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

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

KUMD is pleased to partner with the Alworth Institute for International Studies  to bring you Alworth International Lectures on KUMD. Recorded live at UMD, Alworth diplomat in residence, Thomas Hanson brings you Trump and China with a full history lesson in China and US relations and insights in to what our future holds. 

Lake Superior Art Glass

People around the world will be celebrating the 47th Earth Day on April 22, 2017 and here in Duluth this mantel is shared through the arts.  The Annual Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop is a self guided tour through local galleries where you can meet local artists, take classes, watch demonstrations and buy art.

This week a unique intersection of art and science is on display in the Duluth community. Catch"Black Gold: Lake Sturgeon Zine Release and Art Exhibit," at Prøve Gallery with a gathering and panel discussion about the most ancient fish around - the sturgeon.

You can see over 40 sturgeon works of art on display in large format at Prøve Gallery plus pick up the zine, a printing off all the images. All proceeds from the sale of the zine go toward traveling this exhibit to communities on the Great Lakes including this Duluth show.

For Women's History Month KUMD celebrates Minnesota women using their strength to empower us all. Today we honor the contributions of, Erin Murphy; MN State Representative running for MN state governor.


 KUMD celebrates Women's History Month with a daily post about women in Minnesota whose work paves the way to equity.  Today we honor, Ethel Colmans; founder of Woodland Community Club & Duluth Women's Club.

KUMD celebrates Women's History Month with a daily post about women in Minnesota whose work paves the way to equity.  Today we honor, the Women's March on Washington; honoring women standing for women.


Radio Gallery: Ritual

Mar 28, 2017
Molly Streiff

Next week ceramic artists Molly Streiff and Andrew Rivera open their senior art exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.  Seniors in the UMD School of Fine Arts, Streiff and Rivera are showing their work together after many years of sharing studio space and throwing pots side by side.  Inspired by ceremonial vessels used in burial and the daily rituals surrounding food and drink, their exhibit  spotlights ritual in life and in death.

Their exhibit "Ritual" is on display Tuesday April 4 - April 9 at the Tweed with an opening  reception, Tuesday April 4, 4-6pm.

Together, women can change the world and this month we celebrate women in Minnesota who pave the way to equity, making a difference for women everywhere. For Women's History Month, join us in recognition of, Ila Borders; first woman pitcher in men’s Professional Baseball: Duluth Dukes.


 KUMD celebrates Women's History Month with a daily post about women in Minnesota whose work paves the way to equity.  Today we honor, Mabeth Hurd Paige; represented Minneapolis in the MN House 1923-43.

Together, women can change the world and this month we celebrate women in Minnesota who pave the way to equity, making a difference for women everywhere. For Women's History Month, join us in recognition of, Phillis Khan; longest running female legislator in Minnesota, retired.


For Women's History Month KUMD celebrates Minnesota women using their strength to empower us all. Today we honor the contributions of, Jean Regal; founder - AHC: Duluth Women's Mentoring Program at UMD.


Over the next few weeks I will be covering the senior art students in the UMD School of Fine Arts as they share their final exhibitions before graduation in the spring.  Currently in the Tweed Museum of Art is Nevada Littlewolf's "This is What Democracy Looks Like.

Opening Tuesday March 28th is a show of ceramic sculpture from artist Erica Kachinske in a show "called "Innermost,  about queer people and the space they take up."

Together, women can change the world and this month we celebrate women in Minnesota who pave the way to equity, making a difference for women everywhere. For Women's History Month, join us in recognition of, Nyango Melissa Nambangi; Minnesota African Women's Association.


Pages