Art 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 A delicate piece of art history in Jackson, Michigan is geting a little help http://michiganradio.org/post/delicate-piece-art-history-jackson-michigan-geting-little-help <p>A piece of Jackson’s art history, which narrowly avoided the wrecking ball, may soon have new life.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 28' x 9' glass mural depicting the history of electric power hung in Consumers Energy’s old Jackson headquarters for more than four decades. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Preservationists were able to save it from the wrecking ball that brought the building down last year. The mural was disassembled and has been in storage ever since.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plan now is to reconstruct the glass mural, replace its internal lighting system, and build a new outdoor display to house the mural.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mural would be placed on the grounds of a new city park being built on the site of the old Consumers Energy headquarters.</span></p><p>“We hope to be able to have the new mural in place by….this time next year,” says Grant Bauman, whose part of the team working on the project.</p><p>He says the glass mural will add to the mix of public art in downtown Jackson.</p><p>This month, the project received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Organizers still need to raise about $200,000 for the glass mural project.</p><p>A Consumers Energy spokesman says the company has contributed to the preservation of the mural in the past, but has not committed to donating to the current project.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:40:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 18388 at http://michiganradio.org A delicate piece of art history in Jackson, Michigan is geting a little help Sci-Fi and fantasy convention, "DetCon1," is coming to Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/sci-fi-and-fantasy-convention-detcon1-coming-detroit <p></p><p>This week the science fiction spotlight will shine on Detroit.</p><p>The Motor City will host the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention from July 17 to July 20.</p><p>Jim Hines is a fantasy novelist from Michigan who is also serving as one of the three Masters of Ceremonies for the big convention that’s known as "DetCon1."</p><p>“You’ve got a convention center full of authors and fans, and basically just a hotel packed full of geeks,” Hines said when describing DetCon1.</p><p>Hines said this is different from ComicCon, who focuses more on the media and anime, where DetCon1 focuses on the literary, novels, stories and authors.</p><p>Hines won a Hugo Award in 2012. He said what he loves about science fiction and fantasy the most is the possibility.</p><p>“Whether it’s reading or creating the story, those moments when you just have to ask, ‘well what if this?’ And run with an idea that creates that sense of wonder. There’s nothing like it,” Hines said.</p><p>Hines is currently working on a series based in Michigan about a librarian from the Upper Peninsula who can pull anything from books that can fit through the pages.</p><p>The 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention will be at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. You can get details at their website <a href="http://nasfic.org/">here</a>.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:07:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 18380 at http://michiganradio.org Sci-Fi and fantasy convention, "DetCon1," is coming to Detroit Theater community rallies to save beloved playhouse http://michiganradio.org/post/theater-community-rallies-save-beloved-playhouse <p></p><p>Michigan’s theater community took a hit a few weeks ago, when an iconic professional theater in Ann Arbor suddenly shut down.</p><p>Audiences showed up for the evening performance only to find a note on the door, saying everything was canceled indefinitely.</p><p>In a panic, the theater community rushed to come up with a plan, any plan, that could save it.</p><p><strong>“When the locksmith showed up, the writing was on the wall.”</strong></p><p>May was a busy month for Carla Milarch.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:58:46 +0000 Kate Wells 18125 at http://michiganradio.org Theater community rallies to save beloved playhouse Diego Rivera's Detroit murals get landmark status http://michiganradio.org/post/diego-riveras-detroit-murals-get-landmark-status <p>DETROIT (AP) - Diego Rivera's murals at the <a href="http://www.dia.org/">Detroit Institute of Arts</a> have been designated as one of four new national historic landmarks.</p><p>Federal officials announced the designation on Wednesday.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:32:36 +0000 The Associated Press 17349 at http://michiganradio.org Diego Rivera's Detroit murals get landmark status Share Art Project brings together juvenile offenders and artists http://michiganradio.org/post/share-art-project-brings-together-juvenile-offenders-and-artists <p></p><p>How do we really get through to kids who are headed down the path to trouble?</p><p>There is a group of artists in the Flint area that believes the answer is spoken word and visual art.</p><p>The Share Art Project has been bringing artists together with young offenders. It's a collaborative effort among artists at the Buckham Gallery, students and the Genesee Valley Regional Center.