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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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.

Courtesy/Troy Ganser

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.

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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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Fort Wayne's cultural diversity has generated quite an assortment of festivals honoring the city's history and heritage, and this weekend, there's a new celebration in the mix.

It's Arab Fest, hosted by the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace.

Gabriel DeLobbe and Karen Thompson

Photography as a medium has been a perennial favorite among fine artists, amateurs and art enthusiasts alike.

And you might say it's seen a renaissance lately, now that just about everyone has a camera in their pocket.

Two veteran fine art photographers here in Fort Wayne, Stephen Perfect and Karen Thompson, learned their craft before digital took over.

Courtesy / Frank Louis Allen

Fort Wayne-based artist Frank Louis Allen is gaining fame around the world for his distinctive illustrations.

Originally from England, Allen now calls Northeast Indiana home, and galleries and collectors alike have embraced the unpredictable grace of his abstract work.

Allen is also an artist with autism, a discovery he made relatively recently in life.

This weekend, he'll present an on-site demonstration at Artworks, the Galleria of Fine Art in Jefferson Pointe.

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To many folks, barbecue is synonymous with outdoor celebrations and American holidays, and let's face it, there are about as many styles of barbecuing as there are opinions -- everyone's got their own!

Summit City Bicycles and Fitness

Bicycles first hit the streets in the 19th century, and since then, the basics of the bike haven't changed that much. At its simplest, it's just a chain, crank, two wheels and some forward motion.

What has changed: taste and technology. Today's sophisticated machines are designed to fit any lifestyle -- sometimes with a price tag that rivals that of a small car.

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