Arts & Culture

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three Northern Michigan University groups are sponsoring an event opposing Columbus Day. 

The Native American Student Association, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the Native American Language and Culture Club are holding a petition drive for NMU to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

October 12 marks the day Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492.  For Native people it also marks the beginning of colonialism, suppression of their culture, and discrimination.

The Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba is presenting singer-songwriter Jack Williams in-concert Sunday evening (10/4/15) at 7pm at the center. I had a chance to talk to him earlier today... and we talked about songwriting... intimate concert settings... and being on the road.

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ISHPEMING, MI--   The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame has been awarded a grant to improve its grounds.  

The $30,000 comes from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.  It will be used to change the look of the landscaping, as two roundabouts will be constructed on either side of the building this coming spring.  The hall’s parking lots will be revamped, new signage will be placed, and a sculpture will be put in front of the building.

Dr. Marty Reinhardt, Associate Professor in Northern Michigan University's Center for Native American 

Studies, speaks with Nicole Walton about his part in an upcoming conference in Marquette.  

On September 26 St. Paul's Episcopal Church will hold Weaving a Tapestry of Respect and Dignity: A Focus on Racism and Racial Reconciliation.  Reinhardt and his class will talk about integrating Native American history and culture into educational materials.

  NMU's U.P. Beaumier Heritage Center Director Dan Truckey stopped by our studios to talk about "Off the Grid: Living Off the Land" an exhibit coming to the center in October.

If you'd like to contact Dan Truckey about being a part of the exhibit, call him at (906)227-1219, or email him at or