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"Frame of Reference" is a conversational style show with local experts about issues with global significance. I’m, at heart, a “theatre person”. I was drawn to theatre in Junior High School and studied it long enough to get a Master of Fine Arts in Stage Direction. It’s the one thing that I’m REALLY passionate about it because as Shakespeare noted, “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”. Think about the universality of that line for just a moment. Think about the types of “theatre” that play out around us every day in today’s world. The dramatic, the comedic, the absurd, the existential, the gorilla theatre (it’s a thing, look it up) that is pumped into our Smart Phones, TV’s, Radios, and PC’s every minute of every day. Think about the universality of that line for just a moment. Think about the types of “theatre” that play out around us every day in today’s world. The dramatic, the comedic, the absurd, the existential, the gorilla theatre (it’s a thing, look it up) that is pumped into our Smart Phones, TV’s, Radios, and PC’s every minute of every day. Think about the tremendous forces that “play” upon us - trying to first discover, then channel, feed, nurture, and finally harvest our will power and biases to move forward the agendas of leaders we will likely never meet. Think of all these forces (behind the scenes of course) and how they use the basic tools of theatre to work their “magic” on the course of humanity. Emotionally charged content matched to carefully measured and controlled presentations. With that in mind (and to hopefully counter the more insidious agendas), I bring you Frame of Reference, where the voices of our local leadership can share their passion on why and how they are leaders in the community. Real players with real roles in a world of real problems. No special effects, no hidden agenda, just the facts and anecdotes that make a leader. Special thanks to my wife Ann and my two children Elisabeth and Josiah for continually teaching what leadership SHOULD look like.

Frame of Reference - Sauk County and Beyond Rauel LaBreche

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

"Frame of Reference" is a conversational style show with local experts about issues with global significance. I’m, at heart, a “theatre person”. I was drawn to theatre in Junior High School and studied it long enough to get a Master of Fine Arts in Stage Direction. It’s the one thing that I’m REALLY passionate about it because as Shakespeare noted, “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”. Think about the universality of that line for just a moment. Think about the types of “theatre” that play out around us every day in today’s world. The dramatic, the comedic, the absurd, the existential, the gorilla theatre (it’s a thing, look it up) that is pumped into our Smart Phones, TV’s, Radios, and PC’s every minute of every day. Think about the universality of that line for just a moment. Think about the types of “theatre” that play out around us every day in today’s world. The dramatic, the comedic, the absurd, the existential, the gorilla theatre (it’s a thing, look it up) that is pumped into our Smart Phones, TV’s, Radios, and PC’s every minute of every day. Think about the tremendous forces that “play” upon us - trying to first discover, then channel, feed, nurture, and finally harvest our will power and biases to move forward the agendas of leaders we will likely never meet. Think of all these forces (behind the scenes of course) and how they use the basic tools of theatre to work their “magic” on the course of humanity. Emotionally charged content matched to carefully measured and controlled presentations. With that in mind (and to hopefully counter the more insidious agendas), I bring you Frame of Reference, where the voices of our local leadership can share their passion on why and how they are leaders in the community. Real players with real roles in a world of real problems. No special effects, no hidden agenda, just the facts and anecdotes that make a leader. Special thanks to my wife Ann and my two children Elisabeth and Josiah for continually teaching what leadership SHOULD look like.

    The Fermentation of Farm / Art D'Tour: Jay Salinas; Brenda Baker; Jacque & Dan Enge

    The Fermentation of Farm / Art D'Tour: Jay Salinas; Brenda Baker; Jacque & Dan Enge

    This is part 3 of a 3-part interview with Jay Salinas; Brenda Baker, as well as Jacque and Dan Enge.  These guests bring robust backgrounds and life experiences to the various aspects of a unique Sauk County event: The Farm/Art D'Tour. This nationally renowned event gives visitors and residents an opportunity to tour Sauk County and the myriad of ways that (as Max Garland wrote) "Art amplifies what landscape quietly asserts". IF you choose to avail yourself of this exquisite journey you will find Art that is beautifully integrated into its surroundings in "Farm Forms" as well as "Pasture Performances" filled with music, merriment and mirth and (as if that wasn’t enough) fermented culinary treats at area "Food Chain" marketplaces filled with food, art and ideas.  

    Jay Salinas is the Director of Special Projects & Outreach at the Wormfarm Institute which coordinates the Farm/Art D'Tour.  Jay is an artist, farmer and co-founder of Wormfarm. He coordinates the Artist Residency program, and leads food and agriculture outreach initiatives. He helped conceptualize the Farm/Art D'Tour and has served as juror, logistics and Food Chain coordinator from 2011-2020. Trained as a sculptor, Jay holds a BFA from University of IL Champaign and an MFA from University of Cincinnati. He has operated a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm since 1995. He has worked nationally for food justice and sustainability issues and was a director at Growing Power in Milwaukee from 2006-09.

