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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Open Scene


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 The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC) and City of Urbana are happy to launch Open Scene, a project to reimagine downtown Urbana through arts-based dialogues led by youth. Open Scene will be anchored at the UCIMC, a media and arts center located at the historic post office building in the heart of downtown. In May 2016, we announced that we have won a $50,000 “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support this innovative youth media project.

*Now Accepting Applications for **Artists** for Project Spotlighting Youth Voices*

We are excited about the number of applications we have received from adult and youth community members (Project Leaders) and are in the process of making final selections.

Open Scene is seeking four artists to lead arts workshops for twelve youth (ages 16-24) and ten community stakeholders in Urbana, IL. All four weekend intensives, each led by a different artist or artist group, will take place in spring 2017, between February and April. Activities will begin on Friday evening and end on Sunday afternoon. Please refer to the application form for possible dates.

Selected artists will receive a total payment of $3,000.00 for artist fees, transportation to and from Urbana, food, and lodging. The Urbana Public Arts Program will provide logistical and staff support, and incur the costs associated with promoting the events.

Applications to participate can be filled out online here.

Submit your application to: Independent Media Center | 202 S. Broadway Avenue | Urbana | Illinois | 61801

Contact: Project Coordinator, Blair Ebony Smith at or (217) 344-8820

Artists selected must be 18 years of age or older. 

The deadline for Artists to apply is Dec. 5, 2016 at 5pm CST. 

To join in the conversation, use #OpenSceneUrbana on social media. You can also follow us on our Facebook page Open Scene Urbana.