Arts and Sciences Building
Our Public Programming series organized by the Fine Arts, Communication and Performing Arts Departments offer students, faculty, staff, and the broader community an opportunity to explore their engagement with the arts and the dynamic field of communication and media studies.
Through an interdisciplinary approach, our programming strives to create, support, and advance robust, collaborative discourse that is transformative and thought-provoking; and of interest to the region and the campus community. Examples of our curated programming series range from lectures, symposia, performances, and temporary installations. All events are free and open to the public.
August 16, 17, 18, 19 | 6 – 8 PM
Improv Boot Camp
Instructors: Mark Baer and Mark Ryser
This high-energy, fun series of workshops will serve as an introduction to performing live improv comedy in the School of the Arts Mainstage Theatre.
Professor Mark Baer and improv veteran Marc Ryser will lead games and exercises designed to free each player’s inhibitions, deepen our ability to collaborate, and explore our limitless capacity for storytelling. The goal of this Boot Camp is to form a TNW improv team that will rehearse and perform throughout the fall 21 semester and beyond.
Advance registration is required. Open to adults 18-years and older.
> Register here for Improv Boot Camp
Friday Community Workshops are a series of hands-on workshops and learning opportunities for creatives, educators, students, and community members. All workshop materials are provided. Space is limited, RSVP is required via the links below.
+ be curious
August 20 | 6 - 8 PM
Instructor: Regin Igloria
In this workshop, basic bookbinding techniques will be introduced to participants who will come away with 2-3 variations of pamphlets, single sheet folds, and stab bindings.
Regin Igloria is a Chicago-based artist.
North Branch Projects
> Register here for Bookbinding.
September 17 | 6 - 8 PM
Vinyl Cutting Basics Workshop
Instructor: Lauren M. Pacheco + Cathy Feeman
Learn the basics of working with a professional vinyl cutting machine. Receive hands-on experience with materials and vinyl installation. Learners will also experiment with a Cricut - a more accessible and affordable electronic cutting machine.
> Register here for Vinyl Cutting Basics.
October 15 | 6 - 8 PM
Beginner Framing 101
Instructor: Beth Davis
Gain a deeper understanding of the foundational principles behind picture framing, and learn the answers to frequently asked questions and inquiries such as types of glass glazing, selecting and cutting mat boards and foam core, and tips for buying frames or repurposing used frames.
Beth Davis is an artist and professional framer working in Chicago, IL, and Gary, IN.
> Register here for Beginner Framing 101.
November 19 | 6 - 8 PM
Craft Making with Balloons
Instructor: Cristina Carreto-Soto
Get crafty with a professional balloon artist! Learn more about types of balloons, how to inflate and what types of equipment are needed. Experiment with basic balloon shapes and some new trends, including the use of a Cricut cutting machine.
Rah Rah Rah Creative Studio
> Register here for Craft Making with Balloons.
Mobile Art + Action Community Lab Pop-Up Events
Gary > September 19
Hammond > October 10
Hobart > October 16
Campus Pop-Up Installations > October/November
Joe Rauen in the Anderson Courtyard + Pavillion
Dia de Los Muertos Festivities
Alumni Lecture Series: Robert Nava
Moderated by Dean Dave Klamen
Willie Baronet: The We Are All Homeless Project, 1993-2018
Windy City Warmth presentation and discussion with James Van Drie (In conjunction with the We Are All Homeless exhibition)
Signs of Humanity, Documentary Screening
Curator-Led Gallery Talk by Greg Hertzlieb