Manifest Urban Arts Festival

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ColumbiaManifestColumbia College Chicago on May 16 celebrates Manifest Urban Arts Festival, a free and public day-long event highlighting the works of more than 2,000 graduating students. From performances, art exhibitions and readings to original fashion and interactive digital designs, the talent will unleash their creative expression onto the streets of Columbia College’s South Loop Campus.

“The goal of this year’s Manifest is to make the festival more student-powered than ever before,” said Allie Shuman, marketing manager for the Student Programming Board and senior Arts, Entertainment and Media Management major.

“From the work displayed at the showcases to the production and planning as a whole, every department has students working to create an event that will bring the Columbia College community and neighbors together.”

Students will kick off Manifest Urban Arts Festival at noon on May 16 by gathering at 9th Street and Wabash Avenue for The Great Convergence, a student performance and celebration. Afternoon activities following the event will include more than 100 different student showcases throughout the Columbia College campus and the South Loop.

In addition to performances, exhibitions and presentations by Columbia College organizations and individuals, Chicago-based duo The Hood Internet and Los Angeles-based sextet Youngblood Hawke will take the main stage later in the afternoon at 1001 S. Wabash Ave. as Manifest headliners, following a series of student performances that begin at 1:30 p.m.

Attendees can stay in the loop for the full slate of activities with the social media hashtag, #CCCManifest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Frequency TV, the student-run Columbia television channel, will broadcast Manifest’s festivities live on

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Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts for more than 10,000 students in 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