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Illuminate Art & Light Festival

This projection, performance, and interactive-installation event brought together over 80 artists, students, and community-members from both Waterloo and Cedar Falls to showcase individual and collaborative projects. Though these two cities share a metro area, many participating students had never been to Waterloo and Waterloo artists had never shown their work in Cedar Falls. In the six months leading up to the festival students in the Interactive Digital Studies Practicum coordinated partnerships to intertwine these communities and provide support. For example, three artists were invited as artists-in-residence at UNI and received free, interactive-media workshops led by UNI computer science students to produce projects for the festival.

This project received monetary support from the Veridian Fellowship for Public Engagement.

Illuminate website design and develop by IDS students

"Say Her Name"

by Kei-Che Randle

A Black, Deaf woman challenges the education system through artistic poem, slam poetry and American Sign Language.


by Taylor Hansen, Sam Smith, and Seth Bullerman

This interactive installation features video of the sky along a drive to home from work. Viewers are invited to applaud and change the video in various ways to celebrate the transitional periods of time as we move from commodified time into leisure.

"Hope for the Future"

by Dr. Wendy Miller & UNI Art Education students; Isaac Campbell graduate student in Communication and Media; Waterloo art teacher Lacy Irwin; and George Washington Carver Academy 6th graders.

UNI Art Education students collaborated with sixth graders at George Washington Carver Academy in Waterloo to capture what their hopes are for the future. Together they used video, photography, drawing, and reflective writing, to share their hopes with our community. Carver Academy Artists: A’Moni, Charryse, Mike, Quincy, Cristobal, Trezdon, Francisco, JaMarcus, MarQwon, Jeremy, Marcus, Eldrea, Aaliyah, Damillyon, Pandora, Joshua, Rebecca, Irryel, Marianna, Jonnatan, Emrah, Leighton, Taliyah, Ejvion, Bryant, Kayden, Abigail, Calab, Carter, Kamyah, Suriah, Joseph, Chadwick, and Amilleon. Additional.