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Friday was the last official day of KFAI’s Spring Membership Drive.

We’re grateful for the contributions of devoted listeners over the last 10 days and the studio is full of love at the end of “Crap From the Past.”

Thanks to every listener who responded to the call. Our goal of $91,000 is still in place and it’s not too late to join KFAI. Listeners support independent, eclectic, creative, intelligent programming. Even on Friday nights. By the time Simon started “True Brit,” donors had given $65,800. Join the 773 wonderful members who keep us on the air by clicking the “Donate to KFAI” button in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Thank you!

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After months of studies and community input concerning the expansion of the metro light rail, or LRT, into the southwest suburbs, a final decision is expected from the Metropolitan Council today, April 9, 2014. In a preliminary vote last week, an advisory committee recommended the LRT be collocated with the freight train traffic through the Kenilworth Corridor in Minneapolis. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges cast a dissenting vote, maintaining the city’s preference for rerouting freight train traffic through St. Louis Park.

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KFAI & UROC present Art for Healing
Thursday, April 10
2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis
Event details

KFAI and UROC—the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center—have partnered to present a special What’s in the Mix event on Thursday, April 10, at UROC: 2001 Plymouth Ave N in Minneapolis. Art for Healing: The Role of Creativity in Trauma Recovery features a panel discussion with art therapist Robin Getsug, photographer Wing Young Huie, filmmaker Catherine Kennedy, and gallery curator Hawona Sullivan Janzen. The conversation will be moderated by Robyne Robinson—artist, arts advocate, broadcast jouranliast, and arts and culture director of the Minneapolis Airport Foundation. The program will also feature readings from participants in The Witness Project, which focused on writing to explore topics of social justice, health crises, and domestic violence.

A reception kicks things off from 5:30 to 6:30pm, catered by Salsa a la Salsa, and the program runs from 6:30 to 8pm.

This event is being recorded for a later broadcast on MinneCulture, KFAI’s weekly arts and culture program, which airs every Wednesday evening from 7:30-8pm. UROC is also videotaping the event, and parts/all of the program will be available on the UROC website. It is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Event background

As part of its mission to find solutions to improve the quality of life in urban communities, UROC launched the Trauma Recovery Project in spring 2013. Building on the strength of community expertise and University scholarship in the area of healing and historical trauma, the community-based Trauma Recovery Project involves University researchers, community stakeholders, practitioners and representatives from the educational and faith communities in a multi-year project aimed at identifying and solving trauma-related issues of importance to the North Minneapolis community.

Last spring, UROC kicked off the Trauma Recovery Project by bringing together the daughters of Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a Critical Conversation on the topic of Trauma, Faith and Healing. This spring, its collaborating with KFAI to present Art for Healing: The Role of Creativity in Trauma Recovery.

KFAI has been broadcasting for more than 35 years. It is a volunteer-based community radio station that provides music, news, public affairs and non-English language programming. KFAI fosters social justice and provides media access to underrepresented communities.

Participants

Panel Moderator

Robyne Robinson is an award-winning Minnesota broadcaster, artist and arts advocate. Her new jewelry line, Pathara, launches on ShopHQ this spring. She currently serves as arts and culture director of the Minneapolis Airport Foundation at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Panelists

Robin Getsug is a licensed marriage and family therapist with an emphasis in art therapy who uses healing modalities of art and yoga. Through workshops and individual sessions, her work touches a variety of populations, including families who have lost children to gun violence. Getsug also owns Momento: Adornment for the Home—home designs using image, word, color, texture, aromatherapy, and the power of memory.

Wing Yong Huie is a photographer and visual artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Huie was named 2000 Artist of the Year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and is the author of five books including, The University Avenue Project, Volumes 1 and 2; Looking For Asian American: An Ethnocentric Tour; Lake Street USA; and Frogtown: Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood.

Hawona Sullivan Janzen is the gallery curator and special projects coordinator at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center. She manages UROC’s gallery and arts-related programming, including the Witness Creative Writing Workshop series, the U.S. Fifth Congressional District Arts Competition, and UROC’s involvement in the John Biggers Seed Project. A poet and a 2013 Givens Foundation Creative Writing Program Fellow, Janzen also volunteers with the Minnesota African American Museum and as the co-chair the African American Leadership Forum’s Ubuntu Council.

Catherine Kennedy was born in Liberia, and left her homeland in the early 1990s during the Liberian Civil War. She examines her experiences through documentary films and mixed-media installations, exploring the often difficult paths that bring African refugees and immigrants to the United States.

