Illinois is on track for salons, some offices and outdoor seating at restaurants to open this weekend as the state moves into its next phase of reopening. The state’s movie theaters, which have been shut down since March, said Wednesday they want to welcome customers during that phase too.

COVID-19 Mask Makers Are Part Of A Bigger History

May 22, 2020
A collage of women wearing masks.
Karina Neill

As the U.S. struggles with shortages of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers have jumped into action. Around the country people are sewing masks, for healthcare workers and community members at risk for contracting COVID-19. But sewing for a cause fits into a much bigger history.

The Muny announced a plan today for a shortened summer season, if St. Louis officials deem it safe to produce events.

Leaders of the outdoor theater in Forest Park would push the opening of “Chicago” from June 15 to July 20 and reschedule all performances of “Mary Poppins” and “Sweeney Todd” to next season. 

The theater will announce a final decision on the season by June 8. 

Arts Illinois Relief Fund

The State of Illinois has launched a new relief fund to support artists and cultural organizations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

SEMO to Expand River Campus with New Art Complex

Mar 3, 2020

Southeast Missouri State University plans to expand its River Campus with a new art complex to house its ceramics, sculpture and painting programs.

School officials say the idea is to create a “gateway to the arts” in downtown Cape Girardeau.

There's no how-to guide for re-adjusting to civilian life after returning home from war. 

Politics, television, and social media were once again rich sources for abuse of the English language during the past year. And they're the main contributors to the latest list of words and phrases, "Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness.

Ed Benyas
SI Music Festival

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Southern Illinois Symphony Music Director and Southern Illinois Music Festival Artistic Director Ed Benyas about Lionel Semiatin's American Symphony being honored at the national level.

You can watch the performances of American Symphony below:

Local Teacher Makes Arts Education His Mission

Dec 24, 2019

Art programs are often the first thing to go when budget cuts hit.  Illinois in particular  falls short when it comes to art programs -  only 63% of schools have it, compared to the 90%. nationwide. 

Middle schoolers from Loves Park were chosen to create the ornament representing Illinois for the National Christmas Tree Celebration in Washington D.C.

The two dozen Harlem Middle School art students worked on 24 ornaments for more than a month in secret. The National Parks Service didn’t let the kids say anything about their project until the official announcement.

Brian Flath, WSIU

A performance in Marion this weekend aims to both entertain the audience, and enhance the venue.

Two of the Indie Lens Pop-Up films that WSIU screened last season in partnership with Carbondale Public Library won Emmy awards recently.

Join maestro Edward Benyas for a preview of the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra's 2019-2020 season.  Feturing the works of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mahler, and Grieg along with Handel's Messiah, Stars of Altgeld, and Southern at 150.

A unique theatrical performance is coming to John A. Logan College this week.

Theatre director Jason Hedrick says Herrin Made is constructed from interviews of former employees of the Herrin Maytag factory. The plant closed in December 2006.


WSIU's Kevin Boucher talks with SIUC MFA Student Lauren Stoelzle, a contributing filmmaker in "HOOPS."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Author Jeremy Finley about his book, The Dark Above.

Girls Rock Carbondale

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews Girls Rock Carbondale 2019 with Organizer Carson Cates.

Chris Vallillo

Kevin Boucher talks with artist Chris Vallillo about his upcoming performance of "Oh Freedom!" at John A Logan College in Carterville.

Ed Benyas
SI Music Festival

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Maestro Ed Benyas of the Southern Illinois Symphony about the upcoming performance of Verdi's "Requiem."

For Kids' Sake

The 19th Annual For Kids' Sake art auction is this month.

Ryan Edwards, the assistant director, says this fundraiser uses children's artwork to raise funds for six orphanages and schools in Bangladesh.


On Sunday, April 14, The Varsity in Carbondale will host the Midwest premiere of Her Mind in Pieces, an anthology produced by Los Angeles filmmaker Dawn Fields.


The Southern Illinois Symphony and SIU-Carbondale University Choir will join the Southeast Missouri Symphony, University Choir and Choral Union to perform Verdi's "Requiem" at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus.

Join Maestro Edward Benyas as he previews the 2018-2019 Southern Illinois Symphony season.

Reading Baseball: Philip Roth and Donald Hall

Sep 28, 2018

Baseball's familiarity makes it a great subject for American literature.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about two decorated, baseball-loving writers who passed away earlier this year.

Making Art Out Of Steel and Iron

Sep 26, 2018
Courtesy of the Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society

The annual Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society is holding their annual Conference and Art Auction.

Among the events, a public demonstration by reknown metalsmith Rachel David.  Rachel's presentation will be held Friday September 28th, 2018  and Saturday September  29th 2018 in the Pulliam Ironshop.

Matt Garrison says bandmates in Bloomington-Normal cajoled him out of a seven-year music hiatus that began with the birth of his son nine years ago.

The Illinois Governor’s Mansion is recently renovated and has re-opened for tourists, who tend to go for the historical significance. There’s also a new reason for art enthusiasts to check it out.


WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson continues his series on the Illinois Bicentennial.

In this edition, Pete takes exception with some of the public's choices in a list of the state's top ten authors.


WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Director of Development Hillary Esser about a new campaign called Kimball's Habitat to raise awareness and funding for its unique outdoor sculpture park.

SIU-C Grad Set for Book Release Party at Longbranch

Jun 14, 2018

A book release party will be held Friday evening to celebrate a Southern Illinois University Carbondale graduate's first published book.

Her name is Leslie Conner, and her mystery-thriller is titled 'Devil's Charm'.