Festival to promote Sustainability and Education in CU

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URBANA – Global Arts Performance Initiatives will be presenting the inaugural Sonified Sustainability Festival from mid-April to May for the Champaign-Urbana community.

This programming serves the educational mission of the Student Sustainability Committee at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by celebrating ecological music and arts through programs in the spring semester of 2016.

The festival will take place April 12 through May 1. Leading up to Earth Week, which runs April 17 through 24, the festival will host Ken Butler, a Brooklyn-based artist who has been performing since 1978 on hybrid musical instruments created primarily from urban debris such as tennis rackets, hockey sticks, umbrellas, axes and other materials.

Throughout the festival’s run, Butler will also have his project Hybrid Visions on display at the Illini Union Art Gallery. A formal opening will take place on Thursday, April 14, at 4:30 PM.

The culminating event will take place at the start of Earth Week on Saturday, April 16, from 1 PM to 5 PM at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. This event will be open free to the public for attendees of all ages.

A New York City based trio featuring Ken Butler will be performing on “hybrid instruments,” as well as area musicians, including students from Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr. Elementary School.

An accompanying information fair will showcase local projects, programs and organizations working towards a sustainable future including The I.D.E.A. Store, Prairie Rivers Network, Students for Environmental Concerns and many more including the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) that will feature a sculpture in the Krannert Center lobby created from the university’s recyclables in an effort to raise awareness about the magnitude of waste generation at the university.

More information about upcoming event can be found at the festival’s website or on their Facebook page.

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