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Thank you, IACA!

  • Post Date: 7/20/2020
  • Author: Kim Sheahan
  • Reading Time: 2 minute read

Thanks to the support of the Illinois Arts Council Agency through its Ethnic and Folk Arts program, the Museum is able to share the talents of performers and artists from around the world with people throughout central Illinois. IACA funds help cover performance fees, travel expenses, advertising costs, and venue rentals. They enable the Museum to collaborate with University units like Native American House, the School of Music, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, as well as a wide variety of K–12 schools.

Here are just a few of the artists we have been able to bring in through IACA funds:

  • Ensemble Adilei, music of the Eurasian country of Georgia
  • Los Guapos, folk and popular music traditions of Latin America
  • Parisa Karimi and Ardavan Ardeshirilajimi music traditions of Iran
  • Jasmine Field Orchestra, Chinese traditional and fusion music
  • Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi, Congolese band
  • Dylan Jennings, Bad River Band, Lake Superior Ojibwe, storyteller and powwow dancer
  • Wanees Zarour Ensemble, Middle Eastern fusion
  • Suizan Mochizuki, Japanese master of pictographic calligraphy

Video Clips

  • Murilo Mendes, Brazilian Flute
  • Mike Speller, Storyteller