outreach

The Women's Resources Center, a unit of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations at the University of Illinois, hosts monthly exhibitions of a diversity of art mediums. Preference is given to University of Illinois undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and/or art that examines dynamics of gender and other social identities.

Apart from exhibition space, the Women's Resources Center's primary services include advocacy and support services for survivors of violence or trauma; educational programs in leadership, career development, wellness, and safety; and the promotion of an awareness the needs and issues facing women and trans* students and other marginalized communities.

The Institute 4 Creativity (I4C) was founded in September 2012 to help people of all ages and backgrounds understand, develop, and utilize their creativity by providing a dynamic synergy of education, arts, humanities, science, technology, and ecology. Our goal is to encourage creative expression and provide a safe and stimulating environment where everyone can come together to learn, teach, think, and grow.

I4C is an Illinois non-profit organization with a multi-purpose creativity center, located at 111 South Walnut in downtown Champaign, which features classroom, event, exhibition, and studio spaces. We also provide off-site workshops, presentations, events, and creative development opportunities, in addition to marketing assistance and networking opportunities to help promote individuals and groups engaged in creative pursuits.

For more information about I4C, contact:
Bill Longfellow, Director
217-417-1667
bill@institute4creativity.org

The UP (Uniting Pride) Center of Champaign County is a multi-service agency, for youth and adults, with a purpose to support and promote human care, education, and community-building activities directed at furthering the well-being and development of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and ally community of Champaign County.

What: The University YMCA will host Rev. Dr. Cindi Love from Soulforce on “Fundamentalism, Freedom, and Faith” on March 8th at Friday Forum.

When: March 8, 2013, 12 Noon

Where: Latzer Hall, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, Illinois

Details: The talk will focus on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ community and other marginalized communities, who are often subjected to the violence of exclusion, and highlight the non-violent efforts made by Soulforce to resist the oppression arising out of fundamentalism. Local church and political officials as well as the media are invited to speak with Rev. Dr. Cindi Love before and after the noontime talk.

Background: Successful entrepreneur and corporate executive turned minister, Rev. Dr. Cindi Love is the Executive Director of Soulforce as well as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Love also serves on the United Nations UUO Coalition for LGBT Human Rights and authored the book Would Jesus Discriminate? named for the international campaign of the same name.

Soulforce is a national non-profit organization dedicated to bring freedom to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people from religious & political oppression. It also challenges other forms of oppression including sexism, racism and classism. Soulforce accomplishes its mission primarily through community organizing, education and training, advocacy for public and private institutional policy change and street-based nonviolent resistance to overt discrimination.

"Soulforce, Rev. Dr. Cindi Love" is a part of the Friday Forum Spring 2013 lecture series, Faith in Action. The series will feature speakers from across the spectrum of faith traditions that are compelled by their faith to engage in bold and creative forms of action. All lectures are free and open to the public. Y Eatery is available during the lecture: $6.50/3.00 student.

Additional Information: The views expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect the views of the University YMCA, co-sponsors, or the Friday Forum committee. A sign language interpreter is available within a 72 hour notice (contact Carol Nunn at 217-337-1500). All forums are radio broadcast at 6:00pm on WEFT 90.1 the Monday following the lecture. For more information, plus a list of our sponsors, please visit www.universityymca.org/friday_forum.

More info about Rev. Dr. Cindi Love: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-dr-cindi-love/

Contact: Ann Rasmus, Program Director

[217-337-1514, ann@universityymca.org]

Since 1873 the University YMCA has sponsored programs, organizations and activities dedicated to fostering ethical and principled leadership dedicated to building a better world, better human relations and better care for the Earth.

Some of the most profound insight, critique, and creative thinking around the issues which comprise the mission of the Y happen in and around the arts. Art @ the Y seeks to engage issues of social justice, international understanding, environmental activism, faith and cultural understanding through quality arts programming. Art @ the Y includes a revolving exhibition space in Murphy Gallery, featuring artists whose work speaks to the mission of the Y as well as performing arts events throughout the year.

Interested in having your art @ the Y? Contact Ann Rasmus at ann@universityymca.org for details on exhibit and performance entries.

In 2008, the Urbana Public Arts Program and Commission was established by the Urbana City Council to foster a city where all residents—emerging artists, established artists, and “non-artists” alike—may engage with the arts and where artists thrive and are valued. The Arts, as used in this program, include but are not limited to music, theatre, visual arts, dance, creative writing, film/video, crafts, performing arts, spoken word, environmental arts, multimedia arts, architectural arts, landscape architecture, and emerging media. Through public support for the arts, the City of Urbana increases opportunities for the creation of art, thereby enhancing the quality of life, economic development, citizen participation, cultural awareness, and vibrancy of the community.

The Urbana Public Arts Program includes:
- Urbana Arts Grants
- Art at the Market
- Art Now!
- Murals on Glass
- Artist of the Corridor
- Permanent and Temporary Public Art Projects, including Art in the Park, the Urbana Sculpture Project, and public art projects in progress for the Boneyard Creek Improvements Project and King Park
- Guide to Local Arts Classes and Resources

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and ReStore is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that works both to eliminate poverty housing around the world and to make adequate housing a matter of conscience and action. Habitat welcomes partners from any faith - or no faith tradition - which are willing to help improve the lives of families needing safe, affordable, decent housing.

Founded in 2001, in Champaign, Illinois, the Champaign-Urbana Storytelling Guild consists of a group of local storytellers who share stories, ideas, and information on regional concerts and events. Guild members are at all levels of storytelling abilities, from beginner through professional. From the start, the Guild has been involved with local special events, concerts, and Tellabration! Through these efforts, Guild members have the opportunity to obtain experience along with exposing the public to the 'magic' and art of storytelling.

The Spurlock Museum’s five feature galleries house exhibits representing peoples of the following cultures and geographic areas of the world: Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, and Africa; Ancient Greece and Rome; East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania; Europe; and American Indian Cultures of North and South America.

Special exhibits, based in the Campbell Gallery, serve as a springboard for unique programs, tours, and special events.

Through our collections and educational programs, we help interpret the diversity of cultures through time and across the globe.

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