Minot Arts Podcast: a MAP to the Arts in Small Town America
By Minot Area Council of the Arts
The Minot Arts Podcast is brought to you by the Minot Area Council of the Arts in Minot, North Dakota and produced by Brandon Trondson with More Than Music. To learn more about the Minot Area Council of the Arts find us on Facebook or Instagram (@minotarts) or online at www.minotarts.org.
Minot Arts Podcast: a MAP to the Arts in Small Town AmericaApr 14, 2023
Ep. 7 - Creative Communication with Chad Gifford
High school teacher and Artistic Director of MSU Summer Theatre, Chad Gifford, joins Justin and Chandell to talk about the theatre's deep roots in Minot and its legacy of providing a uniquely comprehensive experience for its cast and crew. He discusses the importance of Arts exposure in education for students of all ages, and gives us the scoop on what we can look forward to in the upcoming summer season of performances.
Ep. 6 - Superfluous Shoutouts with Katie Dotson
Local artist Katie Dotson joins Justin and Chandell for a fun chat about her background in the arts, the ironic nature of memes as a response to societal stressors, the inclusive atmosphere of Minot’s arts community, and generously gives shout outs to many of her Minot favorites! Listeners can find Katie’s art at www.KDdesigns.art , on Instagram @kdmakesart, or on Main Street in Downtown Minot on July 13th at Arts in the City: Thursdays Downtown.
Ep. 5 - Extracting Expression with Greg Vettel
Artist and Director of the Northwest Arts Center, Greg Vettel, joins Justin and Chandell to discuss the arts as a process of “Making Something Mean Something”, the reflective nature of art and the creator’s environment, our relationship with technology in our understanding and expression of place and community, the impact of the arts on rural reinvestment trends, the history of the Northwest Arts Center, and it’s pivotal role in stewarding Minot State University’s art collection and bringing art and artists from across the globe to Minot.
Ep. 4 - Creative Catharsis with Randy McDonald
Local Artist and Executive Director of the Minot chapter of Together With Veterans, Randy McDonald, joins Justin and Chandell to discuss the therapeutic benefits of creative activity, his history with using art to “come out of the hole” of mental illness, and how he is working to help others reestablish connection with themselves and their communities through the arts.
Bonus 2 - Encounter & Exchange with Katie Ortman from Arts Midwest
Katie Ortman, Program Manager at Arts Midwest, sits down with Justin and Chandell to talk about her work with the World Fest program, the benefits of cultural exchange, particularly in rural communities, and the importance of showing up.
Bonus 1 - Song & Story with Päivi Hirvonen and Veikko Muikku of Okra Playground
Chandell and Justin sit down to talk with Okra Playground’s Päivi Hirvonen and Veikko Muikku to discuss their personal journeys toward using music to share and celebrate their Finnish traditions through Okra Playground’s unique electro-folk sound with audiences all over the world. They speak on the important role that music education played in their lives, the band’s collaborative and research-based creative process, the rich musical traditions that are woven into the history of Finnish culture, and the sometimes-eerie relevance that old stories have in our modern world. Päivi and Veikko share some of their favorite experiences from their US residencies through Arts Midwest’s World Fest program, reflect on why the opportunity has been important to them, and share their advice for aspiring artists.
Ep. 3 - Incredibly Important Irrelevance with Arvin K. Davis Jr.
Local artist Arvin K. Davis Jr. joins Justin and Chandell to discuss creativity’s inherently compulsive nature, finding inspiration and renewed artistic freedom in the seemingly absurd, confronting the vulnerability of pursuing art as a profession, his perspective on the evolution of Minot’s arts ecosystem, and the hard work and collaboration that goes into building a sustainable arts hub in a growing rural community. Arvin reflects on the debut of the Candy Clown experience, shares an update on his on-going DOOM Banana project, and encourages us to look for art in unexpected places!
Ep. 2 - Unapologetically Uplifting Artists with Rachel Alfaro
Mixed media fiber artist and Executive Director of the Taube Museum of Art, Rachel Alfaro, joins Justin and Chandell to discuss finding and following her passion for art, and how that journey led this native-Floridian to discovering her place in Minot’s art world. She discusses her philosophy of giving ALL artists a platform to share their works and gives us the run-down of upcoming exhibits at the Taube, their arts education programming, and shares her excitement about part of an international collection that will soon be calling Minot home!
Ep. 1 - Cultivating Community with Jazmine Schultz
Episode 1: In the Minot Arts Podcast premier, Justin and Chandell chat with local artist, community organizer, and co-owner of Prairie Sky Breads, Jazmine Schultz. Jazmine discusses her experience growing up as a creative in a rural environment, her passion for cultivating community, the benefits and challenges presented to artists in smaller communities and leaves us all with some inspiration and advice on how to be better champions of the arts in our local art scenes.