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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 presents, Salon~360, MyARTS, Heartland 180, & Riverfront Reading
February 10, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with Z. Hall, Gary Abbott, Dr. Paul Rudy, Rob Love, Jonas Hayes, Adam Goldberg, Deana Bellamaganya, & Silvia Kofler.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, 90.1 FM KKFI Winter Fund Drive
February 3, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Jenny Mendez, Latino Cultural Arts Director for the Mattie Rhodes Center for over fourteen years, joins Maria live in the studio to encourage our diverse and loyal listeners to call 888-931-0901 to support 90.1 FM KKFI- Kansas City Community Radio.

Rocket Grants Program Coordinator, Julia Cole and Executive/Artistic Director, Amy J. Kligman with the Charlotte Street Foundation joins us to talk about Traces and Trajectories
An exhibition celebrating six years of the Rocket Grants Program. Charlotte Street’s La Esquina Gallery (1000 W 25th Street) will host Traces and Trajectories, an exhibition examining the six-year history of the Rocket Grants program in Kansas City. Traces and Trajectories, curated by Melaney Ann Mitchell and Blair Schulman, will open Friday, February 5th with a reception from 6-9PM, and will be on display through March 4th.

Paul Richardson, Generator at The KC Wordshop and Lead Organizer at Louder Than a Bomb – KC, joins us live in the studio.The WordShop is a space devoted to creativity based in the written word, community building through sharing of stories, and a renaissance in language arts.

In the second half of the program, singer/songwriter/musician Rick Malsick performs live music from his new CD release, Philodendron.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Aaron Barnhart, Sarah Hyde Schmeideler, Wes Benson, & Damon Lee Patterson January 27, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Guests include writer, Aaron Barnhart, Sarah Hyde Schmeideler with the Nelson Atkins Museum, illustrator Wes Bentley, & director/artist Damon Lee Patterson.

Aaron Barnhart was a nationally syndicated critic for the Kansas City Star who now writes and speaks widely on humanities topics. He is co-author of The Big Divide; A Travel Guide To Historic and Civil War Sites, which earned recommendations from Library Journal (surpisingly versatile) and Booklist (well-organized). Barnhart's new book, FIREBRAND, is a coming-of-age novel about conscience, new beginnings, and faith in Civil War America. "Compelling and readable, Firebrand takes readers on a journey with young August Bondi and his continuous fight for freedom. A wonderful book for any history classroom." -Nathan McAlister, Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year

Sarah Hyde Schmeideler, Francis Family Foundation Educator, Family Program & Events at the Nelson-Atkins Museum talks about the Chinese New Year Celebration at the museum, Sunday January 31, 10am-4pm. Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with performances and family-friendly activities throughout the museum!
Nelson-Atkins Museum 4525 Oak, KCMO. (816) 75-1278

Wes Benson is a Painter and Illustrator living in Kansas City. Wes completed his MFA at SVA (the School of Visual Arts) in New York City in 2010 and earned his Art History degree at the University of Kansas. Currently Wes teaches part time at the Kansas City Art Institute in the illustration department and works at his art studio in the Crossroads district of downtown Kansas City. His Illustrations have been printed in publications including Dirt Rag mountain bike magazine and the Pitch Weekly, and used by Extreme Makeover Home Edition, which aired on ABC.

Damon Lee Patterson was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He releases music under the stage name, Dae Ahzae. He is a music producer, singer, writer, composer, actor, photographer, and filmmaker and the founder of an arts collective called KC Art Factory. Damon is a the creator of Actors and Filmmakers In Kansas City. He has published a book called The Art of Life; two self produced albums, and directed a documentary called Art Saved My Life that recently made the New York International Film Festival’s Top 5 list. “The world that we live in now is a world that’s already been created but tomorrow is still being created today.” -Damon Lee Patterson