    Brenda Baker is an artist, writer, and museum curator, whose work intersects the fields of ecological restoration, sustainable design, cultural geography and site-specific sculpture. Brenda has an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a BA from DePauw University, and studied at both the Austro-American Institute in Vienna, Austria and Karl Marx University of Economics in Budapest, Hungary. Brenda is the Vice President of Exhibits, Facilities and Strategic Initiativesfor Madison Children’s Museum in Madison, WI, where she has worked for the past three decades, leading the museum’s nationally known exhibition and sustainability efforts.  Her artwork is inspired by both children and the natural world, and has been shown throughout the world and held in collections in Europe, Canada, South America and the United States. She has participated in three previous Art Farm D’Tours, and is working on a piece for this year’s D’Tour called the CarbonEra Café with arist Beth Persche and the Wormfarm Institute.
     She has been named a Noyce Fellow, a Badger Bioneer and Sustainabiltiy Visionary of the Year, and the children’s museum has received the highest honor for museums in the United States, the National Medal, for its national leadership in community engagement and sustainability. 

    Jacque & Dan Enge are co-founders of Veggie Emporium which is located in Sauk County, WI. Veggie Emporium started as a quaint roadside stand and has since expanded to sell at the Baraboo Farmers' Market. Their focus is providing nutrient rich produce to the community while promoting biodiversity and soil regeneration. 

    • 25 min
    A Framework for the Farm / Art D'Tour: Jay Salinas; Brenda Baker; Jacque & Dan Enge

    A Framework for the Farm / Art D'Tour: Jay Salinas; Brenda Baker; Jacque & Dan Enge

    This is part 2 of a 3-part interview with Jay Salinas; Brenda Baker, as well as Jacque and Dan Enge.  These guests bring robust backgrounds and life experiences to the various aspects of a unique Sauk County event: The Farm/Art D'Tour. This nationally renowned event gives visitors and residents an opportunity to tour Sauk County and the myriad of ways that (as Max Garland wrote) "Art amplifies what landscape quietly asserts". IF you choose to avail yourself of this exquisite journey you will find Art that is beautifully integrated into its surroundings in "Farm Forms" as well as "Pasture Performances" filled with music, merriment and mirth and (as if that wasn’t enough) fermented culinary treats at area "Food Chain" marketplaces filled with food, art and ideas.  

    Jay Salinas is the Director of Special Projects & Outreach at the Wormfarm Institute which coordinates the Farm/Art DTour.  Jay is an artist, farmer and co-founder of Wormfarm. He coordinates the Artist Residency program, and leads food and agriculture outreach initiatives. He helped conceptualize the Farm/Art DTour and has served as juror, logistics and Food Chain coordinator from 2011-2020. Trained as a sculptor, Jay holds a BFA from University of IL Champaign and an MFA from University of Cincinnati. He has operated a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm since 1995. He has worked nationally for food justice and sustainability issues and was a director at Growing Power in Milwaukee from 2006-09.

    Brenda Baker is an artist, writer, and museum curator, whose work intersects the fields of ecological restoration, sustainable design, cultural geography and site-specific sculpture. Brenda has an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a BA from DePauw University, and studied at both the Austro-American Institute in Vienna, Austria and Karl Marx University of Economics in Budapest, Hungary. Brenda is the Vice President of Exhibits, Facilities and Strategic Initiativesfor Madison Children’s Museum in Madison, WI, where she has worked for the past three decades, leading the museum’s nationally known exhibition and sustainability efforts.  Her artwork is inspired by both children and the natural world, and has been shown throughout the world and held in collections in Europe, Canada, South America and the United States. She has participated in three previous Art Farm D’Tours, and is working on a piece for this year’s D’Tour called the CarbonEra Café with arist Beth Persche and the Wormfarm Institute.
     She has been named a Noyce Fellow, a Badger Bioneer and Sustainabiltiy Visionary of the Year, and the children’s museum has received the highest honor for museums in the United States, the National Medal, for its national leadership in community engagement and sustainability. 

    Jacque & Dan Enge are co-founders of Veggie Emporium which is located in Sauk County, WI. Veggie Emporium started as a quaint roadside stand and has since expanded to sell at the Baraboo Farmers' Market. Their focus is providing nutrient rich produce to the community while promoting biodiversity and soil regeneration. 

    • 38 min
    A Foundation for Farm/Art D'Tour: Jay Salinas; Brenda Baker; Jacque and Dan Enge

    A Foundation for Farm/Art D'Tour: Jay Salinas; Brenda Baker; Jacque and Dan Enge

    This is part 1 of a 3-part interview with Jay Salinas; Brenda Baker, as well as Jacque and Dan Enge.  These guests bring robust backgrounds and life experiences to the various aspects of a unique Sauk County event: The Farm/Art D'Tour. This nationally renowned event gives visitors and residents an opportunity to tour Sauk County and the myriad of ways that (as Max Garland wrote) "Art amplifies what landscape quietly asserts". IF you choose to avail yourself of this exquisite journey you will find Art that is beautifully integrated into its surroundings in "Farm Forms" as well as "Pasture Performances" filled with music, merriment and mirth and (as if that wasn’t enough) fermented culinary treats at area "Food Chain" marketplaces filled with food, art and ideas.  

