Artists http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Thursday, August 1st, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-august-1st-2013 <p>People around the world and right here in Michigan are rethinking money in order to ease financial woes, and they're doing it with local currency. On today's show we found out what it is, and where it's working.</p><p>And, we headed up north to a resort town where a vacation can lead to putting down roots and building a business.</p><p>Also, one of the co-founders of The Artist Lounge joined us to tell us about how her business is breathing new life into Pontiac.</p><p>And, the Farm Bill and food stamp programs expire at the end of September. We took a closer look at what this means for Michiganders receiving federal food assistance.</p><p>Also, we spoke with Micki Maynard about what she thinks the future of personal transportation will look like.</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;State Senate panel has voted to make more than 300,000 Michiganders eligible for Medicaid in 2014. And that's not all: the GOP-led Government Operations Committee said yes to two alternative plans.</span></p><p>So, from the Senate ticking off Governor Snyder by adjourning without voting on the House-passed Medicaid expansion plan to this Senate Panel serving up not one, not two, but three Medicaid proposals, it's a lot to keep track of.</p><p>We turned to Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing reporter Jake Neher for a little help in sorting this all out.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:41:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 13800 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, August 1st, 2013 Artist Lounge creator wants to use art to improve Pontiac community http://michiganradio.org/post/artist-lounge-creator-wants-use-art-improve-pontiac-community <p>Bringing new life back into downtown Pontiac one brushstroke at a time.</p><p>That’s the mission of a new business called “The Artist Lounge,” which strives to use the power of art to touch lives and boost an Oakland County city that has had its share of struggles.</p><p>Wendy Fournier is the co-founder of The Artist Lounge on Saginaw Street in downtown Pontiac. She joined us today to talk about what The Artist Lounge offers to people in the Pontiac area.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:36:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 13792 at http://michiganradio.org Artist Lounge creator wants to use art to improve Pontiac community Flint uses art to tackle important issues surrounding the city http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-uses-art-tackle-important-issues-surrounding-city <p>The city of Flint is currently working on a master plan to help shape the city’s future in the next 20 years. Part of that plan involves the role of arts.</p><p>Recently the National Endowment for the Arts gave a grant to hire nine artists who live in each of the city’s wards to explore the role arts can have in the community and get residents involved in the master plan.</p><p>One of those artists, Andrew Morton, is the artistic director of the Shop Floor Theatre Company in Flint, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:14:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 13278 at http://michiganradio.org Flint uses art to tackle important issues surrounding the city Stateside for Thursday, June 27th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-june-27th-2013 <p>We wrapped up our week-long look at energy in Michigan with a focus on wind. Is it really a viable energy source for our state?</p><p>And, we headed to Flint to find out how some residents are helping to shape their community through all different types of art.</p><p>Also, if you love the sound of pipe organs, head over to the Great Lakes Swell Organs festival happening in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek this weekend. We spoke with program director Brooks Grantier.</p><p>First on the show, economic development leaders in Michigan like to talk about the number of manufacturing jobs created in the state in the last couple of years. But Michigan is not keeping up with the job growth of some other states as the nation recovers from the Great Recession.</p><p>It's Thursday, which means we talk to Daniel Howes, a business columnist with the Detroit News.</p><p>Howes joined us today to discuss Michigan’s anemic job growth.</p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:02:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 13281 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, June 27th, 2013 ArtPrize 2012 now underway http://michiganradio.org/post/artprize-2012-now-underway <p>Thousands of people walked around downtown Grand Rapids for the kickoff of ArtPrize 2012 Wednesday.</p><p>1,517 artists are competing for more than half-a-million dollars in the art competition.</p><p>There’s so much art here I don’t even have to leave my office building to find some. Neither did Amy Norkus. I ran into the CPA in the lobby of our building taking a picture of a 20 foot long, very detailed quilt.