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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.

Roberts Street Studio - Studio Crawl

Oct 4, 2019
Roberts Street Studio

The weekend of October 5th and 6th, 2019 is the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl, and one of the studios you can visit is the Roberts Street Studio.  It is unusual (though not unique) in the Crawl in having multiple artists (6) practicing different types of art.  James Wolberg talks about what you can expect to see and what is like working in a group arts environment.

Steve Revland Studio Crawl Preview

Oct 3, 2019
Steve Revland

The Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl is October 5th qand 6th, 2019.  Steve Revland has made furniture that is also art for his entire adult life, and has 35 new pieces he has been working on for this event.  In this interview he talks about the nature of his pieces and working as an artist.

Emily Vieweg's Bipolar Poem

Jul 15, 2019
Starling Artistry

Emily Vieweg is a Fargo poet with a growing reputation  One particular poem she is reputed for is "Bipolar Is..."  Here, she discusses with Bill Thomas making a "Poem Video" about it, and how the poem has attached to her -- and that she is OK with that.  The piece concludes with an energetic, live-audience reading of the poem. 

Doug Hamilton visits with the assistant director and three of the cast.

Emily Vieweg's Book is Coming + A Proto-Sonnet

Jul 11, 2019
Adrianne Mathiowetz Photograph

Bill Thomas asks Emily Vieweg (Fargo poet) what is coming up for her. She talks about working on a complete book of her poems so far (and how a grant has helped), and also about her project to convert 30 poems into sonnets.  Then we hear her read one of the poems that is not yet a sonnet. 

Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphony -- Tiana Grise

Jul 3, 2019

Tiana Grise was in the youth symphony when she grew up in Missoula, Montana.  Now she is in charge of the Fargo-Moorhead youth symphonies -- plural.  It has grown into multiple groups.  She talks about that growth, the value for students in participating, and what it takes to be a student musician.  

This is a talk given by Dr. René Clausen previewing his work, with flutist Deb Harris playing a Native American flute, and saxophonist Russell Peterson, performing examples from the work.  It is part of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra's "Urban Overture" series, aimed at young adults.

The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony said about this piece:

A Lone Flute in a Big Room: Tiana Grise

Jun 27, 2019

Tiana Grise has been playing the flute for "a million years." She teaches at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and is Executive Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies. She was playing in a big, resonant room and loved the sound. So she came to the idea of an immersive, continuous performance in such a space. With the help of a grant from The Arts Partnership, she has commissioned a piece to be written for it -- and acquired technology to make it work.  


Emily Vieweg, a poet living in Fargo, got a commission from the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre to write a poem responding to their production of "The Laramie Project." That play is a work of documentary theatre about the murder of Matthew Shepard. She speaks with Bill Thomas about the process, and then we hear her reading of the poem.

This piece is funded in part by The Arts Partnership, with support from the Cities of fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

Waasamoo-Beshizi, Cecilia Fire Thunder

Jun 22, 2019
Bill Thomas

Cecilia Fire Thunder gave this talk at the Plains Art Museum because four of the (very meaningful) dolls she makes are part of the Waasamoo-Beshizi exhibition. Cecilia says making the dolls is part of healing for her, and she talks about her life, accomplishments, and the things she needed to heal from. Relocated from Pine Ridge to Los Angeles as a child with her family, as part of an assimilation effort, she began as a nurse and went on to an interesting, activist career in health care. She returned to Pine Ridge as an adult and ended up doing a controversial turn as Tribal Chair.