Arts and culture

Mancos Valley Arts Council

KSJD host Sarah Syverson talks with Marilyn Kroeker with the Mancos Valley Arts Council, and Brian Killigrew from the Mancos School of the West, about the variety of arts that are being created in the Mancos Valley, and the events that will be happening during the Mancos Arts Studio Tour on June 20th.

David Arkenstone /

Composing music that expresses our relationship with landscapes and history can result in beautiful new ideas and sounds. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with musician David Arkenstone, current artist-in-residence at Mesa Verde National Park, about his music and the influence of the natural world and archaeology in his works.

More on David Arkenstone and his music can be found on his website:

Bronwyn Strickland

A portrait can sometimes help us see people in new and revealing ways. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with local artist Bronwyn Strickland, who has painted portraits of homeless people who have been guests at the Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez, and Laurie Knutson, Executive Director at the Bridge, about how portraits and stories of homeless folks help us connect with them, and the upcoming fundraising event "Faces of Folk", a celebration of the lives of homeless people in our community.

Mancos School of the West

Feb 20, 2015
Mancos School of the West

The Mancos School of the West is a community of artists and craftsmen committed to sharing the spirit and culture of the American West through classes, workshops and special events. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Brian Killigrew and Linda Rose from the school about the ideas behind the endeavor, how the school will operate, and what classes will be offered.

An Evening of Jazz with Bob Newnam & Friends

Feb 19, 2015
Tom Yoder

With so many talented musicians in the Four Corners area, it was only a matter of time before several of them organized a collaborative concert. An Evening of Jazz with Bob Newnam & Friends will take the stage at the Montezuma-Cortez High School Auditorium on February 21st to showcase 14 different vocalists and musicians who play horns, guitars, piano, flute, drums and more.

Cortez Journal

In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Therese Lynston from the Institute of American Indian Arts and Bridget Ambler, Supervisory Museum Curator at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Anasazi Heritage Center, about a new Native American art exhibit, how it is more than a room full of beautiful works of art, and the inspiriting story of how the exhibit came to be.

Quilting: Then and Now

Feb 2, 2015
Christiane Struck / Creative Commons

Quilting and other sewing hobbies have become increasingly popular in recent years as a craft and as a way to socialize and share creative ideas. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sheryl Merritt, a quilt maker from the Dolores Mountain Quilt Guild, and Karen Childress, owner of the Cortez Quilt Company, about the history of quilting, how the craft has changed through the years, and opportunities that are available to get started with sewing hobbies.

Turquoise According To The Zuni

Jan 5, 2015
Woody Hibbard / Creative Commons

Turquoise has long been valued for its beautiful blue-green color in jewelry of many kinds, but southwestern Native American groups use the stone for other traditional uses as well. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dan Simplicio, a tribal member from the Pueblo of Zuni, silversmith, and fetish jeweler, about how turquoise is understood and used by the Zuni people, as well as how this relationship has changed through time.

The Burning of The Bluff Bison

Dec 18, 2014

On Sunday, December 21st, the town of Bluff, Utah will hold a very unique winter solstice celebration featuring the burning of a life-size effigy of the now-extinct bison antiquus, which stood up to 12 feet tall at the hump when it roamed North American landscapes during the Pleistocene era. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Joe Pachak and J.R.

The Painted Turtle Studio

Dec 18, 2014
Painted Turtle Studio

Creating places in our communities where kids and adults can go to explore their creativity is vital to encouraging expression through art. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sarah Allen and Jaime Becktel from The Painted Turtle Studio in Mancos about how it supports and nurtures art and education there.