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Arts

Wanted: Mid-Missouri artists to create art on a downtown traffic signal box

A project to make art of a downtown Columbia traffic signal box is intended to deter graffiti and help downtown look a little nicer.

Summer Repertory auditions open to public

Auditions for the 41st season start at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Rhynsburger Theatre.

'Faces of Mexico' exhibit spans thousands of years

The student curator behind "Faces of Mexico," an exhibition at the MU Museum of Anthropology, wanted to focus on something that hadn't been done.

A revival for art education at Columbia Art League

The Columbia Art League has received a $20,000 grant from the 3M Foundation. It will be used for arts education programs for youth.  “It's such a tremendous boost for the Columbia Art League at a time when everyone in the arts is feeling the pinch, and a great endorsement for creativity in our community by a national foundation,” said Diana Moxon, the art league's executive director.

‘Genius Among Us’ follows young composers at MU camp

The documentary was shot by feature film maker Randy Sinquefield, an MU graduate, and follows students for one week. "We're all music geeks, which has kind of made us bond," said one student.

Healing, relaxing, and liberating

Pam Fleenor and John Benton have made a life out of drumming. For these two percussionists, hand drumming is a universal human experience, something they are trying to share with others.

MU trombone choir brings people together for music, service

The MU trombone choir, begun in 1992, combines school with friendship and community service for its 25 members.

Art reveals winter's varying shades

Two artists, separated by centuries and the Atlantic Ocean, offer distinct perspectives on winter in their artwork, displayed at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU.

Orr Street Studios director hopes to fuel community interest

For Elaine Johnson, living with art is like having "a varied and abundant group of friends." As director of Orr Street Studios, she said she hopes Columbia neighbors will fall in love with art like she has.

Disc jockey chooses music to help with the hard times

Each week, Steve Donofrio tries to keep his radio show relevant, even when it's reflecting the current economic situation.

Students prepare for music juries

MU music students have been practicing intensely for their juries, the music equivalent of finals. Sophomore trombonist Josh Kennedy said students perform in front of their professors, often with a piano accompaniment. They are graded on how well they play and how they have progressed throughout the semester.

The Fine Arts building at MU, which houses the practice rooms, has seen some students spending hours per day preparing. Click the pictures above to hear and see five students on the journey to the juries.

'Woman' fuses dance and theater

Moon Belly Dance Studio presents "Woman," a fusion of hip-hop, belly-dancing, jazz and theater, this Saturday at The Blue Note.

Patron of the arts promotes composition in MU music community

The originator of the Creating Original Music Project, a composition competition for MU and K-12 students, is working with the MU School of Music and others to make Columbia a center for composing and performing new music.

Palestinian author shares story of struggles and inspiration

Ibtisam Barakat has written a book about her struggles as a child growing up in Palestine. She now lives in Columbia, and she shared her thoughts on Columbia, writing and telling the Palestinian story.

MU professor chosen to create presidential sculpture

An MU professor was selected to build a 7-foot bronze recreation of former president Gerald R. Ford.

Chordbusters to perform Christmas concert this weekend

The Chordbusters will perform holiday favorites such as "Jingle Bells" and White Christmas" this weekend at the Missouri Theatre.

Broadway's Jana Robbins to direct 'Little Women' at Stephens

Stephens students involved in the production said hearing Robbins's stories and learning from her has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Columbia jazz duo finds inspiration in challenge, history of jazz

The Tempus Fugitives, a two-man jazz band, are inspired by John Coltrane and Miles Davis and are constantly working to improve their sound.

They find inspiration in the challenges, history and camaraderie of their music.

"We know each other well enough now that it becomes intuitive when the other one wants to stop, or where the other is heading (in his music)," Alan Arnold says.

Musicians check out of Holy Road House

Holy Road House, as it’s been called the last two years, is for sale, and Holy Road Tours Union, a nonprofit touring and lifestyle co-op.

'The Big Neal' returns to his alma mater, MU, a star

Neal Boyd, winner of NBC's "America's Got Talent" reality competition series, is still the same humble guy who visits his college town and takes his mom's advice. 

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