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Fires in the Sky: Closing Reception


Stars and movie cultures.

2x2 Closing Reception


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.

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