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The Colorado Art Report: Heritage camps for adopted kids, public input on public art and more
Colorado Public Radio

August 15, 2014

Drum circle at a Colorado Heritage Camp (Photo: Corey JOnes)

Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

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On this week's show:

A new public art piece in Durango has residents divided, and some critics are upset the community didn’t have more input before a committee selected the sculpture. CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman speaks with Jack Becker, a St. Paul-based public art consultant and national expert on public art legislation, about how much the public should be involved in this process.

CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones investigates summer camps in Colorado that use arts and culture to connect adopted children to the heritage of their birthplaces.

A new exhibition at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art takes a reflective and somewhat critical look at sports in the 21st century. Chloe Veltman views the collection with Associated Press sports writer Pat Graham.

In this week’s “Random Acts of Culture” segment, Colorado author, organic farmer and old-time musician Kayann Short shares her artistic transformation in the wake of an unforeseen storm. ​

CPR's the Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online at any time.

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The Colorado Art Report: A museum crowdsources exhibitions, a bagpiping rockstar and more
Colorado Public Radio

August 8, 2014

An exhibition prototype at the History Colorado Center (Photo: Pat Mack)


Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

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On this week's show: Aspen Art Museum’s reopens this weekend after undergoing $45 million in renovations. Aspen Public Radio news director Roger Adams reports on how the museum’s new structure is drawing criticism from some residents. CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones also looks into an upcoming exhibition at the museum that’s already stirring up controversy.

The Aspen Music Festival mostly brings in A-list talent from out-of-state. But the Colorado Symphony Chorus (CSC) is the rare exception. Host Chloe Veltman speaks with CSC conductor and founder, Duain Wolfe, about preparing 180 singers to sing three different renditions of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” for its 30th anniversary season.

History Colorado, the state’s preservation agency, has a new program that invites the public to help develop its exhibitions. CPR’s Pat Mack investigates how the organization is one of the few major cultural institutions in the country to involve visitors this way.

The Colorado Scottish Festival kicks off this weekend at the Highlands Heritage Park in Highlands Ranch with a virtuoso bagpiper as the headliner. But the musician isn’t Scottish -- he’s Spanish. Award-winning piper Carlos Núñez shares one of his Celtic tunes with CPR in anticipation of the festival.

Chloe Veltman catches up with Erika Randall, who received a special prize from “This American Life” host Ira Glass earlier this year after she choreographed and performed a radio dance for the CPR airwaves. ​

CPR's the Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online at any time.

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The Colorado Art Report: Star-studded arts festivals in Colo., summer reading and more
Colorado Public Radio

August 1, 2014

Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman
performs at the 2013 Aspen Music Festival
(Photo: Alex Irvin)


Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

Listen online here.

On this week's show:

Three world-renowned arts festivals -- the Aspen Music Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Vail International Dance Festival -- have made their homes in Colorado mountains towns. CPR’s Stephanie Wolf examines how these events are connected to their surrounding communities.

Chloe Veltman talks with the founders of “Mixed Taste” and Warm Cookies of the Revolution about how they hope to expand people’s horizons through their unusual cultural programming.

The Denver Botanic Gardens has set a new attendance record thanks to a current exhibition featuring the work of celebrated glass artist Dale Chihuly. CPR arts reporter Corey Jones investigates how the artwork gets from Tacoma, Washington to Denver in one piece.

In this week’s Book Club segment, three Colorado authors talk about the books they’ve been reading for fun over the summer months and the difference between entertainment and literature.

Brazilians use music, dance and food to express their passion for their country. This weekend, the Colorado Brazil Fest takes the same directive. Boulder musical ensemble Ginga shares a traditional samba song with CPR in anticipation of the event. ​

CPR's the Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online anytime.

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The Colorado Art Report: The Colorado Art Report: Making movies with drones, Union Station facelift and more
Colorado Public Radio

July 25, 2014

"Sceena Deer" by Mai Wyn Schantz,
print on aluminum (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)


Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

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On this week's show:

Denver's newly renovated Union Station houses 600 works of art by Colorado artists as well as historic relics. Chloe Veltman met up with the founders of Nine dot Arts, who curated the collection, to learn about the inspiration behind the project.

Arts reporter Corey H. Jones investigates how Colorado filmmakers are using specialized drones to shoot scenes for their movies without permission from lawmakers.

