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Art Camp
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 18:00


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WHAT:  The All Southern High School Theatre Project 2012 Production of Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

WHERE:  McLeod Summer Playhouse
                 in the SIU Carbodale Communications Building

TICKETS:  McLeod Box Office
                  Mon. - Fri., 12-5 PM
                  or southernticketsonline.com

 “Studio Visits.”  From June 11 through June 30, includes works by artists from throughout the area who welcome the public to their studios.  Featured artists include Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Kathleen Shaffner, Rachel Malcolm-Ensor, and guest artists from the River to River and Little Egypt Arts Associations.
The public is invited to attend a meet-the-artists reception onWednesday, June 13,from 5-7 PM that will feature a concert by the Southern Illinois Music Festival String Quartet performing works by Ravel, Tombeau de Couperin and Grieg. This free reception and concert are made possible by a special grant from the City of Carbondale to promote cultural tourism and by CCA 25th Anniversary partners Payne, Gaertner & Associates and John and Marsha Ryan.

Thursday, 31 May 2012 18:00

Working in Southern Illinois

Written by Lisa Janssen

In October and early November  of 2011 Carbondale Community Arts and the University Museum of SIU Carbondale  hosted the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Exhibit, "The Way We Worked". Throughout the month CCA also partnered with galleries and museums across southern Illinois to present "Working in Southern Illinois", a series of exhibits and programs highlighting the history and development of southern Illinois' workforce. (Click here for more about The Way We Worked and other Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street opportunities.)

In preparation for the exhibit, co-chairs Gayle Klam and Mary O'Hara worked with University Museum Director Dona Bachmann and curator Nate Steinbrink to gather hundreds of photographs and conducted scores of interviews with area residents.

Carbondale-based highlights of the six week project included

  • a panel discussion about the future work in southern Illinois,
  • a special presentation about the history of the southern Illinois migrant community,
  • a focus exhibit on the Good Luck Glove Factory,
  • an exhibit of paintings by Robert Ketchens depicting the Missouri Sharecroppers Strike of 1939, and
  • a special exhibit at the African American Museum of Southern Illinois about the Ayer and Lord Railroad Tie Plant

 Other regional exhibits were coordinated through the Southern Illinois Association of Museums (SIAM) and its member organizations.

Many of Working in Southern Illinois photographs that were exhibited at the University Museum will be on display from mid-April through May in the atrium of Carbondale's University Mall. 

Detail from Robert Ketchens painting in Sharecroppers' Strike ExhibitDetail from Robert Ketchens painting in Sharecroppers' Strike Exhibit   Visitors at Visitors at


Carbondale Community Artsand its 25th AnniversaryPartners are pleased to present an exhibit of photographs by Gary Kolb, SIU Carbondale MCMA Dean and Professor, entitled Antarctica - Deception Island.

Public Reception:
April 26 (Thursday) 5-6:30 PM
Varsity Gallery-Varsity Center for the Arts.
(Gallery talk at 5:30 PM)

Film Screening:
The VCA Special Events Committee will present a special screening of the related documentary, “Ice People,” immediately folloiwng the reception (6:30 PM) in the VCA East Theater.

About the Exhibit
Deception Island lies off the West coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.  It was formed when a large volcano erupted and then collapsed into the sea forming a water-filled caldera with one narrow entrance protecting a mountain-ringed central “lake” about 5 miles across.  This provided an ideal harbor for vessels and sailors seeking shelter from the fierce storms of the southern ocean.  Eventually the whaling industry took advantage of this refuge, mooring factory ships in the harbor at a place called Whaler’s Bay and flensing whales of their blubber, mostly to be boiled down for whale oil for use in oil lighting.  A small village was erected to support the seasonal whaling operations.  Cookers were constructed to boil down the whale remains to extract the last drops of oil. This oil was then stored in huge tanks and eventually pumped back out to the factory ships.  Over the years, tens of thousands of whales were processed at Whaler’s Bay and their remaining boiled bones were scattered over the beach and in the waters of the caldera.
                                    - G. Kolb

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 18:00

25 Years of CCA

Written by Lisa Janssen

From February 2012 through February 2013 Carbondale Community Arts celebrated  25 years of quality public arts programming and outreach education, we salute the thousands of volunteers who have worked to make Carbondale Community Arts a nexus of activity and information.  We also salute our 25th Anniversary sponsors for recognizing the important role the artsplay in our communities and in our lives.


Friday, 30 March 2012 18:00

Cinderella 2012

Written by Lisa Janssen


Producer: Nancy Stemper, Executive Director of Carbondale Community Arts
Director: Susan Patrick Benson
Choreographer: Josh Kimball
Music Director/Conductor: Tim Fink
Sets: Jeff Luetkenhaus
Costumes: Caitlin Entwistle

Congratulations to the 2012 ASHSTP Company!

Malikah Abdul-Musawwir
Chloe Baratta
Harrison Barr
Hannah Borowitz
Ryan Busher
Noah Coleman
Zachary Coop
Kristin Doty
Skylar Drummond
Caleb Ekstrand
Emily Fink
Shay Frailey
Olivia Gordon
Storm Grammer
Radia Lahlou
Sabrina LeBlanc
Jodi McCann
Kathryn Miller
Ben Pellow
Aubrianna Rathunde
Marian Repp
Francesca Sanchez
Lindsay Sanders
Lindy Stevenson
Kayla Stuthers
Tashina Taylor    
Mallory Turner

Rehearsals will be held afternoons, from 12-5 PM in the Carbondale Community High School Auditorium beginning in mid June. Those cast in the show will be asked to plan vacations and work schedules around this period. Accommodations cannot be made for 


July 26 – 30
(Thurs.- Sat. at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm, and Mon at 7:30 pm)

Download the most recent copy of Artifacts below.

Download one of our past newsletters.

Each year at the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Dinner, Carbondale Community Arts presents the Keeping Arts in Business Award to an individual or corporate entity that

  • lives or operates a business in greater Carbondale;
  • has made a significant contribution to the “state of the arts” in our area;
  • has evidenced a commitment to enhancing access to the arts for the benefit of our citizens and visitors;
  • has helped promote the arts as a tool of economic development; and
  • has taken a leadership role in raising the cultural bar for our entire community.
  • No Carbondale business embodies the spirit of KABA more than White and Borgognoni Architects, P.C., the 2012 KABA awardees.  The CCA Board congratulates them on the honor and thanks them for all they have done through the years to “Keep the Arts in Business!”
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