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Peggy Flavin: Closing Reception

Closing Reception for String Installation by Peggy Flavin 6-8pm Friday January 30th. 

Peggy Flavin is a mixed media artist and student at U of I. Generally, digital tools play a large role in geometric patterns- this installation instead relies on the organic formation of patterns that comes from the physical process of creating tension between strings.

Artist in Residence Travis Hocutt selected as City of Urbana Artist of the Corridor

I am very honored to announce that I have been selected to be Artist of The Corridor by the City of Urbana. Urbana is my home town and its been a wonderful year of working as an artist here and reconnecting to the local art's community. My work will be on display both in the lobby of the City of Urbana Building, and in the cafe area of the Urbana Public Library. The show includes images from my Micrometeorite Collector Experiment, and my newer Orion project. 


Urbana Public Arts Program Announces

an Artist of the Corridor Exhibition by Travis Hocutt

Centum Cellulosa

Join us this Saturday for the Opening Reception of Centum Cellulosa; one hundred cellular drawings by artist Elizabeth Boyd Hartmann.

While formally a jeweler by training this collection of drawings is an important part of Hartmann’s studio practice and the drawings have led to another body of drawings and objects: Cellula Praecursoria. The body of work focusing on cellular forms was one of the artist’s ways of processing her husband’s journey through his diagnosis and recovery from bone cancer.


See more of her work here on her website: http://www.elizabethboydhartmann.com/

IMC Gallery is supported by the Urbana Arts Grant

Friday Night: Victory Party for Prison Phone Justice Campaign at IMC

On Friday night, Dec. 4, there will be a victory party for the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice as the Independent Media Center.

The event will be this Friday 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Independent Media Center (202 S. Broadway, old Urbana post office).

On October 22, the FCC ruled to cap the cost of phone calls at jails and prisons in the U.S. This will bring relieve for thousands of individuals incarcerated and their families. For years, predatory phone companies have profited off of our most vulnerable members of society.

To find out more about this important victory, you can listen to this NPR story, or read UCIMC's own Brian Dolinar’s article at Truthout.

Uncivil Rites: Palestine & the limits of Academic Freedom Steven Salaita speaks at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center.

Steven Salaita speaks at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center.

In Conversation withProf Robert Warrior, chair of the Native American Studes program

UPTV video


FCC Votes To End Prison Phone Profiteering

The FCC will make a historic vote Thursday 9:30am Central TZ to lower the cost of phone calls from jails and prisons. Please join us in watching the FCC hearing online. You can follow it on Twitter at the hashtag #PhoneJustice.
For more, you can listen to an NPR story featuring Miguel Saucedo, who has a brother incarcerated in Illinois, and is a PHD student at the University of Illinois. You can read this story in Truthout with a video by Annette Taylor, who works with Ripple Effect in Champaign.

Thanks to the CU activist community for following this story, which the IMC has covered locally since 2004-5 when we renegotiated the phone contract for the Champaign County Jail.

Application Deadline Extended! - Independent Media Center Seeks Part-time Operations Manager

Application Deadline Extended!

Independent Media Center Seeks Part-time Operations Manager

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC) is seeking a part-time Operations Manager.

Founded in 2000, the IMC is a grassroots organization committed to using media, arts, and technology to promote social and economic justice. We own the downtown Urbana post office building where we operate a performance venue, art gallery and studios, community radio station, media training facility, and community media space. Our projects include Makerspace Urbana, Books to Prisoners, the Public i Newspaper, WRFU 104.5 FM. The center is powered by hundreds of volunteers who come together in a do-it-yourself spirit to create media and art to transform our community and world.

Position is 20 hours a week. $12/hr. Benefits: 10 paid holidays.

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references (2 related to previous employment) to

Nov. 12: Understanding Mass Incarceration with James Kilgore

James Kilgore will talk about his new book, "Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time." It will be Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. at the Independent Media Center (202 S. Broadway, Urbana)

Copies will be available for $15.

This event will also be a fundraiser for First Followers, a new re-entry program at AME Bethel in Champaign.

“An excellent, much-needed introduction to the racial, political, and economic dimensions of mass incarceration.” —Michelle Alexander

Both field guide and primer, Understanding Mass Incarceration is an essential resource for those engaged in criminal justice activism as well as those new to the subject.

