Jessica Brown, center, introduces herself to the Music & Movement camp on Rend Lake College campus Wednesday morning.
With a couple of paper plates, ribbon and their own original artwork, students in the Music & Movement Class at Rend Lake College created their own musical instruments to move to on Wednesday morning.
Jessica Brown, also known as Lady J, is the artist-in-residence this summer at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. Brown brought Garza and X from the Haus of Glitter Performance Lab to help the young campers color and make their own tambourines.
Brown is an artist, designer and performer. Her performances this week are the first since the COVID pandemic. She said through her characters and performances, she creates inclusive spaces for all people.
"We want to talk about art in communities, and one of the things we like to do is go into underrepresented spaces and bring the arts to everyone," Brown said. "This process is collaborative. When you are doing art, you are talking. You are building community by working together. You don't have to think about it."
Music & Movement campers included Rhayne House, Briley Levanti, Henna Lewis, Ava Little, Grayson Russell, Elijah Tindle, Jackson Tindle and Rogan Ward.
Several events scheduled with Brown include Soul Bingo tonight with her character Erma-Jean So-Fly from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rolland Lewis Building in Mt. Vernon, a min-parade on Saturday afternoon and The Great Spectacle at Cedarhurst on Saturday. The last event Brown will discuss her artwork that is currently on display in the Beal Grand Corridor Gallery at Cedarhurst. The art chat will also include music and performances by friends of the Haus of Glitter and DJ music by Starr Child.
Campers decorated the tops of the tambourines with visiting artist and Cedarhurst artist in-resident Jessica Brown.
The assembly of the children's musical instruments was assisted by friends of the Haus of Glitter Garza, left, Jessica Brown and X (not pictured) as well as Music & Movement instructor Katie Keown (far right). Afterward, the children were able to dance with their newly created tambourines.