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Poet and playwright Amiri Baraka died in early January.
He was revered as an unapologetic champion of the Black Power Movement.
Baraka’s influence on American culture has been profound, and to celebrate his contributions a group of Minnesota artists have planned a major event for this Saturday.
“Spirit Reach: A Twin Cities Tribute to Imamu Amiri Baraka” will happen at 3 in the afternoon this coming Saturday, April 12, at the Capri Theater on West Broadway in Minneapolis. The show will feature Douglas Ewart, Toki Wright, Shá Cage, E.G. Bailey and many others, including j. Otis powell, who appeared recently on the KFAI program “Conversations with Al McFarlane”.
Here’s some of what Powell said about the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka.

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There is no word for “autism” in the Somali language. And yet as many as 1 in 32 Somali children in Minneapolis have been identified with autism.

Recognizing the need, St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development decided to open an autism day treatment program in Northeast Minneapolis. There, St. David’s is partnering with Somali staff and a Somali day care to help Somali children with autism ages 3-4.

The new program, a replica of the existing ADT program at St. David’s Minnetonka location, features a four-hour morning program supported by home visits. It uses a mental health approach in a small-group, natural setting to help children improve communication, social interaction, and family support. Treatment plans are customized for each child and subject to parental approval.

The Somali Autism Day Treatment program is accepting enrollment applications now for a four-hour morning program, supported by home visits, for Somali children ages 3 to 4. You can find out more by contacting St. David’s at 952-548-8700.

KFAI’s Sharon Chen spoke with program consultant Mariam Mohamed and St. David’s Senior Director of Autism Services, Beth Fagin.

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On Saturday, April 5th, a group of DFL activists will choose a candidate to carry the party’s endorsement in the contest for State House of Representatives in District 60b in Minneapolis.

The seat has been held for more than 40 years by Representative Phyllis Kahn. This year she has a challenger within her own party – recently appointed Minneapolis school board member and previous local office-seeker Mahmoud Noor. Noor is a member of the politically active Somali community in Minneapolis and has strong support there.

On KFAI’s Morning Blend, Rico Morales talked with both candidates.

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As winter lingers into early April in the Twin Cities, the annual May Day Parade and festival in Minneapolis feels very far away.
But the calendar tells a different story. On April 5th, a series of workshops will begin to literally shape the parade.
Staff artists at the theater will use storyboards to guide volunteers in the creation of parade floats and features.
The workshops are free and open to everyone, Saturday mornings and afternoons.
Workshops are also held on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

And a big kickoff and fundraiser called “Plant the Seeds” is scheduled to support the parade, featuring food, music and art making activities.
You can find out more about all the May Day Preparation activities at HOBT dot org.

Sandy Speiler is the Artistic Director for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. She told KFAI’s Rico Morales that everyone is invited to help make this year’s parade happen.

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The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival opens with more than 200 films, events, panels and parties. KFAI’s Cinema Shanty team, Kathie Smith and John Moret, bring you a look at this annual pageant as festivities begin.

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The Metrodome has pretty much disappeared from Minneapolis, with up to 80% of the material from the building being recycled.
In the meantime, work is underway to put up a new Minnesota Vikings and multi-purpose stadium that’s expected to open in the summer of 2016.
An essential aspect of the project is an effort to direct construction-related jobs to people who are underrepresented in the workforce – minorities, women and veterans.
Summit Academy OIC has been selected by the Stadium Authority to provide a link connecting people in these target groups with the employment opportunities they need.
They’re having a job and opportunity fair Thursday, April 3rd from 4 pm to 6:30 pm at the Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis.
Gary Courtney is coordinating that effort for Summit Academy OIC. He talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein, who asked how the project was doing on meeting diversity hiring goals.

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At a recent meeting of the Arab League, the emir of Kuwait said the United Nations Security Council must do more to solve the conflict in Syria, arguing that it now “threatens the security and stability of the world.”
Last month, top U.N. officials said that as Syria’s grinding conflict enters its fourth year, Syrians are set to replace Afghans as the world’s largest refugee population.
Millions have fled the fighting. At least one million refugees are in camps in neighboring Lebanon. Many others are in Jordan, but not all live in official settlements.
Some manage to find housing in Amman, where they wait for a peace that seems quite distant. With assistance from Afnan Al Wahsh, KFAI’s Erin Luhmann filed this report.

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