Join us as we we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our local pride celebration, the 2019 Champaign-Urbana Pride Fest and Parade.
On Saturday, September 28, the McKinley Church and Foundation will be part of this popular outdoor celebration, and we need lots of volunteers to make it happen. McKinley will host a table at the popular vendor fair beginning at 1 PM. We will also march in the parade that begins at 3 PM.
WATER + COLOR: AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS IN WATERCOLOR AND GOUACHE
“Water + Color” is an exhibition of works in watercolor and gouache featuring local, water-medium artists. The pieces, selected by the artists, represent a wide range of subject matter and technique. Well-respected for their art, this group of artists has been featured individually in many exhibitions, juried competitions, and galleries. Uniting them for this show are their gratitude and affection for Jamie Kruidenier.
Jamie Stewart Kruidenier passed away on July 11, 2018, at the age of 63 after a nearly decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was a lifelong educator and faculty member at Parkland Community College in Champaign, Illinois. Scores of children enjoyed her art classes through the “College for Kids” program. She studied watercolor with Don Lake for many years, later substitute teaching for him and, upon his retirement, became a popular, well-respected, and skilled teacher herself at the college. Kruidenier’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other works are displayed in private collections and galleries throughout the country.
To the exhibiting artists, Jamie was a dear friend and teacher. They are delighted to honor her memory through what first brought them all together, the art of “Water + Color.”
Participating Artists: Ann McDowell • Ann Rund • Anu Murphy • Barbara England • Birute Simaitis • Bonnie Switzer • Jenny Barrett • Jim Gallagher • Margaret Decardy • Martha Seif • Rebecca Renwick • Sandra Hynds • Sarah Wiseman
Exhibition Opening: September 4, 4:30 to 6:30 PM Exhibition Run: September 4 — October 20, 2019 On view at Artists’ Alley at 405 E. John Street 9 AM to 8 PM daily
The McKinley Giving Garden is a partnership among many—The McKinley Foundation, McKinley Presbyterian Church, Presby Hall, Faith in Place, and the UI Extension. The list keeps growing, and so does our garden!
We are growing produce for clients of the McKinley Pantry at Garden Hills as well as others in the community who have limited access to fresh produce.
How does this garden grow? With lots of love and labor from our friends and neighbors, and of course the wonders of nature. Now through the end of October, we will meet in the garden on Monday evenings beginning at 5:30 PM. We work until the work is done or until the sun goes down… whichever comes first. We would love your help.
No gardening experience is necessary, just a willingness to work outside for a couple hours. Each week we will have a volunteer captain on hand who will provide instruction for each task that’s needed that day. This is a great way to grow your own gardening skills while supporting a great cause.
Join the McKinley Green Team and millions of people reducing their plastic waste. Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?
The McKinley Foundation will screen the documentary Jesus Camp on Friday, May 3, at 7 PM in the McKinley Foundation Living Room.
Synopsis: Jesus Camp, a 2006 documentary directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, follows Levi, Rachel and Tory to Pastor Becky Fisher’s “Kids on Fire” summer camp in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in “God’s army.” The film follows these children at camp as they hone their “prophetic gifts” and are schooled in how to “take back America for Christ.” The film was a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America’s political future.
Featured Guest: Nathan R. Todd, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, will facilitate a pre- and post-screening discussion. Dr. Todd’s research focuses on how religion and Whiteness shape individual and group engagement with social justice.
Admission: Movie is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Free parking is available at the parking garage across the street.
This film is part of a year-long series exploring freedom in the 21st century, inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.