People Are Culture Podcast
People Are Culture interview series celebrates our unique differences and shared human condition, and presents stories of how culture is created, preserved and shared. Through hour-long conversations hosted by BCD Founder & Editor Meg Pier, you'll meet indigenous artisans, pioneering activists and innovators, dedicated preservationists, spiritual seekers, global visionaries and a host of others, who each relate their inspiration, process, techniques, and heritage. You'll also learn about their personal epiphanies, challenges, breakthroughs, and hopes for the future--for at the heart of all culture is our shared human condition.
People Are Culture podcast series reveals that while the phenomenon of culture is universal, its meaning is personal. By seeking out and honoring each other's unique perspective, we expand our own understanding of the meaning of culture. People Are Culture is based on a belief in the importance of listening and being heard, and that sharing our ideas and experiences is what makes life interesting, enriching--and fun!
People Are Culture is also available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, SoundCloud, Stichter, TuneIn, Blubrry, Pandora, Radio Public, Acast, Pocketcast, Doubletwist, PlayerFM, Podkicker and Deezer.
Phoebe Lasoi Salau is a Maasai artisan and member of the Olmakau Women’s Beading Cooperative in Kitengela, Kenya, which specializes in fine beadwork. The Maasai are an ethnic group of northern, central and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. Maasai men and women have worn beaded jewelry, both for special occasions and for everyday use, since the mass importation of beads from Europe as trade items in the late 19th century.
Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis is Director of Collections & Public Programs at the Aga Khan Musuem in Toronto, which offers unique insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations and the cultural threads that weave through history binding us all together. She has over 20 years of experience as a curator and senior advisor for museum and cultural projects, including roles with the National Museums of Scotland and Glasgow. More recently Ulrike served as Co-Director at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization as well as Senior Strategic Advisor to the Sharjah Museums Department in the United Arab Emirates.
Rosy Greenlees, OBE, has been Executive Director of the Crafts Council since 2006. A national organisation promoting the value of craft and making to society, the Crafts Council has supported thousands of makers through its talent development programs; brings high quality craft to an annual audience of over 3 million through its exhibitions, Collection and events; and leads a national campaign for re-instating craft education in schools.
Georgia Nicolau is the co-founder and co-director at the Procomum Institute. She is a Brazilian activist and researcher in the fields of culture, arts, politics and citizen innovation. Between 2013 and 2016 she was the Director of Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Brazilian National Ministry of Culture and deputy secretary of Creative Economy and Cultural Policies. Graduated in Social Communication she also collaborated as a cultural journalist in several vehicles and was one of the articulators of House of Digital Culture, where she coordinated the research and interviews of the multimedia project Cultural Production in Brazil.
Peter Lyell Robinson. Peter is editor of the Bradshaw Foundation, which provides an online learning resource that focuses on archaeology, anthropology and genetic research. The Bradshaw Foundation's primary objective is to discover, document and preserve ancient rock art around the world and promote the study of early mankind’s artistic achievements. The Foundation funds preservation projects around the world, scientific research and research publication. The Foundation carries out its work in collaboration with UNESCO, the Royal Geographic Society, the National Geographic Society, the Rock Art Research Institute in South Africa and the Trust for African Rock Art to ensure that the programs achieve maximum impact. It is a non-profit organisation based in Geneva.
Stuart Ashman is CEO of Santa Fe's International Folk Art Market, the world's largest folk art festival. In 2019, the Market celebrates the 16th annual gathering of the world’s master folk artists with over 150 artists from 50 countries.
The Mission of the International Folk Art Market is to create economic opportunities for and with folk artists worldwide who celebrate and preserve folk art traditions. The International Folk Art Market envisions a world that values the dignity and humanity of the handmade, honors timeless cultural traditions, and supports the work of folk artists serving as entrepreneurs and catalysts for positive social change.
Meet Michael Mason is Director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural & Heritage and get his insights on the importance of community involvement to the Center’s cultural sustainability initiatives and what is involved in curating a museum exhibit to effectively tell a story, and cultural topics ranging from an overview of the Santería religion, the revitalization of endangered languages, the impact of technology on cultural transmission, maintaining cultural identity amidst the accelerating movement of people, and much more!
Debra Kerr has served since 2014 as executive director of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago. Founded in 1991, Intuit celebrates the power of outsider art, a mission grounded in the ethos that the instinct to create is universal—the arts must embrace and be accessible to all, regardless of education level or socioeconomic status. Intuit is one of the world’s premier museums of outsider art, the work of artists with little influence from the mainstream art world.
In this podcast interview, meet George Patterson, Founder & Director of Tofino Botanical Gardens on the west coast of Vancouver Island, part of Canada's province of British Columbia. George founded Tofino Botanical Gardens in 1997 and its twelve acres of gardens, old growth forest, and shoreline explore the relationship between culture and nature.
Bill LeVasseur is founder & curator of Another Face of Mexico folk art gallery and mask museum in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Bill has been collecting Mexican ceremonial masks since 1997, and still travels extensively to see and film dance ceremonies and acquire masks. His mask-collecting hobby has now become an avocation to document and share the indigenous ceremonial customs with mask museum visitors, college audiences and Mexican school children. The museum opened to the public in February of 2006.
Anado Mclauchlin is an assemblage and mosiac artist, and founder & curator of the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery in the Casa de Las Ranas Compound about a half hour outside San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Anado, who was originally named James Rayburn McLauchlin III, became a Mexico resident by way of Oklahoma, New York, India and California.
Mary Hawkes-Greene is President of Burren College of Art, which she founded with her late husband Michael Greene in 1994. The Burren College of Art is an internationally recognized Irish non-profit college specializing in undergraduate, postgraduate and alternative approaches to fine art education, and located in the Burren, a region famous for its natural beauty and unique ecosystem.
Wana Udobang is a Nigeria-based freelance journalist, poet and documentary filmmaker who works at the intersection of women’s rights, social justice, climate change, culture and the arts.
She has worked with the BBC Radio4, BBC World Service, Inspiration FM, The Guardian, among other media outlets.
Amitava Bhattacharya is founder of Banglanatak, a social enterprise that works across India to foster inclusive and sustainable development using culture-based approaches. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of West Bengal, and how Banglanatak has been a catalyst for more than 10,000 families to escape poverty through practicing traditional crafts.
About the Host
Meg Pier, Founder & Editor of Best Cultural Destinations, is a proponent of experiential travel who produces & presents stories of people around the world preserving and bringing the world's cultures to life. Meg is a pioneer of a brand of travel journalism in which the subject of each story is the narrator. She has been engaged in telling people's stories for more than 30 years, and believes "People Are Culture”. She sees herself as "channeling" the stories of people who have been generous in sharing their experiences with her, and considers being a conduit for cultural identity as a sacred responsibility.