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.

WBAA’s Greg Kostraba talks with Richard Fudge, President of Friends of Bob Live Music Co-Op. They discuss the organization’s history and purpose, and preview their next concert.

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Cinematheque for All

Feb 4, 2015

WBAA's Jan Simon talks to Steve Lincoln, host and organizer of  Cinematheque for All, a local weekly series of independent film screenings.

WBAA’s Greg Kostraba talks to Marion "Mo" Trout, Director of Jazz Studies at Purdue University, about the jazz program at Purdue. They also preview the upcoming Purdue Jazz Festival.

courtesy Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

Jan Simon 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.

Greg Kostraba talks to Bill Griffel and Steve Schlenk of Purdue Musical Organizations about the history and mission of P-M-O, as well as next month’s Purdue Christmas Show.

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Black Cultural Center

Oct 1, 2014

Jan Simon talks to Renee Thomas, Director of Purdue’s Black Cultural Center, and Bill Caise, Assistant Director, about upcoming programs and events.

Greg Kostraba talks to Lafayette Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Director Sara Mummey and Music Director Nick Palmer about the L-S-O’s activities this season, including concerts

and educational activities.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Ever try to move a piano? It’s not easy.

Last month, workers from Lafayette’s Northside Music unloaded six pianos from their trucks in a single afternoon and placed them along Lafayette’s Main Street and at two locations in West Lafayette.

It was the formal start of a public art project called Pianos For The Street, which was coordinated by the Tippecanoe Music Teachers Association and patterned after similar projects in other cities.

Jan Simon talks to Todd Wetzel, Director of Purdue Convocations about the organization’s mission and activities, including a preview of the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

Greg Kostraba talks to Scott Freeman, Program Director of the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering about the organization’s mission and activities, including the festival, which takes place June 27-29 at the Tippecanoe Battlefield in Battle Ground.

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