Minnesota Artists

The Jaques Art Center has been bringing visual art experiences to the Aitkin area for 22 years.  This weekend kicked off their latest exhibit, Community Canvas, created by people who live in and love the Aitkin area.  We spoke with Barden Heft the President of the Jaques Board of Directors.  He told us the history of the Jaques Art Center, explained the Community Canvas project and talked about what the Jaques Art Center brings to Aitkin. 

The lacrosse seed was planted in Maxwell Kelsey's mind when he was just six years old.  Life continued to nourish that seed throughout his formative years, inspiring curiosity.   That seed of interest,over time, grew into a full-blown passion, cultivating a love and honor of the game. He played as a youth and coached as an adult. He now makes lacrosse sticks - the great lakes style lacrosse sticks - out of wood and animal hide, in the vein of the old method.

Three members of the strings section of the Minnesota Orchestra stopped by the KBXE studio in Bemidji Wednesday.

Author Kent Nerburn wrote the novel Neither Wolf Nor Dog in the early 1990s.   Director Steven Lewis Simpson made it into a movie of the same name currently in theaters.  In this segment of Area Voices, we learn why Kent began his Native American writing journey and how he views the film. We also hear from Steven Simpson about the making of the movie and the reaction it has received from the public.

The Regional Arts Council System has provided funding and support for arts projects across Minnesota for decades.  For the first time, an arts council is offering a fellowship specific to Native American Artists.