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Somi: A Refreshing Story told through Jazz

On Valentine’s Day, Somi sung songs from her previous albums at the Krannert Center.

Written by Weon Taek Na

My ticket and description book to Somi
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Follow the Steps of FAA 110 onto the Tour of Arts

Written by Nicole Miao

FAA 110 is a course about exploring arts and creativity. When I enrolled in this course at first, I was just trying to learn something new about arts and humanities. What I didn’t expect was that FAA 110 far exceeded my expectations. It gave me not only lots of opportunities to enjoy the show for free, but also like-minded friends and a direct channel to art.

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End of The Road: A self-reflection 🎟

Written by Bria Thurman

This has been an extremely fun semester and I am so happy I worked my way into this class.

This was my favorite class this year. I enjoyed the conversation we had within this class about the arts and how they connect with our past and our present. However, there are some works that represent our future because it shows where we’ve been, where we’re at, and where we’re going. I was able to see a diverse group of projects for this class and I want to continue to view projects my entire tenure here as a student at UIUC. I really had to fight to get this class into my schedule and just the difficulty of being a freshman and an undeclared freshman at that made it kind of rough. I am happy it worked for my good.

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Tango at KAM💃🏾🎶-makeup event

written by Bria Thurman

Music and art just works so well together!

This is the flyer for the event.

I am not much of a dancer and I was not interested in having a dance partner, so I was unable to participate in the festivities but I was able to watch and listen. I enjoyed myself at the museum for about an hour. It seemed like this KAM event was more for older adults within the community whether faculty or those who just lived in the area. That may have been the first time I have heard tango music outside of a movie so that increased my interest for sure.

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Goodbye, FAA 110!

By Rachel Yao

Leaving us with fun memories and beautiful performances, the FAA 110 (fall 2019) class has ended.

Chalk art outside of KCPA during the Opening Night Party.

When I registered for the course, I had no idea what to expect. Since I live in Allen Hall, my advisor suggested it would be useful to take a few general education courses here. I wanted to continue my hobbies as an artist. I initially thought FAA 110 was an art class, judging by the title “Exploring Arts and Creativity”, where students draw/paint pieces of art based on various prompts. Entering the classroom on the first day, I realized that this class was not drawing, and that it was much more. 

While I was a bit bummed out it wasn’t drawing or painting, I had lots of fun going to see many shows and performances from talented people. I would always be checking the syllabus to see when the next events are, and would tell my friends about this class as well! While this class was much smaller relative to my other classes, I did meet new friends and make unforgettable memories throughout the semester. 

Overall, I genuinely loved this class. I enjoyed listening to class discussions and attending various events with my peers and professors. I wish this class could last longer than just one semester. 

Here are the events i attended:

Buddy Guy

A view from my seat on the balcony, taken before the show began.

KCPA Opening Night Party (EC)

Toko Telo performing outside of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Chris Botti

Chris Botti playing his trumpet and Andy Snitzer playing his saxophone.


Actors and audience members having a party on stage.

Jennifer Monson Dance

Jennifer Monson explaining her program before it began.

Imagination Showcase (makeup)

Imagination Dance Crew performing as the last act of Imagination Showcase.

Gem of the Ocean

A view of the stage and props before the performance began.

Wynton Marsalis

The view from my seat at the Foellinger Great Hall, taken before Wynton Marsalis’ performance.


Background of Tiger before the show began, featuring an image of a green tiger projected onto a screen.

A Sad Sayonara to FAA 110

I have seen so many great shows and museum exhibits this semester and I don’t want to say goodbye!

Written by Catherine Webber

At the beginning of this semester, I was at a bit of a crossroads. I had come back from summer knowing that I wanted to switch from Early Childhood Education to something else. I just knew that wasn’t what I wanted anymore. Therefore, I drastically dropped all my classes and switched to English, which I now love. However, with my change I had to pick up more hours and I just didn’t know what class to take. I went around asking friends and they all recommended one class to me: FAA 110. They said I would be able to see awesome shows for free on-campus and be exposed to so many new and different things, safe to say: I was sold. I have really enjoyed this class this semester and can’t wait to come back next semester and see more great and thought-provoking shows and exhibits.