</p><p>"I love it. For me to be able to work downtown and walk around and see art, it’s a real treat. It gets me away from all the numbers I have to deal with all day long,” Norkus said. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:44:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9158 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPrize 2012 now underway Art Prize begins Wednesday with $560,000 in total prizes http://michiganradio.org/post/art-prize-begins-wednesday-560000-total-prizes <p>Perhaps the most popular event in West Michigan begins Wednesday.&nbsp; The art competition known as Art Prize runs through October 7<sup>th</sup> in Grand Rapids.</p><p>Now in its third year it’s an even larger event with more prize money for the winners. Brian Burch&nbsp; is Public Relations Director for Art Prize. He says the visitor just keep showing up.</p><p>"This year we'll have about 350, 000 visitors, but that's right from the start. Our first event in 2009 had about 200,000 people. so we just continue to grow," he said.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 23:33:02 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9140 at http://michiganradio.org Prison-themed gift shop to open near the old Jackson State Prison http://michiganradio.org/post/prison-themed-gift-shop-open-near-old-jackson-state-prison <p>The city of Jackson is capitalizing on its long history as the site of a state prison.</p><p>In addition to guided prison tours, visitors can now buy prison-related items at the city&rsquo;s new prison gift shop.</p><p>When the Jackson State Prison closed in 2007, it was turned into a live-work space for artists known as the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/old-prison-breathes-new-life">Armory Arts Village</a>. One of the women who lives there, Judy Gail Krasnow, gives <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=5&amp;ved=0CGYQFjAE&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.visitjacksonmi.com%2Fmore%2Fmichigans-first-state-prison-guided-tour&amp;ei=9vGFT9vZCs-UtweviMzsBw&amp;usg=AFQjCNGx2XHA87JpfjJVI-l4y2FEpfokOA">guided tours</a> of the historic prison.</p><p>She says lots of tourists asked about a gift shop, which didn&rsquo;t exist. So she created one in the <a href="http://www.art634.com/">Art 634 </a>building across from the old prison, and built it to look like an old prison cell. Krasnow says the Old Prison Gift Shop was &quot;modeled after the cells at the first prison, which had brick walls, and the doors were those thick, iron bars.&quot;</p><p>Krasnow plans to sell art made by current and former prisoners through the <a href="http://www.lsa.umich.edu/pcap">University of Michigan&#39;s Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP)</a>. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:13:37 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7009 at http://michiganradio.org Prison-themed gift shop to open near the old Jackson State Prison Dexter kids turn to art to get their minds off the tornado http://michiganradio.org/post/dexter-kids-turn-art-get-their-minds-tornado <p>Dexter residents are still dealing with the aftermath of the <a href="http://tornado">tornado </a>that through their town earlier this month. To help with the healing process, one woman has set up an outdoor art studio for kids in one of the hardest hit neighborhoods.</p><p>Christine Lux&#39;s makeshift studio consists of some tables, a tent, and a giant blue tarp to protect the children&rsquo;s art work and art supplies.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 02:20:53 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6865 at http://michiganradio.org Dexter kids turn to art to get their minds off the tornado DIA photo exhibit puts Detroit in spotlight http://michiganradio.org/post/dia-photo-exhibit-puts-detroit-spotlight <p>A new exhibit at the <a href="http://dia.org">Detroit Institute of Arts</a> looks at life in the Motor City over the past decade.&nbsp;</p><p>The exhibit - <a href="http://www.dia.org/news/839/Detroit-Revealed--Photographs,-2000-2010-at-Detroit-Institute-of-Arts---Detroit-artists,-others-featured-in-look-at-Detroit-over-past-decade.aspx">Detroit Revealed</a> - includes videos and photographs of city residents and community gardens. It also includes images of the city&rsquo;s decline: abandoned buildings and empty, overgrown lots - what some call &ldquo;ruin porn.&quot;</p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 15:02:33 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4510 at http://michiganradio.org DIA photo exhibit puts Detroit in spotlight Votes are in: ArtPrize "top ten" announced today http://michiganradio.org/post/votes-are-artprize-top-ten-announced-today <p>From <a href="http://artprize.org">ArtPrize&#39;s website </a>today:</p><blockquote><p>Here are the ArtPrize 2011 Top Ten in alphabetical order. Voting on the top ten will begin at 7:00 PM Thursday, September 29, and continue through 11:59 PM on Wednesday, October 5. The first place winner and the order of the Top Ten will be announced at 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 6 at DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets are available at the ArtPrize HUB at 41 Sheldon.