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Fluid Events is a full service event planning company, located in the Champaign/Urbana, Illinois area. Fluid’s experienced event staff is professional, detail-oriented and will work along with you to create and execute extraordinary events. Our staff will assist you with everything from event design, site selection, management of food and beverage, floral arrangements, photography, decorations, music, entertainment or anything else that will make your event a masterpiece.

Together, we will define your dream event by combining your personal taste and individual style into an unforgettable event. Fluid Events is known for surpassing their client’s expectations with their passion for detail, organization and customer service. We can help you plan company weekend retreats, corporate holiday parties, executive off-site meetings, concerts, festivals, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, Sweet 16 parties, weddings, and much more.

Our staff is a valuable asset to planning any and all of your event needs. You can rest assured knowing your event has a competent, experienced and professional team working for you at all times. Work smarter, not harder…. Fluid Events can help you make your event a success. “Contact us” or please take time to fill out a “request for proposal” and a Fluid Events representative will contact you to discuss your event needs in more detail.

Gypsy Hips is a dance troupe based in the Champaign Urbana area. We've performed in many shows, festivals and fund raisers. Gypsy Hips is grounded in Middle Eastern styles of dance, but is inspired by other cultural dance forms as well. We incorporate a wide variety of dance styles and enjoy performing.

If you like a surprise then you will like Gypsy Hips!

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.

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 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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