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Guest Blog: Illuminate Art & Light Festival Creative Mind, Taylor Hanson

Illuminate Art and Light Festival Creative Minds 

Guest Blog By: Grace McGovern

The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will give the public an opportunity to explore larger-than-life projections and view temporary installations. The Cedar Valley will be lit-up with inspiring, challenging, and thought-provoking creative projects created by artists right here in the Cedar Valley. But who are these incredibly talented artists, and what inspires them to create these challenging and astonishing creative projects? Well, let me introduce you to Monica Sanguino, Indonesia Fulcher, and Taylor Hanson, three of our extremely talented artists working with the Illuminate Art and Light Festival Projects Team to bring these inspiring and thought-provoking creative projects right to your backyard on College Hill.

Taylor Hanson

Taylor Hanson is from Adel, IA. As long as she can remember, creating art has always been important to her. She has had many people in her life that have impacted and influenced her art practice. Previously in Taylor’s work she has only used software, methods, and technology that she has experience with or felt like she had a firm handle on. This festival has given her the opportunity to step out of her comfort zone and help make someone of her wild, out of reach ideas come to life. “Generally I hope that my work can become larger than myself, where it connects to a greater human experience, creates sensations of its own, or reflects each individual’s narrative that they bring to the viewing experience.” Taylor has been working with the projects team to create an inspiring project for the Illuminate Art and Light Festival. She has been interested in the ways that technology and how her art practice will come together for this event. She is thinking a lot about new ways she can use projected light and how to get viewers involved in her work. “Making art has become important to my lifestyle. There are discoveries and failures that come through making the process that are important to my growth as an individual. The lessons that I have learned about myself and about various processes are very personal to me and should go without the viewers ever knowing.” – Taylor Hanson You can find Taylor’s work at the Illuminate Art and Light Festival on College Hill near the Center for Social and Behavioral Research building. The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will be held free to the public on May 14 and 15 between 9:30-11:00pm on College Hill. Learn more about the event and its artists at hiloartslab.com. Can’t wait to see you there! Grace J. McGovern , is a student at the University of Northern Iowa with an IDS of Advertising and Visualization.  She is also in Pi Sigma Epsilon and serves as their VP of PR. 

Guest Blog: Illuminate Art & Light Festival Press Release

Inaugural Illuminate Art and Light Festival 

College Hill Partnership, Hi-Lo Arts Lab, Interactive Digital Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, & the Hearst Center for the Arts 

May 14 & 15 9:00-11:00pm Cedar Falls, IA - College Hill Area hiloartslab@gmail.com 

April 19, 2021 – The first ever Cedar Valley Illuminate Art and Light Festival will be held May 14 and 15 between 9:00-11:00pm. This fun, creative event will be happening right in your backyard in Cedar Falls around College Hill, the University, and the Hearst Center. 

In 1643 Lyon, France was stuck by the plague. The town promised that if they were spared, they would pay tribute, and ever since, on December 8th, a procession makes its way to the Basilica of Fouriére to light candles and give offerings. As we ourselves are in the midst of a deadly pandemic, we are in need of a guiding light out, something to look forward to, and to be reminded of the beauty and magic that make life so wonderful. 

The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will give the public an opportunity to explore larger-than-life projections and view temporary installations. The Cedar Valley will be lit-up with inspiring, challenging, and thought-provoking creative projects. This festival is organized as a collaboration between the Interactive Digital Studies Practicum at the University of Northern Iowa and Hi-Lo Arts Lab and is sponsored by the College Hill Partnership. 

“Projection events are common across the country but haven't yet made their way to the Cedar Valley until now,” said Dana Potter, the founder of Hi-Lo Arts Lab and professor at the University of Northern Iowa. “We may be a little late to the game, but we are kicking it up a notch with advanced technologies. Responsive audio/visual installations, dynamic video poetry, and interactive live-video feeds. Most excitingly, everything is made by people who live and work in the area. We are showcasing work for us, by us as we need community now more than ever.” 

This event will be free to the public. We will be following social distancing guidelines and sanitation stations will be onsite.

About Guest Blogger: Grace J. McGovern , is a student at the University of Northern Iowa with an IDS of Advertising and Visualization.  She is also in Pi Sigma Epsilon and serves as their VP of PR. 

Guest Blog: Illuminate Art & Light Festival Creative Mind,  Indonesia Fulcher

Illuminate Art and Light Festival Creative Minds 

Guest Blog By: Grace McGovern

The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will give the public an opportunity to explore larger-than-life projections and view temporary installations. The Cedar Valley will be lit-up with inspiring, challenging, and thought-provoking creative projects created by artists right here in the Cedar Valley. But who are these incredibly talented artists, and what inspires them to create these challenging and astonishing creative projects? Well, let me introduce you to Monica Sanguino, Indonesia Fulcher, and Taylor Hanson, three of our extremely talented artists working with the Illuminate Art and Light Festival Projects Team to bring these inspiring and thought-provoking creative projects right to your backyard on College Hill.

