arts and culture http://michiganradio.org en Re-thinking creativity's role in education http://michiganradio.org/post/re-thinking-creativitys-role-education <p>It’s probably pretty stressful being a high school principal, for all kinds of reasons.</p><p>But Eric Alburtus, principal of Portage Central High School, spends a big chunk of his time worrying about the arts. He’s specifically worried about the kind of human beings our schools are producing, when kids must fulfill heavy requirements in math and science, yet they barely have a chance to study music, choir, theater, or the visual arts.</p><p>(For a more complete look at the state’s requirements, <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/FAQ_-_Entire_Document_12.07_217841_7.pdf">click here</a>.)</p><p>Alburtus says arts classes give kids a chance to discover new worlds and different ways of thinking and creating.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 18496 at http://michiganradio.org Re-thinking creativity's role in education "He Plays A Harp" A West Michigan Mom's story of her son with CP http://michiganradio.org/post/he-plays-harp-west-michigan-moms-story-her-son-cp <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His name was Noah. He was born with cerebral palsy. When he was 17, he lost his battle against infections that had ravaged his lungs.</span></p><p>Noah's mother, Roberta King, is from West Michigan. She has shared the story of her son's life in her new memoir <em>He Plays A Harp</em><em>.</em></p><p>“It’s a joy to me to bring him to people that never knew him. And I think through that I feel a little less of the loss,” King said.</p><p>The story starts with the Noah’s conscious decision to die and then walks through his parent’s journey in dealing with the loss.</p><p>“A lot of parents experience the birth of their children. And, gratefully, not a lot experience their death,” King said. “I wanted people to know what that was like to walk your child from one place to another.”</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to full show above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 18294 at http://michiganradio.org "He Plays A Harp" A West Michigan Mom's story of her son with CP Philanthropist and former Steelcase chairman Peter Wege dies at 94 http://michiganradio.org/post/philanthropist-and-former-steelcase-chairman-peter-wege-dies-94 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;"><p><em>"Do all the good you can for as many people as you can for as long as you can."</em></p><p><em>- Peter Melvin Wege</em></p><p>The Former&nbsp;Steelcase&nbsp;Inc. chairman and philanthropist Peter&nbsp;Wege&nbsp;died at his home in Grand Rapids yesterday.</p><p>He was the son of Peter Martin&nbsp;Wege, who founded&nbsp;Steelcase&nbsp;more than a century ago.&nbsp;Steelcase&nbsp;and rival office furniture manufacturers&nbsp;Haworth&nbsp;Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. anchored the Grand Rapids area's economy for decades.</p><p>Peter Melvin&nbsp;Wege&nbsp;created his foundation in 1967. It has given away millions, much of it in his hometown.</p><p>More about Wege from his <a href="http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=peter-melvin-wege&amp;pid=171648560&amp;fhid=5484">obituary</a>:</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Mark Brush 18287 at http://michiganradio.org Philanthropist and former Steelcase chairman Peter Wege dies at 94 Artpod looks at autism and art therapy http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-looks-autism-and-art-therapy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week in </span>ArtPod<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we look at the "great wave" generation of young adults and children with autism.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We spent a few days on a film set where those teens and adults are learning job skills, social interaction, and how to walk back on set after a small breakdown.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Then we visit a children's hospital that's using art –murals, patient portraits and more – to help parents and kids navigate the stressful, chaotic experience.&nbsp;</p><p>You can also check out ArtPod in iTunes.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:11:16 +0000 Kate Wells 17811 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod looks at autism and art therapy A film set, where adults with autism learn job skills http://michiganradio.org/post/film-set-where-adults-autism-learn-job-skills <p></p><p>The“great wave” of&nbsp;kids with autism is growing up.</p><p>That’s what experts are calling this generation, since more than 80% of people diagnosed with full spectrum autism are under 21.</p><p>In Michigan, about 16,000 kids are eligible for special education services, according to a state report.</p><p>But when those kids grow up, the same report says, the state doesn’t have nearly enough services to help them get jobs or transition to adult lives.