RadioActive: August 23, 2017

  • August 23, 2017
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Wofa Afro-Fusion Drums, Science on Tap, and the Value of Arts in Education and the Economy

Hosted by Lara Jones and Nick Burns, tonight's RadioActive lineup:

  • Rosie Banchero, artistic directior of Wofa Afro-Fusion, which cultivates the tradition of African dance, drum and song in Salt Lake City. Joining her were drummers Quinn Reesor, Timothy Butler and Golden Gibson for a preview of: 

    • Repertory Dance Theatre's Ring Around the Rose, the wiggle-friendly series of performances at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. This season opens with the one of the most popular shows, AFRICAN DRUMS on September 9, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.
  • Science on Tap, a new monthly meetup where the public can bring their questions, skepticism and "boundless enthusiasm for the scientific method." Organizers Justice Morath, Audrey Rutz and Sky Hatter and featured scientist Dr. Jacob Hummel explain.

    • If you're 21+, check out the debut of Science on Tap Thursday, August 24, from 7-9 p.m. at Shades of Pale, 154 W. Utopia, SLC.
  • In an effort to give local school boards more flexibility when it comes to required courses, the Utah State Board of Education earlier this month voted to "offer district and charter school flexibility in required course for middle school and junior high students." It could mean the reduction or elimination of arts classes, not to mention health and P.E. RadioActive consulted:

    • Megan Hallet, art teacher at Escalante Elementary in Salt Lake City. She's also part of Framework Arts, a non-profit, project-based, curriculum-building organization that engages youth and educators throughout the community in creating and representing personal narratives.
    • Crystal Young-Otterstrom, executive director at the Utah Cultural Alliance. UCA's advocacy arm will be asking the Utah State Board of Education to revisit its decision and allow for more public input.