Everyday Arts Lab

The Everyday Arts Lab (EAL) is a new course initiative starting in Spring 20013 that explores the School of Fine and Applied Arts’ public engagement capabilities.  Open to graduate and undergraduate students across disciplines, students develop skills in community arts pedagogy, arts administration, and participatory action research. Through collaborative work, EAL students develop and offer a series of free community arts projects that offer young people from low-income backgrounds participation in arts inquiry programming. Students attend weekly seminars on Wednesday and Fridays and offer two-hour after school arts workshops on Wednesday afternoons at a range of possible sites in Urbana-Champaign, including Figure One, the Independent Media Center, and the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club.  EAL is funded in part by Curtis C. Nash Children’s Creativity Fund (Community Fund of East Central Illinois).