Volume 1, Issue 3

This Weekend in the Arts!

The ART Walkabout Urbana is returning June 4th! Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to experience local art in Downtown Urbana in galleries and exhibitions! Check it out!

Go and Relax After the Market 

Rose Bowl Tavern is back at it again with another after-market concert sponsored in part by the Urbana Arts and Culture Program and featuring Jive Bag and Afro LTA!

Music! Music! Music!

The City of Urbana Arts & Culture Program's Sponsored Event
Local violinist and violist Cydnee Ossai will lead participants through musical activities and a demonstration. There will also be the opportunity to hold a violin and viola! Activities will encourage an appreciation for rhythm, musical notation, and a love of music.
The Young Artist's Studio is a series of art workshops sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and The Urbana Arts & Culture Program designed to offer youth an opportunity to explore the arts. All events in the series are free and open to the public. The series is designed for children ages 5 to 11, noting that children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver.
It's all happening from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, June 4 at the Lewis Auditorium!
To check out more events, visit our e-calendar:

Gear Up for Another 48-Hour Fest!

A 48-hour film fest is an exercise in efficiency, endurance, and off the-cuff creativity. Teams are given precisely 48 hours to produce a short film from concept to completion.
Register your team:
At the kickoff meeting at Lincoln Square Mall, teams will be given three things they need to build their story around. These things will need to be incorporated in your story in a significant way. Don't come in with a script already written; your storytelling process begins at the kickoff. You will need at least one team member present at this meeting.
All submissions must be sent to 48 hours after kickoff. Finished entries will be played and judged at a screening on June 9th (100 years to the day after the first sound on film recording!). Location TBA; keep an eye on this event for updates. 

Need a Comfy Quilt? 

Join us for the Festival of Quilts. Proceeds from this, Cunningham's signature fundraiser, will help to meet the critical needs of the 794 youth, adults and families we serve at Cunningham each year.

New! Urbana Unveiling New Sculptures & Murals

Welcome "Quiet Mend 3" by Lisa Kesler, the latest Utility Box Mural sponsored by the City of Urbana Arts and Culture Program! 
Thank you to those who joined us in a ribbon-cutting and unveiling celebration of Urbana’s latest Utility Box Mural now on display at the Urbana Park District's Lake House in Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. "Quiet Mend 3" by Lisa Kesler is a vibrant piece comprised of acrylic paint and collage.
Lisa Kesler Studio's mixed-media works on paper and canvas integrate printmaking, collage, and painting. View more of her work at!
Urbana Utility Box Murals are made possible by the City of Urbana Arts and Culture Program, fostering a city where art thrives.

Reading is Magic

Muralist Langston Allston's new mural, Reading is Magic was co-created with local volunteers and was paid for in part by the City of Urbana Arts and Culture Grant and The Urbana Free Library Foundation.  The mural was also co-sponsored by Cunningham Township Supervisor's Office.
Photo credit: Michelle Gonzales

New Mural! Kinsey Fitzgerald's Prairie Roses | Unveiling Soon at the Rose Bowl Tavern
New Utility Box Mural! Christopher Morris' Cloudscape 7 | Unveiling Soon at the Corner of Race and Griggs Streets.

40 North and the Urbana Park District announce the 4th Annual Crystal Lake Park Art Fair in Urbana.
On August 6, 2022, from 10 a.m.- to 4 p.m., Crystal Lake Park will be transformed with local and regional art vendors that will set up between the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center and the Anita Purves Nature Center. This fair will feature paintings, textiles, ceramics, photography, jewelry, glass, mixed media and much more!
Shop from over 40 regional and local artists! There will be a kids’ make & take project with UrVANa and food trucks onsite.


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