Vachel Lindsay is one of Springfield's most well known historical figures, considered the father of "singing poetry" - he was known as the Prairie Troubadour and was one of the most celebrated poets of his time. But a lesser known aspect of the writer is the utopian vision he had for the future - influenced by his own political brand of socialism. These ideas became a novel called 'The Golden Book of Springfield.'
An artist is using that book as inspiration for an installation that will be displayed at the University of Illinois Springfield starting October 7th, with a reception on the 17th. Called 'New Springfield' - it's by Rosemary Williams. We recently spoke with gallery director Jeff Robinson about that and what else is ahead in the season: