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Arts Across Illinois

Arts Across Illinois

Warm weather brings a bounty of outdoor arts festivals to Illinois. From Cairo to Chicago, host Phil Ponce takes you to places where art’s the main event in Arts Across Illinois.


Every June the hills of Southern Illinois come alive with the sounds of music. The Southern Illinois Music Festival brings world class musicians to communities from Carbondale to Cairo.

June 6-27, 2010
Phone: 618-453-2776


April showers never seem to put a damper on the hundreds of artists who come together in a carnival of creativity for Champaign-Urbana’s Boneyard Arts Festival. It’s dedicated to the idea that art can be found anywhere and everywhere - from the University of Illinois campus, to downtown Champaign, downtown Urbana, and beyond.

April 15- 18, 2010


The excitement of spring isn’t just found in nature. It’s also the season of art fairs in the Midwest. One fast growing favorite is Art on the Square, which takes place the weekend after Mother’s Day in the town of Belleville, twenty minutes east of St. Louis.

May 14-16, 2010


Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins is no stranger to great music, or to the underserved South Side Chicago neighborhood of Englewood. For the last ten years he’s brought internationally acclaimed artists together for the Englewood Jazz Festival, celebrating the living legacy of jazz in this South Side community.


Marge Nykaza wanted to find a way to help the homeless. She found it through song -- creating a choir that truly gives Chicago’s homeless something to sing about. Listen to the inspiring sounds of Harmony, Hope and Healing.


The Central Illinois town of Monmouth had problems with teenage taggers. The Executive Director of the Buchanan Center for the Arts came up with a creative solution, turning a local eyesore into a work of art. Find out how one community learned to love aerosol art.


Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Judith Valente has had a successful career telling other people’s stories. But it was poetry that helped her discover and share her own. Find out how poetry profoundly changed her life, both professionally and personally.


Evanston photographer Jane Fulton Alt likes to say her art is about the cycle of life. Her photos of Mexico grace celebrity chef Rick Bayless's Chicago restaurants. In 2005, she volunteered to accompany displaced residents back to their homes following Hurricane Katrina, chronicling the experience in photos. Through her eyes, we gain a fuller understanding of the epic loss this community endured.

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