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Art FOR the Streets: Stencil Workshop
April 13th

4pm
UC Independent Media Center
202 S. Broadway, Urbana


Celebrate U-C street art! In this workshop, you’re invited to create pieces that signify the people, places, and things in our local community (landscape, architecture, community members, etc.)

Design stencils, silkscreen prints, photocopies, blockprints, graffiti and 
we will create our own mural! Supplies for making/printing stencils will be provided. Bring your own materials to make other media.With permission from the artists, the pieces created in this workshop will be included in the “Urbana: Art from the Streets” project, which will be on display via public television, online, and a set of postcards to be printed later this year.

This event is part of the Midwest Zinefest http://www.midwestzinefest.org
Art FROM the Streets:  Photo Scavenger Hunt
April 13th

1pm
UC Independent Media Center
202 S. Broadway, Urbana

Celebrate the people, places, and things in our local community (landscape, architecture, community members, etc.) by taking photos of them! Bring your camera or cell phone and take a walking/biking photo scavenger hunt. Various prizes will be given!With permission from the artists, the pieces created in this workshop will be included in the “Urbana: Art from the Streets” project, which will be on display via public television, online, and a set of postcards to be printed later this year.

​This event is part of the Midwest Zinefest http://www.midwestzinefest.org

Silkscreen Workshop at Weiskamp Printing!
April 6th, 2013
10am-2pm
Weiskamp Printing
312 S. Neil St., Champaign
http://www.facebook.com/events/573529926000105/

For Immediate release: March 15, 2011

For Further Information contact:
elizaBeth Simpson * 217-487-1041 * urbanapeopleshistory@gmail.com

Local Art Project Engages Community to Celebrate Urbana-Champaign People’s History

(Urbana, IL)//- The Celebrate Urbana-Champaign People’s History Project (CUCPHP) is a collective effort, spearheaded by elizaBeth Simpson, to identify overlooked citizens, groups, and events that have made a significant contribution to the well being of the Urbana-Champaign community. CUCPHP will publicize these contributions through the design and distribution of attractive, artistic posters. April 2011 will see the release of the first two posters, which will be displayed in CUMTD buses and in local businesses. Hand-screened posters will also be available through the website and at local Farmer’s Markets.

“We forget that social change doesn’t happen because of superhuman heroes, but because of regular people who have acted to make our community healthier, more beautiful, and increasingly just. History books often overlook these important grandmas, neighbors, workers, and students. To combat the perception that only ‘other people’ can make change, the Celebrate Urbana-Champaign People’s History Project seeks to represent the ‘just folks’ side of history in a creative and accessible manner. “ –Elizabeth Simpson, Project Coordinator

Community members are invited to let us know who they think has made Urbana better for everyone, local artists are invited to create designs, and local businesses will be asked to display the completed posters in celebration of our community’s unsung history. Anyone wishing to participate can contact us at: urbanapeopleshistory@gmail.com, or by calling 217-487-1041. More information can be found at: http://www.urbanapeopleshistory.wordpress.com

Text of Invitation for Public Input:
Who has made life in U-C better? Celebrate Urbana-Champaign People’s History Poster Project illuminates the many unsung stories of our community. Whether a person, group, or event, tell us who YOU think has made us healthier, more beautiful, and increasingly just by sending an email to urbanapeopleshistory@gmail.com or by visiting our website at https://urbanapeopleshistory.wordpress.com. We all benefit from the people who came before us. Sharing their stories is one way we can say “thanks”! We are also looking for professional or informal artists and graphic designers to get involved.

Further Information:
The Celebrate Urbana-Champaign People’s History project is inspired by Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States and the Celebrate People’s History posters distributed by Just Seeds Artist’s Cooperative: http://www.justseeds.org/artists/celebrate_peoples_history. The CUCPH project is funded in part by the Here and Now grant from the Urbana Public Arts Program.

Artist’s Biography

elizaBeth Simpson has been working with the conflicts and group dynamics of communities, organizations, and individuals for over 16 years. She is also a performance artist who incorporates vocal composition, puppetry, fire spinning, street theater, and storytelling, specializing in projects that engender collaboration with people who would not call themselves “Artists”. As co-director of the Creative Intervention Agency, she offers tools for collective empowerment from across the arts/organizing spectrum, including facilitating workshops throughout the country in both academic and community settings. This work is strongly influenced by her studies of Theatre of the Oppressed with Augusto Boal and the work of bell hooks. elizaBeth strives to address oppression and social injustice in all its forms by unveiling its manifestations in everyday life. Recent accomplishments include a position as Activist-In-Residence at Goddard College in 2006, receipt of the American Society for Cybernetics’ Heinz von Foerster Prize in 2007, and receipt of the 2009 Here and Now grant from the Urbana Public Arts program.

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