Arts

Holyoke Artists Celebrate “Paper City”

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

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Holyoke, Massachusetts is known as paper city….for its history as a paper manufacturing hub in the 19th and early 20th century. Two local artists wanted to honor that history…. through their own medium of choice….. which happens to be paper-making.  Karen Brown visited their art installations at a former paper factory. (Aired on WFCR, April 1, 2011.)

Sensory Friendly Movies for Autistic Children

Friday, January 14th, 2011

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The mainstream movie experience — with its 3-D, IMax, and surround-sound — can be too much for children with autism. As the national rate of autism diagnoses clims, parents and advocates have persueaded some theaters to tone it down.

This story aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition on Aug. 28, 2010 (adapted from an earlier WFCR story). To hear the story on NPR’s website, click here

Local Arts Scene Adapts to New Economy — Parts 1&2

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

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It would be nice to think that beautiful art is immune to the ups and downs of the economy. But fine artists in Western Massachusetts — an area known as an arts mecca — say they’re not selling nearly as much work as they used to. In part one of a series on the arts economy, Karen Brown reports on how regional artists are adapting their work to a more cautious art-buying environment. (Dec. 20, 2010 – WFCR.)

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The buy-local movement that has food buyers scurrying to area farm stands … is moving to the arts. In part two of a series on the arts economy, Western Massachusetts artisans are hoping to convince local merchants and fair organizers to prioritize home-grown talent.  (Dec. 21, 2010 – WFCR.)

“Rise Up Singing” Duo Perform in Northampton

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

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If you’ve been to a singalong in the past 20 years, chances are someone had a copy of the spiral-bound songbook, Rise Up Singing. Its creators, Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, are leading a singalong in Northampton this weekend as a fundraiser for the Friends Meeting House. They came to WFCR studio recently and spoke with reporter Karen Brown. (Aired October 2010 on WFCR.)

Artists Get a Piece of Health Reform

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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This story aired on NPR’s Day to Day on Feb. 4, 2009.

Artists are used to starving — and going without basics such as health insurance.

Artist Xylor Jane

Artist Xylor Jane

But thousands of artists and other creative types in Massachusetts are now getting state-subsidized health care. The artists say this allows them to more effectively contribute to the creative economy.

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