</p><p>That’s why one program in Rochester is giving young adults with autism the skills to get a job in an unusual way: by training them in the movie business. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 02:45:57 +0000 Kate Wells 17789 at http://michiganradio.org A film set, where adults with autism learn job skills Detroit dance style the subject of a new documentary http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-dance-style-subject-new-documentary <p></p><p>It's called The Detroit Jit. It’s a dance style that started as a street dance in Detroit in the 1970s by three brothers who were known as The Jitterbugs.</p><p>And now the Jit and The Jitterbugs are the subject of a documentary that will be screened Friday at the Detroit Institute of Arts.</p><p>Haleem Rasul is the founder of the dance group HardCore Detroit, and the producer of the film "The Jitterbugs: Pioneers of The Jit.”</p><p>Here's the trailer:</p><p>http://youtu.be/JQP_YLTmJ2k</p><p>We welcomed Haleem Rasul<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to the program today, and</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;one of the founders of The Jitterbugs,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Tracy McGhee.</span></p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:20:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 17700 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit dance style the subject of a new documentary Student learns that music is joy, from Ypsilanti teacher http://michiganradio.org/post/student-learns-music-joy-ypsilanti-teacher <p>What stories should we tell about the arts?</p><p>That's a question we sometimes ask on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/michiganradio">Facebook page</a>. Jason Towler suggested we profile Ypsilanti music teacher Crystal Harding and he had a good reason to suggest her.</p><p>Harding was Towler's music teacher back in 1988, when Towler was a first-grader at Erickson Elementary School.&nbsp; Harding is all about having a good time through music, singing, and dancing. Here she is in action:</p><p>Harding made a big impression on the shy young man, and that's what this story is about.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:12:46 +0000 Kyle Norris 17526 at http://michiganradio.org Student learns that music is joy, from Ypsilanti teacher "Music in Our Parks" composes pieces using the sounds of nature http://michiganradio.org/post/music-our-parks-composes-pieces-using-sounds-nature <p></p><p>After two years of planning, the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University is launching a new project. It’s called “Music in Our Parks.”</p><p>The project shows us how nature and landscape affect the process of making music. Here's a video promoting their effort:</p><p>http://youtu.be/vGhf7xXWO-I</p><p>Bill Ryan is the director of Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble. He was joined on our program by one of the members of the New Music Ensemble, percussionist and senior music performance major, Josh Dreyer.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:52:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17386 at http://michiganradio.org "Music in Our Parks" composes pieces using the sounds of nature Ypsilanti family finds happiness in living off the land http://michiganradio.org/post/ypsilanti-family-finds-happiness-living-land <p>Meet the Gold family. They're modern day homesteaders.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Their goal is to live as self-sufficiently as possible on their three-acre farm in </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. (They often say they use yesterday's knowledge combined with today's technology.)</span></p><p>Two years ago they started the <a href="http://www.mifolkschool.com/">Michigan Folk School. </a>The school promotes traditional folk arts and the preservation of forest and farmland.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15758 at http://michiganradio.org Ypsilanti family finds happiness in living off the land Sex, art and carnies: Detroit's Theatre Bizarre http://michiganradio.org/post/sex-art-and-carnies-detroits-theatre-bizarre <p></p><p>This past weekend, more than 2,000 people in Detroit attended the annual, one-night-only masquerade called Theatre Bizarre.</p><p>The event transforms the city’s Masonic Temple into a dream world of S&amp;M, punk rock, grandmothers in leather and carnival sideshows.</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:45:02 +0000 Kate Wells 14920 at http://michiganradio.org Sex, art and carnies: Detroit's Theatre Bizarre New DIA exhibit on animation gets weird. And it's great. http://michiganradio.org/post/new-dia-exhibit-animation-gets-weird-and-its-great <p>This is not your five-year-old&#39;s animation.</p><p>Although you can certainly bring your five-year-old. They&#39;ll be right at home in the exhibits&#39; dark halls lined with screen after screen after screen, like a little iPad addict&#39;s paradise.