Julia Meek

Host, Folktales & Meet the Music

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for over thirty years. She is currently co-producer and host of Folktales, co-coordinator and host of Meet the Music.

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Arts & Culture
4:35 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Reading Into the Future: An Interview with ACPL's Greta Southard

ACPL Director Greta Southard views reading as a fundamental, lifelong learning skill.
Credit Courtesy/Greta Southard

The Allen County Public Library has been a part of Fort Wayne's social and cultural fabric since 1895.

What began as a single room in City Hall has grown to include a spacious downtown facility, with thirteen branches around the city and outlying communities.

In recent years, Fort Wayne has been cited as the Best Read City in the United States by Places Rated Almanac, due in large part to the library's collection and patrons' use of it.

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Arts & Culture
5:41 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Grooving on Guitar: An Interview with Bob Ferguson

Bob Ferguson, long-time host of WBOI's "Guitar Showcase", tuning up for a live station event at Headwaters Park.
Credit Dave West

Whether it's acoustic, electronic or bass, the guitar is one of the most popular instruments of the modern age.  And since 1987, April has been the official month in which to celebrate it.

When WBOI's Julia Meek wanted to explore the passion for the instrument, she found that she didn't need to look very far.

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Arts & Culture
4:15 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Memorial Park Middle School Keeping Music Alive in the Classroom

Sarh Beutel finds that music affords Memorial Park Middle School students huge benefits in all subjects.
Credit Scott Maack/Memorial Park Middle School

This March marks the 30th anniversary of Music in Our Schools Month. While Fort Wayne has a great tradition of school music programs, tight budgets and other factors can make it difficult for teachers and students to keep the melodies coming.

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Arts & Culture
4:49 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Illustrating Empowerment: An Interview with Carol Rossetti

Carol Rossetti's illustrations gently but firmly tackle issues and situations that women encounter daily, all over the world.
Credit Julia Meek

When Brazilian artist Carol Rossetti's engaging drawings of women and their self-empowerment stories went viral last year, no one was more surprised than she.

By now, her distinctive series of graphic renderings can be found in more than a dozen languages thanks to her "fan-translators," and are fueling a world-wide, solidarity. She says it's all based on a simple message: "be true to one's self."

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Arts & Culture
3:58 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Musical C!P!R!: An Interview with Johnny Commorato

Johnny Commorato's new Country! Punx! Reggae! Creative Studios enterprise is dedicated to three genres he considers most sacred and spiritual.
Credit Greg W. Locke

The same vision for promoting all things roots music that led Jonny Commorato to turn the Brass Rail into a performance mecca for those musical styles with his business partner, Corey Rader, now has Commorato undertaking a brand new outlet for his passion, which he calls Country! Punx! Reggae! Creative Studios.

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Arts & Culture
1:57 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

IPFW Strikes a Chord with "Monster Piano Concert"

IPFW's Chancellor Vicky Carwein and Director of Keyboard Studies, Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo will open Friday evening's concert with von Suppe's "Poet and Peasant Overture."
Credit Jim Whitcraft

As IPFW continues its 50th anniversary celebrations, the university is holding a rare musical event this weekend with its first-ever "50 Hands Monster Piano Concert."

The brainchild of Director of Keyboard Studies Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo, the event features 24 pianists, a conductor, and eight concert Steinways -- all on one stage.

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Arts & Culture
6:17 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Area Artists Aim to Wow Fort Wayne with "the BIG show"

Fort Wayne artist Owen Sanders discusses his Etch A Sketch work and other mediums he's exhibiting in "the BIG show" with exhibit curator, Candy Pease.
Credit Simon May

This weekend, Fort Wayne's first-ever show featuring work by artists with disabilities opens at Wunderkammer Company.

It's called the BIG show, and is part of the AWS Foundation's year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Arts & Culture
4:25 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Inspiration Through Music: An Interview with Hope Arthur and Lauren Tourkow

Hope Arthur and Lauren Tourkow gain empowerment through their music, and are proud to be performing for Fort Wayne's International Women's Day Celebration.
Credit Bonnie Tobey Manning

International Women's Day is held each year on March 8th to celebrate and encourage the achievements of women around the world.

It's a time for women of all ages to inspire--and be inspired--and here in Fort Wayne, festivities include a day of interactive artistic performances hosted by Creative Women of the World.

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Arts & Culture
5:16 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Spinning a Tale: An Interview with Storyteller Condra Ridley

Storyteller Condra Ridley feels that when we understand a person's story, we understand who they are.
Credit Courtesy/Frost Illustrated

Storytelling is a fine art, and some say a lost one. But right here in Fort Wayne, Condra Ridley has been plying that craft for nearly three decades, to the delight of young and old alike.

Getting her start while serving as assistant manager at the Pontiac Branch library, Ridley views sharing a story as an opportunity to pull people together for a journey, without even leaving the room.

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Arts & Culture
4:29 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Fort Wayne Rapper Goes with the Flow in L.A.

Rapper and Fort Wayne native DeAngelo Samuel (aka Nyzzy Nyce) has turned his passion into a career, and expanded his fan base to a national level.
Credit Courtesy / Alex Smith

Back in 2012, Fort Wayne native DeAngelo Samuel took part in a collaborative music project called HipHop4theCity, writing and recording the chorus for the resulting song and music video.

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