Program/Grant: World Fest
Catch World Fest Artists In the Midwest This Fall
October 3 2023
World Fest artists Pamyua, Okaidja Afroso, and Paulo Padilha will visit nine smaller Midwestern communities in Fall 2023.
Ghanaian Music Moves Rural Michigan
August 16 2023
Okaidja Afroso's week-long World Fest residency brought music into schools, stores, and a Main Street theater, spreading connection and curiosity in small town Albion.
The Black Hills Are Alive With Finnish Music
May 4 2023
Finnish music sensation Okra Playground brought its captivating and charming sound to South Dakota, connecting cultures through music.
Cross-Cultural Exchange: Inuit Music in the Midwest
March 29 2023
The music of Alaskan ensemble Pamyua moved communities in rural Wisconsin and Michigan, creating "one-in-a-lifetime" moments of connection, collaboration and curiosity.
Meet World Fest Artists Okra Playground, Pamyua, and Okaidja Afroso
September 15 2022
Hailing from around the world, Okra Playground, Pamyua, and Okaidja Afroso will spend a week in various Midwest communities this fall offering educational workshops, engaging with communities, and performing in...
Arts Midwest Announces 10 New World Fest communities
July 19 2022
Ten communities across the Midwest will bring world music ensembles to their communities via World Fest.
In Rushville, Indiana, Art is Welcoming New Futures
June 6 2022
As Rushville, Indiana celebrates its 200-year anniversary, residents in this rural city are focusing on art, creativity, and community to lay the path forward for the future.
Iowa and Israel Ignite “One Spirit” Through Collaborative Music Video
May 6 2022
Amidst times of uncertainty and chaos, an unexpected musical connection creates cross-cultural unification.
Wisconsin Meets Brazil in Creative Music Video
February 17 2021
What happens when Wisconsin winter meets Brazilian carnaval celebration, all during a pandemic? You get a new music video for Brazilian artist Paulo Padilha’s song, “Outro Carnaval,” featuring students and...