Podcast Interview with Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, Director of Collections & Public Programs, Aga Khan Museum
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.
As Director of Collections and Public Programs, Ulrike is responsible for overseeing all of the Museum’s activities related to collection management, academic research, exhibitions, public programming, and performing arts initiatives.
Podcast Interview with Rosy Greenlees, President of World Craft Council
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.
Podcast Interview with Georgia Nicolau, Brazilian Cultural Activist & Founder of Procomum Institute
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. She also served as coordinator of communication for the CulturaDigital.Br Festival in Rio de Janeiro and the PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam. In 2017 she was selected as a global cultural leader by the European Union.
Podcast Interview with Peter Robinson of Bradshaw Foundation on Rock Art
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.
The Bradshaw Foundation was co-founded by Peter's father John Robinson, who was a sculptor, as is Peter. In our conversation, Peter shares the history of the Bradshaw Foundation, and insight and observations about rock art generally, and an overview of the incredible artistry at sites such as Chauvet Cave, and in the Kimberly region of Australia, as well as the world's oldest rock art in Africa. In the course of our conversation, Peter touches on universal themes of art-making, connectivity, diversity, finding balance, and life as a continuum.
Podcast Interview with Michael Atwood Mason, Director of Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage
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!
Podcast Interview with Debra Kerr, Executive Director, Intuit Center for Intuitive & Outsider Art
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. Enjoy this thought-provoking conversation with Deb on what we can learn from outsider artists about transformative power of imagination, creating to create vs needing to have an audience, healing our own pain and get the back story on several of Intuit exhibits!
Podcast Interview with George Patterson, Founder of Tofino Botanical Gardens, Vancouver Island
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. I know you’ll find enjoyable and inspiring George’s take on the relationship between culture, nature and science; the ‘War in the Woods’ that occurred in the Tofino area in the 1990s between the logging industry and activists; themes of moderation and believing in your vision; and the role of a garden as place to set the heart free.
Podcast Interview with Anado Mclauchlin, Founder & Curator of Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
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.
Anado has been creating art since his early childhood and remains committed to tapping into that child-like innocence and sense of playfulness . His vision has been to create a visceral playground for both adults and children.
Podcast Interview with Mary Hawkes-Greene, President, Burren College of Art
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 internationally recognized Irish non-profit college specializing in undergraduate, postgraduate and alternative approaches to fine art education, located in the Burren, a region famous for its natural beauty and unique ecosystem.
Amitava Bhattacharya, founder of Banglanatak, on Art as Economic Engine
In this first episode, meet Amitava Bhattacharya, 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.