</p><p>Shellie Spivack is a Buckham board member who chairs the program, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p><em><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">*Support for Arts and culture coverage on Stateside comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:11:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 17189 at http://michiganradio.org Share Art Project brings together juvenile offenders and artists Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-april-10-2014 <p></p><p>The average gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. has steadily been improving, and greenhouse gas emissions are at an all-time low. The Environmental Protection Agency also recently set new emissions standards, scheduled to be phased in between 2017 and 2025, that will reduce the amount of sulfur found in gasoline.</p><p>B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut is the slow and steady climb in fuel economy and emissions enough? On today’s show, we ask if the Obama administration's 2016 and 2025 fuel efficiency goals setting the bar too low?</span></p><p>Then, a new documentary film brings us the story of the Great Lakes as seen through its ice.</p><p>And, last month, Gov. Snyder confirmed a financial emergency existed in Royal Oak Township. Can other communities learn from Royal Oak’s situation?</p><p>Also, the Share Art Project is a collaborative effort among artists at the Buckham Gallery, students and the Genesee Valley Regional Center. We spoke to a Buckham board member about the program and an upcoming exhibit.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">here have been two big developments this week in the high-stakes showdown over Detroit's pensioners, its art treasures and creditors, who hope bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes will pressure the city to put those art treasures on the table.</span></p><p>There's a lot to try to sort out. So, as we do each Thursday, we spoke to Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:10:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 17192 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 Arts in Motion Studio uses art for inclusivity http://michiganradio.org/post/arts-motion-studio-uses-art-inclusivity <p>It is easy to feel like an outsider when facing a mental, emotional, or physical disability. Anything that sets you apart or makes you different can seem alienating or isolating.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:26:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17135 at http://michiganradio.org Arts in Motion Studio uses art for inclusivity Graffiti: Is it art or a nuisance? http://michiganradio.org/post/graffiti-it-art-or-nuisance <p>When you drive through cities like Detroit, Pontiac, and Flint, graffiti can be found in unexpected and expected places.</p><p>The constant debate over graffiti is whether it should be seen as a nuisance, or as art. Does it signal signs of cultural revival? Is it that black and white?</p><p>Nancy Derringer explored those questions in a recent article for Bridge Magazine.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:57:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 17042 at http://michiganradio.org Graffiti: Is it art or a nuisance? How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations http://michiganradio.org/post/how-diversity-can-help-michigan-arts-organizations <p>Gabriela Frank is probably not what comes to mind when you think of a contemporary classical music composer. &nbsp;For starters, she considers herself a hippie.</p><p> “I was born in the 1970s in Berkeley, California, during the Vietnam protests," says Frank. "My dad was a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who married a Peruvian woman from the coast. I’m also a woman and I have a hearing loss, so technically I’m disabled as well.”</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 17029 at http://michiganradio.org How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations Is this a Banksy? Or did two Detroit guys do it? http://michiganradio.org/post/banksy-or-did-two-detroit-guys-do-it <p>This next story might win for weirdest art mystery we've heard in a while.</p><p>For a few years, a Detroit art gallery has proudly displayed a big piece of street art.</p><p>It's widely believed to be by Banksy, the most famous, mysterious street artist working today.</p><p>But now that the gallery is trying to sell the piece, two local artists claim they are the real painters.</p><p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:08:06 +0000 Kate Wells 16859 at http://michiganradio.org Is this a Banksy? Or did two Detroit guys do it? Detroit's artists on love, heartbreak, and sext messages http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-artists-love-heartbreak-and-sext-messages <p></p><p></p><p>By now you've hopefully recovered from your Valentine's weekend.</p><p>Maybe you spent it with a hot date, or just curled up in pajamas binge-watching "House of Cards."</p><p>In Detroit, you could have checked out an art show about love and heartbreak. It's made up entirely of people's breakup emails, sext messages, tween diary entries, and love letters.</p><p>And if that sounds cringe-worthy, you're right.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Anonymous submissions, from prison letters to breakup emails&nbsp;</strong></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:32:30 +0000 Kate Wells 16471 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's artists on love, heartbreak, and sext messages Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-feb-4-2014 <div><p>As Detroit continues the process of bankruptcy, there's lots of talk about turning over a new leaf in the city, a rejuvenation. But headlines have recently turned to the legal troubles of City Councilman George Cushingberry. On today's show: Can Detroit change its image if there are still leaders courting controversy?</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we spoke to an artist who's trying to change the way we think about abortion and issues of contraception through art.