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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Who We Are

Staff

IMC is a people-powered organization. With over 1000 volunteers across all programs, our volunteer hours contribute the work of approximately 24 full time staff members.

Brian Dolinar | Program Director

Brian Dolinar is the Program Director for the UCIMC. Since 2004, Brian has been co-facilitator of The Public i, newspaper of the UCIMC. His articles have appeared in Truthout, Counterpunch, San Francisco Bay View, and Prison Legal News. He has written about police militarization, immigration, and mass incarceration. He has published two books about African American writers and artists during the Depression, and taught classes in African American Studies and history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more see briandolinar.com.

LATondra Creighton | Operations Director

I am a Native of the Champaign community (born and raised!). Currently I am the youth Sunday school teacher, children's church Ministry leader and Baptist Youth Fellowship Leader at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. I recently transitioned from the Don Moyer's Boys & Girls Club, where I was the Elementary Development Coordinator for 6 years. I have a passion for inspiring youth to grow culturally, socially and educationally. One of my goals as a member of the UCIMC, is to help create and develop outreach projects that will provide opportunities for the Urbana-Champaign youth to connect to the UCIMC. 

Blair Ebony Smith | Program Coordinator

Blair Smith is the Program Coordinator of the National Endowment of the Arts Grant. Blair is an artist and Doctoral Candidate at Syracuse University and Visiting Scholar of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Her artistic and scholarly work is greatly influenced by organizing with Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths, a practice-based collective, utilizing Black girlhood as a construct for young people’s creative potential. She explores the complexities of collective organizing through music-making, particularly as it relates to Black girlhood and collective organizing as a creative member of girl band, We Levitate SOLHOT and electronic beat music venture, lovenloops

Travis Hocutt | Artist in Residence

Travis Hocutt lives locally in the city of Urbana. He received his Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston, and his Masters of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art outside Detroit. Throughout his studies Hocutt has focused on Photography, often constructing sculptural objects or worlds to comprise the subject matter of the image. His work ranges from the photographic appropriation involving the transformation of Mars Rover Images to antique photographic processes in one project, to a photographic sculpture consisting of nearly one hundred handmade paper globes. Though the projects vary greatly in their final form, the work focuses on science and exploration as vehicles to discuss human curiosity, wonder, and the longing for meaning or purpose in the universe.