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Chris Brown moved to Champaign in 1990 and has produced photographs for local clients such as ADM, Litania Sports Group, SourceGear, and various UIUC departments.

To view examples of his work, please visit www.chrisbrownphoto.com

Contact him at info@chrisbrownphoto.com

The Urbana Dance Company teaches dance and performance that enriches people’s lives and builds confidence and connection to others. Our goal is for students to build and strengthen their relationships to one another, gain self-awareness, become empowered community leaders, and develop an appreciation for great artistry and imagination.

The Urbana Dance Company teaches from the perspective that human beings are eager for new information, new insights, new experiences, and new skills. Allowing this inherent attitude to flourish is the key job in the promotion of learning at Urbana Dance Company. The students must feel good about themselves, know they are cared for by the instructor, and feel accepted and secure in the learning environment. Instructors are encouraged to have a relaxed, aware, and eager attitude to help create a dynamic learning environment.

At The I.D.E.A. Store, an earned-income enterprise of our local education foundation, CUSF, we’re passionate about finding fun, functional and creative reuse for the materials we often take for granted. With a massive and ever-changing inventory of donated materials, projects of all sizes have never been as easy or Earth-friendly. We’re a store, a community, a donation center – we are a marketplace of items and ideas!

Our store supplies everyone – teachers, artists, crafters, students, program directors, community groups, churches, homeschoolers, and the curious with quality, safe reusable materials for artistic creations, the classroom, experimenting and more. We are your marketplace. Shop, share, donate, and volunteer in a fun and educational way and support our local schools through the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation at the same time!

So why this store?

Every day, vast amounts of the Earth’s resources are sold as products for our use. Large or small, in our homes, businesses, or factories – it’s everywhere! And when we use them up, or can’t use them all, we just throw them away. Sometimes we wash it and use it again, we try to recycle, we keep stuff in our closets or we give it to our friends, but we wish there was something else we could do with all. that. stuff.

It’s all part of “The Waste Stream.” It flows day after day in an endless cycle – new resources being used while creating more and more waste.

But it can be interrupted!

The. I.D.E.A. Store is a simple and fun way to pluck the good stuff out of the waste stream and find it a use in our everyday lives. Participating in our little project – either as a customer, donator, or volunteer – is a way that you can help give old items a new life.

CUDO’s mission is to cultivate a vibrant design culture that engages and enriches our local community.

CUDO was founded in early 2009 by a group of local designers who were eager to meet others who shared their passion for design. While CUDO started as a professional organization for graphic designers, it has since evolved to be a far more inclusive organization for everyone who loves design, whether you are a professional, student, or avid fan (aka design nerd).

Since its inception, CUDO has held events (http://thecudo.org/events/) that range from socials to gallery shows to the popular PechaKucha Night C-U, which highlights inspiringly creative local stories in a unique fashion. We have also held workshops, movie screenings, and have run a highly popular (and free!) job board (http://thecudo.org/job-board/) that has connected local designers with the community. Fundamentally, we’re a collection of people from all walks of life who love design and want to meet and hang out with other kindred design-loving spirits.

CUDO hopes to inspire people to take an active role in creating the world around them.

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 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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