</p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 22:26:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4376 at http://michiganradio.org Votes are in: ArtPrize "top ten" announced today North Woods: Calumet, a frontier community http://michiganradio.org/post/north-woods-calumet-frontier-community <p>All this week, we&#39;re bringing you stories from the North Woods. Yesterday, we visited the town of <a href="http://hunts-upguide.com/calumet.html">Calumet </a>in the western tip of the U.P., where copper was once king.</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/north-woods-artists-set-shop-calumet">As we reported</a>, the town is experiencing a kind of resurgence:</p><blockquote><p>Tom Tikkanen runs the <a href="http://www.mainstreetcalumet.com/">Main Street Program</a>, a nonprofit focused on redeveloping Calumet. His group did a study a couple years ago to figure out what&rsquo;s driving the town&rsquo;s relatively recent upswing. The answer? Culture economic development.</p><p>&quot;It starts with our artists,&quot; explains Tikkanen. &quot;It&rsquo;s a natural development that&rsquo;s taking place. The more art that&rsquo;s displayed and that&rsquo;s created here, the more that attracts other artists.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Tikkanen also described the town as a &quot;frontier community&quot; that&#39;s redefining itself. We conclude our stories on Calumet with a look at what happens when new folks move in to an old town.</p><p><strong>Meet Calumet&#39;s newest residents</strong></p><p>Stephanie Swartzendruber is one of the bartenders at <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/208/1054768/restaurant/Michigan/Shutes-Calumet">Shute&#39;s Bar</a> in downtown Calumet. Outside, the bar looks like your typical dive bar. Inside, it&#39;s beautiful. Nearly everything is original from the 1890s: the rich, dark wood bar, the 1895 liquor license, the beautiful, Tiffany-like stained glass canopy above the bar.</p><p>Swartzendruber moved to Calumet last November, and she&rsquo;s says the town is on the verge:</p><p>&quot;I feel like it&rsquo;s coming back! We have cute little coffee shops and art galleries and awesome bars like [Shute&#39;s] in a place where you can buy a house for under $20,000,&quot; says Swartzendruber.</p><p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4343 at http://michiganradio.org North Woods: Calumet, a frontier community North Woods: Artists set up shop in Calumet http://michiganradio.org/post/north-woods-artists-set-shop-calumet <p>As part of our series, Stories from the North Woods, we head to <a href="http://hunts-upguide.com/calumet.html">Calumet</a> in the Keweenaw Peninsula. The town has been struggling to re-discover itself ever since the area&#39;s copper boom died out more than 50 years ago.</p><p><strong>The town that time forgot </strong></p><p>Artist Ed Gray remembers when the last mine closed in Calumet in the late 1960s:</p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4329 at http://michiganradio.org North Woods: Artists set up shop in Calumet North Woods: An artist residency on Rabbit Island (with photos) http://michiganradio.org/post/north-woods-artist-residency-rabbit-island-photos <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-987661.mp3</p><p>Earlier this summer <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/man-buys-remote-lake-superior-island-plans-new-artist-residency?nopop=1">we told you about</a> a remote island in Lake Superior called Rabbit Island:</p><blockquote><p>New Yorker Rob Gorski saw the 91-acre island listed for sale on Craiglist. At first, he was skeptical. But after talking it over with his brother, both of whom are Michigan natives, they bought the island for less than $150,000.</p><p>The land, known as <a href="http://flavors.me/rabbitisland">Rabbit Island</a>, is about a half hour boat ride from the Keweenaw Peninsula.</p><p>Gorski says the plan is to preserve the island as is, and build only a small, green cabin where future artists can stay.</p><p>&quot;We&rsquo;d like to be able to send an artist, maybe two, out to the island to practice their creative process within an entirely isolated environment. We think it&rsquo;d be a very remote experience, it&rsquo;d be very difficult in some ways, but I think the end result could be very interesting.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>As part of my series, Stories from the North Woods, I took the 3.5-mile boat ride from Rabbit Bay to Rabbit Island to see how the residency is coming along.</p><p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4302 at http://michiganradio.org North Woods: An artist residency on Rabbit Island (with photos) This year try listening to ArtPrize http://michiganradio.org/post/year-try-listening-artprize <p>ArtPrize 2011 begins Wednesday afternoon in Grand Rapids. Sound and performing arts will play a bigger role in this year&rsquo;s contest. Music, ballet, and other performances are, after all, art. But there haven&rsquo;t been a lot of entries in the past.</p><p>The winner of the art competition gets $250,000 in prize money. Organizers claim it&rsquo;s the world&rsquo;s largest art prize.</p><p>This is the third annual ArtPrize. The third time I&rsquo;ve seen giant sculptures, breath-taking murals, funny and eye-opening drawings take over a three-mile zone in downtown.