history & heritage

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 7:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Join the Spurlock Museum staff for an evening of refreshments and gallery exploration in celebration of our spring Campbell Gallery exhibit. A performance of Indian music will be performed by Manny Bedi (tabla) and Gurinder Negi (acoustic guitar). Time: 7:00-9:00 PM. Cost: Free Admission

Exhibit Description:
Quiltmaking is an integral and vital part of South Asian culture. Much the same as here in the West, quilts serve both functional and symbolic purposes. They provide warmth as well as a comfortable place to sit; and they also commemorate special occasions and tell the stories of the lives of their makers. The seams that bring together different pieces of fabric in a quilt also represent the seams that bring together this vast region—its people, its cultures, and its shared tradition of extraordinary textiles. This exhibition is made possible through funding from the Robert and Ardis James Foundation and the Nebraska Humanities Council & Nebraska Cultural Endowment. The Spurlock Museum’s changing exhibits are made possible through a gift from Allan C. and Marlene S. Campbell and supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
The exhibit will be on display Tuesday, February 17–Saturday, August 1. The exhibit is open Museum hours: Tuesdays 12-5, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9-5, Saturdays 10-4, and Sundays 12-4.

Friday, April 10, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, August 1, 2015 (All day)
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Quiltmaking is an integral and vital part of South Asian culture. Much the same as here in the West, quilts serve both functional and symbolic purposes. They provide warmth as well as a comfortable place to sit; and they also commemorate special occasions and tell the stories of the lives of their makers. The seams that bring together different pieces of fabric in a quilt also represent the seams that bring together this vast region—its people, its cultures, and its shared tradition of extraordinary textiles. This exhibition is made possible through funding from the Robert and Ardis James Foundation and the Nebraska Humanities Council & Nebraska Cultural Endowment. The Spurlock Museum’s changing exhibits are made possible through a gift from Allan C. and Marlene S. Campbell and supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
The exhibit will be on display Tuesday, February 17–Saturday, August 1. The exhibit is open Museum hours: Tuesdays 12-5, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9-5, Saturdays 10-4, and Sundays 12-4.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 2:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Join the Spurlock Museum staff for one of the its most popular annual events, a concert of American Indian tales, told during the winter months, the traditional time of telling. The 2015 featured teller is nationally renowned teller, speaker, and author Tim Tingle.

Tim Tingle is an award-winning author, nationally renowned storyteller, and an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. His early interest in writing and storytelling was fueled by the memories passed down from his great-great grandfather, John Carnes, who walked the Trail of Tears in 1835. Tingle now performs his lively Rabbit trickster tales and compelling historical stories throughout the United States and Canada. He often accompanies his storytelling with the Native American flute, plus an assortment of rattles and drums, adding a haunting musical dimension to a concert.

From 2002 to the present, he has performed a traditional Choctaw story before Chief Gregory Pyle’s Annual State of the Nation Address at the tribal gathering in Tushkahoma, Oklahoma, a Choctaw reunion that attracts over thirty thousand people. Tim has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and founded the Choctaw Storytelling Festival. In June of 2011, Tingle spoke at the Library of Congress and presented his first performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The author of twelve books, Tim received the prestigious Notable Book Award from the American Library Association for Crossing Bok Chitto. His short story “The Lady Who Changed” was selected as 2007 Best Short Story for Adults by Storytelling World. He has received the Talking Leaves Award and Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network.

Winter Tales concerts are sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin.

Cost: $5

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 9:00am
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

As part of the Spurlock Museum’s Winter Tales event, a celebration of American Indian storytelling, the Museum is offering a workshop for writers, educators, and tellers by nationally renowned teller, speaker, and author Tim Tingle. Pre-registration is required and numbers are limited. Winter Tales events are sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin. Contact Kim Sheahan for information or registration: 217-244-3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu.

Workshop description:
As an Oklahoma Choctaw writer and storyteller, Tingle shares brief stories of his own experiences performing and writing stories of multiple ethnicities. Participants (Tim included) will ponder the rightness and wrongness of telling outside of one’s experience. Hoping for a high level of audience participation, Tim's goal is to germinate ideas for a truer version of who we/they are in our performance tales and written narratives. “Where do we go to learn the truth?” Good question.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 9:30am, Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 9:30am, Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 9:30am, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 9:30am, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 9:30am, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 9:30am
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Parents and kids! Create, play, and learn together through crafts and activities from around the world in the Zahn Learning Center. The program is on Wednesdays from February 18 to March 25. The program lasts from 9:30 AM to noon. Cost: $2.00 per crafter requested.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 1:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

The Museum is collaborating with the UIUC Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) and Asian American Cultural Center for a family Museum event to celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day. Gallery activity areas include a Chinese painting demonstration, a station where children can have their name written in Chinese and Japanese, and a station where children can create their own papercuts and see Chinese papercuts on display. The Museum will offer Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day crafts for visitors of all ages in the Zahn Learning Center. Admission is free. 1:00-4:00 pm.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, June 21, 2015 (All day)
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

For over a century, the University of Illinois has played a leading role in the promotion of educational exchange with China. UI President Edmund James was a leader in the movement to open US universities to Chinese students in 1906, when US policy toward China was very restrictive in this area. This exhibit tells the story of how James’s vision led the University of Illinois to become one of the most significant destinations for Chinese students during the early decades of the 20th century. Support for this exhibit comes from the UIUC Office of the Chancellor. The exhibit is open Museum hours: Tuesdays 12-5, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9-5, Saturdays 10-4, and Sundays 12-4.

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Join the Spurlock Museum for the opening celebration of the exhibit "East Meets Midwest: The Dawn of the China-Illinois Educational Exchange." This free event will include refreshments, gallery explorations, and a dramatic reading by UIUC doctoral student Jason Xing as early 20th century Chinese diplomat Wu Tingfang.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ancient Mediterranean Gallery, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

Join resident storyteller Kim Sheahan for a family storytelling concert of multicultural folktales to put you in the mood to celebrate! For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

In celebration of the exhibit Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala, guest curator Margot Blum Schevill and ethnographic photographer Jeffrey Jay Foxx will present a program of reflection upon images, memories, and knowledge gained in more than three decades of work among the Maya. As Jeffery states: "My mission has been to document the Maya and their way of life, not to turn them into my art form. That said, I tend to show the moments of beautiful light and gesture."

This event is sponsored by the Spurlock Museum Guild Performance and Lecture Series in honor of the World Heritage Museum Guild.

For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu

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