40 North is proud to announce a new after-school program focused on providing fine arts education to Edison Middle School students for the 2013-14 school year. This new program is generously supported by the Lumpkin Family Foundation, and is a collaboration between 40 North, Edison Middle School, Champaign Public Library, I.D.E.A. Store, and the University of Illinois Art Education Department. The program’s objectives include: providing access to a variety of arts production and creative problem solving opportunities; giving students a more appropriate personal voice; helping develop their leadership and collaboration skills; and encouraging family support and enthusiasm for arts education.

The after-school classes will be taught starting in September through May. There will be two separate art classes each week at two different sites. A group of students will meet weekly after school in the Edison Middle School art room with art teacher Lolita Zwettler. A second group of students will meet weekly with Emily Denis, a graduate student at the University of Illinois Art Education department, in the I.D.E.A. Store classroom. The curriculum will focus on sustainability, and reuse of less traditional art materials. Students will be exposed to unusual materials and new construction techniques and skills.

Students in both groups will work on a variety of individual and group projects, all emphasizing creative thinking, skill building, and themes grounded in the students' backgrounds and experiences.

CU on Board; A Skateboarding Project

Skateboarding is a counter-culture movement with components of identity, movement, design, and personal expression; all elements shared with public and graphic arts. Participating Artspeak students as well as additional local kids will be creating their own graphic identity and/or creating a graphic identity for a community issue of their choice. They will then be designing skateboard decks to be displayed at [co][lab] in Downtown Urbana for the Boneyard Arts Festival. If you are interested in donating a skateboard deck(s), you can drop them off at the 40 North office at 106 S. Neil Street, Champaign. For more information or to arrange an alternative drop off/pick up method, please e-mail or call (217) 351-9841.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Kelly White at

CU on Board @ Institue 4 Creativity

Closing Reception
Saturday May 31, noon-5
$5-$10 suggested donation
All Ages