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Arts Minded: See "Arts Alive in River Falls" on local cable

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There's a new and potent force for arts advocacy right here in River Falls. Dr. Camilla Horne, an adjunct music professor at UWRF, is hosting a Channel 16 cable TV show, "Arts Alive in River Falls."

She has dynamism to burn and plenty of background knowledge to serve the subject matter well. Thus far two episodes have aired and another is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 -- see calendar below.

I urge you to go online to catch the ones you've missed so far. This series is a meaningful contribution to the arts here and in the region.

While teaching a graduate course this summer, "Arts Education in a Changing Environment," Dr. Horne asked her students to develop a 10 minute arts advocacy project for local cable. It turned out to be "extremely eye-opening and enjoyable."

She knew that teachers need "to get on board the technology bus," so she met with Dawn Wills, program director at RFC-TV Channel 16 in mid-August.

Voila, the show was born.

Across the arts spectrum, education advocacy is a hot topic, especially as the arts suffer inordinately in times of economic woes and students' opportunities may be jeopardized.

Keenly aware of "the arts all around us" in River Falls, both on and off campus, Dr. Horne "wants to bridge the gap between town and gown."

She, like I, would like to see nary an empty seat at all the wonderful, cultural offerings, many of them free of charge or at very nominal admissions.

"Arts Alive in River Falls" is a program dedicated to:

--Educating the public about the many "arts" that surround us daily.

--Promoting "all aspects of all arts" in the River Falls community.

--Information on many ways for the public to support arts education -- attending events and classes, volunteering, donations, supporting scholarships, etc.

--Walking the talk of arts advocacy to inspire others to walk along to ensure the future of the arts in our world!

With increasing awareness each of us becomes an advocate for art and adds immeasurably to the community and our own lives.

Events and opportunities in these parts (please confirm details):

--Continuing through Friday, Sept. 28, Exhibition featuring the work of Deborah and Michael Padgett at UWRF Gallery 101, Kleinpell Fine Arts Center

--Continuing through Sunday, Oct. 7, The Movie Game, by Adam Hummel and through Sunday, Oct. 14, Exhibition in Main and Atrium Galleries at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust, Hudson -- this is one terrific show. For more information or to check out the many other events or classes visit: The Phipps.

--Continuing River Art show at the National Park Service Headquarters in St. Croix Falls includes work by River Falls artist, Vera Ming Wong.

--Friday, Sept.28, TFC-TV Channel 16, "Arts Alive in River Falls." Dr. Camilla Horne interviews Phyllis Goldin, Wanda Brown and Dr. Michael Roy about the UWRF Spirit Song "Our Chance to Fly." Visit RFCTV for more information.

The following UWRF concerts and events are all free at Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Center unless otherwise noted:

--Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Homecoming instrumental concert Adults $5, seniors $3, students $2

--Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Homecoming Choral Concert and reception, Adults $5, seniors $3, students $2

--Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., Wyman Series presents speaker and author Zach Wahls at the University Center Riverview Ballroom

--Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., Faculty Recital, Joe Hagedorn, guitar

--Sunday, Oct.14, 3 p.m., Faculty Guest Recital

--Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., Guest Tenor, Nathan Wesselowski

--Thursday, Oct.18, 7:30 p.m., Symphony/University Band Recital

--Sunday, Oct.21, 3 p.m., Lumina Cantorum Concert

--Saturday, Sep., 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Barn and Silo Grand Opening, The Anderson Center, 163 Tower View Dr., Red Wing, Minn. Special guest speakers at 2 p.m., Sue Gens, Director, Minnesota State Arts Board and Stephen Elliott, Director, Minnesota Historical Society. Music, art tours, refreshments and cash bar.

--Friday, Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m., Exhibition and reception in memory and celebration of artist, Lynn Jermal, at UWRF Gallery 101, KFA.

--Friday, Oct. 5, 5-9 p.m., First Friday opening at Seasons on St. Croix, 401 2nd St., Hudson.

--Wednesday, Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., The Great Rivers Confluence Symposium: Commerce, Culture and Connections. Bridging the quad cities of Afton, Hastings, Prescott and River Falls the intent is for people and organizations to learn and make beneficial connections. Registration due Monday, Oct. 1, $35 (includes box lunch). For more information call 715-262-0104 or email: M Smith.

--Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., River Falls Public Library presents film of Jane Austen's novel, Sense and Sensibility

--Friday, Oct. 12, 4-8 p.m., Opening reception for a multiple artist show at Gallery 120, 120 N. Main. Hosted by Global M.A.D.E. and Interior Concepts

--Friday, Oct. 19, River Falls Community Theatre begins a run of Play On! More information at River Falls Community Theatre.

--Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council invites individual, household and charter memberships and also offers Arts Elite and Arts Support memberships to artists seeking exhibit opportunities at the Orange Dragon Gallery in downtown Prescott and/or other opportunities. Visit for more information.

--St. Croix SPLASH: Jump In to Arts and Culture offers a new online events calendar for the St. Croix Valley powered by Art Reach St. Croix. Visit St. Croix Splash for more information.