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Saturday, April 24

pt.fwd presents Allen Moore online concert

Starts at 7:00 PM

The Museum is pleased to partner once again with pt.fwd, a non-profit that organizes contemporary music and sonic arts performances featuring new work by local and regional artists in Bloomington-Normal, is hosting Chicago artist Allen Moore and Peoria artist Bodyman (Zachary Leachman) as 2020-2021 Artists-in-Residence. Moore, our regional Artist-in-Residence, has been working in partnership with pt.fwd and the McLean County Museum of History to create a new concert-length performance that draws upon materials from the Museum’s Bloomington Normal Black History Project. This project will be presented in a free, streaming concert on Twitch on Saturday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. 

Allen Moore is a Black American Interdisciplinary Painter, Experimental Sound Artist, Educator, Youth Mentor and Curator born and raised in the Historic Village of Robbins, IL. Moore holds a Bachelors of Arts from Chicago State University, a Masters in Arts from Governors State University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University in 2016. His work examines both visual and experimental music, emphasizing the importance of nurturing the Black Imagination with social representation. His educational and curatorial practices focus on building spaces for advocacy, creative representation and healing. His work converses with the signifiers of African American and popular
culture, bringing to view the underlying themes of racial, emotional and socio-economic conditions. Moore has exhibited and performed across Chicago and the greater midwest, including exhibitions at Heaven Gallery, Compound Yellow, Experimental Sound Studio, Elastic Arts, Threewalls, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago , Roots & Culture Gallery, Lula Cafe, The Star Media Group, Union Street Gallery, The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, etc. He is a volunteer staff member for A.C.R.E. Artist Residency and Comfort Station. His recent curatorial projects include GATHER and the P.O.W.E.R. Project. His work has been featured in publications including Sixty Inches From the Center, (Gather), Movement Matters, Bad at Sports Contemporary Art Talk (ANX 2015 Roots and Culture) and featured work in the Netflix Original Series “Easy” Seasons 1 and 2.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/pt.fw… or contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org. To access the live stream on Twitch, please use this link: https://www.twitch.tv/ptfwd?fbclid=IwAR3CY9d7nRLsZxhn4c5nDdmLYkTe5z8plODTUEd1b5awLToYRp9vNZMkMXE .

Thursday, April 29

Zoom Lunch and Learn Extra: Assessing the First 100 Days of the Biden Presidency

Starts at 12:10 PM

Join the Museum and Illinois Wesleyan University for a bonus Zoom Lunch and Learn this season. It has become a political tradition to take stock of a new president’s tenure after the first 100 days. It is used to measure the successes and accomplishments of a president during the time that their power and influence is at its greatest. Local political commentator and retired professor, Bob Bradley, will offer his insights into the start of President Biden’s tenure.

To register for this Zoom webinar, please visit https://bit.ly/MCMHLunchApr2. Questions? Please contact the Marketing Department at marketing@mchistory.org. Grab your lunch and join us from where ever you may be! You won’t want to miss this fascinating program.