urbana residents and visitors.
There are three locations where you can see these works: The Urbana Business Association office windows on Main Street, and on the northeast and south windows of the Parking Deck between Main Street, Broadway Avenue, and Elm Street. These pieces are going up in August and will stay there for an entire year, so you will have plenty of time to admire them!
Today’s post features local artist Kelly Eddington. Her piece, Glass Gems, will be on display in the window of the Urbana Business Association. Keep reading to see what Kelly has to say about her work.
Have you ever wondered what kids think about arts and cultural events they attend? One 2012 Urbana Arts Grant-funded project, the Outta the Mouths of Babes Radio Project, seeks to give local youth a voice using the format of a 12-week radio show airing this summer. Program Directors Rachel Storm and Alex Cline talk about their inspiration for the project and how they hope .
Today, we highlight another Urbana Arts Grants-sponsored project: REsonance: Touch here. Listen. This project, created by Grant Bowen, aims to foster an appreciation for all the ways in which we listen to the world. REsonance is an installation exploring the act of listening through unconventional ways, such as sculpture, sound, light, and performance. The full show and reception will occur next Saturday, May 5th from 7 to 9:30 PM at Meadowbrook Park.
REsonance will take place at Meadowbrook Park, located at Windsor Road and South Race Street.
Grant Bowen, the mastermind behind this project, was kind enough to speak with us about his work and answer some of our questions. Read what he has to say and see some photos of the project in progress, after the jump!