State Of The Artist Thousands of artists call Illinois home. In our new series, Connie Kuntz interviews them in the locations that inspire them. Listen to State Of The Artist during Morning Edition on 89.5 and WNIJ.org.
State Of The Artist

State Of The Artist

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Thousands of artists call Illinois home. In our new series, Connie Kuntz interviews them in the locations that inspire them. Listen to State Of The Artist during Morning Edition on 89.5 and WNIJ.org.

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State Of The Artist: A Generous Heart And All That

Kim Schultz is an actor, writer, storyteller, and refugee advocate. She has lived in Chicago for six years. I followed her to the places that are meaningful to her in and around Chicago. I started the interview process at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin where Kim gave an author talk, spoke about refugee issues, and sold copies of her book, Three Days in Damascus: A Memoir. There I asked her if she'd like to do a SOTA interview, and she said, "Yes." I suspected she would because Kim is

State Of The Artist: Here, Go Make Some Stuff

Every morning at Art Camp, the bell rings at 10:30 and nearly 30 kids from Rockford and Peoria gather in a circle and "sing hello." That means every child is musically greeted by their name so they know they are welcomed, recognized, and loved. After the song, the campers break off into groups organized by age. They learn different disciplines of art including dance, drama, visual arts, gardening and cooking. This is Ann Rundall's Art Camp. Many of the camp leaders are children or grandchildren

State Of The Artist: You Can't Run Away From Being An Artist

Rockford drummer and dancer Blazey Dickenso is 23 years old. He is originally from Kenya, Africa and has lived in Illinois for three months. Though new to the state, the young man is lovingly connected to the land, the water, and his spiritual community. I followed Blazey to three locations that inspire him as an artist. We first met at Rockford Baha'i Center . It is a spiritual gathering place for the Baha'i community and it is tucked inside the Highcrest Shopping Centre. Blazey unlocked the

State Of The Artist: These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Mixed Media Artist Norm Knott lives with his partner Steve Beard in Rockford. On a grey day in May, I drove to their neighborhood in northwest Rockford, parked my car, and walked up to their house. From the street, the rambler seemed ordinary, but the closer I got to the front door, things changed. Delightful statues and artifacts frame the path. With each step, I could feel myself relax. As nice as that was, it was nothing like the moment of stepping into their home. I felt like Dorothy

State Of The Artist: A River Runs Through Her

Caitlyn Baylor is the newest executive director for Rockford Area Arts Council . She is also a dancer who specializes in site specific choreography with her identical twin sister, Meghan Baylor. Most hours of the week, the dancer is serving RAAC's mission which is, "Support, promote, and develop the arts for everyone in Winnebago, DeKalb, Boone, and Ogle counties." On a misty day in April, she took me to the places that inspired her creativity early on — schools . The first stop on our

State Of The Artist: Dance To The Beep

State Of The Artist features artists in the places that inspire them; the places that put them in a creative state of mind. For Jessica Miller Tomlinson , those places are actions. She preferred to interview when she was in transit because motion is the "place" that inspires her. So Jessica's interview is a reflection of her passion for working or getting to work, or finding ways to improve her work. Our first meeting took place during our walk from her car to her dance studio in Gabel Hall,

State Of The Artist: There's No Percentage To Be Gained In Being Rude

Chicago Playwright Douglas Post 's award-winning plays have been globally produced and widely published. He has been commissioned to write screenplays for Warner Bros. and NBC, teleplays for WMAQ-TV, and radio adaptations of his scripts. He's even been nominated for an Emmy. He is a founding member of Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble , is on the faculty at Chicago Dramatists , and serves on the Council for the Dramatists Guild . In short, Douglas Post is successful and I wanted to find out

State Of The Artist: There's No Percentage To Be Gained In Being Rude

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