The Arts in the time of Masks - Progress in the Arts awards 2020

Each year since 2017, The Missourian newspaper has asked the community to nominate individuals for awards in 10 categories, one of which is the Arts. The annual Progress in the Arts award was handed out this week in a virtual ceremony, so, on this week's Speaking of the Arts, host Diana Moxon checks in with 4 of the nominees - including the winner: Brandon Hall, Director of the Columbia Jazz Orchestra. Nominee Violet Vonder Haar talks about life as a female musician, the importance of the Jane Doe Revue and the annual Compass Music Camp for children which she co-directs; vocal coach and Columbia College Assistant Professor of Music, Nollie Moore, talks about teaching people to sing and the importance of expanding the teaching canon; and Ragtag Film Society's Director of Operations, Carly Love, talks about making the True False film fest accessible to all and trying to plan for a fest in a pandemic. Opening and closing music credits with thanks to guitarist Yasmin Williams (

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