Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:
1. Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi
On a quest to give their neighborhoods a facelift, six south Minneapolis residents get together to create a facility where community members could meet and create art together. Catering to artistic mediums that use flame, spark, or heat, the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center has already attracted attention and gained popularity in just a few months.
2. Susan Hensel Gallery
Produced by Jessica Folker
Most art galleries are governed by the rule of “look, but don’t touch.” But at the Susan Hensel Gallery in South Minneapolis, visitors have hands-on access to the room of one-of-a-kind books, including stories spun into yarn. KFAI producer Jessica Folker spoke with gallery owner Susan Hensel and local artist Jodi Reeb-Myers about their show, Readers Art 11, a national survey of artists’ books. The exhibit runs through April 23. For more information on this and future exhibits, visit susanhenselgallery.com.
3. Lou Bellamy Retires
Produced by Sabrina Crews
After 35 years of teaching, theater legend Lou Bellamy will retire from his position as an associate professor of theater at the University of Minnesota. Recently, the University’s Department of Theater Arts and Dance presented a tribute to honor Lou Bellamy’s legacy. KFAI’s Sabrina Crews has the story.
4. Winter Farmers Markets & D’Lish
Produced by Dan Greenwood
Twin Cities farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) thrive in the summertime. But with Minnesota’s short growing season and long winter, the relationship between patrons and producers is brief. Until now. Ann Yin, of Local D’Lish, spoke to KFAI producer Dan Greenwood about how she and others are bringing the market indoors, and offering delicious local products year-round. For more information about Local D’Lish, visit localdlish.com.
5. St. Paul’s West Side & District del Sol
Produced by Maria Almli
A collaboration between the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Chicano Latino Affairs Council features history of St Paul’s West Side and District del Sol. KFAI’s Maria Almli has more.