Wednesday October 18
Host/producer of ARTSPEAK RADIO, Maria Vasquez Boyd asks artists to examine topics that instill fervor, passion, defiance, creation, or destruction and sound off in a live discusssion from the 90.1fm KKFI studio. Joining us are artists, Ada Koch, Hugh Merrill, Janet Simpson, Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin, José Faus, and Michael Toombs.
Ada Koch is a Kansas City artist. She teaches at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Holy Name School, and as a guest teacher throughout the US. She is a board member of the KC Artists Coalition, founder of Open Studios, and is active in promoting the local art scene in the KC community.
Hugh Merrill is an artist, printmaker, educator, published writer, KCAI professor, and founder of the Chameleon Arts Agency. He has Exhibited and lectured internationally. Merrill has a long history of community involvement in KC and the world.
Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin is a fabric artist and author. Her artwork can be found in the collections of galleries, museums, as well as private and corporate collections across the country. She is a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellow, Art Omi Fellow, Kansas Masters, and the recipient of the 2011 Alliance of Artists Communities Scholarship.
Janet Simpson serves as the Executive Director of the Kansas City Artists Coalition since 1989. The position of Executive Director includes programming and administraton of this artist-centered organization which provides exhibitions and an international artists’ residency. Simpson also served as Adjunct Professor at Park University and Johnson Community College.
José Faus is a native of Bogota, Colombia and longtime Kansas City resident. He is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and served as board member at The Writers Place, Latino Writers Collective, and Nuevo Eden. He is a recipient of a Rocket Grant for the community project VOX NARRO.
Michael Toombs is a Kansas City artist. His community contributions have been recognized for bringing people together in interactive projects promoting diversity, unity, and non-violence. Toombs is the founder of Storytellers Inc., an artists’ collective that designs and implements work with inner city youth and children in urban communities in Kansas and Missouri.