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Art Beat: Doing Art In The COVID-19 Era

As with everything else in our communities, COVID-19 has brought the world of the arts to a standstill. Galleries are closed and music venues are silent.

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Courtesy of The Stulberg Competition

Their Performances Uploaded, Stulberg Competitors, And You, Can Watch Online

189 musicians from around the world applied to the Stulberg International String Competition by the deadline in February. Then the new executive director, Megan Yankee, had to think fast when the coronavirus pandemic hit. This Saturday, May 16, the semifinalists won’t be waiting in the wings of the Dalton Center Recital Hall to hear the winners announced. They’ll be at home, watching online like everyone else. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Yankee explained that she consulted with the Stulberg board, the adjudicators, and the semifinalists to see if they would agree to putting the competition online. The 12 semi-finalists will be judged on videos they already submitted when they applied for the competition. Each will also create a video of music by Bach. The videos will stream online beginning at noon Saturday, and the final results should be announced sometime after 3:30 pm.

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WMUK Wins Regional Murrow Award

WMUK’s Sehvilla Mann has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

A New Year, A New WMUK!

New programming, new look, and the launch of Classical WMUK in 2020.

David Zalubowski / AP Photo

Western Michigan University launches a new four-year degree program in cybersecurity in the fall 2020 semester.


Kalamazoo Aerial Media

As with everything else in our communities, COVID-19 has brought the world of the arts to a standstill. Galleries are closed and music venues are silent.


A wide daytime view of an empty field with tall lights and empty stands. The sky is blue with clouds in the distance
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

This is the first in a series of stories about everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic, as told through sound.

In March, Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University sent most of their students home because of the virus. That has meant a big change in the soundscape around Gail Griffin’s house.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Professors at Western Michigan University will take a 2.25 percent pay cut starting in July. That’s to help offset the university’s losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reduction is part of a contract extension with the faculty union, WMU's chapter of the American Association of University Professors. 

A new survey says nonprofit groups in southwest Michigan are feeling pressure because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Ed Andrieski / AP Photo

Western Michigan University sociologist Ron Kramer no longer uses the term “climate change.” He calls it the "climate crisis."


A post with three groups of train signals, red and green, is prominent in the foreground. There are more signals above the track in the background.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Train travel has gone off a cliff in Michigan and the rest of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the shutdown does have an upside for Amtrak’s Michigan lines.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A new program could help some small businesses in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek get through the coronavirus pandemic.


Andrew Robins / WMUK

Michigan Congressman Justin Amash says he won't be running for President this year. He made the announcement on Twitter Saturday three weeks after launching an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian Presidential nomination. 

Kalamazoo Schools Face Dire Budget Outlook

May 15, 2020
John McNeill / WMUK

The COVID-19 pandemic could have a devastating impact on the Kalamazoo Public Schools well into the next school year and beyond.

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