Brian Simons: A Library’s Role in the Digital Age

Is there more to a library than meets the eye? In this episode, Kelli chats with Executive Director of the Brown County Public Library to set the record straight on the value of your local library. Contrary to popular belief, libraries are still widely used today. Listen in as the two discuss the importance of a library to a local community and society as a whole. You can find Brian at events like UntitledTown, taking place April 19-22 in Green Bay with key note speakers like Goosebumps author R.L. Stine.

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About Our Guest: Brian Simons*

brian-simonsA Green Bay native, Simons is passionate about giving people as many opportunities as possible to transform their lives for the better. Simons brings 13 years of experience as a library leader in Wisconsin. He started his library career in 2001 at the Manitowoc (WI) Public Library as Head of Young Adult Services and was Director of the Aram Public Library (Delavan, WI) from 2006 to 2008. Simons has been serving as Library Director of the Verona (WI) Public Library since 2008. As a result of his library management and leadership, the Verona Public Library was named Wisconsin Library of the Year in 2013.

He has proven experience in strategic planning, fund raising, risk analysis, LEAN Six Sigma processes, staff development and grant writing. Brian has also been very active in state and national organizations, advocating for library legislation and financial support for public libraries.

*This information comes from the Brown County Public Library’s Facebook page.

Kent Hutchison (Part 2): Do We Define Art, or Does Art Define Us?

This is the second part to the interview with local artist Kent Hutchison. Relax, laugh, and listen as Kelli and Kent discuss the future of art and how it shapes our culture. They also break down the long, yet worth, while processes that Kent goes through as an artist.

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About Our Guest: Kent Hutchison

ImageFormally educated in biology and visual arts, Kent’s work is a critical study of the merger of these two disciplines. Kent’s subjects range from animals and humans to abstract representations of emotion and energy. Kent derives a lot of the inspiration for his work through observing nature. “The closer we look into nature the more that is revealed to us about human truths. In a world often plagued by miscommunication and confusion it is important for us to look to nature for guidance, inspiration, and peace.” Kent lives in WI with his family.

Kent is fascinated in understanding the dynamic relationship the Arts play in affecting large scale systems such as community, society, and economy. This has led to a path of public art advocacy that has strongly shaped the course of his career.

 

Kent Hutchison (Part 1): Can Art Change a Community?

In this episode, Kelli interviews local artist Kent Hutchison. The two go all the way back to Kent’s origins as an artist and discuss the relationship between art and community. How does education help shape this kind of work, and how can we do better? This is part one, so stay tuned for part two in April!

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About Our Guest: Kent Hutchison

ImageFormally educated in biology and visual arts, Kent’s work is a critical study of the merger of these two disciplines. Kent’s subjects range from animals and humans to abstract representations of emotion and energy. Kent derives a lot of the inspiration for his work through observing nature. “The closer we look into nature the more that is revealed to us about human truths. In a world often plagued by miscommunication and confusion it is important for us to look to nature for guidance, inspiration, and peace.” Kent lives in WI with his family.

Kent is fascinated in understanding the dynamic relationship the Arts play in affecting large scale systems such as community, society, and economy. This has led to a path of public art advocacy that has strongly shaped the course of his career.

Janet Planet: Making a Life as an Artist

In this inaugural episode, Kelli sits down with popular jazz musician Janet Planet to discuss the cultivation of creative minds and how those minds go on to make careers out of their passions.

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More About Our Guest: Janet Planet
Janet-Planet A working musician for more than 35 years, Janet has been self-produced and managed for the majority of her career. A productive recording artist, performer, teacher and clinician, her concert schedule takes her to universities, jazz festivals and clubs across the USA and internationally. Described as a “sultry vocalist with a vast repertoire of jazz, blues, and standards…with some Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure” by New York Magazine.