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e want everything modern medicine can offer, but as taxpayers we want health care costs controlled. Is there a way</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;we achieve both goals?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First on the show, a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Gov. Snyder prepares to reveal his 2014-15 budget tomorrow morning, there will be many eyes fixed on how much he proposes to put into K-12 education.</span><br />&nbsp;</div><p>In the “Comeback Kid” Snyder campaign ad unveiled during the Super Bowl, amidst the talk of jobs was the claim “education funding’s up”. Yet many of his critics claim the governor cut $1 billion from K-12 education.</p><p>So what’s the truth about education funding? And what should we expect to see for schools in the about-to-be released budget?</p><p>Detroit Free Press Lansing reporter Paul Egan joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:31:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 16302 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 New art series presents abortion and contraception as part of human history http://michiganradio.org/post/new-art-series-presents-abortion-and-contraception-part-human-history <p>Can art and history change the tone of the conversation in the pro-choice movement?</p><p>Artist and activist Heather Ault believes they can.</p><p>Heather is the founder of 4000 Years for Choice. She's created an art series that presents abortion and contraception as a part of human history, a history of women seeking to control their reproduction.</p><p>Her posters are currently on exhibit at the Lane Hall Gallery on the University of Michigan campus.</p><p>Heather Ault joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:17:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16301 at http://michiganradio.org New art series presents abortion and contraception as part of human history After cutting arts teachers, schools adjust to new normal in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/after-cutting-arts-teachers-schools-adjust-new-normal-lansing <p></p><p>Last year, Lansing public school officials laid off all their elementary art and music teachers.</p><p>The move got national attention from outraged educators and arts groups.</p><p>Now, almost a year after the layoffs were announced, Lansing students and teachers are getting used to the new normal.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:07:31 +0000 Kate Wells 16185 at http://michiganradio.org After cutting arts teachers, schools adjust to new normal in Lansing Why images of strangers make us feel less alone http://michiganradio.org/post/why-images-strangers-make-us-feel-less-alone <p></p><p>If you’re walking around Ann Arbor or Detroit these days, you should know: &nbsp;a total stranger may come up and ask to take your picture.</p><p>They’ll snap a few shots. Maybe ask how your day is going.</p><p>Then they’ll post it all on Facebook. And hundreds, possibly even thousands of people will see it.</p><p>That’s because two photographers – one in each city – are building a growing fan base around these daily street photos.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:12:00 +0000 Kate Wells 16058 at http://michiganradio.org Why images of strangers make us feel less alone When John Lennon came to Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/when-john-lennon-came-ann-arbor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dec. 10, 1971. </span>Crisler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arena in Ann Arbor. John Lennon steps up to the microphone.</span></p><p>"It ain't fair, John Sinclair…” the former Beatle sings.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his new book, "The Walrus And The Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution," author James Mitchell tells the story of Lennon’s trip to Michigan, and why Ann Arbor was the perfect launchpad for Lennon's new life as a revolutionary.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:11:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 15937 at http://michiganradio.org When John Lennon came to Ann Arbor Another fire destroys a house in Detroit's Heidelberg Project http://michiganradio.org/post/another-fire-destroys-house-detroits-heidelberg-project <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.333333015441895px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This Tweet came from The Heidelberg Project this morning:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>BREAKING: Tip to <a href="https://twitter.com/Local4News">@Local4News</a> confirmed by Tyree. Yet another act of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23arson&amp;src=hash">#arson</a> claimed our HOUSE OF SOUL. It burned to the ground early this AM.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:14:45 +0000 Mark Brush 15242 at http://michiganradio.org Another fire destroys a house in Detroit's Heidelberg Project DuMouchelles art gallery and auction house http://michiganradio.org/post/dumouchelles-art-gallery-and-auction-house <p></p><p>Let’s say you’ve been watching episodes of “Antiques Roadshow,” and now you’re inspired. So you want to find out what that old painting you bought at a garage sale for $5 bucks is really worth.</p><p>There’s a place in Detroit where you can do just that and get feedback from experts who are regulars on the TV show. Of course, if you’re in the mood to buy things, you’re also in luck.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Kyle Norris tells us about <a href="http://www.dumouchelle.com/">DuMouchelles</a>, an auction house in Detroit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:43:39 +0000 Stateside Staff & Kyle Norris 15186 at http://michiganradio.org DuMouchelles art gallery and auction house 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