bluesCENTRAL is an informal affiliation of dancers whose mission is to promote blues dancing in and around Champaign-Urbana.
Central Illinois English Country Dancers
The Central Illinois English Country Dancers are a group of people who enjoy English Country dance and music as a social and recreational activity. The group was founded in 1995 and holds dances at the Phillips Recreation Center approximately monthly. In addition, the group holds a more formal ball twice a year. All dances are taught and there is always live music provided by the Flatland Consort. Partners, costumes and experience are not required, and all lovers of English Country dance and music are welcome. CIECD asks for a nominal admission fee, generally $2.00 at monthly dances – slightly more at the balls – to help cover costs.
Champaign County Historical Society
The Champaign County Historical Society has kept alive the history of our county since the 1934. The organization supports public markers, a museum, and many events throughout the year.
Common Ground Food Co-op
Common Ground Food Co-op is a full service, cooperatively owned grocery store, which means it is owned by members of the community who buy shares. The Co-op is passionate about naturally delicious, sustainable local food—and that’s just the beginning! Anyone can shop there and enjoy all the services they offer- from the delicious salad bar to a robust selection of cooking classes.
Community Center for the Arts
The Community Center for the Arts (C4A) was established in the fall of 2006. It started with 3 teachers and about 30 students. At that point the Center gave private lessons and ran the Bow-Dacious String Band. Since then C4A has grown to over 200 students with 12 teachers who offer a variety of individual and group music opportunities for kids and adults. The Center also has a growing visual arts program, with drawing classes for kids and adults. The mission of C4A is to help make the arts accessible to everyone, and to serve people who invest themselves in the arts as students, performers, artisans, and appreciators.
Illini Folk Dance Society, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Illini Folk Dance Society is a recreational dance group devoted to the preservation and enjoyment of traditional folk dances from around the world. We primarily dance for our own enjoyment, but also occasionally perform or teach for community groups. We meet once or twice weekly (always on Tuesdays, and some Saturdays) throughout the year, and we welcome beginners — no previous experience is required. We especially encourage beginning dancers to show up on Tuesdays, when we usually provide teaching for the first hour.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is the country’s premier university-based performing arts complex. It is dedicated to the advancement of education, research, and public engagement through the pursuit of excellence and innovation in the performing arts. Krannert is sponsoring the festival’s Thursday night kickoff concert.
The Piper’s Hut Concert Series focuses on traditional, acoustic Celtic music in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area.
Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society was formed to educate the public and foster an appreciation of the American Heritage known as “The Blues”; preserve the blues tradition so that generations to come may be able to come to a knowledge and appreciation of the blues; and to promote blues music in East Central Illinois through the promotion of local artists, as well as regional and national talents.
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, University of Illinois Library
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music (SACAM) acquires and preserves significant archival records and historical artifacts in multiple media formats that document America’s local and national music history and its diverse cultures. The Center, part of the University of Illinois Library and University Archives, arranges, describes, and makes its collections accessible in support of scholarship, exhibitions, publications and education. It offers these services in a professionally managed reference center and through on-line databases, finding aids, and other forms of publication. It provides expert advice on accepted archival practices and standards to University colleagues, scholars, and the general public.
Unit One/Allen Hall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Unit One/Allen Hall is a creative and engaging community in a small college environment, featuring about 60 credit-granting courses, arts facilities, private music lessons, performances, educational events, volunteer activities, and a renowned Guest-in-Residence program.
Urbana Country Dancers
The Urbana Country Dancers (UCD) is a non-profit, educational and recreational organization dedicated to the enjoyment, study, teaching, preservation and evolution of American traditional dance, music and song. The group hosts dances on a bi-weekly basis to live music with featured callers in an atmosphere friendly to singles, couples, groups, and families. All dances are taught (walked-through) prior to dancing. UCD, an affiliate of the Urbana Park District, holds special events throughout the year including barn dances, a Jan Jam dance weekend, workshops, potlucks and theme nights. Dances are generally held on the first and third Fridays of the month from 8-11pm at the Phillips Recreation Center in Urbana.
Urbana Free Library
Founded in 1874, The Urbana Free Library is one of the oldest public libraries in the state. Named one of “America’s best public libraries” in national rating surveys published by The American Library Association, The Urbana Free Library has earned a reputation for the quality of its collections and for outstanding service to patrons of all ages.
Urbana Park District
The Urbana Park District partners with the C-U Folk and Roots Festival in bringing quality folk and roots musical programming to park district facilities each year.