Arts & Culture Podcasts >
ARTIVISM Podcast | Yancy Villa Calvo | KUDZUKIAN
Yancy Villa Calvo brings her insatiable curiosity to an art practice that finds commonalities across cultures. Born in Mexico City, she credits being an immigrant with having ignited that fascination. Calvo makes Memphis her current home, and she and Linda will delve deeper into how a city with such rich cultural texture can connect art with its history, interweaving through time and space.
ARTIVISM Podcast | Cheryl Scales | KUDZUKIAN
Linda interviews one of Orange Mound’s many success stories when she sits down with Cheryl Scales, a dynamic strategist and public relations consultant. Cheryl is the proud head of Magnificent PR, and an even prouder alumna of the Mound’s “crown jewel”, Melrose High School. Since graduating from Melrose and receiving her undergraduate degree at Princeton University (alongside Michelle Obama), Cheryl has made it her mission to give back to the community she once called home.
ARTIVISM Podcast | Richard Lou | KUDZUKIAN
Controversial yet critically acclaimed artist and activist Richard Lou sits down with Artivism’s own Linda Steele to talk about how his work finds new ways to interpret the subjugation of people of color across the globe. As an arts educator with over 25 years experience, and a lifetime of holding marginalized identities, Lou isn’t letting anything stop him from continuing to shake up the art world.
ARTIVISM Podcast | Eli Townsend | KUDZUKIAN
Artivism welcomes Chef Elijah Townsend, the 2017 ArtUp Fellow from Binghampton, Memphis, TN. Townsend is known regionally for his elite catering service, Chef Eli’s Table, that infuses the rich ethnic diversity of his neighborhood’s cuisine into dishes that please hundreds of clients. As a Fellow, he developed a creative enterprise entitled Unami Eats, which seeks to empower the residents of Binghampton through education, entrepreneurship, and a passion for food.
ARTIVISM Podcast | Donna Walker-Kuhne | KUDZUKIAN
Donna Walker-Kuhne of Walker International Communications Group, INC. has devoted her professional career to increasing the accessibility and connection to the arts by our Nation’s rapidly growing multicultural population. Artivism is interested in the ways Walker-Kuhne ensures the artistic visions of arts organizations are experienced by the artists and multicultural community, thus, increasing the growth of a diverse audience for the 21st century.
ARTIVISM Podcast | Rufus Smith | KUDZUKIAN
Rufus Smith is an artist, teacher, and music historian whose passion for mentoring youth led him to teach hip hop courses at two Memphis high schools. Linda and Rufus have a conversation about his creative enterprise Hip Hop Express, which uses hip hop to bring mental health awareness to the urban community. Smith is an ArtUp Fellow and won the Pitch Deck competition to have his startup incubated by the organization.
ARTIVISM Podcast | Lawrence Matthews | KUDZUKIAN
Linda will chat with Lawrence Matthews, a young artist from Memphis making waves in the local art scene. After experimenting with different styles and influences, Matthews came into his own creating visual art combining Post Modernist, Pop Art, and contemporary influences to tell the story of the African Descendant living in America. Linda will explore how Matthews credits being raised in a racially tense environment for the controversial topics that manifest themselves in his paintings,...
ARTIVISM Podcast | Lecolion Washington | KUDZUKIAN
In this episode, Artivism host Linda Steele gets to catch up with Lecolion Washington, the Executive Director at the Community Music School of Boston. Washington succeeded David Lapin, the Music Center’s Executive Director for a record-breaking 34 years. His advocacy for music as a means for social change moved him to co-found the PRIZM Ensemble, a Memphis-based organization that builds a diverse community through chamber music.
ARTIVISM Podcast | Paul Thomas | KUDZUKIAN
Paul Thomas, also known as the “Recycle King”, is an artist and designer based in Memphis, TN. As the Artist in Residence for ArtUp, the first space that Thomas helped to activate was a former liquor store that he transformed into what is now OMG: Orange Mound Gallery. Linda speaks to Paul about his commitment to cleaning up the environment and encouraging people to be creative with their resources.
ARTIVISM Podcast | Brittney Bullock | KUDZUKIAN
Brittney Bullock returns for this episode of Artivism to share with Linda updates on her solo creative projects that continue to center the voices of marginalized people.
ARTIVISM Podcast | Tobacco Brown | KUDZUKIAN
Internationally renowned artist Tobacco Brown talks to Artivism about her practice, which lies at the intersection of environmental and restorative justice. Tobacco walks Linda through her creative mission to use “art as a tool for blight remediation and therapeutic healing” across the globe.
ARTIVISM Podcast | The Great Orange Mound w/ Mary Mitchell | KUDZUKIAN
Artivism joins Orange Mound historian and resident Mary Mitchell on an artistic journey through one of America’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. Linda and Mary talk community revitalization and art’s place in activating those efforts.
Artivism: Brittney and Jamond Bullock
Linda hears from guests Brittney and Jamond Bullock, a talented couple making waves with their work in Memphis. Jamond speaks about growing up as an artist with a message and how it led to his current position as resident muralist at Alive Paint. Brittney reveals her own experience as a former ArtUp Fellow and multifaceted textile artist with a knack for projects centered around social activism.
Linda sits down for a conversation with Justin Merrick, CEO of JMUSE Productionz in Memphis, Tennessee. They discuss the power of music as a tool for social activism, as well as explore the ways in which lyrics can motivate people and drive change.