WSIU, Cedarhurst to Host Free Musical and Arts Event

Apr 11, 2018

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Press Contacts:
Beth Spezia, WSIU Educational Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,
Jennifer Sarver, Education Director, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, (618) 242-1236,

WSIU, Cedarhurst to Host Free Musical and Arts Event
Event is Sat, April 14, 12-3pm at Cedarhurst, Mt. Vernon IL


Carbondale, Ill. -- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University, and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, with support from sponsors Southern Illinois Healthcare and the SIU Credit Union, and the Mt. Vernon Convention and Tourism Bureau invite area families to “Pinkalicious Family Day,” a free event focusing on music, creativity, and expression through art.                    

The event will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, April 14 from 12-3pm at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Free parking will be available at Cedrahurst and at United Methodist Children’s Home, located at 2023 Richview Road.

Kids and families will enjoy a performance of “Pinkalicious!: The Musical” performed by students in the SIU Department of Theater. This production was originally produced by the McLeod Summer Playhouse in 2017 as was directed and choreographed by Wesley Drummond. It has been adapted for the family day event by Thomas Kidd and Emily Turner of the SIU Department of Theater.

Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of art, music, and creative movement activities; take selfies in our ‘Pinkville’ photo booth; view a bubble art demonstration by Don Black of Joyful Bubbles; and enjoy caricature sketches drawn by SIU student, Kate Forer. All families will receive a free children’s book after completing an event survey and will receive giveaways from WSIU and the event sponsors. Guests are invited to bring their own cameras to take photos.

For more information, contact Beth Spezia at (618) 453-5595,, or Jennifer Sarver at Cedarhurst at (618) 242-1236, Additional details and updates can be found online at

About WSIU Public Broadcasting

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

About Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, located at 2600 Richview Road in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm. For more information about Cedarhurst, visit or call (618) 242-1236. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is an activity of the John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell Foundation.

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