Wednesday at 12:00 pm

Artspeak Radio

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ARTSPEAK RADIO is a live radio program on KKFI that airs every Wednesday at noon. Host Maria Vasquez Boyd serves up information about the visual and literary arts community including live interviews with artists, writers, and performers. 

Past guests on ARTSPEAK Radio include the following individuals and organizations. Scribe, Bernie Koehrson, The Writers Place, Jose Faus, Carol Kariotis, Lisa Cordes, Shawn Pavey, Main Street Rag, Tara Varney, Glenn North, Matt Jacobs, David Rhoades, Damon Lee Patterson, Jill Downen, Greg Patterson, Seth Johnson, William Peck, Jared Flaming, 2013 Verses and Voices, Mary Ann Haenni, Judith Towse, Molly Kaderka, Norma Cantu, The Artists for Life Project, Darryl Chamberlain, Bluest Aye, Jennifer Leigh Coates, Missi Rasmussen, Alex R. Carpernter, Skye Livingston, Michele Johnson, Justin Beachler, Carla Malone Steck, Janet and Stan Banks, Mark Allen, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Angela Cervantes, Geo Sipp, Daniel Shea, Meghan Henry, Kansas City Public Library, Dr. Phong Nguyen, Tracy Abeln, Julia Cole, The Riverfront Reading, Phyllis Becker, Carl Bettis, Eve Ott, Patricia Lawson, and Silvia Kofler, Thomas Cobian, Sean Starowitz, Carrie Riehl, Emily Kenyon, Summer Osborn, Jen Harris, Woodneath Library, Andie Paloutzian, Jorge Garcia Almodovar, Diego Chi, Ahram Park, Lindsey Martin-Bowen, Sara Miss Conception Glass, Tommy Frank, Rhiannon Ross, Michele Pond, David Arnold Hughes, Sharon Eiker, Madeline Gallucci, Patrick Alexander, Eric Dobbins, Luis Garcia, Cory Imig, Jeanette Powers, Lauren Sobchak, Ari Fish, Miguel M. Morales, Sofiana Olivera, m.o.i. (aka the minister of information, aka Don Wilikson) Sarah Starr, Maril Crabtree, Stephen Roth, and Dave Dalton, Melaney Mitchell, Bobby Howsare, Sandra Moran, Front/Space, Don Simon, Chance Wolf, Suzanne Gladney, MaryFrances Wagner, Greg Field, Jane Booth, Suze Ford Fernandez, David Wayne Reed, Lorenzo Collado, Jessy Terrero, Petra & Kester Horn-Marsh, Eve Brackenbury, Brandon Forrest Frederick, MyArts, Adam Goldberg, Deana Bellamaganya, Ryan Teney, Mihn Du Pha, Eric Lindquist, Jenny Mendez, Teresa Magel, Sarah Hyde-Schmiedeler, Deborah Shouse, Ron Zoglin, Nicole Emanuel, Adam Finkelston, Jay Meara, Danny Orendorf, Laura Isaac, Whispering Prairie Press, Jessica Conoley, Pat Daneman, Marianne Getchell, and Annie Raab.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with BOIBOY, A La Mode, Jordan Stempleman, & Ben Payton
December 7, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with performance artist BOIBOY, musicians Jesica Poell and Clayton DeLong of A La Mode, poet/educator Jason Stempleman, and KKFI Social Media Tech, Ben Payton.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Kevin King, Hector Casanova, Jessica Conoley, and Will Leathem
November 30, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with playwright Kevin King, artist/Héctor Casanova, writer Jessica Conoley, and bookstore owner Will Leathem.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with David Arnold Hughes, Kate Schroeder, & Jeff Francis
November 23, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with poet David Arnold Hughes, artist Kate Scheider, and Jeff Francis with “100 Men of Blue Hills.”

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Pete Dulin, Donald “Scribe” Ross, Rich Lester, & Elizabeth Gault
November 16, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with author Pete Dulin, Kansas City artist Donald "Scribe" Ross, musician Rich Lester, and Elizabeth Gault with Charlotte Street Foundation.

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“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” & newEar Chamber Ensemble November 14, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Members of The Coterie Theatre will join us and tell us about their holiday offering, "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer", and folks from the newEar Chamber Ensemble will chat about their upcoming concert.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Battle Buddy Service Dogs, Vi Tran, Emma Carter, Erika Baker, Jason Pollen, and Tommy Frank
November 9, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with guests Mark & Julie Heimkes with Battle Buddy Service Dogs, writer/performer/musician Vi Tran plus Emma Carter and Erika Baker for a staged performance of 7 Deadly Women. In the second half of the program, artist Jason Pollen and Belger Craneyard Studio Manager, Tommy Frank join us live.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO celebrates Dia de los Muertos!
November 2, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria welcomes Chato Villalobos, Miquel Morales, Rodolfo Marron, Maria Chaurand and Tim York live in the studio to share their Dia de los Muertos stories, memories, and music.

Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul's & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.
They believe that the gates of heaven are opened and the spirits of all deceased children (angelicas) friends, and family members are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 1 and November 2, the spirits come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

Many families create beautiful altars (ofrendas) in their home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock's combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, Nov. 1. On Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.

Special Masses and the cleaning of cemetery tombs are part of the traditional activities in Central and Southern Mexico where the colorful parties take place in the cemeteries and elaborate ofrenda altars are built in the homes to honor specific family members who have passed on.


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ARTSPEAK RADIO -October Extravaganza!
October 26, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with Art Director Jenny Mendez with the Mattie Rhodes Art Center, Sarah Hyde Schmiedeler-Francis Family Foundation Educator, Family Programs & Events at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Suzanne Gladney founder of the Migrant Farmworkers Project with Luke Trinka, and musician/artist/performer Pablo Sanhueza.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO live with Joe Williams, Rich Lester, & Rachalle Gardner-Roe
October 19, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with Founder/artist Joe Williams with Endowment For Veterans Art Campaign-EVAC, musician Rich Lester, & artist Rachalle Gardner-Roe.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO live with KCAI, Hobbs Building Open Studio, Chain of Hope, & Uke Jam
October 12, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with Héctor Casanova and Kansas City Arti Institute Illustration students, Board President Susan Jones with Chain of Hope, artists Cristel Highland and Lori Raye Erikson, and musicians Joe Frogge, Chuck Wilson, and David Firman.

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Maria Vasquez Boyd | Email me

Maria Vasquez Boyd is a writer, painter, illustrator, radio producer and a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective.

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