Resounds: Arts And Culture On The High Plains

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Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains features interviews with individuals and organizations creating art in its myriad forms throughout our listening area. Hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner bring listeners access to the creators who live in our communities and who tell our stories through their art.

Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner hear from Shane de Leon, a songwriter, performer, and improvisation artist living in Billings, Montana. He’s performed over 1,500 concerts in 20 countries and nearly all the states. De Leon is also the founder of Kirks’ Grocery, an inclusive space on Minnesota Avenue in Billings for creativity and communication.  De Leon is joined by artist Keera Rhoades and musician Ty Herman for the interview.

Anna Paige

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and part of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Joy Harjo is the first Native American to be named United States Poet Laureate. For more than forty years, Harjo has been a major voice in Native American poetry, providing leadership and inspiration. She is considered a major figure in the second wave of the literary Native American Renaissance of the twentieth century. Her work speaks to the resilience of Native cultures and inspires others to express themselves through writing.

Corby Skinner

In 2019, Melissa Kwasny and Mandy Smoker were appointed co-Poets Laureate by Montana governor Steve Bullock. As Poets Laureate and women from marginalized communities, Kwasny and Smoker aim to celebrate poetry as an art that fosters connection, relationships and bridge building.  In communities across the state they plan to share their poetry, their creative processes and how poetry can provide a source of understanding and hope. Through their presentations, they will collaboratively demonstrate how poetry can speak to issues of diversity and inclusion, landscape and the environment, and culture and history.  

Anna Paige

Jason DeShaw is a mental health activist and musician from Montana who has six albums to his name and tours extensively. Behind the scenes, Jason nearly lost his life to mental illness. He shares his story in schools, communities, and psychiatric hospitals across the country and received the Champions Award in Washington D.C. from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for “exhibiting courage, leadership and service on behalf of all people living with mental illness.”

Anna Paige

For most of his life, Bill Stockton was both artist and rancher. Though he wasn’t commercially successful in the 1940s when he began painting, he sold art throughout his 57-year career and found a sustainable existence. Stockton’s influence can be seen under many contemporary artists working today. Interest in his life and work has been re-stoked with the exhibition of his life’s work, featuring more than 120 pieces culled from private and museum collections.

Montana ranchers and artists Theodore Waddell and Patrick Zentz join Resounds co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner in the studio to discuss their relationship with Stockton and the artist's legacy. The three artists shared a unique combination of art and ranching backgrounds, and are among a handful of people in the 70s painting and ranching.  

Anna Paige

Livingston-based artist Audrey Hall, in collaboration with Stapleton Gallery in Billings, has co-curated a melding of art and music for a new project that brought artists and songwriters together in an artful way. Ten original songs are being released on limited edition vinyl records that feature unique cover art created for each song by regional artists represented by Stapleton Gallery, including Hall, Kevin Red Star, Jennifer Eli French, Judd Thompson, and others. Artists were given leeway to create whatever they wanted from the song prompt provided by musicians from hometown hero Grant Jones to East Coast sensation Jeffrey Foucault.

The idea of bringing artists and musicians together has worked so well they’ve dubbed this release Move the Needle, Volume 1. On Resounds, we discuss the ideas of collaboration that this show brought about with Hall, Jessie Bridges, Paul Durham, and Jason Wickens.

Anna Paige

Maxim Loskutoff was raised in small towns in the west. His award-winning stories and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals as well as anthologies in the United States and abroad. He lives in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana.

In an isolated region of Idaho, Montana, and eastern Oregon, an armed occupation of a wildlife refuge escalates into civil war. Against this backdrop, Come West and See shatters the myths of the West. The twelve stories in this collection expose the simmering rage and resentments of small-town America. Maxim Loskutoff’s debut short story collection was a co-winner with Thomas McGuane’s collection Cloudburst for the 2019 High Plains Book Award.  

Anna Paige

Billings author Danell Jones spent seven years researching and writing about a Sierra Leonean writer and barrister who is the subject of her latest book, An African in Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A.B.C. Merriman-Labor. During her research, Jones connected with Merriman-Labor's great nephew, Melbourne Garber, who joined Jones in the studio to discuss Merriman-Labor’s life and what the two discovered in their connections. 

Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds, co-hosts Corby Sinner and Anna Paige sit down with Rodney Gottula and Donna Cochran, two of the finalists in the Children’s Book category of the 2019 High Plains Book Awards.  

courtesy Tatiana Gant

The Montana Arts Council is the agency of state government established to develop the creative potential of all Montanans, advance education, spur economic vibrancy, and revitalize communities through involvement in the arts.

Executive Director Tatiana Gant has led the organization for the past two years. She is a trained visual artist and for several years maintained a studio practice.