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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P.L. Travers' iconic English nanny, Mary Poppins, has been delighting audiences through the printed word, film and theater since 1934.

Now, thanks to director Jane Lanier, this classic musical is coming alive at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre stage, ready to capture hearts in a whole new way. 

In a word? Well, you know...it's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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Thanks to PBS39 and Cinema Center, the spotlight is on amateur film and video makers Wednesday with the 5th annual Three Rivers Film Festival.

The 15 short films in this screening represent animation, drama, comedy and music video genres -- providing what event coordinator Todd Grimes calls "great exposure to a variety of different styles and artistic direction."

For a peek "behind the screen," WBOI's Julia Meek met with Grimes and one of the featured animators, Sarah Jones. 

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Fort Wayne based author Anna Lee Huber published her first novel, a period mystery set in Scotland during the 1830s, a little less than three years ago.

Since then, Huber's unconventional protagonist, Kiera Darby, has continued to ply her detective skills, and is acquiring quite a national and international following.

After three successful outings with her lead character, Huber is launching the fourth book in the "Lady Darby Mystery Series" this Saturday.

Earlier this week, WBOI's Julia Meek met with the author to uncover the mystery of her literary success.

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If you're looking to explore new artistic vistas this summer, you don't need to look very far.

In fact, a quiet community not twenty miles north of Fort Wayne, in DeKalb county, is home to one of northeast Indiana's best kept "artful secrets."

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As far as Charles Shepard is concerned, glass sculpture is due for its big day in the museum world.

That’s why the organization he runs – the Fort Wayne Museum of Art – is holding its latest “Summer of Glass” show.

While Shepard says many museums see the medium as more of a craft than an art, he also believes it’s set to break through on the museum circuit.

But until it does, he’s happy to showcase some of the world’s best studio glass right here in Fort Wayne.

Tom Kelly

Award-winning Fort Wayne artist Tom Kelly has been cultivating his unique painting style over the course of a lifetime.

Kelly is a familiar name in town, not only for his art, but also as the CEO of Kelly Box and Packaging

Still, he often prefers to fly under the radar. But he's about to step into the limelight with a show at Artworks: The Galleria of Fine Art that begins this weekend.

Courtesy / Mick Foley

You may not be familiar with the name Mick Foley. But maybe you should be.

Foley is perhaps best known as one of the superstars who launched World Wrestling Entertainment into its most recent surge in popularity. Among fans, his marquee matches are considered among the most exciting in the history of the business, due to his incredible toughness in the ring.

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Summer will officially be here this Sunday, and to one Allen County resident in particular, that means it's time for a solstice celebration.

Troy Ganser has a life-long affinity for holidays, folklore and entertaining, and believes his new T.A.G. Art facility in New Haven provides a perfect (and natural) setting in which to host an interactive "Summer Solstice Fairy Party."

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Ganser earlier this week to discuss the pleasure of storytelling in this magical manner.

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Arts United, Fort Wayne's umbrella arts organization, is getting ready ask residents a big question: "What do you love about this community?"

Arts United is hoping to set an agenda for advancing arts and culture in Northeast Indiana, beginning this Monday, with a short "Quality of Life Survey."

The results will be presented in two public town hall meetings this July, and information from those discussions will be added to the final report.

Courtesy/Sparks of Promise Foundation

The mission of Fort Wayne-based Sparks of Promise Foundation, is to provide enrichment for local low-income children who show creative and academic promise.

Founders Linda Shafer and Kathy Todoran call their young participants "Little Sparks," and they've just completed their first year of programming. So, they're ready to celebrate.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Shafer and Todoran to learn more about the program and the excitement it has ignited.

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