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The McKinley Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual social justice awards, which will be presented at the awards gala on Saturday, April 7, with U of I President Timothy Killeen and Dr. Roberta Johnson Killeen serving as our keynote speakers.
Nominations are due Friday, February 23.
Nominations are sought for four award categories of individuals and groups making a difference through justice work locally, nationally, or internationally — a high school or college student, a high school or college student group, a community individual, and a community organization.
Each of the four awards includes a $500 gift to benefit the winning organizations and two organizations chosen by the student and community individual award winners.
- Complete the Social Justice Award Nomination Form
- Submit an essay describing how the person or organization you are nominating has met the criteria for the award. We encourage you to identify the nominee’s goals and activities and to explain how these activities have affected others. Self-nominations are welcome.
- Send the Social Justice Awards Nomination Form and your essay to the Social Justice Awards Committee at email@example.com or mail the two documents to the following address by February 23, 2018:
Social Justice Awards Committee
809 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
A committee of evaluators will judge the nominations, and the recipients will be notified by March 2, 2018.
Please direct any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or 217.417.8832.
Following the success of last fall’s series “Confronting Racism Head On”, the McKinley Arts Council has selected a comprehensive list of outstanding films that look at race and culture from unique perspectives. Movie screenings are free and open to the public; each will be followed by community conversations.
The McKinley Foundation Theater is located at 809 S. Fifth Street in Champaign, at the corner of 5th and Daniel. Free parking is available at the parking garage across the street, weeknights after 5 PM and weekends.
To be notified of upcoming screenings, please join our mailing list.
The cold weather and your busy schedule may not permit you to wander some of our most beautiful state parks and their hidden treasures, but a quick trip to Artists’ Alley at Presby Hall will immerse you in Lori Fuller’s artistic interpretation of the same.
Our newest exhibit, Beyond the Landscape, features acrylic paintings and colored pencil drawings inspired by the natural landscape. This exhibit offers a detailed look at the textures, rhythms, and unique color palette found in nature and examines our interaction with our natural environment. Daily Illini reporter Tommy Block described the exhibit in his January 29 feature article:
“A pool of pristine water beams a reflection of trees up toward the sky, straddling the horizon. Jagged wrinkles along with a sheet of rock harness a feeling of wisdom. A splintering layer of wood creeps toward the forefront of a rugged landscape, dragging with it shadows of mystery and intrigue.”
Beyond the Landscape is on exhibit through March 15, 2018. Located at Presby Hall, 405 E. John Street, Artists’ Alley is open between 9 AM and 8 PM daily.
Corn, Water, Time and Space
Barbara Curtis McDonnell
Exhibit Run: October 19 – December 15
Exhibit Opening Reception: October 19, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Artist Talk: October 19, 5:30 PM
In this exhibit, featuring oil-on-canvas paintings as well as several color photographs, McDonnell explores various aspects of the Midwest landscape. In the past, McDonnell’s artwork has reflected the connection between oceans and prairies and vast fields of corn. “What interests me now is a voyage into the center of a corn field, bushwhacking and discovering visual connections between shapes,” reflected McDonnell on the inspiration for her newest work.
Barb McDonnell has traveled extensively with long stints in fascinating locations, but always she returns home to the Midwest. McDonnell earned two undergraduate degrees in Painting and Art Education from the University of New Mexico. Since the 1970s, her work has been featured in exhibitions around the country and is currently represented at The Cinema Gallery in downtown Urbana. McDonnell’s hobbies include singing and gardening.
Save the Date! On Saturday, November 4, from 8 to 10 a.m., The McKinley Foundation is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser to support the non-alcoholic events we for students on campus.
When: Nov. 4, 8 to 10 a.m.
Where: Applebee’s in Savoy
What: Pancakes, bacon, juice, coffee and free refills on all items
Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12
Tickets are available from McKinley Foundation board members or at the McKinley offices. Bring the whole family!