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

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.

Gina Tuzzi

What are Plys?  Skateboard decks; made from multiple thin plys of wood.  This week on Radio Gallery the show's organizer Taylor Kline of Prove Gallery explains the exciting and innovative annual art event Plys with Purpose.  Artists from Duluth and around the world participate each year to support local efforts to build a skate park for Duluth youth.  Over 30 different piece of original graphic and fine art will be up for grabs this Friday.

This Week on Minnesota Native News, we recognized the 50th anniversary of the historic tribal boycott of businesses in Bemidji, Minnesota.  In 1966, leaders at the Red Lake Reservation led a boycott after inflammatory remarks were made publicly in a radio broadcast.  Catch Minnesota Native News on KUMD on Sunday mornings at 7am and Monday afternoons at 4pm. 

Minnesota Native News is compiled and created by Ampers: Diverse Radio for Minnesota Communities, an umbrella group for independent, public, educational and tribal radio stations in Minnesota.

The Alworth Insitute for International Studies at UMD presents The Brexit Revolutions” a lecture presented by Alworth Institute International Associate and former director Dr. William Henderson.

Adam Hinterthuer

This week on The Sea Grant Files we hear about the causes, threats and tracking of blue-green algae blooms.  On the heels of a large algae bloom in Lake Superior last summer,  there is a new App launched called bloomWatch, that  you can use to report sightings of Cyanobacteria algae blooms and be a part of future scientific research helping to understand  harmful patterns.  

Check it out

bloomWatch App

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