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WIU Offering Alternative to Safe Trick-Or-Treat Programming

October 14, 2020


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MACOMB, IL – University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) at Western Illinois University will sponsor an alternative to the annual Residence Halls Safe Trick-or-Treat program.

Community and campus parents and guardians, with children between the ages 2-12, are invited to sign up for a Halloween goody bag, containing pre-wrapped candy, coloring pages and activities, and other Halloween-related items, to celebrate with at home. The bags are not gender or age specific.

Goody bags are limited, so children should sign up soon at bit.ly/UHDSGoodyBags.

“During COVID-19, we still wanted to find a way to connect to the campus and community to help the children have a safe and fun Halloween.” said WIU Director of Residence Life Mishelle Oaks. “We hope to be back next year with our annual safe trick-or-treat event in the residence halls.”

Goody bags will be available for pick up from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 and from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, behind Corbin Hall, in the drive through parking lot, off Western Avenue.

Children are not required to be present at time of pick up, but are encouraged and welcomed to be in the car. Pick up will be contactless, through a drive through, and face coverings should be worn.

For more information, contact Oaks at (309) 298-3328 or email MD-Oaks@wiu.edu.

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East Side Culture Crawl announces live and virtual programming

The 24th annual Eastside Culture Crawl has announced that it is expanding its reach this year with virtual and appointment-based studio tours and livestream demos.

 

“Each year, we welcome visitors to explore the richness and vitality of the Eastside Arts District,” says artistic and executive director Esther Rausenberg in a press release. “And while artists have faced unprecedented hardships this year, our mandate for the 24th annual Crawl remains the same—to celebrate the extraordinary talents of our visual artists and inspire a creative connection between artists and the greater community.

 

That connection for the Crawl–which takes place November 12-15 and 19-22–will be made through enhanced, interactive virtual programming, via the use of a new digital appointment scheduler for controlled, in-person engagement at open studios. A virtual preview week, November 2 to 9, will feature a curated selection of artist workshops, demonstrations, and talks, as well as the seventh annual Moving Art exhibition. 

 

“The strength and resilience, the fortitude and passion arts patrons have come to expect each year from the Culture Crawl will be on full display,” adds Rausenberg. “It promises to be an inspiring, uplifting and unifying experience.”

 

Crawl goers are invited to supplement their Eastside Culture Crawl experience through a number of feature presentations and exhibitions, including:
 
TAKE FLIGHT VIRTUAL BENEFIT
October 14–November 7, 2020
The Crawl’s fourth annual benefit and festival launch, this year’s virtual event features a silent auction, event-tote auction, and the return of the popular Art Roulette.

MOVING ART
November 2, 2020 at 7 pm (online premiere)
The Culture Crawl’s seventh annual film and video exhibition is titled “Connection in the year of our disconnect.” This showing of evocative contemporary films features 11 artists who have dug deep within their own creative reserves to embrace our multiplicity of experiences.

 

TALKING ART
November 3–5, 2020

Grant will help University of Iowa museums and libraries spread art and programming even in pandemic

A collaboration between four University of Iowa-based institutions will soon help bring their programming to wider audiences who can’t access them during the pandemic.

The Stanley Museum of Art, the Office of the State archaeologist, the Pentacrest Museums and University Libraries are partnering on the project, which secured a $200,327 grant to expand their senior programming in Southeast Iowa.

The money will be used to digitize collections from the four institutions and to create virtual events that senior living facilities can do with their residents. They also will record events, such as talks with scholars or art projects. The recordings will be available to access anytime online.

“We have about 4 million objects in our collection,” said Elizabeth Reetz, director of strategic initiatives at the Office of the State archaeologist. “We’ll be taking high-quality images of a lot of our objects and writing interpretation and question guides that can go with them … We have a lot of photographs digitized but haven’t had the time and money to really ramp up digitizing objects before now … The Pentacrest and UI Libraries are getting special cameras to do 3D tours of their galleries.”

She’s already been doing digital outreach during the pandemic, holding online lectures and discussions with archaeologists. This will be a chance to expand that effort.

“Since the pandemic, we’ve all been dabbling in this. It’s been a really short time to learn new ways of engagement and outreach,” she said. “Before, my office in particular spent a lot of time traveling to give in-person and classroom classes, and that all stopped.”

The grant is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which set aside money for museums and libraries responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The grant also will help pay salaries for project staff

Programming error at the root of Ft. Bend Co.’s early vote issues, says county judge

Fort Bend County will extend early voting hours for the rest of the week in response to issues voters faced on day one.

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On Tuesday morning, polling places got off to a rocky start after reported errors became common at multiple locations.

ABC13 received numerous calls and messages from viewers in the county reporting that they weren’t able to vote. Shortly before 9:15 a.m., a precinct judge at a Missouri City polling place said the issue had been resolved and people were able to begin voting.

SkyEye was over the area in Sugar Land, where people were outside City Hall and Smart Financial Centre.

Still, outside of the event center, Fort Bend County Judge KP George said that for at least one hour there was an error in their program, delaying voting.

“Definitely apologize for that inconvenience, and as I understand, the machines are back,” George said. “The Smart Financial where we are right now, it is up and running. We are back online, and I hope there won’t be any distractions for voting. Once again… I just wanted to say sorry for what happened and we will be doing an investigation. We will be holding those responsible for it accountable. What happened is not OK, not acceptable in Fort Bend County.”

George later released this full statement:

I am extremely disappointed with the technical glitches that riddled Fort Bend County Election machines this morning. Remember, people have died for our right to vote. Stay in line or come back at a convenient time – the future of our country depends on us. You have three weeks to vote early. Remember, we have also extended the hours on the last three days

YouTube Unveils Programming Centered on Black Leaders in Fashion

YouTube.com/Fashion released programming Tuesday focused on Black leaders in fashion as part of its broader commitment to amplify Black voices and perspectives.

The platform spotlights 12 designers and fashion industry leaders, including Virgil Abloh, Grace Wales Bonner, Naomi Campbell, Stella Jean, Jerry Lorenzo, Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Kenneth Nicholson, Tremaine Emory, Laduma Ngxokolo, Andrea Iyamah, Samuel Ross and Felisha Noel, and includes runway shows, films, interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

The programming can be found on a dedicated shelf on the fashion homepage, and is part of larger partnership efforts to elevate Black fashion leaders and grow their YouTube presence.

“This year has been an incredible moment for all industries, including fashion, to reflect on the ways it attends to diversity and representation,” said Derek Blasberg, head of fashion and beauty, YouTube.

“YouTube is the home for diverse voices and perspectives and we have a unique opportunity to use our platform to spotlight Black fashion talent and grow their audiences on YouTube. This past year alone, we’ve seen incredible content that lifts up diverse voices and the programming we’re debuting today and in the coming years builds upon this work. Now, more than ever, it’s vital to not only support but center on our Black creators, brands, designers and fashion professionals,” added Blasberg.

Among some of the programming is Off/White men’s fall 2020 collection designed by Abloh, the Louis Vuitton men’s spring 2021 show in Tokyo, designed by Abloh; A-Cold-Wall’s spring collection, designed by Samuel Ross, and “Thinkin Home,” a 2020 film by Jeano Edwards and Wales Bonner. In addition, fashion designer Felisha Noel shares her story of going from the finance industry to owner and founder of a Brooklyn-based women’s wear brand, Fe Noel.

 

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