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Arts Across Illinois


Arts Across Illinois

Friday, February 20 at 8:30 pm
Sunday, February 22 at 5:30 pm.

Can art give us an identity crisis? WTTW-TV's host Phil Ponce explores how art shapes our identity in the upcoming episode of Arts Across Illinois: You Should See Yourself, on Friday, February 20 at 8:30 pm and Sunday, February 22 at 5:30 pm. From the racism and stereotypes confronted in a new exhibit at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, to amusing cardboard creations of Chicago, see how Illinois artists see themselves, and their communities. Arts Across Illinois is made possible by the Illinois Arts Council.

WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? Artists are seldom asked to think small, but that's exactly what they were invited to do for the Exquisite City exhibition at Chicago's Viaduct Theatre. Over 70 artists created a mini metropolis, entirely out of cardboard.

Exquisite City runs through March 15, 2009.

Chicago Tourism Center, 72 E. Randolph St.; FREE- hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 6p m; Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm.

BORDERS CROSSING The Fox River town of Elgin is one of the fastest growing communities in Illinois. It also has one of the largest Latino populations. Meet the husband and wife team of Julian and Cynthia Hernandez who are passing on their Mexican- American traditions to the next generation through the colorful performances of Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl

Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123. (847) 612-8300.

THE GREAT DIVIDE The Springfield race riot of 1908 was an event so disturbing it became the catalyst for the creation of the NAACP. The Illinois State Museum marked the anniversary in the exhibit Across the Divide: Remembering the Other.

Across the Divide- Reconsidering the Other at the Illinois State Museum, Chicago Gallery through May 9, 2009.

James R. Thompson Ctr., 100 W. Randolph, Chicago.
Free to the public. Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm; (312) 814-5322,

ROAD TRIP After 9/11, Malik Gillani and Jamil Khoury felt like outsiders in their communities. Now they feel right at home in their beautifully rehabbed theatre in a historic building in Chicago's loop. Gillani and Khoury started the Silk Road Theatre Project in response to the 2001 crisis as a way to bring more realistic portraits of Muslims to Chicago theatre. The most recent play, Pangs of the Messiah, is a drama set in the West Bank.

Silk Road Theatre Project
680 South Federal Street, Suite 301
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 857-1234

DOWN ON THE FARM A photography exhibit at Chicago's DuSable Museum explores the plight of black farmers in America. Distant Echoes: Black Farmers in America runs through May 17, 2009.

Dusable Museum of African American History
740 E 56th Pl
Chicago, IL 6063
(773) 947-0600

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