Manifest Urban Arts Festival To Highlight Graduate Talent


Free Public Street Festival to Showcase Creativity, Talent & Bodies of Work

for Columbia College Chicago Students in Full Day Celebration

CHICAGO (April 26, 2012) – Summer street fests haven’t started yet, but the South Loop will be buzzing with outdoor activity on May 4, when Columbia College Chicago celebrates the work of more than 2,000 graduating students with its annual urban arts festival, Manifest 2012. From art exhibitions to slam poetry, from original fashion designs to singer showcases, the talent will spill out from Columbia’s South Loop campus and onto the streets of Wabash Avenue, with main stage performances from student bands creating the musical backdrop to the Manifest 2012 showcase.

The 11th annual full day event, free and open to the public, will be filled with engaging, thought provoking and playful art, music and interactive experiences that only Columbia students can create.

For the full schedule of more than 100 showcases and events, visit For a better idea of what’s in store, check out video highlights from Manifest 2011.

Manifest 2012 highlights include:

The Great Convergence

Noon – 1 p.m.

Student Government Association (SGA) Festival Lot, 1001 S. Wabash Ave.

Follow the Manifest Emissaries and Columbia’s 2012 honorary degree recipients as they lead you to Manifest’s culminating experience, The Great Convergence is an enigmatic and magical, Columbia-created concoction of spectacle, ritual, music, theater, and dance, that will re-ignite your imagination, spark your spirit, and remind us of the power and beauty of our remarkable community! Prepare to be touched and taken away by the talent of our faculty and students.

Manifest Showcases

Visit for times and locations along Wabash Avenue

Immerse yourself in the music, performance, and art of the next generation. Manifest celebration will consumes the South Loop with more than 75 departmental showcases highlighting the talent and abilities of the graduating classes, from photography and fine arts to dance, film screenings, fashion shows, music and more.

Pedal Powered Amusement Park

1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Student Government Association (SGA) Festival Lot, 1001 S. Wabash Ave.

Have you ever experienced a Lowrider inspired Bicy-Carousel? Seen a story painted on a 50-foot canvas unfold on a Crankie Bike? Heard a musical composition performed by an ensemble of handmade instruments whose conductor is on a unicycle? Had a smoothie made by a pedal-powered blender, or seen a puppet bike? Join us for some serious playfulness at the Pedal Powered Amusement Park!

PGA Miniature Golf

1p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

Columbia’s graduate community makes the PGA their own, asking participants to ‘Please Generate Art’ as they play the classic game of miniature golf through art installations created and curated by graduate students from different departments. Golfers will “power their own reality” through play, touch, sound, color, dance and video brought to life by the talents and dedication of Columbia graduate students.

Papermakers Garden

1 – 5 p.m.

Balbo and S. Wabash Ave.

Papermaking demonstrations and discussions about growing usable papermaking plant fibers kicks off the construction of Columbia’s new papermakers’ garden during Manifest. The garden will produce usable fibers for hand papermaking, art and botany educational purposes, as well as beautify and give purpose to a currently unused space on Wabash Ave.

Main Stage Concerts

Student Government Association (SGA) Festival Lot, 1001 S. Wabash Ave.

5:45 – 6:30 p.m.: Kids These Days

7 – 8 p.m.: Allen Stone

Manifest 2012 is made possible through the contributions of its sponsors, including Blick, a presenting sponsor, and the creativity and gifts of the Columbia faculty and graduating student body.

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts to more than 12,000 students in over 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For further information, visit