Urbana Celebrates the Boneyard 2016

April 9, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

The City of Urbana Public Arts Program is presenting a free community arts event to celebrate local artists and commemorate the Boneyard. Titled Urbana Celebrates the Boneyard, this event will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Boneyard Creek Improvements Project in Downtown Urbana (corner of Race Street and Griggs Streets).

Urbana Celebrates the Boneyard!

April 11, 2015 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

Join us in for a day full of fun, family-friendly arts activities at Urbana's newest urban park!

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Boneyard Creek Improvements Project
(enter at Race St. and Griggs St. in Downtown Urbana)
FREE admission

Featuring arts workshops, face painting, food trucks, and performances by:

  • Bow-Dacious String Band (from Community Center for the Arts), 11:00am-12:30pm

  • African drumming and dancing with Djibril Camara and Ballet Allah Tantou, 1:30pm-3:00pm

This event is presented by the City of Urbana, and is a part of 40 North's 13th Annual Boneyard Arts Festival.

Join us on Facebook here.

Urbana to Host Illinois Arts Council Workshop for Individual Arts Support

August 29, 2012 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm

The City of Urbana Public Arts Program is pleased to announce it will be hosting an In-Person Workshop presented by the Illinois Arts Council for the FY2013 Individual Artists Support Initiative grant program on Wednesday August 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers of the Urbana City Building at 400 South Vine Street.

This workshop will provide an overview of the Individual Artist Support grant program guidelines and application process, including updated information and a short Q & A session. To register for the Workshop, please contact Public Arts Coordinator Christina McClelland at (217) 384-2311 or by email at

2012 Urbana Arts Grants Call for Applications

January 10, 2012 - 5:00pm

The City of Urbana Public Arts Commission announces the opening of the 2012 cycle of its Urbana Arts Grants Program to support projects in the arts.  The Urbana Arts Grants Program makes funding available to artists, arts organizations, and festivals for projects that enrich the lives of Urbana residents and visitors.

Eligible disciplines include visual arts, music, performing arts, literary arts, design, multidisciplinary arts, and new media. Applicants need not live in Urbana for all grant categories.  However, all projects must take place in Urbana.  Grants will be available in four categories, listed below:

• Here and Now: grants for artists residing in Urbana
• Envision 365: grants for all emerging and professional artists
• Creative Mix: arts grants for groups, ensembles, and organizations
• Festivals Grant: grants for arts-related festival presenters

Artist of the Corridor Reception

August 10, 2010 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm

The City of Urbana invites the public to an opening of the Artist of the Corridor art exhibit featuring the work of Alexei “Lyosha” Svinarski.  On Tuesday, August 10th, from 3:30 – 4:30pm, a reception will be held in the City Building at 400 S. Vine Street to meet the artist Lyosha and view his exhibition of photographs, entitled “InFocus: Urbana, Illinois”.  Lyosha’s work will be on display until September 30, 2010 and is open to the public. 

The City created an art exhibit space in March 2010 to feature artwork by Urbana artists in the City Building.  The Artist of the Corridor exhibits are displayed for a period of two months.

Contemporary Triptych Music Concert

July 28, 2010 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm

Contemporary Triptych - New Music Concert featuring pianist Casey Dierlam

On Wednesday, July 28th, at 7:30 – 8:30pm, a piano recital featuring the music of Steven Taylor (faculty at U of I), Jae Eun Jung (Doctoral student at U of I), and Philip Schuessler (resident of Urbana-Champaign community) will take place in the Smith Hall at 805 S. Mathews Avenue in Urbana.

Plastic Fantastic: Earth Friendly Printmaking workshop

July 31, 2010 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

The City of Urbana Public Arts Program will host an earth friendly printmaking art workshop on Saturday, July 31st from 8:00 am to noon. The public is invited to investigate the shapes, colors, lines, patterns, and textures of the fruits and veggies found at the Market with artist Traci Pines, as she facilitates a printmaking workshop using reusable materials at Urbana’s Market at the Square.

The City offers “Art at the Market” workshops for all ages on the last Saturday of each month during Urbana’s Market at the Square season. The theme for the 2010 Season is Art and the Environment. Upcoming workshops will take place on the following dates: July 31st, August 28th, September 25th, and October 30th. Look for the City of Urbana tent at the Market on the Square on the corner of Vine Street and Illinois Street in Urbana.