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Celia Ruiz, Diane Burkholder, Isaac Tapia, Ashley Lindeman, Meghan Donohogne, & Maret Miller
January 20, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Celia Ruiz & Diane Burkholder with One Struggle KC Engaging Art/Una Lucha KC Arte Atractivo and artist Isaac Tapi, join us live in the studio. One Struggle KC Engaging Art/Una Luch KC Arte Atractivo works to empower, unite, and educate oppressed groups/communities within the KC metro area through art. Awarded a 2015-2016 Rocket Grant, the grant will enable One Struggle KC/Una Lucha KC (1SKC/UL) to serve marginalized communities within their own neighborhoods. By utilizing less stigmatizing settings to address mental health concerns, 1SKC/UL will be able to reach families most affected by trauma. 1SKC/UL will partner with other organizations to capture the attention of people of color who are often unaware of the transformative nature of art.
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Ashley Lindeman, President of The Graduate Art History Association (GAHA) treasurer Meghan Donohogne, and artist Maret Miller join us in the second half of the program. The Graduate Art History Association (GAHA) is a student group under the Art & Art History Department that dedicates itself to fostering professional development in art scholarship. We work with local museums, galleries, and educational institutions to enable students to enter into dialogue with established art professionals. This is GAHA's second exhibition (the group curates one for the UMKC Gallery of Art once every 2-3 years). Body-Mind Entente features multimedia artworks that explore the relationship between body and mind, perception and cognition, consciousness and spirituality. It looks into the biological and cultural factors that shape our existence, enabling us to develop singular identities while simultaneously sharing many features and modes of behavior with others. This exhibition opens a dialogue between art and cognitive sciences by unveiling significant crossovers between artists and scientists’ objects of inquiry. The contemporary artists whose work is included in Body-Mind Entente approach pivotal questions about how people perceive, think, and build a sense of identity in relation to others. The exhibition shows that aesthetics play an important role in heightening self-consciousness and triggering reflection on the interdependence between body and mind.
Opening Reception: Thursday January 21, 2016, 5—7PM UMKC Gallery of Art Fine Arts Building 5015 Holmes KCMO 64110
Free Parking in the Cherry St. garage, levels 5 & 6
Artists Featured: JJ Allen, Emily Connell, Sarabeth Dunton, Diana Heise, Robert Howsare, Nene Humphrey, Maret K. Miller, Molly Murphy, Jodi Lightner & Amber Stene, Miles Neidinger, Patricia Olynyk, Anne Austin Pearce, Jim Sajovic, Jamie Bates Slone, & Hong Chun Zhang
Panel Discussion: Exploring Body-Mind Connections
Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:00—7:30 pm at the UMKC Gallery of Art. Featured speakers: New York City artist Nene Humphrey, art historian and UMKC faculty member Dr. Cristina Albu, neuroscientist and UMKC faculty member Dr. Nash Boutros, and art history graduate student Tara Karaim as moderator. The discussion will address how the neural basis of perception, along with cultural affiliations, influences aesthetic experience. The program aims to expand the traditional understanding of neuroscience and art by fostering a broader comprehension and appreciation of the qualities of both., email [email protected], or call 816-235-1502

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, John Ferry, Jonah Criswell, Brett Chenowith, Hector Casanova, & Suzanne Günther
January 13, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Kansas City Art Institute alumni/instructors; John Ferry, Jonah Criswell, Brett Chenowith, & Hé́ctor Casanova compare and contrast their experiences as a student on campus and returning as instructors.
In the second half of the program, photograper, Suzanne Günther talks about her project that involved an open call for a photo shoot with the KC creative community .

John Ferry received his B.F.A. degree from KCAI and his M.F.A. from School of Visual Arts, New York. He teaches illustration, drawing, and painting at KCAI, and has taught at the Maryland Institute, College of Art where he won a Trustees award for Excellence in Teaching. His work has appeared in mumerous corporate collections including Sprint, Stowers Institute, and H& R Block. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, The Wichita Center for the Arts and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art all have his paintings in their permanent collection. He’s been published in New American Paintings, Society o fIllustrators and International Painting Annual most recently. John lives and paints in Prairie Village, Kansas with his wife Amy and two daughters, Katherine and Paige. “Ferry’s works reveal the aesthetic beauty of the overlooked and forgotten urban environment and brilliantly portrays the cycle of change in our citites, “ said Will Hipps, Art Museum and Gallery director at Kennesaw State University.

John Ferry, Artist statement: I like this eloquently worded statement by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “We wouldn’t be creative at all if we didn’t have boundaries to deal with.”