Sponsored by: GEO Solidarity Committee, Jobs With Justice, UCIMC, Build Programs Not Jails, and First Followers.

Peace Jam

Join us for Peace Jam!, music for a world without violence!

Peace Jam is a kick-off for Domestic Violence Awareness Month featuring live music, performances, art, and a resource fair aimed at speaking out against abuse within relationships and coming together as a community to support survivors and end domestic violence. Join us for as we kick of a month-long series of events and programs aimed at ending abuse within relationships. This event is open to all ages. 

Wednesday, October 7


Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom

Campus Faculty Association hosts the Steven Salaita Book Talk

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

202 South Broadway, Urbana, IL

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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The Faucet's on Fire! An evening with Roy Zimmerman

Roy Zimmerman brings the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His funny songs about fracking, torture, creationism, same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence, ignorance, war and greed have be heard on Showtime, HBO and NPR, and he's shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin.

...a latter-day Tom Lehrer." - Los Angeles Times

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Renegades: Storytelling in Two Dimensions

The IMC Gallery is excited to announce Renegades: Storytelling in Two Dimensions. The exhibition, Co-Curated by UCIMC Artist in Residence Travis Hocut, and Comics Scholar Carol Tilley will feature a wide array of works by three local Comics Artists: Damian Duffy, Nina Paley, and Grant Thomas. IMC Gallery is supported by the Urbana Arts Grant
Show Duration September 18th - October 1st
Closing Reception October 1st 6-8pm

For More Information about the Artists:
Damian Duffy: http://damianduffy.net/

Art Exhibit: Intrigued at the IMC

The IMC Gallery is excited to collaborate with the Arts of Life to present a group show curated by artist Tim Stone, of the Chicago Studio. The Arts of Life is a studio based community for adults with developmental disabilities.

Intrigued reflects both the maker and viewer in their approach to artwork.  During the creative process, artists experience fascination, maybe even fixation, on a particular idea or image.  After hours of making and re-making, their idea becomes a reality of paper, paint, collage, and canvas.  Once completed, they often hope to share that feeling with viewers through their art; to inspire that same curiosity.  

Works selected for this show represent a wide variety of creative practices and styles.  Its makers are part of an artist collective that promotes the exchange of skills and concepts. The Arts of Life creates a space where the unique identity of each member is integrated and included in the whole.

July 18: Artist and Writer Talks at the IMC: Jason Patterson & Brian Dolinar








Exploring African American History, In Illinois & Throughout The United States

DUI Judge Richard Klaus Fired

By Belden Fields of The Public i

In June, Champaign Country Associate Judge Richard Klaus was removed from his position by fellow Judges in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. This is the first time in 37 years that these judges have removed a colleague. The reason given was that attorneys and the public in the county had lost confidence in him. Indeed, the Champaign County Bar Association had urged that he not be considered for retention after observing ten years of his performance on the bench. To compound matters, County Chief Judge Difanis, a professed good friend of Klaus, had included him on the list for reconsideration even before the Bar Association had had a chance to offer its recommendations. For that, he was rebuked by the 6th District Chief Justice, Dan Flannell.

Do Police Need An MRAP? An Analysis of SWAT Raids in CU

Since Ferguson, and more recently Baltimore, the searing images of police wearing riot gear, carrying high-powered rifles, and riding in armored trucks, have made police militarization a national issue. Not only is this a trend in big cities, but also in small towns like Champaign-Urbana where police have recently acquired a Mine-Resistant Armor-Protected (MRAP) vehicle fresh from the wars in the Middle East.  

IMC Seeking Full-time Program Director - applications due June 3

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC) is seeking a full time Program Director to coordinate volunteers, outreach, program development, and fundraising for the organization.  The Program Director is supported by a part time Operations Manager who manages the finances and facilities of the IMC.


Getting to the Heart of the Issue: The Proposal for a $32 Million Jail

Shasta Knox, a.k.a. “Klevah” [pictured right] ,an emcee at the center of a burgeoning hip hop movement in Urbana-Champaign, performed at a public forum about the broken criminal justice system. “It spoke directly to my heart,” she told me afterwards, “to see so many people passionate about something that affected me personally for most of my life.”

She revealed that when she was young her own mother was incarcerated. The years in prison did nothing to address her mother’s problems. “So much time that is wasted,” she said, “and families can literally be destroyed by this.”

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