</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:04:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4231 at http://michiganradio.org This year try listening to ArtPrize Ypsilanti studio space "spurs" on artists, musicians http://michiganradio.org/post/ypsilanti-studio-space-spurs-artists-musicians <p>You can file this story under &quot;silver lining.&quot;</p><p>Michigan&#39;s recession has left a lot of empty buildings in its wake. When James Marks was looking for a larger building to house his t-shirt and flat screen printing company, <a href="http://www.vgkids.com/">VG Kids</a>, he looked at a two-story brick building on <a href="http://spurstudios.com/spur_ypsilanti.php">Railroad Street</a> in Ypsilanti.</p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 16:38:27 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3667 at http://michiganradio.org Ypsilanti studio space "spurs" on artists, musicians The 52nd Ann Arbor Art Fair kicks off this week http://michiganradio.org/post/52nd-ann-arbor-art-fair-kicks-week <p>An estimated 500,000 people are expected to make their way to Ann Arbor this week for the city&rsquo;s annual <a href="http://artfairs.visitannarbor.org/generalinfo/">Art Fairs</a>, which is technically made up of four separate art fairs.</p><p>The fair, which runs Wednesday, July 20 - Saturday, July 23, will display works by more than 1,100 artists.</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3343 at http://michiganradio.org The 52nd Ann Arbor Art Fair kicks off this week Artists signing up for ArtPrize 2011; one tiny change this year http://michiganradio.org/post/artists-signing-artprize-2011-one-tiny-change-year <p><a href="http://www.artprize.org/artists/apply">Registration opened this week</a> for artists who want to take part in <a href="http://www.artprize.org/">ArtPrize</a> 2011. The winner of the yearly art competition is decided by the voting public who visit the event in downtown Grand Rapids. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 19:57:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2174 at http://michiganradio.org Artists signing up for ArtPrize 2011; one tiny change this year 400 to attend Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/400-attend-rust-belt-artist-belt-conference-detroit <p>Hundreds of artists will be in Detroit this week for the third annual <a href="http://www.rustbelttoartistbelt.com/about/">Rust Belt to Artist Belt</a> conference.</p><p>The goal is to get artists, educators and creative entrepreneurs together to brainstorm how they can help revitalize post-industrial cities like Detroit, Flint, and Cleveland.</p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:04:51 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1917 at http://michiganradio.org 400 to attend Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference in Detroit Detroit to host "Rust Belt to Artist Belt" conference in April http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-host-rust-belt-artist-belt-conference-april <p>Creative types from across the country will convene in Detroit next month to talk about how artists can help revitalize post-industrial cities.</p><p>Matt Clayson directs the <a href="http://www.detroitcreativecorridorcenter.com/">Detroit Creative Corridor Center </a>and is one of the people behind the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rustbelttoartistbelt.com/">Rust Belt to Artist Belt</a>&rdquo; conference.</p><p>He says the conference will focus on the <em>creative</em> supply chain many post-industrial cities like Detroit have to offer:</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 22:03:15 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1464 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit to host "Rust Belt to Artist Belt" conference in April And the Grammy Award goes to... http://michiganradio.org/post/and-grammy-award-goes <h3>Michigan artists had a good night at the <a href="http://www.grammy.com/">53rd annual Grammy Awards</a> in Los Angeles on Sunday.</h3><h3><br><br>Detroit rap star <a href="http://www.eminem.com/">Eminem</a>, who was nominated for a record <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/u-m-music-prof-5-grammy-awards">10 Grammy Awards,</a> took home two top honors: Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Album. Brother and sister duo <a href="http://cecewinans.com/">BeBe &amp; CeCe Winans</a> won Best Gospel Performance for their song "Grace." Best Classical Contemporary Composition and Best Orchestral Performance went to University of Michigan composition professor <a href="http://www.music.umich.edu/faculty_staff/bio.php?u=&amp;lname=daugherty&amp;fname=michael">Michael Daugherty</a> for his piece, "<a href="http://www.michaeldaugherty.net/index.cfm?pagename=works#">Deus Ex <span>Machina</span>.</a>"</h3><h3><br><br>You can find the complete list of Grammy Award winners <a href="http://www.grammy.com/nominees">here</a>. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:13:31 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1274 at http://michiganradio.org And the Grammy Award goes to...