A free interdisciplinary art event co-sponsored by Illinois State University later this month will feature renowned local and regional artists for an afternoon of conversation, poetry, performance, music, and visual arts.

The @Salon event on Saturday, March 22, welcomes artists and arts enthusiasts from area colleges and universities, the larger Bloomington-Normal community, and beyond, in a theater of conversation and exchange, akin to the literary salons of the 17th and 18th century.

This event will take place at the McLean County Arts Center in downtown Bloomington (601 North East Street).

Presentations by high-caliber artists will include a reading by critically acclaimed Chicago poet CM Burroughs (author of The Vital System) and musical selections by Drip Hop MC Grill Billyenz with DJ Polifino and musician/performance artist Teaadora Nikolova. Works by featured artists will also be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.

@Salon is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the McLean County Arts Center. The program is sponsored by the Illinois State University’s creative writing program and the Department of English, and the McLean County Arts Center. Other co-sponsors include Illinois State’s LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute and women’s and gender studies and ethnic studies programs.

For more information about @Salon, contact Duriel E. Harris at (309) 438-1401 or dharri2@IllinoisState.edu. Learn more at AtSalonISU.org.

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