WBAA Arts Spotlight

1st Wednesday of each month

The prominence of numerous artists and musicians in the Greater Lafayette and surrounding communities not only makes our community a wonderful place to live, but a great place to move to and stay. Art is frequently called upon to demonstrate that it leads to gains in other areas; economic growth, better test scores and overall educational improvements and stronger, safer communities. Art is an integral part of our human culture and should be celebrated, which is why in 2014 WBAA launched the a monthly series called the WBAA Arts Spotlight. 

This program, which features fine and performing arts organizations in Greater Lafayette and surrounding areas, airs the first Wednesday of every month on WBAA News on AM 920 and 101.3 FM at 7:51 a.m. and again at 6:21 p.m. Podcasts are also created and archived here for on-demand listening at your convenience. 

If you have any events, exhibits or other information that you think might be of interest to this program, please let us know by contacting us at arts@wbaa.org. You can also always submit your event to our events calendar, which is visited frequently by our listeners and from which WBAA draws its public service announcements.

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WBAA’s John Clare talks with Clayton Lein, of the Lafayette Chamber Singers. They’ll discuss the organization’s origins and history, and preview their concert this weekend.


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Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 31 languages. Mandel is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. Station Eleven is the focus of the 1st annual BIG READ for the Purdue English Department and West Lafayette Public Library.

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Established in 1931, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is proud to be one of the oldest continuously active theatre organizations in the state. Civic found a permanent performance space in 1978 at the Monon Depot at 5th and North Streets in downtown Lafayette. 

John Clare talks to the new Managing Director of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Rachel Lopez, about volunteering, the history of the theater and upcoming productions.

Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

This month, the Metropolitan Opera has two live HD broadcasts in theaters (locally at Wabash Landing 9 - 300 E. State Street, West Lafayette), and are heard on 101.3FM. “Live in HD Ambassadors” volunteer to help build HD audiences throughout the country. Joyce Field is one such volunteer, and spoke with WBAA Music Director John Clare about the operas, experience, and how she became an ambassador.

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John Clare talks to Executive Director Leslie Martin Conwell, and Education/Event Coordinator Lauren Reed of the Farm at Prophetstown, a 1920’s farmstead highlighting sustainable agriculture, homesteading, heirloom gardening, and farm to table cooking. Activities go throughout the year, and Conwell and Reed discuss the most popular events, plus ways to volunteer.

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The Wabash Valley Youth Symphony present their 17th season opening concert Sunday, November 12th at 7 pm at the Long Center for the Arts in Lafayette. The program includes Mendelssohn's Fifth Symphony "Reformation," and two works by Maurice Ravel, the Mother Goose Suite, and Tzigane - featuring violinist Christina Shi.

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Boilermaker fans and alumni are excited about a new brew, and there's a new place that it can be enjoyed. Boiler Gold debuted at the opening Purdue football game in September 2017, and is now available exclusively in Ross-Ade Stadium, and the newly renovated 1869 Tap Room. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Purdue's Brian Farkas, Bryan Gutridge, and Shannen Jordan to get the scoop.

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The 50th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon takes place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Craig Hadley, executive director and Leslie Martin Conwell, event manager about the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and their upcoming celebration.

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John Clare talks to Kati Davis of the Loving Heart Animal Shelter, a no-kill animal shelter and adoption organization. Activities coming up this month include the BOW WOW Film Fest on Sunday, August 6th, and the 2nd Annual Sizzlin' Summer Fest on Saturday, August 19th.

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

John Clare talks to several members of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, including the museum’s Executive Director Kendall Smith, about the history of the museum and upcoming exhibits.

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