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FM Arts

  • Hosted by Bill Thomas

FM Arts is a special radio series of profiles, performances, and discussions with artists in the Fargo-Moorhead area. This series is funded by The Arts Partnership, with support from the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre Carries On

Jan 10, 2020
Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre

FMCT's Executive Director Eloise Breikjern talks with Bill Thomas about the state of their building, known as The Stage at Island Park, which is suffering from a sagging roof and other damage thanks to a broken beam. The building is currently "shored up," and they are still making plans.

The Arts Partnership of Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo

Ethan Mickelson, communications coordinator for The Arts Partnership, tells us about some fun January events -- the "Fargo Famous" talent show,  the F-M Choral Artist's show with a newly-commissioned work, "Little Women, the Musical," and "Orange Rhymes with Purple," a new play by Patrick Kasper -- and he talks about the best way to communicate arts information to people.

Tuba Christmas

Dec 6, 2019

Four locations in North Dakota

Doug Hamilton visits with writer Carol Kapaun Ratchenski of Fargo, winner of the inaugural Birdy Prize for her new book, "A Certain Kind of Forgiveness."

Brad Kahlhamer

Adopted kids can feel like they're at a crossroads, especially when their birth and adopted parents have different cultural, religious, or racial backgrounds. Artist Brad Kahlhamer's birth parents are native. His adopted parents aren't. He explores this in his show, A Nation of One, currently on display at the Plains Art Museum. 

Arts Access for All

Nov 15, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019 – A common frustration among people with disabilities is that other people can't seem to see beyond the disability. An upcoming exhibition, Artist First, aims to challenge such perceptions and raise awareness about accessibility at museums. Sherry Shirek founded Arts Access for All after losing her vision to diabetes. Her husband Jesse, with low vision since birth, is an artist. They're looking for submissions from artists with disabilities. The deadline is Nov 18.

Scott Prebys interviews Monte Grise, director of the Lake Agassiz Concert Band.

Linda Boyd on Leaving the Fargo Moorhead Symphony

Oct 31, 2019
Fargo Moorhead Symphony

Linda Boyd talks about symphonies in the modern world, changing audiences, the special appeal of live performance, how deciding on pieces for the Symphony is like being in a cover band, and more, on the occasion of her retirement as Executive Director of the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra.  More at

Jo Verdis: Working with Alcohol Inks

Oct 18, 2019
Jo Verdis

When Jo Verdis found herself unable to work in her field of music, due to brain injury, she turned to paining.  She found alcohol inks -- which are just starting to show up in the fine arts repertoire -- and they really worked for her.  Not only does she like how they look, the process of working with them turned out to be especially suited to recovering from her injury, and regaining music.

Jo Verdis: Art Heals an Injured Brain

Oct 18, 2019
Jo Verdis

Artist Jo Verdis talks about how brain injury kept her from music, so she switched to visual art, and found music coming back.  She also talks about home traditions in her family that, while not labeled "art' were in fact artful.  "My painting doesn't come from a void".