Indonesia Fulcher

Indonesia Fulcher was born and raised in California, but has been living in Waterloo, IA for the past 14 years. Ever since she was a kid, she loved drawing and painting, however, she did not start taking art seriously until she was in high school. “My work is my way of speaking.” Said Indonesia. “I am always thinking about my past and how that can affect my future. I like to provoke emotions in a way like being overwhelmed, nervous, excited.” Her art reflects who she is and what is around her. It is inspired by her experience through life, but also from other perspectives. “Just recently I have noticed that my work has started conversations. Not on a serious matter, but more of their own stories; such as ‘This reminds me of my grandfather’.” When asked who inspires her, she could not just pick one person. Her family has had a big impact on her art, but so have her professors and employers. Indonesia has been working with the projects team in creating a project for the festival. She has been experimenting with the projects and knows that she wants to include some of her printmaking at the festival, along with what she has learned at workshops with the projects team. “My art is really personal to me. Coming from a very scrambled childhood, this gave me a way to use those memories and move forward, focusing on the next generation in the family. I do try to find some ironic humor when I am making work. My art gives me the opportunity to learn; about myself, others, objects, and the space we live in.” – Indo Fulcher You can find Indonesia’s work at the Illuminate Art and Light Festival right off of College Hill by Mohair Pear. The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will be held free to the public on May 14 and 15 between 9:30-11:00pm on College Hill. Learn more about the event and its artists at hiloartslab.com. Can’t wait to see you there! Stay tuned for our next guest blog to learn more about artists Indonesia Fulcher, and Taylor Hanson. Grace J. McGovern , is a student at the University of Northern Iowa with an IDS of Advertising and Visualization.  She is also in Pi Sigma Epsilon and serves as their VP of PR. 

Guest Blog: Illuminate Art & Light Festival Creative Mind, Monica Sanguino

Illuminate Art and Light Festival Creative Minds 

Guest Blog By: Grace McGovern

The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will give the public an opportunity to explore larger-than-life projections and view temporary installations. The Cedar Valley will be lit-up with inspiring, challenging, and thought-provoking creative projects created by artists right here in the Cedar Valley. But who are these incredibly talented artists, and what inspires them to create these challenging and astonishing creative projects? Well, let me introduce you to Monica Sanguino, Indonesia Fulcher, and Taylor Hanson, three of our extremely talented artists working with the Illuminate Art and Light Festival Projects Team to bring these inspiring and thought-provoking creative projects right to your backyard on College Hill.

Monica Sanguino

Monica Sanguino was born in Mississippi and moved to Waterloo, IA at a very young age. She has been creating since she was young. “A vivid childhood memory I have is drawing all over the driveway with chalk.” Said Monica. “I created all of these images of people I knew as flowers for hours.” At the beginning of college, Monica focused on drawing and painting, but wanted to expand her creative portrayal. She moved into performance arts and video by creating visuals using her body and the earth through video. She fell in love with creative freedom. Most recently, she has been working in soft sculptures that emulate the female body. Her main purpose behind these performances is understanding the body, while also including bigger soft sculptures as an appendage. “I want my work to convey my own experience as a woman, while also taking up space in the earth.” Monica has been working with the Projects Team to create an incredible creative experience for the Illuminate Art and Light Festival. She has mainly been experimenting with new media that includes different programs from a more technical aspect. Monica said, “It’s been a learning experience that I am excited to incorporate into my own style of work for this festival.” She is grateful to have the projects team bring some of her ideas to light, while also helping with the technological side of things. “My artwork means everything to me. Art has been an important part of what makes me a sane person. It’s therapeutic, exciting, sad, disappointing, happy, and so much more. I’ve learned about myself through my art practice, while also changing the way I view the world entirely.” – Monica Sanguino You can find Monica’s work at the Illuminate Art and Light Festival off of 23rd St. behind the UNI Bookstore. The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will be held free to the public on May 14 and 15 between 9:30-11:00pm on College Hill. Learn more about the event and its artists at hiloartslab.com. Can’t wait to see you there! Stay tuned for our next guest blog to learn more about artists Indonesia Fulcher, and Taylor Hanson. Grace J. McGovern , is a student at the University of Northern Iowa with an IDS of Advertising and Visualization.  She is also in Pi Sigma Epsilon and serves as their VP of PR. 

