Conversations on arts and culture focusing on personalities, influences, and passions. Host Craig Martin highlights events and projects but concentrates on what led guests to pursue the arts and the passions they seek to share.
info_outline ART TAP episode 098 01/20/2020
ART TAP episode 098 On tap this week is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories, who happens to make his home right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette – Jonathan Janz. We talk about the appeal of scary stories, outlets of fear, allowing yourself to suck, being a “psychic vampire” in a historic place, and a life of creative writing.
info_outline ART TAP episode 097 01/13/2020
ART TAP episode 097 On tap this week is local musician, singer-songwriter Scott Greeson. We talk about his overcoming dyslexia through the inspiration of music, the Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana (SAMI), a new nonprofit recording studio at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation achieved with a North Central Health Services grant, and a unique presentation coming up with Dr. Will Miller.
info_outline ART TAP episode 095 11/18/2019
ART TAP episode 095 On tap this week are members of the cast and crew of Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl, presented from November 1st through 16th at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. I sat down with my castmates (I played the titular dead man) on closing night of the production to get their thoughts on community theatre and reactions to the show. We talk about wrestling with “odd” and very avant-garde scripts and sharing our fun with audiences.
info_outline ART TAP episode 094 10/28/2019
ART TAP episode 094 On tap this week are members of local band Frank Muffin. With me are Brittany Rees, Hans Rees, and Jerome Hemersbach. The Muffin group will be presenting the next of their annual album tribute concerts, this time celebrating Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, to be staged on Saturday, November 9th at 7:30 pm at Lafayette Theatre. The band plays a number from Rumours, as well as an original number, and talks about a project coming in 2020.
info_outline ART TAP episode 093 10/14/2019
ART TAP episode 093 On tap this week is Tippecanus Rex, with guest author and reader, local arts supporter, and yarn-spinner extraordinaire Shelley Lowenberg-DeBoer. Shelley and I read a couple of stories from Lafayette’s earlier and wilder days, highlighting more of the background of Ginger Wigglemann and a new discovery, the enigmatic Percy Hare.
info_outline ART TAP episode 092 09/30/2019
ART TAP episode 092 On tap this week is local teacher, actor, and improv performer Stephanie Bosma. Stephanie works with young people in the classroom and now in the theatre, as well as being a terrific comedic performer herself. And she’s directing a Civic Youth Theatre show, The Phantom Tollbooth by Susan Nanus, based on the book by Norton Juster, opening this Friday, October 4th.
info_outline ART TAP episode 091 09/16/2019
ART TAP episode 091 On tap this week is local artist Craig Whitten. Craig works in watercolor, henna, and acrylic from the Bindery Artist Studios in downtown Lafayette, and he’s a regular at art fairs thoughout the region. Craig will be exhibiting at Art on the Wabash, an art fair in West Lafayette, and he’s part of a special project coming up – a release event of the book “Come and Sleep” by author Mika Yamamoto, which he illustrated.
info_outline ART TAP episode 090 09/02/2019
ART TAP episode 090 On tap this week is a conversation with two people working to develop "To Kill a Mockingbird" at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. First up is local musician, accomplished singer-songwriter Jeff Anderson. Joining him is musician, performer, actor, and director TJ Rosa, who is directing the show. The two talk about Jeff’s contributions to the production as an on-stage “troubadour,” lending tonal sounds and musical transitions.
info_outline ART TAP episode 088 08/12/2019
ART TAP episode 088 On tap this week is Shelley Lowenberg-DeBoer, who has played the Tippecanus Rex game with me before. She has a creative work she shares, “A Short Biography of Ginger Wigglemann,” as inspiration for the upcoming Tipp. Rex project of creative stories of (un)natural history of the Tippecanoe County region.
info_outline ART TAP episode 087 07/29/2019
ART TAP episode 087 On tap this week are my first husband and wife guests, David and Thea Strand, local performers and arts supporters. We talk about shared experiences with local arts, including the Jefferson High School music program, and the dual roles of performers and parents of performers.
info_outline ART TAP episode 086 07/15/2019
ART TAP episode 086 On tap this week is Zach Medler, local muralist/graffiti artist and more. Zach’s got an exhibit opening soon at Artist’s Own titled “Squint.” It runs July 18 through August 17, with an opening reception during Gallery Walk on July 19 from 6 – 9 pm. We talk about the nature and challenges of graffiti and being a public artist as well as the wide range of media in which he works. Zach’s website is https://www.zmedstudios.com.
info_outline ART TAP episode 085 06/24/2019
ART TAP episode 085 On tap this week are friends from the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering, coming this weekend, June 28th– 30th in Battle Ground, Indiana. With me are Karah Rawlings, Executive Director of Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering, and board president Cliff Harrison, as well as members of the Bum Ditty Barn Dance Band, who will be performing at the festival.
info_outline ART TAP episode 084 06/18/2019
ART TAP episode 084 On tap this week are improv and podcasting buds who contribute to the “Adventures in Videoland” podcast, Doug Pruim and Gary McFall. The boys share their early experiences with acting and singing, a fascinating discussion of reading imaginatively, developing artistic skills through Photoshopped nipple work, and their shared experiences with improv. You can catch Gary and Doug in a One Size Fits All performance this Friday, June 21 at Bobby T’s on campus at 8:00 pm. Be sure to catch it!