1. Pat Metheny Rocked the House

2. Eric Andre Leaves Little to the Imagination

3. Drop Dead Gorgeous Drag Queens

4. Hearty House Show in Colorado

5. Chopin Showcase Does Not Disappoint

6. Still Beginning Challenges What We Think We Know

7. Jazz Drives Audience to Jive


I had such a great time this semester in this class, and I know that if any of my friends come to me with class recommendations I will surely lead them to FAA 110! Thank you for a great semester!

An exploration of the African Diaspora-makeup assignment

Written by Bria Thurman

African culture does not only exist within the continent of Africa’s border but across the world.
This was my favorite

On October 24th I went to the Krannert Art Museum and listened to an art talk about the African diaspora. Allyson Purpura is the curator of the exhibit and we explored the use of language and religion as artistry. She first explained what the African diaspora was and how we exist in almost all continents more specifically those involved with the slave trade. This was an interesting seminar of sorts to be able to sit in on.

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Animal of My Heartland (Makeup)

Written by Zhengqi Xu

Like the show called Home which we watched earlier this semester, Tiger is another show that contains the style I have never know before. To be honest, I’m not even sure if Tiger was an art performance at all, because all I heard was the knowledge about history and nature. However, as I was listening to what Deke Weaver, the producer of the show, was speaking, I gradually got the sense of how his show related to art itself.

The card Deke have us to write down some notes about what our favorite animals were

I was not able to stay for the whole period because I had to leave the town that night, but I could still feel the special feeling Tiger gave me. I couldn’t take any pictures because he said it was forbidden and I only took one picture and had to retrieve teh other two from the event page of Tiger. Deke started by showing us pictures of all kinds of different animals, including tiger, and he informed us of the fact that tiger was voted as the most famous animal through research data. Deke then identifies himself as a naturalist, and let us listen to a video of sound from the nature, which sounded like the audio of going through a forest.

The little tiger toy he had that night for decorations of the stage, retrieved from here

Deke later stated the history of the east Asian area, and I did not understand how it related to tiger, the animal itself at all. Everything seemed unrelated and I was alreadying paying my full attention to his words. However, he helped us go through the whole thing and I started having a basic understand of what he was saying. There should be a conservation between humanity and nature. Deke used human-beings as humanity and tiger a nature to show us we should build a balance between our life.

Deke’s tour in the wild, retrieved from here

Deke later stated the history of the east Asian area, and I did not understand how it related to tiger, the animal itself at all. Everything seemed unrelated and I was alreadying paying my full attention to his words. However, he helped us go through the whole thing and I started having a basic understand of what he was saying. There should be a conservation between humanity and nature. Deke used human-beings as humanity and tiger a nature to show us we should build a balance between our life.

I have to say I stil have not fully understood what Deke was saying that night, but at least I had this great chance to know a whole new art style. Also, tiger is also my favorite animal, and I believe there must be a link between me and the tiger as well.

Radioactive Coming to Live [Make-up Event #2]

Written by: Benjamin Tan

We all are unable to see the radioactive energy with our own naked eyes but what this artist did in their portraits was to use uranium and radioactive charcoal to paint a picture that can depict the drastic consequence of us human beings that have created such a huge impact towards nuclear energy.

Lilah Leopold the curator gave lots of context for the artwork even in terms of how the Krannert Art Museum is set up especially for this kind of artwork. Among all the many radioactive artworks, Lilah focused on these 2 artworks.

Lilah Leopold the curator giving context and explaining these 2 artworks

Both artworks are made up of synthetic uranium and radioactive charcoal. It depicted the amount of uranium that has been mined and for the left portrait, the land does not exist anymore due to the massive mining.

What intrigue me was the many vertical and horizontal lines on both artworks. It depicted graphs of uranium that been mined.

Artwork made up of synthetic uranium and radioactive charcoal. Timeline of a billion years

The one on the left was a graph of a billion years! From the graph, it can be inferred how the resource of uranium is depicting rapidly and the amount of radioactivity has been dispersed in the air.

Lines referred to the steepness of the rocks

For the right artwork, the lines refer to about 100 years of the uranium resource. Apart from that, it also was to show the longitude and latitude of the land. As shown, the steeper lines refer to the taller and steeper rocks.

Lilah also shared how the radioactive waste will take approximately 5 million years before it becomes jewelry and she put a thought in all of us asking how we can take personal responsibility towards radioactive waste.

It got me thinking, what are some actions can I take to contribute to the conversation of this radioactive waste.

Overall, I enjoyed the art talk! Looking forward to the next one!