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The Scene was our Illinois arts & culture podcast through 2017. Rachel Otwell curated the podcast which provided full-length stories and follow-ups, links to other reports, and conversations with you.This podcast contained a range of stories from the world of arts & culture, from visual art to Springfield's DIY music scene, to profiles of interesting local characters. The podcast was about what makes artists tick, and the diverse culture that exists within our community.

Chicano Artist Exhibit & 'Mexican Mural Movement' Lecture


Chicano culture is the inspiration for much art, be it musical, literary, or visual. Eric Garcia has been drawing from his roots as an artist who often addresses stereotypes about Mexican-Americans and a largely forgotten history of colonization. His works span from murals to sculpture, and he is an expert in the Mexican muralism movement. He comes to Springfield on Monday, Sept. 21st to talk about that and to open an exhibit of his own work.

Garcia joined me for this interview.


Eric Garcia will be at UIS this coming Monday (Stp. 21st) for a Speaker Series event starting at 6pm, called 'Mexican Muralists: Public Art for Social Transformation.' It's part of the Political Art and the Public Sphere series. Garcia's work will also be on display at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery. The opening reception coincides with his discussion/lecture. Info here.

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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