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 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.

The season’s major juried arts event, the Round the Fountain Art Fair takes place on the grounds of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse on Saturday, May 24th.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba talks to Scott Pazera with Friends of JAM about the organization, their upcoming events and Jazz Appreciation Month, which takes place each April nationwide.

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Purdue Galleries

Mar 5, 2014

WBAA’s Jan Simon talks with Craig Martin, Director of Purdue Galleries, about the new Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette and two new Spring Exhibits.

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Tippecanoe Arts Federation

Feb 5, 2014

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda speaks with Tippecanoe Arts Federation executive director Tetia Lee.

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