Who's got the best band in the land? In May 2020 after convocations, commencement, and other celebratory events had to be canceled and no one knew what summer and fall might deliver, members of the Marching Illini contributed some school spirit with a virtual rendition of "Illinois Loyalty" with individual parts and video engineered and assembled into a clap-along version for at-home Illini. Innovative approaches to making music continued into the fall as director Barry Houser designed face masks for wind players and consulted on guidelines to keep musicians safe while doing what they love.
Architecture students from across generations will have their work preserved as part of an initiative led by Marci Uihlein to place their drawings into the University Archives. Projects deemed of high merit by instructors have been collected since 1890, and 1600 drawings will be cataloged and eventually made available to the public.
Quilts, photos, collages, furniture, and a multimedia installation inhabit Homemade, with Love: More Living Room at Krannert Art Museum from August 2020 to July 2021. Grounded in black feminist thought, the exhibition was envisioned as a space for black girls to be themselves and make themselves at home.
Adding another data point for that old adage, the graduating Department of Theatre students had an online showcase in May 2020. Of course the show didn't stop.
Bed bugs aren't just inconvenient and difficult to eradicate. Daniel Schneider and Andrew Greenlee of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning are investigating how policies to address infestations can affect tenants differently depending on their income level and are studying the interactions between tenants, housing managers, and governments operating under various regulations and approaches.
MFA student Keenan Dailey was selected as the debut artist for the School of Social Work's series "Elevating Voices: Visualizing Social Justice through Art." His mural 401 is on display in the lobby at 1010 W. Nevada Street in Urbana.
After repurposing its five stages and vast interior and exterior spaces so that students and instructors could spread out to study, rehearse, and work, Krannert Center pivoted to online performances. Virtual musical sessions of Krannert Uncorked in summer 2020 were followed by events from previous guest artists like Step Afrika! and resident artists including the Jupiter Quartet. The Department of Dance, the Department of Theatre, and Lyric Theatre @ Illinois also partnered with the production team to develop new outlets for their work.
Situating nature in new spaces is a core strategy at Space p11 located in Chicago's Pedway. The downtown network of walkable tunnels, bridges, concourses, and stores covers 40 blocks and is lined with sculptures, architectural art, natural materials brought indoors, and installations staged as retail displays. Co-director David Hays of the Department of Landscape Architecture also organizes residencies, talks, and other educational activities for the rambling locale.
Launched in spring 2020, the Japan House Shares video series features traditional Japanese arts like origami and ikebana, tips for dressing in a kimono, cooking demos, the tea ceremony, and live chats.
Jan Erkert was interviewed for Smile Politely right before November Dance premiered in 2020. With a specially constructed set and a livestream hosted by Krannert Center, the event was reimagined as a set of collaborative pieces that demonstrate how dance is the embodiment of past and present.