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

Gordon Coons 2002

Ojibwe Artist Gordon Coons continues with his Catalyst series at Intermedia Arts, Dimensions of Indigenous with Cultural Identity Politics.  Teamed up with Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra of Xinka-Lenca, El Salvador, together their work has focused on indigenous identity, storytelling and the impact of colonizastion.  Through collaborative art and public events, they move the conversation forward in and out of the gallery setting.  You can see their current work,  up through February 4, 2017 at Intermedia Arts at 2822 Lyndale Ave S.

Anne Labovitz

Minnesota artist and Duluth native Anne Labovitz is on a 5-year artistic journey celebrating Duluth sister cities.  Through conversations with people and leaders in our five sister cities and in Duluth, Labovitz has created works in paint, words and video that include, reflect and are inspired by these personal interactions.  In 2017 the exhibit will finish its travels to all the Duluth sister cites, culminating in a show at the Tweed Museum of Art in May, 2018.

 

Radio Gallery is a weekly arts program dedicated to sharing the work and endeavors of Minnesota Artists, encouraging everyone to seek out art and add it to their lives, their homes and their community and see how it can change the world.

This week on Backyard Almanac, Larry Weber details the dramatic highs and lows from this past week with a nearly 50 degree swing.  He shares the surprising fact that snow fall so far this year is average and answers a listener question about why the trees didn't drop all their leaves in fall. Listen for details about who is moving about over the snow and of course details about the Annual Christmas bird count.

Rubber Chicken Theater

The delightful creative troupe that is Rubber Chicken Theater does not disappoint with their holiday offering this month. 

Bob Dylan Painting
Erin Welch

Saturday on Highway 61 Revisited we share a special holiday show.  As always host John Bushey shares rare  and unknown cuts, none so dear as when Bob Dylan reads "A Visit from St. Nicholas," better known as "Twas the Night Before Christmas" first published in 1823. 

The Soap Factory has been a leader in the Minneapolis arts scene since the mid 1990s, and they are not slowing down in their mission of supporting emerging and mid-career artists.  Often focused on supporting the endeavors of artists in the Twin Cities, they have long welcomed national and international artists.  They truly believe in supporting the arts, through tangible financial support.  Their 2017 call for artists,which includes Duluth artists, "Rethinking Public Spaces in Minnesota" is accepting proposals statewide through Feb 8.  The link to apply is listed below.

Radio Gallery: ABZ

Dec 13, 2016
ABZ

This Friday, December 16 is a special night at Prøve Gallery celebrating the latest edition of locally produced ABZ: All Black Zine.  The show brings together artists, writers, storytellers, musicians and more in a multi media and interactive event. 

"ABZ exists to provide space for people of color to express themselves and share ideas." ~ABZ website

Unknown Artist c. 1890

Native art is the focus of this weeks Radio Gallery.  On Friday December 9, there is a benefit art exhibit and concert event hosted by AICHO in Duluth called Standing Strong for Our Precious Water.  Also happening next week at UMD, on Tuesday Dr. Karissa White is giving a lecture at the Tweed Museum of Art offering insights in to the Native American Art exhibit she has curated from the Richard E. and Dorothy Rawlings Nelson Collection and the Tweed Museum collection.  Dr. White presents her lecture Tuesday December 13, 6:30-8:pm at the Tweed.

John Frandy

After a well attended and enthusiastic reception at the preview for the Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity art exhibit on Tuesday, the Sami Cultural Center of North America will host another viewing of the exhibit on Sunday, December 11, 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Photo by Rob Wilson Photography

An update on Standing Rock from Minnesota Native News…The confrontation continues to escalate near the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Near the front lines, police have been spraying dozens of people with rubber bullets, mace and water in below freezing temperatures.  Contributor Roy Taylor talks with a mother and son from Minneapolis about their participation and support.  Minnesota Native News will be sharing an update from Standing Rock again nest week.  

Minnesota Native News airs Monday's at 7am on Northland Morning and at 4pm Monday's during the World Cafe.

KUMD shared an concert on Thanksgiving with Native American musicians Sonny Johnson and Annie Humphrey in an evening of  Minnesota music and stories of shared traditions. The KUMD event Ojibwe Then & Now included a full day of events celebrating Ojibwe tradition and bringing it forward, from the youth of Remer schools performing at the traditional walleye feast  to this evening concert at Weber Music Hall. This event was supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by Native Lives Matter.

Ryan Tischer

Small Business Saturday happens this weekend, November 26 and a few local artists have  collaborated to open a pop-up shop in downtown Duluth. Northlight Gallery is at 15 N 3rd Ave West, open 11-6 Tuesday - Saturday until the end of the year.  The Gallery includes work from Ryan Tischer Landscape Photography, Sweetwater Jewelry Designs by April Witzke, Glass work from Christopher and Abby Jo Robin and The Design Chic Upcycled Clothing including hats, mittens scarves and more by Lisa Perlick.

Rob Wilson Photograpy

This week on Minnesota Native News, the first of three updates on the standoff at Standing Rock over the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Listen for an update on the clash of interests around oil and water and  how this conflict has attracted the attention and support of Indigenous people around the world and here in Minnesota. With a Minnesota perspective, this week's guest contributor is Roy Taylor, member of the Pawnee Nation and host of “Indigeneity Now” on Ampers' station KFAI.

Rob Wilson Photography

This week on Minnesota Native News we hear community cries to bring Minnesota law enforcement home from Standing Rock, Leech Lake celebrates American Indian Heritage Month and educators begin a year-long course in Minnesota’s American Indian history. 

Minnesota Native News returns to Northland Morning each Monday at 7am starting December  5, 2016.

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