Maija Jenson

Program Director

Program Director Maija Jenson invites you to share your programming comments or to get involved at the station. KUMD thrives on your involvement, through member support, volunteer efforts and community participation.  Maija joined the KUMD team in 2008.  She is the host of the weekly arts program "Radio Gallery" and is one of the many staff, student and volunteer djs that make KUMD your community connection. She brings a lifetime of public radio listening, degrees in journalism and art and 15 years of public radio experience from KFAI, WHA, WSUM and KUMD.   Maija was raised in northern Minnesota by activist artist hippies with no TV but lots of public radio including the CBC, MPR and KAXE.  Besides music, radio, teaching and art, Maija enjoys an active life in the great outdoors with her family.    

Ways to Connect

Duluth Artist Carla Hamilton's a solo show called “Minnesota Nice” is up for one more week at Prøve Gallery, welcoming visitors to stop in during the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk on Friday, Sept. 28.

Hamilton's exhibit has brought a fresh voice inviting the audience to examine their cultural constructs and social discomfort that create and sustain disparity and inequality through collage, film and more.

The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis has a stunning solo show up for one more week, Faces of Change; Artistic Expression by Natalia Berglund.  Originally from Belarus, Berglund has produced a vibrant multi-layered exhibit of paintings and mixed-media portraiture. She joins us on Radio Gallery to share more about the iconic inspirations for her from women in fashion to Soviet propaganda.

You can see the Faces of Change at the Museum of Russian Art at 5500 Stevens Ave. South, in Minneapolis through Sunday, Sept. 23.

Ecklund

The week-long 2018 Plein Air Grand Marais painting festival kicks off Friday, Sept., 7.   An annual mecca for painters across Minnesota, this year touts lectures, exhibits and additional workshops open to anyone, not only competing artists. 

Stacie Renne, Janelle Miller

This weekend is the Duluth Superior Pride Festival, four days of celebrating the rich LGBT community in the Northland.  Thursday is the Duluth Mayor's reception at The Depot and Friday evening Zeitgeist hosts the DS Pride Exhibition with a reception at 7 p.m.

The Pride Exhibit includes work from 11 local artists and will be on display through September.  We spoke with local artists Janelle Turner Miller and Stacie Renee of Warrior Printress, an independent printing company in Duluth.

Cecilia Ramon

This Sunday, an experiment in art opens in the Free Range Barn in Wrenshall, Minnesota.  Successful Duluth artists Cecilia Ramon and Kathy McTavish stretch their creativity in the experimental lab that is, the Free Range Trials. McTaish is a coder, composer and multi media artist, while Ramon is a visual artist, meditation practitioner and UMD art teacher. This is an exciting pairing as these women are cutting new paths in media, mixed media and mindfulness in art.

Tommy Haines

The Haines brothers, originally from Mt. Iron, Minnesota, are bringing their documentary film, Saving Brinton, to Duluth this Thursday, August 16 for a one time showing event. 

Photo courtesy of Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Are there environmental concerns about Minnesota's wild rice sustainability? The Sea Grant Files host Jesse Scomberg shares environmental research  and Native American history of the aquatic grass seed, otherwise known as wild rice.  Listen for more about the scientific research around sulfide and wild rice in Minnesota.

MN Sea Grant Wild Rice resources

Midnight Oil Studio & Workshop

This Saturday, August 11, is the 5th Annual Lake Superior Art Festival at Brighton Beach. Over 70 local and regional artists will be sharing their work on the beautiful shore of Lake Superior in Duluth.  

Local artists Allison and Jonathan Metzger are returning to the festival for their 3rd year.

Daniel Oyinloye

Local, Nigerian-born artist, photographer, storyteller and community educator Daniel Oyinloye joined us on The Local to share his latest effort, Mixtape Project 3.0. A collection of hip-hop tracks by young men in a local youth residential program, The Mixtape Project 3.0 creators join Oyinloye and The Local host Marv to talk about their journeys.

The Soap Factory

Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant are Minneapolis artists who created Common Room, an annual project hosted by arts incubator "The Soap Factory."  The two artists lead a series of public space, art tours. This is not about public art, but rather offer new look at how public spaces are designed to create, enhance and steer your personal experience.

Mary RN @ Morguefile

Larry Weber shares weather almanac from the past month, nearly the warmest July on record and basically no rainfall as reported by the National Weather Service.  Monarchs, dragonflies and berries are all out while the songbirds have quieted down. The show-stealer today is the full moon, lunar eclipse and the close, viewable mars. Looking like mostly clear skies should allow for great sky watching this weekend.

NPR on The Moon and Mars

University of Minnesota Press

A leader in Minnesota's environmental history and graduate of Duluth Central High school and UMD, Grant J. Merritt joins us to talk about his book "Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment."  Merritt chronicles his family history in iron mining and how his young life on the North Shore led to a career of protecting the waters of Lake Superior, as head of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  

JP Renquist

The Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative and Hillside Youth Theater Programs are continuing their long-standing tradition summer theater with a production of Robin's Hood written by Jean Sramek and Margi Preus. Young people, volunteers and arts educators from throughout the city have been working on this summer's play for the last 6 weeks.

Robin's Hood performance information

Jamie Harper

"Salvaged Medium" is a stunning array of North Shore scenic paintings from Jamie Harper, on display at Pizza Luce in Duluth. His work is up through the end of August with a reception happening on Wednesday, August 1, 7-9 p.m. at Pizza Luce, located on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street in Duluth.

Harper, who lives and works in Winona Minnesota, joins us on Radio Gallery to talk about discovering the arts after college,  his path to recycled materials his connections to Duluth. 

Animal Allies and Bent Paddle Brewing Co. have teamed up to raise awareness and funds. Dr. Shawna Weaver joins us with a preview of this months event, Animals & Environment, happening at the Bent Paddle Taproom, Wednesday, July 25, 4-6pm.  

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