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Manifest Urban Arts Festival will be digital event this year

The Columbia College arts fest is curated by the school’s students.

Singer Jamila Woods performs onstage during the 2017 Panorama Music Festival at Randall’s Island in New York City.
Singer Jamila Woods performs onstage during the 2017 Panorama Music Festival in New York City. She headlines the Manifest Urban Arts Festival on May 15.

For the first time in its nearly 20-year history, Columbia College of Chicago’s Manifest Urban Arts Festival will be a digital event, it was announced Thursday.

The festival — a celebration of art, dance, theater, music, sketch comedy, film screenings, gallery shows, lectures, fashion exhibits and more, curated by the school’s students — will be transformed into a “virtual” event, streamed live daily May 11-15 at www.Manifest.colum.edu.

Jamila Woods headlines the festival at 6 p.m May 15; her performance can be viewed online Manifest’s Facebook and website.

“Our students are the essence of talent, creativity, professionalism, and resilience. They are unstoppable in their determination to RISE,” said Kari Sommers, assistant dean of students, in reference to this year’s festival theme “Manifest Rises.”

Manifest merchandise is available for purchase online at ShopColumbia. According to Friday’s announcement, 50 percent of proceeds from apparel purchases will be donated to the ColumbiaCares relief fund for students in financial need during the pandemic.