Annual Meeting 2021

Annual Meeting 2021

The meeting will be held virtually at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 13th.

If you so desire the following documents can be emailed to you:

2021-2022 Slate of Board Members (please note additional nominations will be taken from the floor at the annual meeting)

Benefits of being a member of the CHP

Application for College Hill Partnership membership

Agenda for the meeting (Please email collegehillpartnership@gmail.com if you would like the following documents)

We will have applications for membership at the annual meeting.  Feel free to send in your application & dues (or submit your application and dues on our website: https://www.collegehillpartnership.org/product/membership/) if you are unable to attend the meeting. Note: in order to vote in this years election for board members and for the bylaw changes, submission of your membership form and dues must have been completed by March 1st.

If you have any questions at all please contact the CHP directly.  You can do so either by email collegehillpartnership@gmail.com or phone 319-273-6228.  We hope to see you on April 13th.

Zoom Details: Topic: CHP Annual Meeting Time: Apr 13, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88522366623?pwd=MU00WU8vdTI1WFNFNWpRMURveDBwZz09 Meeting ID: 885 2236 6623 Passcode: 051955 Dial by your location +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Meeting ID: 885 2236 6623 Passcode: 051955 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kfvOw0iAz

Flash from the Past: The Hill High Point

College Hill Partnership First Newsletter from 2009

Check out the the newsletter from 2009 with notes from the President, Dave Deibler, CHP Coordinator and UNI student Adam Bentley and more. 

"College Hill has changed dramatically since I first encountered it. People shop differently then they did back then. This has affected the businesses located on College and 23rd Streets and retail areas like it all around the country. On the residential side, increased student population has changed the face of neighborhoods through out the College Hill overlay. What will the next thirty five years bring? We cannot be sure, but I feel that it is full of promise. We have a unique opportunity, now more than ever, to shape what College Hill is and what it will become. I strongly believe that the Streetscape construction project mounted by the city of Cedar Falls is the start of a new era for all of us who live, work and play on the Hill.

So, how does the College Hill Partnership fit into all of this? Most importantly, I think, is the fact that we are the first organization to really try and manage and consider College Hill as a whole. Retail and residential as one. We are also locating grants and other funding opportunities that can benefit this area. The CHP is looking to sponsor and stage educational and artistic events through out College Hill (including Seerley Park and our new pocket park). We are working hard to improve communication between students, land lords, businesses, families and anyone having a presence on College Hill." Dave Deibler, 2009.

2009 was also the year of the College Hill Streetscape. You will find details about the project in the Newsletter below.

Draft Of Imagine College Hill Vision Plan Ready for Public Feedback

 
 
The Draft Imagine College Hill Vision Plan is ready to review! Based on extensive public input gathered over the last nine months, including the Public Kick-Off events, numerous focus group discussions and interviews with community stakeholders, and the week-long Virtual Design Charrette the City held this past October, the plan will provide a framework for future growth and development on College Hill and nearby neighborhoods. All members of the public are welcome to download and review the draft.
We encourage you to review the plan by going to the draft College Hill Vision Plan and watching the presentation and downloading the pdf.  After you have time to review the draft vision plan we hope you will take some time to fill out the survey which also can be found here College Hill Draft Vision Plan.
Please feel free to reach out to the CHP with any questions or comments! collegehillpartnership@gmail.com.
Thank you all for everything you do for the Hill and your continued support in making our community a better place to live work and play.
Conversations about the feedback about the current draft will start at the Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting on March 10th at 5:30pm. Details on how to participate can be found HERE.  If you were unable to comment via survey you can still communicate your feedback to the planner heading up the project Michelle Pezley.  Click HERE to send her an email.

 

Pettersen Plaza Expansion & Olive Street Box Culvert

The City of Cedar Falls is looking for feedback from you on an upcoming project regarding the Olive Street Culvert.  They are hoping you will review the video and provide feedback on the worksheet (via email) both can be located on the website below.  This project is a large improvement for the College Hill District.  We hope you will take time to provide your opinions on this project as we want this project to serve all in our neighborhood.
 
Learn more and provide feedback about the Pettersen Plaza Expansion Project/ Olive Street Culvert
 
Stay up to date with the entire process by liking the Olive Street Box Culvert Facebook Page

Olive Street

Find information about Olive Street Construction here.

Virtual Public Information Meeting

Open January 4, 2021 - January 18, 2021 The City of Cedar Falls is conducting a Virtual Public Information Meeting to obtain information for the Olive Street Box Culvert Project and to present initial alternatives that are being considered. This project is located on Olive Street between W. 20th Street and W. 21st Street in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and includes the extension of the Pettersen Plaza. All interested persons are invited to view the virtual presentation and submit their feedback or questions via e-mail, phone, or by mail by January 18, 2021.

