Arts Interview

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
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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Arts & Culture
5:49 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Embassy Theatre Creates a Midwinter Music Fest with "Down the Line 9"

Down the Line 9's two-night playbill showcases Wayward Son, Grateful Groove, James & the Drifters, Kat Bowser, Good Night Gracie and more covering their favorite legendary musicians.
Credit Courtesy / Embassy Theatre

The Embassy Theatre's "Down the Line" concert series returns this Friday, and by popular demand, they're changing it up, doubling down, and making it a full two-night, ten-band music festival featuring "Locals Doing Legends."

Featuring covers of classic rock, country, funk, new age, alternative music and more, "Down the Line 9" promises something for everyone, and Marketing Director Barb Richards says the unexpected is just what to expect.

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Arts & Culture
3:43 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Ninety Years Young: An Interview with Fort Wayne Artists Betty Fishman & Sue McCullough

Fort Wayne artists Sue McCullough and Betty Fishman enjoying the opening reception for their "90 Years Young" Exhibit at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke.
Credit Courtesy/Crestwoods Gallery

Fort Wayne takes pride in its vibrant arts community, and this month, the works of two legendary artists, Betty Fishman and Sue McCullough are being celebrated at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke, in an exhibit appropriately titled "Ninety Years Young."

The show features paintings, drawings, prints, fiber arts and weavings from their personal collections.

Eager to learn what has fueled their artistic passions, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Fishman and McCullough into the Madge Rothschild studios to discuss their experiences.

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Arts & Culture
1:45 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Drawing the Laughs: An Interview with Fort Wayne Cartoonist Steve Smeltzer

Fort Wayne cartoonist Steve Smeltzer says he actually thinks in cartoons, and naturally relates to life in a fun way.
Credit Courtesy / Steve Smeltzer

Cartooning is a tricky medium, and with fewer and fewer print outlets running daily strips, it’s a competitive one as well.

But for those with talent, drive, and a good sense of humor, cartooning can provide an outlet for comedy unlike any other.

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