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Open Scene

Open Scene Artists Chosen! 

We’re exited to announce the four artists selected to lead workshops for Open Scene, our NEA-funded youth media project! The first will be with Derek Linzy, local music producer who has recorded with Prince, but first started out “recording and producing demos for up and coming local musicians in my hometown of Champaign, Illinois… we were just having some fun with it.”


Derek will be leading a music workshop the weekend of February 24-26 at the IMC. Events open to the public will be on Friday night, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m. with a talk by Derek Linzy; and Sunday, Feb. 26, 2-4 p.m. with a showcase by Open Scene youth leaders.

Other artists chosen to lead workshops are:

• Andrea Perkins (March 10-12), a Native American writer based in Chicago who will host a workshop on storytelling.

• Mother Nature (March 24-26), made up of T.R.U.T.H. (Tierney Reed), Klevah (Shasta Mathews) and Cii La’Cole, will teach a workshop on the four elements of hip hop centered around social and political issues.

• Hill L. Waters & Lisa Fay (April 14-16), a Black feminist love praxis project that is a collaboration between Durell M. Callier, Dominique C. Hill and Lisa Fay. They will lead a workshop for developing short theater pieces. 

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