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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

UCIMC's 20th Anniversary Events!


Celebrating 20 Years!

On September 24, 2020, it will be 20 years since Urbana-Champaign IMC was launched from a living room in Urbana where a small group began collectivizing equipment and passing the hat for an "endowment." 20 years later we own and manage a 30,000 sq ft community arts center (which we converted from an old post office building), continue to publish a monthly newspaper (the Public i), house a low power radio station (WRFU Radio Free Urbana), and have long-term relationships with Books to Prisoners and a local Makerspace.

Our building is a venue for emerging artists, community organizing space. And this year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we started "Sounds like Community" a weekly showcase of artists and organizers.

Due to the pandemic, we had to transform our major anniversary gathering into virtual events!

UCIMC's 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Event:

Wednesday, September 30th, 7pm-8:30pm via zoom

"Independent Media: Where we've come from and why we need it more than ever!"
with panelists Sarah Lazare, Tanya Parker, and Sascha Meinrath and Danielle Chynoweth (Moderator) 

Wednesday, September 30th, 7pm-8:30pm via zoom (see after 5pm for the link) or tune your radio to WRFU 104.5 FM (if you live nearby)

Event 2: Wednesday, October 28th, 2020; 7pm-8:30pm (Urbana Illinois time zone)
20th Anniversary Panel: "Abolition and Grassroots Organizing" Carol Ammons, James Kilgore, and Malkia Cyril. 
via zoom and on WRFU 104.5FM

Event 3: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020; 7pm-8:30pm (Urbana Illinois time zone)
"Stories from the IMC: A Video Project": Excerpts from interviews with the people who have been a part of the UC-IMC's cultural, political and social life. 
via zoom and on WRFU 104.5FM

More free events to come!

Plus a history harvest! -- a collaborative community project to collect, preserve, and share the UCIMC's history! // Note that the project is two-pronged. Dr. Kathryn Oberdeck's crew will also be collecting history around local LGBTQIA+.