Erin Williams

Producer

Erin Williams joined WMUK as a producer with Arts & More, after spending a year with St. Louis Public Radio. She served as their inaugural Fellow, and produced stories on race, diversity, and culture. Her background also includes time spent as a producer with WPFW-FM in Washington, and as an editorial aide and staff writer focused on arts and culture at The Washington Post. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Telecommunication and Film, and interned at Alabama Public Radio.

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Arts & More
3:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Hey Mr DJ: Record Store Day Celebrates Vinyl, Spotlights Old And New Music

As manager of The Corner Record Shop, Sean Hartman is in the know about the best and most valued vinyl music. His store is participating in the seventh annual nationwide event known as Record Store Day, where vinyl enthusiasts can pick up new-old releases and celebrate with fellow fans.
Credit Erin Williams / WMUK

Saturday is usually that special day at the end of the week reserved for sleeping in, seeing friends, and 

tinkering with odds and ends in the garage. That is, unless it’s the third Saturday in April and you are a vinyl music maven who is aching to add a prized gem to your collection. So you set the alarm and sleepily head to the closest record shop to stand in line – and make a few friends – as you await the beginning of Record Store Day

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Arts & More
3:33 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

"Balance" Uses Performing Arts To Bring Awareness To Child Sexual Assault

Denise Miller reading her poem "Speak Easy" at Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative.
Credit Rebecca Thiele / WMUK

At Fire Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative, three women are taking the negativity of sexual abuse and speaking their truth to power. 

Denise Miller, co-founder of Fire Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative, along with Melissa Dey Hasbrook and Laura Sprague will be presenting "Balance," two nights of performing arts focused on moving forward after surviving child sexual assault.

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Visual Art
3:05 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Evolving History of African Americans Seen Through Art At Krasl Exhibit

The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works On Paper is located in the main gallery of the Krasl Art Center.

27 years ago, Harriet and Harmon Kelley were a couple from San Antonio, Texas that never gave art much thought. That is, until they needed some for the walls of their new home.

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Arts & More
9:31 am
Tue April 8, 2014

The Color Run Adds Fun In Getting To The Finish Line

Pink powder is thrown up as people run through a color station during the Color Run in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. The event is coming to Kalamazoo on April 12.
Rob Griffith AP

When preparing to run a traditional 5k, most runners make sure to don their best pair of shorts, most reliable shoes, and are up early to stretch out, get their race number, and are focused squarely on getting to the finish line.

But for The Color Run, which is also known as 'The Happiest 5k on the planet,' the journey to the end of the race is just the beginning. 

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Arts & More
5:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Artist of the Month: Ellen Nelson Turns Shoes, Bugs, Animals into Collage Art

Nelson takes objects such as shoes, bugs, and pig parts and fashions them in to "pile art."
Courtesy of Ellen Nelson

What do platform sandals, moths, grasshoppers, and pig snouts have in common? All of them are prominently featured in the oil painting collages of Ellen Nelson, a local artist who has a flair for clutter - in a good way. 

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