Radio station honored as champion of arts

A community radio station in Grand Junction is the latest recipient of an annual award recognizing businesses, individuals and organizations that support local arts and culture.

KAFM Public Radio won the 2017 Champion of the Arts Award presented by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture.

The 11-member commission is appointed by the Grand Junction City Council to promote arts and culture in the Grand Valley. The commission seeks nominations from the community for the award.

Founded in 1999, KAFM is one of less than 200 community radio stations operated across the United States. More than 250 volunteers help to operate the station, including providing musical and special interest programming on the air.

In addition to offering musical and cultural programming, KAFM has been involved in a variety of other projects that support the arts.

KAFM offers a 75-seat venue at its studio called the Radio Room for concerts, lectures, movies, poetry readings, theatrical productions and other presentations.

KAFM collaborates with local groups in staging plays, musicals and others acts that are rehearsed, performed and recorded in its studios. KAFM provides space, equipment and a stage in the Radio Room for a range of performances.

The Gallery at the Radio Room features an ongoing exhibit of local works in every medium throughout the year. In addition, KAFM hosts an annual auction and fund-raiser with 60 percent of proceeds going to participating artists and a portion of sales benefiting the radio station.

More than 200 nonprofit groups in the Grand Valley have taken advantage of the opportunity to present information through a community affairs show broadcast on KAFM.

As part of the award, the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture purchased a work by Grand Valley artist Pavia Justinian titled “Gilded Galaxy” to present to KAFM Radio. The radio station also will be recognized at a Grand Junction City Council meeting set for Jan. 17 at Grand Junction City Hall.

For more information about the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture, visit the website  located at www.gjarts.org.