UC-IMC Summer Update

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The UC-IMC recently received a $100,000 bequest from the late Dr. Alice Tang, a ‘Planetary Peace Promoter’ and philanthropist. This is the largest single gift received by the UC-IMC and attests to our high national visibility as a model community media and arts center. We are in discussion about ways to use these funds to build our sustainability. We are grateful to Dr. Tang for her generous gift.


African media makers in at the Dakar Indymedia Convergence

The UC-IMC sponsored and supported the Dakar Indymedia Convergence, which brought dozens of independent African media makers together in Senegal during the 2011 World Social Forum.


2011 Mini Maker Faire participants

The UC-IMC received grants from the City of Urbana Arts Program for two of our most successful, innovative programs: the IMC Film Fest (Sep 15-17, 2011) and Children’s Arts Fest (Oct 22, 2011). Sign up to receive announcements of events at the IMC.


Sally Carter, our new Office Manager & Bookkeeper! In addition to her work supporting UC-IMC programs, Sally is Founder/Director of TAP In Leadership Academy, aimed at educating & empowering youth living in marginalized urban communities. In this photo Sally is holding UC-IMC’s youngest member: Ezra Shine Chynoweth!

Durl Kruse, our acting Treasurer! Durl is a retired elementary school principal. Since his retirement, he’s run as a Green Party mayoral candidate in Urbana and led a campaign to get Instant Run-off voting on the ballot. He was appointed to the UP-TV Commission and Champaign Urbana Cable Commission, and has been active with local groups, such as the Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort, CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, and the Channing-Murray Foundation.


Did you see us mentioned on Democracy Now? While interviewing UC-IMC co-founder Sascha Meinrath, host Amy Goodman remembered: “I saw you years ago in Champaign-Urbana, when—it was remarkable—[the IMC] took over the post office, bought the post office as a facility for everyone to be able to have access to the [media] … It was remarkable!”


The Costume Closet in Action

Welcome to the UC-IMC Public Costume Closet! Located downstairs, the Costume Closet lets community members check out clothing & accessories for free! Useful for theater productions, costume parties, or merely those in need of “costume therapy,” the Costume Closet also offers a weekly Stich & Itch night devoted to textile projects!


Champaign’s Windsor Road Christian Church recently named us a ‘community partner,’ committing skilled volunteers & funds for service projects at the UC-IMC. Future projects include increasing accessibility and Computer Help Desk support.


Urbana-Champaign Mini Maker Faire Makerspace Urbana‘s one-day, family-friendly event celebrating the arts, crafts, engineering, music, science, and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself spirit in our community.

‘Poetry for the People’ Poetry Slam The Print working group organized this spoken word event, which included the poets documented in the film Louder Than A Bomb (highlighted at this year’s Ebertfest) and with emcee, poet, and organizer Aaron Ammons!

Prison Arts Festival A project of UC Books to Prisoners, the Festival featured work from inmates at the Danville prison, guest speakers, and a film screening.

Midwest Zine Fest The IMC Libarians & Archivists organized a Midwest Zine Fest gathering of zine-makers, authors, speakers, and musicians and for the purpose of celebrating zines and zine-culture.

Microtonal Design Unconference Microtonality is a method for singing out of tune with conventional wisdom. Hosted by IMC’s Oddmusic and the School for Designing a Society, the Microtonal Design UnConference included music composition, instrument building, recordings, research, & more!

IMC-Omnia IMC-Omnia is a unique recurring project for which we open our 30,000 sq. ft. Community Media & Arts Center to the public for 24 straight hours, making our space and resources available for anybody interested in working on arts or media projects!

Help “re-vision” the UC-IMC!

Retreat scheduled for September 2011! Get on our Events listserv for updates! Support the process with a donation!

Support Us

To make a recurring annual gift, donate here or mail us a check: 202 S. Broadway Ave. #100, Urbana, IL, 61801. Make a commitment to the future of media and arts in Champaign-Urbana: consider becoming a Sustaining Funder.

(217) 344-8820 /// imc@ucimc.org

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