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Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade, a new Moroccan mural and the college's annual safety report

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade, a new Moroccan mural and the college’s annual safety report

October 23, 2019

On this week's episode we dive into an uptick on campus crimes, the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade and a Moroccan artist who creates a mural for the Wabash Arts Corridor. ...

Moroccan artist Youness Amriss, who also goes by the artist name DYNAM, creates a mural for the Wabash Arts Corridor.

New Moroccan mural adds to Chicago’s ‘global tapestry’

October 17, 2019

A new mural of a young Moroccan man dressed in a mix of traditional Moroccan and contemporary Chicago street attire now decorates the side of Columbia’s dance building, linking two sister cities a...

The Wabash Arts Corridor is now offering tours open to the public for the first time ever in a formal program

Everyone can ‘moose-y’ down Wabash Arts Corridor with new street art tours

June 26, 2019

For the first time since the Wabash Arts Corridor's creation, Chicagoans and visitors alike will be able to take guided tours of the street art, from the bubblegum-popping moose to the pastel flowers dec...

Freshman cinema art + science major Micahel Witek paints a pumpkin Oct. 21 at an event in the 623 S. Wabash Ave. Building as part of the annual WAC Art Crawl celebration. 

WAC returns for fourth year

October 24, 2016

Kelli Herndon, a student’s parent who traveled all the way from New York City to participate in the Oct. 21 Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl celebrations, was excited to experience what she normally does not ge...

College rebrand—too little for too much

September 26, 2016

Columbia officially debuted the results of a yearlong effort to rebrand the school on Sept. 19. The project includes a new word mark with a bolder font and more spacing in the logo. The college also eliminated “Live What You Love” as a slogan and gave the college some official colors.Columbia’s branding was undoubtedly in need of improvement, so the initiative to redo it made sense. However, the direction the college...

New security policies to be piloted throughout summer

By Managing Editor

June 8, 2016

Students, faculty and staff will now have to show their Columbia IDs to gain access to the library in the 624 S. Michigan Building with other buildings soon to follow as part of an ongoing pilot program for ID checkpoints and access control at the college, according to Ron Sodini, associate vice president of Campus Safety & Security.The new ID checkpoint, which went into effect June 1, follow similar security measures to those that...

Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Success, introduced the “Big Walls” panel May 5. 

‘Big Walls’ artists talk street art

May 9, 2016

Six white stools, microphones and a large gong set the scene for the first ever “street style” panel discussion held by the Wabash Arts Corridor committee May 5 at the Conaway Center in the 1104 S. ...

2015–2016 Year in review

By Campus Editor

May 9, 2016

Implementing Strategic Plan objectives, rallying against police brutality in Chicago and adding 18 murals to the Wabash Arts Corridor were just a few of the changes and challenges of the 2015–2016 academic year. The year opened with Vice President of Student Success Mark Kelly’s annual “Hell Yeah” liturgy at Convocation during the new student welcoming in August.The annual celebration welcomed 2,700 new students to t...

Alumni bring style back for Big Walls

Justus Roe, a 2008 interactive arts & media alumnus; Don’t Fret, a photography alumnus; and Ruben Aguirre, a 2002 art + design alumnus, all said they are excited to return to Columbia to create murals on a large scale for Big Walls. 

By Campus Reporter

May 7, 2016

Three alumni have been invited to bring their unique styles to campus with their abstract, graffiti-like and cartoon-inspired styles as a part of Columbia’s Big Walls mural initiative. Justus Roe, a 2008 i...

Senior design major Andrea Dunn will have her mural displayed on the south-facing wall of the 623 S. Wabash Ave. Building in time for Manifest. 

Student winners take over walls of WAC

May 4, 2016

Three student winners of the Wabash Arts Corridor competition—one banner designer and two student muralists—will become part of the college’s inaugural Big Walls Street Art Festival and be feature...

‘Big Walls’ provides big opportunities

May 2, 2016

While the college is preparing to roll out its new branding initiative, Columbia students and alumni are doing branding work for the college on their own. Members of the Columbia community are working on 17 new murals that will decorate the South Loop in time for the Manifest Urban Arts Festival on May 13 as part of the Big Walls project, as reported April 25 by The Chronicle.The WAC launched in 2013 under the oversight of Mar...

Ricky Lee Gordon, an artist from South Africa, completed his mural (left) at 634 S. Wabash Ave. on April 19, contributing to the WAC art project, which features local and international artwork like that of Heidi Unkefer, a 2013 design major whose work (right) on 623 S. Wabash Ave and was completed in summer of 2015. 

New ‘Big Wall’ artists to join WAC family

April 25, 2016

Seventeen artists, including students and alumni, will soon have murals featured in the Wabash Arts Corridor before the collegewide Manifest Urban Arts Festival on May 13. Mark Kelly, vice president of ...

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