Current State #104 | June 10, 2013

Jun 10, 2013

Today on Current State: municipalities consolidating fire services; violinist Kathryn Votapek; Michigan’s export market and a new Broad Art Museum exhibition of “Blind Field.”


Regionalism is a buzzword that’s uttered throughout metropolitan communities across the country, and mid-Michigan is no exception.  Proponents say it’s more than a lofty ideal whereby the assets and resources of large cities benefit the surrounding suburbs. They claim in hard economic times, regionalism is a lifeline for survival.

Courtesy of the University of Michigan

It should come as no surprise that Kathryn Votapek is a musician, as both of her parents are pianists.  Her father, Ralph Votapek, was the first winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

But Kathryn and her musician brothers chose other instruments, and her career path led her to the music faculty at the University of Michigan, where she is a lecturer in violin.


Michigan's export market ripe for exploration

Jun 10, 2013

Exports are big business in Michigan. In 2012, $53 billion, which is about 15 percent of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), was attributed to the state’s export economy. And that’s up 12 percent from 2011.

The work of young Brazilian artists graces The Broad

Jun 10, 2013

A new exhibition has opened at MSU’s Broad Art Museum. “Blind Field” features works from a group of young Brazilian artists.

Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with the museum’s assistant curator, Yesomi Umolu, about “Blind Field”.