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Art Beat

A weekly look at creativity, arts, and culture in southwest Michigan, hosted by Zinta Aistars.

Fridays in Morning Edition at 7:50am and at 4:20pm during All Things Considered.

Image of metal artist Kyle Burnett at work on a sculpture in his Battle Creek, Michigan, studio
Courtesy of the artist

By day he’s a product engineer in Coldwater, designing suspensions for vehicles. But at night, and during almost any other free moment, Kyle Burnett scavenges scrap yards for artistic possibility.

Johns Hopkins University Press

In parts of Africa where the disease is prevalent, they call it the “Lion’s Stare.” River blindness, or onchocerciasis, is a pervasive disease, spread by the black fly.

Harvey Wang

Dave Isay founded StoryCorps in 2003, inviting people to come inside a booth at Grand Central Station in New York and record a conversation with someone important to them.

Courtesy of the Artist

A shock of color, a slant of light in the dark: contrasts and opposites are what draw Tracy Klinesteker to pastel painting.

Photo of artist Kim Shaw's home studio with work table, tools, and artwork on the walls
Kim Shaw

For many years, Kim Shaw taught art to children at the Kazoo School. Then COVID happened.