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Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote blues music and artists in East Central Illinois. Our mission is to preserve, promote and educate the public about the great American music heritage know as "The Blues".

Heartland Gallery is an art gallery/gift shop specializing in Celtic art and handcrafted items from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall, as well as parts of the U.S. and Canada. Heartland Gallery also has several local and regional artists on consignment. Owner Jan Chandler started the business in September 2006 after a full semester spent in Dublin and many travels to the Celtic lands. The gallery's collection includes paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, textiles (knitwear), and many giftware items, ranging in price from $2 to $750. In addition, Jan also rents a space in the gallery to Bernard Cesarone for Kalarte Gallery, his collection of folk art items from Latin America, India, and West Africa. Heartland Gallery is also a small performance venue for predominantly Celtic entertainment (music, dance, dramatic performances, storytelling, etc.) and folk music of any kind. Workshops and art and craft demonstrations have also been a frequent happening in the gallery. For more info on Heartland Gallery, please see our website, or visit us on Facebook.

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

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.

Founded in 1907 (one of the first park districts in Illinois), the Urbana Park District has had tremendous success in creating a strong park system with 590 acres of a wide variety of park types. This includes both indoor and outdoor facilities added throughout the last century. In addition, the District has experienced success in the delivery of recreation programs, reaching thousands of participants annually.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Urbana's citizens through a responsive, efficient and creative park and recreation system. We pursue excellence in a variety of programs, parks and special facilities that contribute to the attractiveness of neighborhoods, conservation of the environment and the overall health of the community.

The Urbana Park District has several music events annually including Strawberry Jam on the 3rd Saturday in June, Neighborhood Nights on Wednesdays in summer and the Meadowbrook Jazz Walk in early September.

The Urbana Park District Youth Summer Theatre program just celebrated their 23rd Annual production. The first youth theatre group in our community, we have long-standing tradition of providing professional full-scale musicals for the Champaign-Urbana community. Each child who auditions receives a place in our production, including positions on set crew and stage crew. It is our goal to provide young actors with a quality theatre experience as well as a fun summer activity.

The Urbana Park District is the proud owner of the Wandell Sculpture Garden at Meadowbrook Park, dedicated in June of 1999. The garden was named in honor of Celia and Willet Wandell, who owned a local plant nursery and established a trust to give trees to neighboring communities. Celia and Willet’s family saw the Urbana Park District’s plans for a sculpture garden in Urbana as a way to both honor their parents and support art in a natural setting. A number of the garden’s 23 sculptures are owned by the Urbana Park District as part of the District’s permanent collection. Most of the exhibits are on a two year loan from the artists and are available for purchase. Please direct inquiries to Tim Bartlett, Superintendent of Planning and Operations, Urbana Park District.

Visit urbanaparks.org for more information!

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