Rockford Arts Groups Adapt In Changing Times http://northernpublicradio.org en Rockford's Next Artists Thriving Outside The Mainstream http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockfords-next-artists-thriving-outside-mainstream <p>Art is a tough way to make a living. Ask any musician, writer, sculptor, or actor. Following your passion often means spending more time than you’d like doing something else to pay the bills. Today, we wrap up our series on arts adapting in Rockford with a look at some of the people creating their art just outside the mainstream.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:58:38 +0000 Susan Stephens 39524 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford's Next Artists Thriving Outside The Mainstream Individual Artists In Rockford Still Making The Scene http://northernpublicradio.org/post/individual-artists-rockford-still-making-scene <p></p><p>Throughout November, WNIJ is reporting on the state of the Rockford arts scene. The city has plenty of long-standing arts organizations. But there are also plenty of individual artists trying to carve out a place for themselves. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:52:44 +0000 Mike Moen 39219 at http://northernpublicradio.org Individual Artists In Rockford Still Making The Scene Changing Theater Scene Seeks Larger Audience http://northernpublicradio.org/post/changing-theater-scene-seeks-larger-audience <p>Home-grown theater in Rockford has changed significantly over the past few decades. Theaters have come and gone, and the people who present stage works for local audiences have changed as well.</p><p></p><p>Mike Webb is preparing for the next production in his 29<sup>th</sup> season as Artistic Director of Rock Valley College Theatres. He’ll open “The Wizard of Oz” in December as part of what he calls his “impossible season.”</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:20:10 +0000 Victor Yehling 38874 at http://northernpublicradio.org Changing Theater Scene Seeks Larger Audience Rockford Dance Groups Rely On Innovation And Collaboration http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-dance-groups-rely-innovation-and-collaboration <p>We continue our series on the arts in Rockford on a slightly different beat-- dance.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A group of women gather Tuesday mornings in a <a href="http://www.rockforddancecompany.com/" target="_blank">Rockford Dance Company </a>studio for a class on the basics of tap dancing. Instructor Theresa Sinks says the class is open to all ages and abilities and is part of a focus on improving wellness in Rockford.</p><blockquote><p>“It’s not just the five-year-old in tutus. It can be people well into their adult lives.” - Theresa Sinks, instructor, Rockford Dance Company</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:37:11 +0000 Jenna Dooley 38385 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Dance Groups Rely On Innovation And Collaboration In Changing Times, Rockford Arts Organizations Try To Keep Up http://northernpublicradio.org/post/changing-times-rockford-arts-organizations-try-keep <p></p><p>Some of the city’s older arts organizations are trying to adapt to a cultural and economic climate that is much different than when they were formed.</p><p>Joel Ross has been the artistic director for the choir <a href="http://kantoreirockford.com/">Kantorei</a>, the Singing Boys of Rockford, for 25 of its nearly 50 years of existence. He says an arts organization that wants to stick around needs to answer &nbsp;&nbsp;several important questions:</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:53:04 +0000 Guy Stephens 38148 at http://northernpublicradio.org In Changing Times, Rockford Arts Organizations Try To Keep Up