    Jay Salinas is the Director of Special Projects & Outreach at the Wormfarm Institute which coordinates the Farm/Art DTour.  Jay is an artist, farmer and co-founder of Wormfarm. He coordinates the Artist Residency program, and leads food and agriculture outreach initiatives. He helped conceptualize the Farm/Art DTour and has served as juror, logistics and Food Chain coordinator from 2011-2020. Trained as a sculptor, Jay holds a BFA from University of IL Champaign and an MFA from University of Cincinnati. He has operated a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm since 1995. He has worked nationally for food justice and sustainability issues and was a director at Growing Power in Milwaukee from 2006-09.

    Brenda Baker is an artist, writer, and museum curator, whose work intersects the fields of ecological restoration, sustainable design, cultural geography and site-specific sculpture. Brenda has an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a BA from DePauw University, and studied at both the Austro-American Institute in Vienna, Austria and Karl Marx University of Economics in Budapest, Hungary. Brenda is the Vice President of Exhibits, Facilities and Strategic Initiativesfor Madison Children’s Museum in Madison, WI, where she has worked for the past three decades, leading the museum’s nationally known exhibition and sustainability efforts.  Her artwork is inspired by both children and the natural world, and has been shown throughout the world and held in collections in Europe, Canada, South America and the United States. She has participated in three previous Art Farm D’Tours, and is working on a piece for this year’s D’Tour called the CarbonEra Café with arist Beth Persche and the Wormfarm Institute.
     She has been named a Noyce Fellow, a Badger Bioneer and Sustainabiltiy Visionary of the Year, and the children’s museum has received the highest honor for museums in the United States, the National Medal, for its national leadership in community engagement and sustainability. 

    Jacque & Dan Enge are co-founders of Veggie Emporium which is located in Sauk County, WI. Veggie Emporium started as a quaint roadside stand and has since expanded to sell at the Baraboo Farmers' Market. Their focus is providing nutrient rich produce to the community while promoting biodiversity and soil regeneration. 

    • 42 min
    A Conscientious Career: Tom Eggert Part 2

    A Conscientious Career: Tom Eggert Part 2

    • 20 min
    The Construction of a Career: Tom Eggert

    The Construction of a Career: Tom Eggert

    Tom Eggert is one of those individuals who's zest for life and blazing optimism infects those around him (like me) with a deep sense of hope.  As George Bernard Shaw once wrote he "dreams dreams of things that never were, and asks why not?"  His career has been one filled with some pretty major twists and turns, but in looking back, it always seemed like each step was the perfect preparation for the next one.  He has been a proverbial Pooh Bear that has allowed the river to take him where it will.  Now in retirement, he gives me the impression of a kid in a candy store that's been presented with so many great options, that it's really hard to make just one selection. 

    Tom has been at the forefront of business and sustainability for the last twenty-five years, both teaching classes in sustainability at the University of Wisconsin and founding and serving as the Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. Tom taught the first classes on campus in sustainability and later was a co-developer of the graduate certificate in Business, Environment and Social Responsibility (BESR) at the WI School of Business. He has written and spoken extensively on the changing role of business in society, corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investing, divestment, and on how the private sector can lead in responding to generational challenges such as climate change. Growing out of his interest in sustainability, Tom founded the non-profit “Wisconsin Microfinance”. Wisconsin Microfinance’s programs provide people living in areas where access to capital is severely limited ACCESS to financial and support services needed to lift their families out of poverty.

    • 25 min
    Tackling the Trials of Teens - Part 2: Kyle Crosby

    Tackling the Trials of Teens - Part 2: Kyle Crosby

    Say hello to Kyle Crosby.  With all the issues going on with teens today like gender fluidity, suicide rates, and bullying, we all need someone that can help us navigate these increasingly complex times. Kyle's the guy I turn to when I'm trying to really understand the issues that Today's Teens face each and every day.  Kyle Crosby returns to talk turkey and help me (and you) understand the pressures and problems of being a Teenager in today's world.  He's a great resource for our community and the kind of person you want running programs for them.  Hope you can listen in and gain a greater understanding of all those people facing adulthood in a compassionate frame of reference.

    Kyle Crosby serves as the Director of Operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of West-Central Wisconsin; a group of small, rural clubs located in Baraboo, Reedsburg and Tomah.  A Sauk Prairie native, Kyle graduated from UW-LaCrosse with a BS in Sports Management.  After graduation, he Spent 3 years in Appleton, WI in the sports world before moving back closer to home to start a family with his wife, Sam.  

    As an advocate for youth already (with experience in coaching hockey and baseball) the opportunity to serve our central Wisconsin's youth at a larger level at the Boys & Girls Club fell into Kyle’s lap in 2014.  He hasn’t looked back since and has grown into a leader within the organization and multiple communities.

    • 46 min

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