Open Scene

Open Scene aimed to increase inclusivity for youth and underrepresented communities in Downtown Urbana through the arts. Funded by a National Endowment of the Arts, Our Town grant, the City of Urbana and Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC) were able to provide four weekend intensives that invited artists to lead creative workshops aimed at supporting the creative leadership of local youth. As an extension of the project, the Urbana Public Arts Progam and Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center are teaming up to offer Open Scene Open Mic, a series of open mics held in local venues! Open Scene Open Mic is a Downtown showcase of poetry, spoken word, music, and artistic expression designed to promote community, creativity, and connection!


Open Scene Open Mic Upcoming Events

July 30th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Blackbird - Hosted by: DoMonique Arnold and DJ Terrance

August 8th, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 25 O'Clock Brewing Company - Hosted by: Jim O'Brien and CU Poetry Group

August 22nd, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Common Ground Food Co-Op - Hosted by Abdullah Aziz with Live Painting!

September 6th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Boneyard Creek Crossing - Hosted by Dawn Blackman with Storytelling Slam!

September 26th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Urbana Dance Company - Hosted by Kate Insolia


To get involved contact the Public Arts Coordinator at or via (217) 328-8265.

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Created on: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 19:16
- Author - RachelS