info_outline ART TAP episode 083 06/03/2019
ART TAP episode 083 On tap this week is TJ Rosa, Purdue University student, local musician, and volunteer at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette as an actor, director, and educator. TJ talks about taking on the directing challenges of the American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee this fall at Civic Theatre, and three shows at the upcoming 7th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival. Make sure to catch it this weekend, June 7th, 8th, and 9th. She also shares her original song, "Travis."
info_outline ART TAP episode 082 05/28/2019
ART TAP episode 082 On tap this week is an introduction to a special project in which ART TAP will play host to creative storytelling from the community. “Tippecanus Rex” will be a story project celebrating the (un)natural history of Tippecanoe County, Indiana through mythical beasts, imagined histories and fake statistics. Creative works of writers, performers, and musicians will be selected for “major awards” and broadcast on this podcast! Entries will be due Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019!
info_outline ART TAP episode 081 05/20/2019
ART TAP episode 081 On tap this week are friends from Lafayette Citizens Band, promoting itself as "Music that Brings the Community Together Every Summer". With me are Jenn Tordil and Krista Steinmetz. Jenn is Vice President of the Board and Krista is a board member on the PR community – “the face of the band.” We talk a bit about the history of the band, the aspects of playing outdoors in the summer, and the upcoming season of performances.
info_outline ART TAP episode 080 05/14/2019
ART TAP episode 080 On tap this week are friends from CHiPS, or Community Historic Project Support, which highlights the City of West Lafayette's heritage through the identification and acquisition of significant historic properties throughout the West Lafayette community.
info_outline ART TAP episode 079 05/07/2019
ART TAP episode 079 On tap this week (again) are my friends Amy Long and Cindy Gerlach, from the Live765 arts section of the Lafayette Journal and Courier. We meet occasionally to review and discuss the things we’ve seen and experienced in the area, and to recognize the efforts that are not getting much formal recognition. So what's happened since December...?
info_outline ART TAP episode 078 04/08/2019
ART TAP episode 078 On tap this week is John Clare, music director at WBAA Public Radio from Purdue University. John is a classical music host, a videographer, and an accomplished violinist. John surprisingly talks a lot about art (visual) while describing music (classical).
info_outline ART TAP episode 077 04/01/2019
ART TAP episode 077 On tap this week is Amy Lynn Budd, Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University Theatre. Amy was our guest in episode 011 and she’s back to discuss a new project, “She Kills Monsters,” opening April 12th. Amy also talks about a recent course in which she collaborated, designed to explore the musical “Hamilton” from very creative perspectives.
info_outline ART TAP episode 076 03/18/2019
ART TAP episode 076 On tap this week is Jake Wood, scenic artist and properties manager for Purdue University Theatre. Jake talks about getting into scenic work, some of the challenges of painting for theatre as part of a technical team, and presenting theatre in a university system.
info_outline ART TAP episode 074 03/04/2019
ART TAP episode 074 On tap this week is a group of my friends, that I’m calling the Comics Guys, gentlemen from various walks of life I’ve called together to talk about something near and dear to our hearts – comic books. On hand are writer and editor and previous guest on the ART TAP podcast, Brian K. Morris; Keith Long, Vice President of W. H. Long Companies; and actor, teacher, and technical director at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Trey Gorden.
info_outline ART TAP episode 073 02/25/2019
ART TAP episode 073 On tap this week is Mark Ruschman, senior curator of art and culture for the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. Mark went from managing his own art gallery in downtown Indianapolis, which featured Indiana creatives, to curating exhibits of Indiana artists for the State Museum. He shares a number of historical and contemporary Look-up links that examine the wide-ranging Indiana arts scene.
info_outline ART TAP episode 072 02/18/2019
ART TAP episode 072 On tap this week is Julia Muney Moore, Director of Public Art at the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Julia directs and manages all aspects of public art programs for the Arts Council of Indianapolis, including project development, execution, and maintenance of individual works of art. She talks about how artists can work with neighborhoods and communities to not just enhance shared spaces but to draw attention with the artwork to what makes those areas unique and important.
info_outline ART TAP episode 071 02/11/2019
ART TAP episode 071 On tap this week is State Representative Sheila Klinker, who represents Indiana House District 27. Sheila was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1982 and she is a member of the Education, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety, and Ways and Means committees. Her personal arts background is in vocal music and she is a tireless supporter of, and very colorful presence in, the arts and education in this region.
info_outline ART TAP episode 070 01/28/2019
ART TAP episode 070 On tap this week is Kate Walker, actor, director, and Director of Communications for the Office of the Provost at Purdue University. We discuss her work in telecommunications and theatre, her eventual turn as “big musical” director at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, and the current production of “Into the Woods.”
info_outline ART TAP episode 069 01/21/2019
ART TAP episode 069 On tap this week is a conversation with Michael Crowthers, Curator of Collections, Exhibitions, and Education at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. We discuss his personal work with sculpture and his eventual turn to exhibition preparation and curating at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, http://www.artlafayette.org. Presenting artwork for audiences is a more challenging and thoughtful process than most might think, and we burrow in for an edition of “Gallery Guy Talk.”