View the Public Information Meeting here:

Submit your comments or questions:

If you have any questions or comments regarding the meeting, please notify the Cedar Falls Engineering Division at (319) 268-5161 or complete a comment sheet: Olive Street Comment Sheet (Pdf)  Olive Street Comment Sheet (Word) and email it to OliveStreet@CedarFalls.com. Stay updated throughout the meeting process by finding us on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/OliveStreetBoxCulvert/.

Holiday Gift Guide: “the Influencer”

For the Tiktoker, or Instagramer in your life. This next Holiday Gift Guide has something for everyone. We hope you enjoy our picks!

1. Is someone on your list a plant collector? We have seen so man great plant collections on social lately in fact there are some people have become influencers because of their plant collection and green thumb. These socks from Mohair Pear are the perfect gift for plant influencer on your list when you can't even keep the yard in your grass alive! For more information about Mohair Pear or shop online click HERE.
2. Time passes so quickly if we get caught up on the tattoo side of Instagram. This gift card from Third Eye Tattoo and Gallery is the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Tattoo artists at Third Eye Tattoo And Gallery come put with some of the most beautiful and unique designs for their clients. Perfect for the influencer on your list. For more information about Third Eye Tattoo and Gallery click HERE.
3. Is your influencer a social butterfly? Do they miss being out at the bars, and enjoying their favorite mixed drink? Now you can bring home your favorite drinks (21+ of course) from Social House. It doesn't get more influencer than this. Having Signature Social House Drinks at your holiday party, I mean come on, who wouldn't love these fun delicious beverages to take a selfie with in front of the Christmas Tree. It's the perfect gift that keeps giving (them likes, likes comments and shares that is). Please drink responsibly! For more information about Social House click HERE.
4. Is the influencer on your list a foodie? Well we love this next gift idea! Pick up a gift card from GreenHouse Kitchen. It's a great stocking stuffer for your foodie influencer, or even your fitness friend who is looking for healthy takeout options. At Greenhouse Kitchen you can create your own bowls, salad, wraps, or burritos, or you can pick from their innovative menu. (May we recommend the Sweet Chili Philly, its so amazing.) They have options that fit everyone with any dietary restrictions.  If you want to learn more about Greenhouse Kitchen or order online click HERE.
5. Whether they are doing the renegade, a makeup tutorial, or going for coffee, this Northern Iowa Sweatshirt from the University of Northern Iowa Bookstore is perfect for your Tiktok influencer. Everyone is loving the tie-dye vibes this year and will make the perfect gift for your favorite influencer. If you want to learn more about UNI Bookstore or shop online click HERE.
We hope you enjoyed these gift ideas for "the Influencer" in your life. Stay tuned for our next gift guide, and we hope you will #HeadtotheHill to do some of your holiday shopping.

Holiday Gift Guide: “the Homebody”

In 2020 we have all become, homebodies.  We are hoping to share each week some great gift ideas you can pick up, or order online (or by phone), all while support local businesses.  This week we are helping you get gifts for "the homebody" in your life.
https://www.sidecarcoffee.com/
 
1. Everyone even homebodies need a hot cup of coffee.  Sidecar Coffee offers bags which they will ground or leave whole for you to grind at home. This gift is perfect when you can't or don't want to leave the comforts of our home. Did you know you can even order online or sign on to an online subscription? Sidecar coffee every month at home? YES, PLEASE!
 
https://theotherplace.com/location/cedar-falls-college-st
2. Pick up a growler and a gift card from The OP College Hill, perfect for your friend who loves a drink around a holiday fire or just likes to enjoy local brews at home.
 
https://square.site/book/C1K6JFGBKA2HE/voya-the-salon-cedar-falls-ia
3. Even homebodies need to be pampered from time to time!  VOYA the salon has so many amazing treatments that will have the homebody in your life ready for the new year.
 
4. All homebodies like pizza am I right? And the best part you can have it delivered for your homebody even if you can't be together for the holidays. The gift of pizza is a great way to surprise your homebody with a delicious meal.  Chad's Pizza Cedar Falls has got you covered.
 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Comic-Bookstore/Limited-Edition-Comics-Collectibles-55613933673/
5. All games are the perfect gift for any homebody.

 

Limited Edition Comics & Collectibles

has this limited edition Giftbox from Magic the Gathering. We hear they are going to go fast so swing by the shop to pick yours up or check out all their other amazing items.

We hope you enjoyed these gift ideas for "the homebody" in your life. Stay tuned for our next gift guide, and we hope you will #HeadtotheHill to do some of your holiday shopping.