art & society - mar/apr 2013

Sounds of the Shamrock Season

by Gabrielle Balzell

The emerald isle’s influence is apparent throughout central Illinois, most notably in the jigs and reels that emanate from area pubs throughout the year. Meet three groups who are keeping the musical traditions of their ancestral homeland alive by sharing their talents with all who will listen.

Artists' Rule: Space in Progress

by Jonathan Wright
Photos courtesy of Backspace and by Doug Leunig

Backspace is a modern, urban gallery that embraces risk-taking approaches to contemporary art and offers artists a place to re-work, re-invent and re-invigorate.

School Spirit Meets Scottish Tradition

by Gabrielle Balzell
Photos Courtesy of Monmouth College

Whether leading the football team onto the field or marching in another parade, the Monmouth College Pipe Band is sure to turn heads and inspire Scottish pride. 

Fragments of the Cultural Whole

by Jonathan Wright

From music and literature to architecture and design, the Midwest plays a critical role in American culture. Ensuring this does not go unnoticed is the mission of the Inland Visual Studies Center at Bradley University.

Bagpipers in Your Backyard

by Gabrielle Balzell
Photo by Daryl Wilson

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums is the Peoria area’s premier pipe band.

Prodding for Relief

by Gabrielle Balzell

Old-world medicine may offer new relief for a wide range of ailments.

Rueda, Set, Bachata!

by Gabrielle Balzell

This spring, Galaxy Dance Studio will offer two new sizzling dance classes perfect for experienced dancers and beginners alike.