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.com, 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.