arts http://nipr.fm en At Folkcraft, Traditional Instruments are a Passion and a Business http://nipr.fm/post/folkcraft-traditional-instruments-are-passion-and-business <p>In Woodburn, Indiana, there’s a family-owned music business called <a href="http://www.folkcraft.com/">Folkcraft Instruments</a>.</p><p>The company manufactures traditional folk instruments you might not always be able to find in a typical instrument store: dulcimers, ukuleles, Finnish folk harps and more.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:54:32 +0000 Julia Meek 28926 at http://nipr.fm At Folkcraft, Traditional Instruments are a Passion and a Business "Willy Wonka" is Youtheatre's Golden Ticket http://nipr.fm/post/willy-wonka-youtheatres-golden-ticket <p></p><p>The Fort Wayne Youtheatre&nbsp;has been around since 1934, making it the third oldest children's theater in the nation.</p><p>In 2012, Executive Director Leslie Hormann broadened the group's horizons, adding collaborations with various local arts organizations to the Youtheatre's repertoire.</p><p>This month, along with the University of St Francis, they’re bringing their own interpretation of "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka” to the Fort Wayne stage.</p><p>WBOI’s Julia Meek recently spoke with Leslie Hormann&nbsp;at the Madge Rothschild Studios.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:36:22 +0000 Julia Meek 28022 at http://nipr.fm "Willy Wonka" is Youtheatre's Golden Ticket Fort Wayne's Jesters Spin a "Horse Tale" on the USF Stage http://nipr.fm/post/fort-waynes-jesters-spin-horse-tale-usf-stage <p>The Jesters performing group is itself a unique story in Fort Wayne's theater community.</p><p>Formed more than thirty years ago and sponsored by the University of Saint Francis, the Jesters is comprised of people with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">mild to severe disabilities with a wide variety of generations represented, with the goal of enhancing each member's quality of life.</span></p><p>Each spring, the group presents an original, multi-media performance.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:52:08 +0000 Julia Meek 27424 at http://nipr.fm Fort Wayne's Jesters Spin a "Horse Tale" on the USF Stage When You Say It With Flowers, What Are You Saying? http://nipr.fm/post/when-you-say-it-flowers-what-are-you-saying <p></p><p>This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance you (or your special someone) will express your feelings through flowers. They've become so important to the holiday--for retailers and lovers alike--that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/13/276494387/businesses-scramble-to-deliver-valentines-treats-in-snow">a mild media panic ensued</a> after some florists reported they might not get their Valentine bouquets out in time.</p><p>But when you express yourself with flowers, do you know what you're actually saying?</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:00:01 +0000 Julia Meek 26597 at http://nipr.fm When You Say It With Flowers, What Are You Saying? Waterloo Rapper Kidd Dash Takes His Act on the Road http://nipr.fm/post/waterloo-rapper-kidd-dash-takes-his-act-road <p>Hip hop was born and grew up in denser urban areas: places like New York City, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.</p><p></p><p>But Caleb May developed his passion for the genre, honed his writing and flow, and acquired his own fan base growing up here in Northeast Indiana, in the town of Waterloo.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Known as Kidd Dash, he caught the attention of H.Y.P.E. Magazine, and he and his team recently wrapped up their run as part of the Hype Nation Tour.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:44:55 +0000 Julia Meek 26449 at http://nipr.fm Waterloo Rapper Kidd Dash Takes His Act on the Road Interview: Arts United's New President Shares Her Long-Term Vision http://nipr.fm/post/interview-arts-uniteds-new-president-shares-her-long-term-vision <p>After an intensive five-month search, <a href="http://www.artsunited.org/">Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne</a> found its new president.</p><p>Their choice: Susan Mendenhall, Arts United director of resource development, who succeeds former longtime leader, Jim Sparrow.</p><p>Earlier this week, WBOI's own Julia Meek invited Susan to the Madge Rothschild Studios to discuss the organization, her new position and the fifty-year vision she inherited.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:17:40 +0000 Julia Meek 26013 at http://nipr.fm Interview: Arts United's New President Shares Her Long-Term Vision Listen to Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras Read Selected Works http://nipr.fm/post/listen-indiana-poet-laureate-george-kalamaras-read-selected-works <p></p><p>This week, the Indiana Arts Commission announced&nbsp;IPFW English professor George Kalamaras&nbsp;would become the new Indiana State Poet Laureate.</p><p>WBOI's Julia Meek recently spoke to Kalamaras about his work, the state of the poetry, and why the art of verse can be so intimidating. If you haven't heard it, it's a great conversation, and can be found <a href="http://nipr.fm/post/interview-indianas-new-poet-laureate-expression-and-connection-through-verse">here</a>.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:43:39 +0000 Sean Bueter 25209 at http://nipr.fm Listen to Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras Read Selected Works Interview: Indiana's New Poet Laureate On Expression and Connection Through Verse http://nipr.fm/post/interview-indianas-new-poet-laureate-expression-and-connection-through-verse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Indiana State Poet Laureate has existed unofficially since 1929, when Emory Aaron Richardson became the first by motion of the Indiana General Assembly.</span></p><p></p><p>The position was finally made official in 2005, with poet laureates serving two-year terms as ambassadors for poetry education and outreach across the state.</p><p>On Monday, the Indiana Arts Commission <a href="http://www.in.gov/arts/2393.htm">announced</a> IPFW English professor, George Kalamaras, would take over the position in 2014.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:39:50 +0000 Julia Meek 25120 at http://nipr.fm Interview: Indiana's New Poet Laureate On Expression and Connection Through Verse JG's Dan Stockman On Cicadas, Love Stories, and "Brood X" http://nipr.fm/post/jgs-dan-stockman-cicadas-love-stories-and-brood-x <p></p><p>Journalist Dan Stockman has been plying his trade for more than a decade here at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. And you’ve heard his voice regularly on WBOI, as well.</p><p></p><p>Now, he is entered the world of fiction, with his debut novel, "Brood X." He recently sat down with WBOI’s Julia Meek to talk about his writing.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:47:46 +0000 Julia Meek 23488 at http://nipr.fm JG's Dan Stockman On Cicadas, Love Stories, and "Brood X" Author Michael Martone Finds the Humor In Hoosier Life http://nipr.fm/post/author-michael-martone-finds-humor-hoosier-life <p>Though author and Fort Wayne native Michael Martone has been a professor at the University of Alabama's Creative Writing department since 1996, his Hoosier roots run deep.</p><p></p><p>He has more than a dozen books to his credit and is this year's recipient of the prestigious National Author's Award from the Eugene &amp; Marilyn Glick Foundation.</p><p></p><p>While in town this month for some of the festivities, he joined WBOI's Julia&nbsp;Meek&nbsp;to talk about his Indiana ties, his process and how the Hoosier State informs his writing.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:34:54 +0000 Sean Bueter 22270 at http://nipr.fm Author Michael Martone Finds the Humor In Hoosier Life