</p><p>&quot;Watch Me Move&quot; is, according to the Detroit Institute of &nbsp;Arts, the &nbsp;largest animation exhibition ever mounted.</p><p>And when you exit, you&#39;ll feel like it was both too short, and somehow way too vast to get a good grasp in just one visit.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 14715 at http://michiganradio.org New DIA exhibit on animation gets weird. And it's great. Detroit's hip hop scene moving on from the days of '8 Mile' http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-hip-hop-scene-moving-days-8-mile <p>Detroit's hip hop scene was made famous in Eminem's move "8 Mile."</p><p>You know the one -- <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gatNLacOjC8">where the white guy from the trailer park shows up the black rapper who went to Cranbrook High School</a>?</p><p>It's a representation of the hip hop scene in Detroit in 1995.</p><p>Back then, The Shelter below St. Andrew's Hall was the spot where hip hop artists sought to make a name for themselves.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:54:54 +0000 Mark Brush 14354 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's hip hop scene moving on from the days of '8 Mile' ArtPod bids farewell to summer & to one of Michigan's great writers http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-bids-farewell-summer-one-michigans-great-writers <p></p><p></p><p>This time on ArtPod, we say a sad goodbye to one of Michigan’s best writers, and wistfully wave to a summer packed with adventures, music, and general art goodness. &nbsp;</p><p>In today’s lineup:</p><p><strong>Elmore Leonard was the freaking man </strong></p><p>Detroit lost one of its greats yesterday. We’ve got an appreciation and a look back at the fabulous, game-changing career of the “Dickens of Detroit.”</p><p>After that, we’re going to go binge on<em> Justified</em> on Netflix as tribute. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:23:18 +0000 Kate Wells 14097 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPod bids farewell to summer & to one of Michigan's great writers The tough road for a small biz in vacationland http://michiganradio.org/post/tough-road-small-biz-vacationland <p></p><p>On every great vacation, there’s that moment when you think: hey, we should move here! No really, I’m serious this time!</p><p>We’ve all been there. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Heck, northern Michigan is littered with B&amp;Bs, cafes and art galleries run by vacationers who never left.</p><p>New ones open every summer. And every summer, some of them go bust.</p><p>So we hunted down some of the folks who are actually courageous (or crazy) enough to make the leap.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:17:33 +0000 Kate Wells 13791 at http://michiganradio.org The tough road for a small biz in vacationland Kalamazoo Institute of Arts leader set to retire http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-institute-arts-leader-set-retire <p>KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts executive director has announced his retirement after 23 years, but will remain on the job until a successor is hired.<br><br>The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that it could take up to a year to replace Jim Bridenstine. He is an art historian who earned his bachelor's degree from The College of Holy Cross in 1967 and a master's in the History of Art from George Washington University in 1975. He completed Harvard University's Institute of Arts Administration program in 1978.<br> Sat, 06 Jul 2013 17:42:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13397 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPod heads up north http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-heads-north <p></p><p></p><p>There’s nothing ArtPod hates more than humidity. Don’t even mention the word “frizz” right now.</p><p>And since so much of southern Michigan swings between flash flooding to feeling like a sauna, ArtPod is doing what all true Michiganders do: heading up north.</p><p>Specifically, Petoskey. And not just for the pretty bay views or the $5 kiddie-size gelato. &nbsp;</p><p>Petoskey has a humming arts community in its own right, one that draws artists and art buyers from across Michigan, even out of state.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:24:03 +0000 Kate Wells 13353 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPod heads up north This summer, 50 Michigan museums are free for active military families http://michiganradio.org/post/summer-50-michigan-museums-are-free-active-military-families <p>You can almost feel the parental summer panic start to kick in.&nbsp;</p><p>School is almost out.</p><p>And there are only so many times you can take the kids to the pool before you all go insane.</p><p>Those long, hot days can be especially tough for military families, who may only have one parent at home.</p><p>That's why 50 Michigan museums are opening their doors, free of charge, to active military personnel and their families this summer.