Pop-up art gallery, Glory Days and the Business of Art at Block 22

Radio edited interview w/ Brianna Cooks and Jansis Alvarado

Just in the time for the holiday shopping season a new pop-up art gallery is opening up at Block 22 in downtown Pittsburg. The theme of the exhibit is ‘Bringing Pittsburg of the Past into Pittsburg of the Present’. It’s a collaboration between Pittsburg State professor S. Portico Bowman, the Kansas Small Business Development Center and photo printing company Mpix. The gallery will open it’s doors for one night only, Friday December 6 from 4-8 pm at The Foundry inside of Block 22 in downtown Pittsburg.

Recently KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro sat down with Pittsburg State Senior Art students Brianna Cooks and Jansis Alvarado to speak about the Business of Art. They conveyed about what the class has taught them, bringing together their passion of creating art and translating that into becoming a small business owner. Alvardo says that the class has educated her in the basics of starting their own small business, including how to price her art .

Alvarado speaking about the business side of being an artist and how to survive

The class which is lead by PSU professor S. Portico Bowman is also being assisted by the staff of the Small Business Development Center at Pittsburg State. Mindy Lee, a Small Business Counselor with the KSBDC has brought her background and experience working with small business owners throughout Southeast Kansas into the classroom to lead student artists one on one bringing Pittsburg State’s motto, ‘By Doing, Learn’ to life.

Mindy Lee of the KSBDC has been instrumental in working with students assisting in developing a business plan

Mpix is well known for being in a leader in printing not only photos but a countless selection of photo products including cards, calendar and colleges that are shipped to customers across the US. The company also partnered with the Business of Art class helping students bring their art work to new places, such as on cards and stickers. Beyond the traditional canvas and and broadening the scope of PSU’s student artists instead of having to rely on selling just one piece of art to pay the bills.

Alvarado admits that considering the business side alters her view of being an artist

The theme of the pop-up art gallery is ‘Bringing Pittsburg of the Past into Pittsburg of the Present’   with a focus on historical photographs of the city of Pittsburg. Professor Bowman challenged the students to explore the greater community outside of the confines of the university. The assignmentwas in a sense an experiment for the young artists of Pittsburg State to breath new life into photos of what the city looked like decades ago in an effort to connect with longtime residents.

Using old photographs as inspiration Pittsburg State artists worked to bring the past alive through art

November 22 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Kansas Democrats are offering up a new Medicaid expansion plan ahead of the 2020 session. As Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service reports, there’s a significant shift on the topic, as some Republicans who previously opposed expansion are ready to take a look.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into two incidents at meatpacking plants at Cargill in Dodge City and National Beef in Liberal.

The Joplin woman who has been charged with keeping her late husband’s corpse in a freezer has been released from jail.

November 21 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

The EU ambassador put Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the center of the impeachment investigation Wednesday, saying Pompeo knew about President Trump’s reasons for withholding military aid from Ukraine.

The company responsible for a toxic cloud of chlorine gas in Atchison, Kansas, has pleaded guilty to a violation of the federal Clean Air Act. Brian Grimmmett of the Kansas News Service has more.

According to documents that were obtained by K O A M tv, and published on Wednesday, Joplin Police completed a wellness check on the home of Barbara Watters and Paul Barton in June of 2018.

November 21 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday was tied more directly to the events surrounding Ukraine that have driven efforts to impeach President Trump. That development comes as speculation continues about whether Pompeo might return to Kansas to run for the U.S. Senate. Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service reports.

Kansas higher education officials say they expect the cost of mental health care costs to continue rising for college campuses.

Using a federal grant, the state of Missouri will soon move forward with testing some seven-thousand rape kits collected over the past 20 years.

PSU President Steve Scott on The Crimson and Gold Connection

Radio edited interview with President Scott
PSU President Scott speaking about higher ed funding and the upcoming Legislative session

As we countdown the days left in 2019 and look to start anew in 2020 officials at state universities across Kansas are looking at what the new legislative could hold in store for higher-ed funding in the coming year. In his monthly appearance on the KRPS’s Crimson and Gold Connection, Pittsburg State President Steve Scott says that this fall semester has kept him busy. According to Scott one of his, “main jobs is to be on the road meeting with donors and supporters” of the university. That’s in addition to keeping a pulse of what’s going on in Topeka has Governor Laura Kelly crafts her budget that will be released this upcoming January. 

President of Pittsburg State President Steve Scott
Scott speaks about the 5th anniversary of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts and the impact it’s made on SEK

On Tuesday December 3, the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts will celebrate 5-years of performances, speeches and Broadway productions visiting Southeast Kansas. The annual Holiday Extravaganza will take place with a performance by the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra in addition to the Bells of the Balkans and the Pittsburg High School Choir. President Scott spoke about the impact that the Bicknell Center has made, not only at Pittsburg State but Southeast Kansas as a whole. He believes that the Center has fulfilled its promise of bringing ‘transformational experiences’ for Pittsburg State students both today and for years to come.

November 20 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

A troubled contractor in the Kansas Medicaid system has been making improvements. But as Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service reports, Aetna Better Health still faces the risk of being fired.

Neodesha students in southeast Kansas found out Tuesday  they can go to college tuition free … up to the cost of the University of Kansas.

Missouri House transportation committee chairwoman Becky Ruth understands why people might be skeptical of the Hyperloop project that promises to get people from St. Louis to Kansas City in thirty minutes.

November 20 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Governor Laura Kelly heard concerns Tuesday night about shortages ranging from water to internet to health care in southwest Kansas at the first stop on a listening tour the Democrat says will shape the budget she submits to lawmakers. Corinne Boyer of the Kansas News Service reports.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly … along with state and Garden City officials … broke ground on Sports of the World Tuesday.

Missouri House Transportation Committee Chairwoman Becky Ruth says the state has to keep its options open when it comes to funding for roads and bridges. As St. Louis Public Radio Julie O’Donoghue reports, that means looking beyond the gas tax for revenue.

Sean Connors of Third Coast Percussion

The Grammy-Award winning quartet Third Coast Percussion is coming to Southeast Kansas for the first time this Friday night as a part of the 2019-2020 Solo and Chamber Music series hosted by the Pittsburg State’s Music Department. Ensemble Member and Technical Director Sean Connors of TCP joined KRPS’s Morning Edition on Wednesday to speak about how the group got started and what’s in-store for the performance on Friday.

The quartet met met 15-years ago while attending Northwestern University and they have toured extensively throughout the US and internationally. This includes a performance at NPR Tiny Desktop Series last April.

For more information, including how to purchase tickets click this link.

November 19 2019 7 AM KPRS Newscast

Kansas U.S. Representative Sharice Davids is taking aim at surprise medical bills with a new piece of legislation. From KCUR Alex Smith reports.

Officials say that at current sedimentation rates, the Kansas River Basin will not be able to meet the eastern part of the state’s water needs as early as 2057.

Missouri  Governor Mike Parson announced on Monday the start of the state’s new education campaign against youth vaping.

A couple of dozen children in the Jennings School District who are homeless are getting to school the same way as many suburban children: By minivan. St. Louis Public Radio’s Ryan Delaney reports.

November 18 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

New rules for tracking carbon monoxide poisoning showed Kansas saw more than 170 cases in a year. Celia Llopis-Jepsen of the Kansas News Service has more.

Kansas is not doing very well when it comes to how much money people are earning since the recession, landing in the bottom 10 states in the last year. As Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service reports, surrounding states face the same challenge.

The US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says that moving two research agencies to Kansas City will help them attract staff. But as Frank Morris reports, the relocation means the agencies need to do a lot of hiring.