Music lovers enjoy sounds in the evening air each summer at Krannert Center's summer concert series OUTSIDE at the Research Park.
The Way of Tea—Chado—is an ancient ceremony performed at Japan House. When attention is paid to every detail and both server and recipient use all their senses while engaging in the ritual, enjoying a bowl of tea is transformed from an everyday activity into an art form.
Mary Pat McGuire, an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, has been mapping the sand deposits underneath Chicago to make better use of the city's geology and the natural drainage systems that can more efficiently manage storm water than human-built structures. Uncovering the environmental systems that urbanization has hidden is the ongoing work of her research studio Water Lab.
Dance at Illinois attracts movement artists from across the planet to work and mentor on campus. Recent guests have included So You Think You Can Dance star Sonya Tayeh, alumnus Aaron R. White, and National Medal of Arts winner Ping Chong.
Now in its seventh iteration, Krannert Center's guitarapalooza unites planetary six-string masters in a celebration featuring free concerts, a broad array of musical forms, activities for kids, and a no-holds-barred opening event.
As part of its outreach programs, Krannert Art Museum invites children to tour a gallery, where they typically examine a handful of paintings and sharpen their observational skills and critical thinking. The museum also partners with local school systems for longer and deeper explorations of art.
Urban planners must consider the common modes of transportation already in use in a city before proposing alternatives and plotting efficient routes for a redevelopment project.
Photo by Natalie Fiol
Each spring the DoCha chamber music festival offers an ambitious selection of jazz, classical pieces, works from numerous cultures, and programs for children. Free concerts held at the Orpheum Theatre feature faculty members and students from the School of Music, community members, and special guests.
Jim Pugh and Larry Gray in Jazzissimo, DoCha, April 2017, photo by Darrell Hoemann.