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 04:06:45 +0000 Kate Wells 12801 at http://michiganradio.org This summer, 50 Michigan museums are free for active military families Could the DIA be forced to sell art to pay creditors? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-dia-be-forced-sell-art-pay-creditors <p><em>Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, wants to account for assets held in the Detroit Institute of Arts, which has sparked fears that part of the collection could be sold in the future.</em></p><p><em>We've posted information here, and Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek will have an update for us later today.</em></p><p><strong>Update 11:34 a.m.</strong></p><p>The DIA just put out this statement on their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DetroitInstituteofArts?fref=ts">Facebook page</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span>"The DIA strongly believes that the museum and the City hold the museum’s art collection in trust for the public. The DIA manages and cares for that collection according to exacting standards required by the public trust, our profession and the Operating Agreement with the City. According to those standards, the City ca<span>nnot sell art to generate funds for any purpose other than to enhance the collection. We remain confident that the City and the emergency financial manager will continue to support the museum in its compliance with those standards, and together we will continue to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of Detroit."</span></span></p></blockquote><p><strong>9:19 a.m</strong>.</p><p>Detroit is in a big financial hole, and the man in charge of righting the ship wants to know what can be sold.</p><p>Mark Stryker and John Gallagher of the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130523/NEWS01/305230154/DIA-Kevyn-Orr-Detroit-bankruptcy-art">Detroit Free Press </a>report that Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, is considering whether the DIA's art collection should be counted as assets that can be sold to pay debts:</p><blockquote><p>Liquidating DIA art to pay down debt likely would be a monstrously complicated, controversial and contentious process never before tested on such as large scale and with no certain outcome. The DIA is unusual among major civic museums in that the city retains ownership of the building and collection while daily operations, including fund-raising, are overseen by a nonprofit institution.</p></blockquote><p>Stryker and Gallagher report on the many hurdles facing such a sale, including ...</p><ul><li>restrictions on selling off city assets in municipal bankruptcy law,</li><li>museum ethics and operating rules that forbid selling art,</li><li>opposition from patrons who donated art,</li><li>and major a public outcry against such a sale:</li></ul><blockquote><p>“There would be hue and cry the likes of which you’ve never heard,” said Ford Bell, president of the American Alliance of Museums in Washington, D.C. “The museum should be a rallying point for the rebirth of Detroit and not a source of funds.”</p></blockquote><p>Orr spokesman Bill Nowling said there's no plan yet to sell any asset of the city, but he said all the city's assets must be accounted for. Fri, 24 May 2013 15:34:42 +0000 Mark Brush 12724 at http://michiganradio.org Could the DIA be forced to sell art to pay creditors? Making one film with 40 directors in 23 countries http://michiganradio.org/post/making-one-film-40-directors-23-countries <p>When you think of filmmaking, chances are pretty good that you think of a producer, a director and a cast chosen by that director.<br><br>But there are a couple of filmmakers in Detroit who are blowing up that traditional model of making films, and in its place have come up with something completely different.</p><p>How about 40 directors for one film? And they're spread across 23 countries on five continents?<br><br>Marty Shea is one of the Detroit-based filmmakers doing this "collaborative" movie under the name of "CollabFeature."</p><p>He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:42:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 12500 at http://michiganradio.org Making one film with 40 directors in 23 countries Celebrating the "Mighty Ukulele" http://michiganradio.org/post/celebrating-mighty-ukulele <p>We’re always glad to hear from Stateside listeners, to get your ideas and suggestions for stories we should share with everyone!</p><p>So, when we got an email from Lansing musician Ben Hassenger, asking us to take a closer look at the upcoming music festival he’s hosting this Friday and Saturday, we bit!</p><p>Especially when we discovered it’s a celebration of the ukulele - called "MIGHTY UKE DAY!"</p><p>What’s not to love?!</p><p>Ben Hassenger joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:37:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 12499 at http://michiganradio.org Celebrating the "Mighty Ukulele"