May 28, 2015
For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3868
Arts Integration Menomonie Spectrum West May 28
A five million dollar grant to fund Arts Integration Menomonie (AIM) will be discussed on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, May 28 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also feature the River Falls Community Arts Board, the 12th annual Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, and the Big River Radio Wave in Alma.
Host Al Ross will talk with Dr. Tami Weiss, a UW-Stout professor; who will discuss AIM, which is designed to encourage teachers to incorporate the arts into their curriculum. It is a collaboration between the university, the Menomonie area school district, and the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.
Steve Preisler, River Falls Community Arts Board president will be featured to talk about the board and its important role for the local River Falls arts scene. The board is a non-profit organization that facilitates arts related events and projects in the River Falls community.
Jim Oliver will share his conversation with Emily Kurash, the director of marketing for the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona. The festival will feature four Shakespearean plays between June 24 and August 3.
The show will also preview the Big River Radio Wave from the Big River Theatre in Alma, at 6 and 8 p.m., May 30. Al Ross will interview Big River Radio Wave musical guest James ‘Mudcat’ Grant of ‘Mudcat and the Bottom Feeders.’ The performance will be recorded for a July 4th special which will be heard of WPR’s Ideas Network.
Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie.
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