Kula in the Sky
Date: August 28, 2022 - 3:00pm
Join Urbana Arts and Culture and The Urbana Free Library the opening reception for Kula in the Sky, an exhibition of whimsical illustration work by author and artist, Vivian Krishnan from her work Kula in the Sky.
Vivian Krishnan is a multimedia artist with works that cross the vast stage of storytelling, from designing costumes for theatrical characters to writing and illustrating diverse zines and children’s books. Vivian’s focus is creating accessible work and centering stories of minoritized people. She approaches subjects regarding mixed-race identity, colonization of the Global South, sustainability in art and the environment, all while reclaiming ancestral craft through costumes, textiles, and printmaking.
Earlier in the afternoon, join the Library and Vivian Krishnan from 2pm-3pm for a special reading:
Hear the story of two loving sisters from Fiji and the friendly bat who helped them. You'll also get a chance to learn more about bats in Central Illinois!
All ages welcome to celebrate Kula in the Sky, a beautiful new picture book that celebrates the cultural roots of Fiji, the bond of sisterhood, and the beauty of the South Pacific. Kula and Yasi are young sisters living in pre-colonial Fiji. Their close bond is challenged when Yasi enters womanhood and Kula feels left alone. But an unexpected friend - a clever bat! - takes Kula on an emotional journey that leads her to a new understanding.
After the reading, we will be joined by members of the Illinois Bat Conservation Program to learn why it is important to protect bats all over the world. This discussion will include information about how we can support our local bats right here in the CU area, followed by a family friendly activity!
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