Maija Jenson

Program Director

Program Director Maija Jenson invites you to share your programming comments or to get involved at the station. KUMD thrives on your involvement, through member support, volunteer efforts and community participation.  Maija joined the KUMD team in 2008.  She is the host of the weekly arts program "Radio Gallery" and is one of the many staff, student and volunteer djs that make KUMD your community connection. She brings a lifetime of public radio listening, degrees in journalism and art and 15 years of public radio experience from KFAI, WHA, WSUM and KUMD.   Maija was raised in northern Minnesota by activist artist hippies with no TV but lots of public radio including the CBC, MPR and KAXE.  Besides music, radio, teaching and art, Maija enjoys an active life in the great outdoors with her family.    

Ways to Connect

A rare screening of local animation is showing 7pm on Thursday July, 20 at Teatro Zuccone.  A collection of films by local artist Jonathan Thunder is an exciting part of his new exhibit “Peripheral Vignettes” at the Duluth Art Institute.  

Matt Kania

This week you may see folks around town creating art in public with easels set up in front of vistas of ever-changing light. "Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord" returns to the Twin Ports July 9-14, 2017.  

This is a live painting festival drawing artists from near and far to enjoy time on Lake Superior, painting alone and in groups.  By Friday, the work will be ready for showing with an opening reception at Blacklist Ales in downtown Duluth.  The celebration is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday July 14, with live music and prizes awarded by the festival juror Matt Kania.  Matt is a plein air painter and he joins us on Radio Gallery.


Think Water

This week on Radio Gallery we spotlight a unique collaboration between artists and scientists and workshop open to all.  Disciplines overlap in many ways and the systems thinking brought forward by the national project Think Water is applicable to so many ares including the arts.  This week we hear from Kathy Neff of the UMD Fine Arts Academy and from Jeremy Solin of "Think Water."

At the core is the idea that change depends on thinking differently about research and education today. Held at the EPA in Duluth, The Twin Ports Systems Thinkers Workshop happens July 12-13

Anthony Adams

Radio Gallery: Play

Jun 20, 2017
Rob Atoms

The Duluth Art Institute is opening two summer exhibits on June 29, "Peripheral Vignettes" a solo show of Jonathan Thunder's paintings, and "Play" a group multi-media show about games. 

There is a new exhibit called Sinew at the Tweed Museum of Art bringing together the work of celebrated and accomplished female Native artists living and working in the Twin Cities.  The show was curated by Dyani White Hawk and includes the work of Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Heid E. Erdrich, Louise Erdrich, and Maggie Thompson.

Photo: Dusty Hoskovec

What starts at sundown and ends at daybreak? Northern Spark 2017.  Not your ordinary arts festival, Northern Spark launches with a  party 7-9 pm Saturday, June 10 at Thresher Square in Minneapolis and the festival goes all night from 8:59 pm Saturday through until Sunday at 5:29 am. 

Ingebourg Schwingel

Tune in Monday for a Memorial Day Special at 7pm Mine Enemy: The Story of German POWs in America. During World War II, some 400,000 captured German soldiers were shipped across the Atlantic to prison camps dotted across the U.S. Suddenly the enemy was hoeing the back garden, and sometimes, sitting at the kitchen table. Hear both sides of the story from veterans who lived this most unusual moment in history. 

Monday May 29

6:00 Making Contact

6:30 Counterspin

7:00 Mine Enemy: The Story of German POWs in America

Last year the Tweed held an incredible exhibit of paintings by Jeffrey T. Larson and this week marks a year of students attending the new Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art in Observation Hill founded by Larson.  A classically trained painter, Larson and his son Brock renovated the Old St. Peter's Church at 810 W. 3rd Street in Duluth into a fine arts academy; and along with their current students, are putting together their first public show. 

Kristi Abbott

With Bob Dylan being an avid artist, it's nice to see the week long celebration of the man and his music, Duluth Dylan Fest, will also include an art exhibit. Dylan has been painting and welding metal sculpture for much of his adult life and his work  shares a slice of the many places in the world his career has taken him. 

Man in red wig and gas mask with a white teddy bear strapped in front of his body and a cart of drums
Maija Jenson for KUMD

Saturday began with the annual Rock 'n' Run, organized by Alan Sparhawk of Low. A group of about ten took to the trails of Chester Park for a casual morning run scheduled to end right around the start of the kickball game.

Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe

It's Magic Smelt Party Time! Each spring brings the running of the smelt in Lake Superior and although smelting weather is the opposite of summer fun, Duluth has a party and the Run Smelt Run Parade all happening on May 14. 

Homegrown Music Festival 2017: Day 1

May 1, 2017

We're 19 years in to Duluth's annual celebration of local music, and we're happy to report that the scene appears to be as vital as ever.

Max McGruder

The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is just around the corner, kicking off Sunday,  April 30th, and Day 2 is dubbed Ancillary Arts Night. Monday's festivities mix art and music with a line-up that feeds the need to talk, talk, and talk some more about Homegrown, the memories of last year, new songs or bands and plans for the week ahead. 

Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop happens this Saturday and the students at UMD will open their studios for demonstrations and activities all afternoon, Saturday April 22.  Campus events also include a reception and awards at the Annual Student Exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art. UMD Art + design students Gannon McDonald and Jenna Casura join us to share the highlights of Saturday's Open Studio celebration.

1pm-4pm: Open Studio
4-6pm: Annual Student Exhibition Reception
5pm: Annual Student Exhibition Awards Ceremony

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