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All events for May 2015
 
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Friday, May 1, 2015

Present-moment awareness can be elusive and it can be easy to become distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation, one can discover a calm and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. Mary Wolters from Green Yoga Spa will lead free, 30-minute mindful meditation sessions in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum. No registration is necessary, participants may attend as many or few sessions as they like. The series continues each Friday, 11:30 - 12:00, through May 8th. Metered parking is typically readily available around the museum. Admission is free, donations to help support the program can be given at general museum admission donation box.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission. Donations accetpted.
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or

Archaeology Day Performance: Runa Roots

Friday, May 1, 2015

As a part of the Archaeology Student Society's Archaeology Day, Chicago-based Andean fusion band Runa Roots will perform at the Spurlock Museum. The band is made up of Kichwa musicians who fuse traditional Andean music with melodies from around the world, including reggae, ska, Irish Celtic and more. Museum open hours will be extended for this event with the Museum's galleries will closing at 5:30 PM.

This year's Archaeology Day theme, "History in Motion," explores the complex ways in which history is generated, in part, through complex movements of people, places, and things. From processes of migration to the embodied performances of dance and musical expression, culture is always “in motion.” In addition to the 4pm performance of Runa Roots, a daytime component of Archaeology Day will take place on the Davenport Hall quad (10 AM-2 PM) for interactive archaeology booths and a Nahua danza workshop!

This event is organized by the Archaeology Student Society and is sponsored by the Program Coordinating Council, Student Cultural Programming Fee, Spurlock Museum and the Departments of: Anthropology, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (US Dept. of Education Title VI grant), African American Studies, English, and Unit for Criticism.

More information about Runa Roots can be found at their website: runaroots.wix.com/home (external link)

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: South Asian Seams special exhibit crafts

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Enhance your Spurlock Museum experience with hands-on activities in the Zahn Learning Center. During ZLC Open Hours (ZLC OH), visitors of all ages enjoy engaged learning through exhibit-related crafts and access to teaching artifacts and books. The quilts in the new Campbell Gallery exhibit, South Asian Seams, are full of intricate designs and include a number of animals. Crafters can make a camel, elephant, snake, or peacock from a variety of materials, inspired by the artifacts on display. $2 per crafter. Museum admission is free, and weekend parking is free in un-metered spots in lot D 22 behind the museum (enter on Oregon). Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Cost: $2 per crafter
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or

Performance: "Feng Zikai: A Modern Literati Artist"

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A dramatic performance by Jianjun Xing and theater majors, this event celebrates the life and work of Feng Zikai (1898- 1975), one of the most gifted and influential artists in China. Introduction by Prof. Gary Xu of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

This event is sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and is co-sponsored by the Spurlock Museum.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Friday, May 8, 2015

Present-moment awareness can be elusive and it can be easy to become distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation, one can discover a calm and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. Mary Wolters from Green Yoga Spa will lead free, 30-minute mindful meditation sessions in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum. No registration is necessary, participants may attend as many or few sessions as they like. The series continues each Friday, 11:30 - 12:00, through May 8th. Metered parking is typically readily available around the museum. Admission is free, donations to help support the program can be given at general museum admission donation box.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission. Donations accetpted.
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: jewelry and flowers for moms and graduates

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Enhance your Spurlock Museum experience with hands-on activities in the Zahn Learning Center. During ZLC Open Hours (ZLC OH), visitors of all ages enjoy engaged learning through exhibit-related crafts and access to teaching artifacts and books. This weekend with Mother's Day and graduation close, crafters can make jewelry or colorful paper lotus flowers to celebrate the occasion. Use Greek gods rubber stamps and shrink plastic to make a bracelet or earrings. An upcycled button bracelet is easy to make. Our embossing leaf punch makes lovely leaves and can be painted gold for an ancient Egyptian or Mesopotamian look. Cut leaves and assemble a lovely lotus flower, and see the lotus flowers in the quilts of the special exhibit, South Asian Seams. $2 per crafter. Museum admission is free, and weekend parking is free in un-metered spots in lot D 22 behind the museum (enter on Oregon).

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $2 per crafter
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or