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.
“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.