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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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