A pair of current exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs find parallels between Japanese and Colorado cultures. Chloe Veltman tours the show at DAM with its curator, Ron Y. Otsuka.

Su Teatro Performing Arts and Cultural Center is shifting from theater to music this weekend to celebrate Mexican-American culture with its Chicano Music Festival. Denver singing duo Yolanda Ortega and Debra Gallegos share a haunting folk song with CPR. ​

CPR's Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online at any time.

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The Colorado Art Report: Carbondale’s cultural vitality, spam sushi and more
Colorado Public Radio

July 18, 2014

(Photo: Courtesy of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival)


Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

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On this week's show:

The Colorado Symphony is one step closer to getting financial relief from the city. Arts reporter Corey Jones attended a Denver City Council Committee earlier this week where the City agreed the Symphony’s rent at the Boettcher Concert Hall should be $1 for the 2014-2015 season.

Colorado is working on growing its creative economy, and the western town of Carbondale is part of these efforts. Marci Krivonen of NPR member station Aspen Public Radio has more on Carbondale’s push to become a creative district.

Your taste buds may be the best way to experience the many cultures represented at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival this weekend. Chloe Veltman joins Filipina chef Leah Eveleigh and the Festival’s executive director, Erin Yoshimura, in the kitchen to talk about the Festival’s new foodie event, the Culinary Dojo.

An audit of History Colorado revealed a significant drop in funding levels for preservation projects. But History Colorado chief Ed Nichols says that the funding situation will soon bounce back.

At this year’s Dragon Boat Festival, Colorado lion dancers will compete for audience votes to win the first ever “Lion Dance Extravaganza.” In anticipation of the showdown, we asked one of the competing ensembles to record a lion dance routine for CPR’s airwaves. ​CPR's "Colorado Art Report" airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.

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The Colorado Art Report: Riot Fest’s unknown future, burlesque renaissance and more
Colorado Public Radio

July 11, 2014

Burlesque dancers Midnite Martini, aka Kim Townsend, left,
and Gail Winns (Photo: Chloe Veltman)

Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

Listen online here.

On this week's show:

Residents of Byers are debating whether or not Riot Fest, a three-day rock music festival, should return to the tiny eastern Colorado town for its second year. Chloe Veltman speaks with John Pettit, organizer of the South Park Music Festival in Fairplay, to hear how the producer of a similar event tackles community concerns.

Denver is gaining notoriety as a hotbed for burlesque dancing and, this weekend, the city hosts the 5th annual Colorado Burlesque Festival. Midnite Martini and Gail Winns, two celebrated, Denver-based burlesquers, talk about why the art form is flourishing in Colorado and how men are starting to step into the spotlight.

The human voice is a powerful sales tool. In this episode of VoiceBox, Chloe Veltman and reporter Alyssa Kapnik examine how auctioneering has become a vocal sport.

Crooner is a term typically associated with male vocalists. But that hasn’t stopped Denver entertainer Lannie Garrett from taking on the tunes of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. In anticipation of her show “The Chick Sings Frank,” opening this weekend, Garrett shares a Sinatra jazz standard with the CPR airwaves. ​

CPR's the Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online at any time.

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The Colorado Art Report: American women rebuild war-torn France, street art moves indoors and more
Colorado Public Radio

July 4, 2014

(Photo: Courtesy of American Friends of Blerancourt)


Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

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On this week's show: While Denver socialite and philanthropist Margaret Brown is most famous for surviving the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, a new photography exhibition at the Molly Brown House in Denver delves into her humanitarian efforts in France after World War 1. The Museum’s director of education, Jamie Melissa Wilms, talks to Chloe Veltman about the narratives behind these images.

A new exhibition at Museo de las Americas takes the work of street artists from the urban setting to museum walls. Arts reporter Corey H. Jones explores whether institutionalizing street art diminishes its purpose.

In this week’s Book Club segment, three Colorado authors talk about the books their parents read to them when they were young.

Umoja Dance Company, a West African drumming and dance collective in Denver, brings its driving rhythms and high-energy dances to the Colorado Black Arts Festival next weekend. The troupe gave CPR an exclusive preview of a song and dance that highlights how the performers use their instruments to speak to each.

CPR's the Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online at any time.

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