Jonah Criswell was born in Springfield Missouri and raised in Pensacola Florida. He attended KCAI form 2001-2005 where he earned a BFA. He graduated with an MFA from the Pennsylvania State University's School of Visual Art in 2008. From 2008-2011 he worked at KCAI's Office of Admissions. He started teaching in KCAI's painting department in 2008 where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Art.

Brett Chenoweth is an award-winning and internationally exhibiting artist from Kansas City Missouri. He earned a B.F.A. in photography with a minor in art history from Washington University in St. Louis in 1986 and a B.F.A. degree in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989. Brett also earned his master’s degree of interdisciplinary studies in Humanities from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. in 1999. He has been a painting and drawing instructor in Kansas City, Vermont, and Maine.
Brett reignited his love for photography while taking pictures for source material for his drawings. As the iPhone began to emerge as a valid and present vehicle for documentation, Brett now focuses on mobile photography as his primary tool for his work. Additionally, the iPad allows him to mix drawing, painting and photography together with ease, essentially obliterating the boundaries between these media--taking Brett's work into new directions.

Héctor Casanova
“In Mexico, being an artist is by definition signing up for a tremendous responsibility in which you are able to communicate through your art visually to the people. You have a
responsibility to the people who are voiceless. And so, art, just by definition, is a very political act in Mexico. And that is something I grew up very strongly believing since I was a kid. So that’s one of the things that I think have defined me just in the way that I feel and approach art from an early age.”
A native of Mexico City, Héctor Casanova graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998 with a double major in illustration and art history. He has been working as a fine and graphic artist for more than 15 years, doing work for collectors, magazines and corporations nationally and abroad. He is a staff artist at The Kansas City Star, where he has illustrated hundreds of articles and stories and won a handful of awards and accolades. His comics work include Screamland with writer Harold Sipe (published by Image Comics) and The Lurkers with writer Steve Niles (published by IDW).
Between 2000-2008, he co-founded and operated The Green Door Gallery, an alternative art space dedicated to showcasing the work of established and emerging artists from Kansas City and beyond. Since the gallery's closing, his work has often involved collaborations with other artists, musicians and dancers to create larger than life spectacles, most recently collaborating with Renée Cinderhouse for the exhibition 'Manifest Destiny' at La Esquina and with Voler - Thieves of Flight for 'Lucid' during the 2012 Fringe Festival.

Suzanne Günther Photography, Kransberg, Hessen, Germany

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Dennis Etzel Jr., Sara Nicole Glass aka MissConception, Annie Raab, & Godfrey Riddle with ArtsKC
January 6, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Dennis Etzel Jr. discusses his latest book, My Secret Wars of 1984, released by BlazeVOX books, was a finalist of the 2012 1913 Press First Book Award, chosen by Rae Armantrout, a finalist of the 2013 SpringGun Press Open Manuscript Reading, a semi-finalist of the 2013 Subito Press Poetry Contest, and published in so many literary journals like 1913, DIAGRAM, Horse Less Review, Tarpaulin Sky, and Fact-Simile.

In its entirety, My Secret Wars of 1984 is an alphabetized 366-sentence conceptual poetry-memoir collage, using texts from the year 1984 (Lyn Hejinian, Ronald Johnson, bell hooks, Marvel Comics, Dungeons & Dragons, President Reagan, etc.) with sentences of my own—within the context of political and personal struggles of that time (my mother coming out in the midst of living in a conservative Catholic neighborhood, the threat of nuclear war, the recession, etc.).

To read My Secret Wars of 1984 is to ride an old wooden rollercoaster through a spacious gallery of stained-glass windows, all their colorful shards having been stolen, shattered, then chewed into shape: what we have here are gorgeous and wise assemblages of sharp, scavenged graffiti. Ricocheting from Pac-Man to Topeka to institutional structures to AIDS awareness to Reagan, Dennis Etzel, Jr. masters the skills of fragmentation and disharmony without losing one bit of torque. Sharpen your political acumen on this poetry-memoir of the highest order—and discover much pleasure in the process.

—Amy King, author of The Missing Museum

Etzel lives with Carrie and the boys in Topeka, Kansas where he teaches English at Washburn University. He has an MFA from The University of Kansas, and an MA and Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Kansas State University. He has two chapbooks, The Sum of Two Mothers (ELJ Publications 2013) and My Graphic Novel (Kattywompus Press 2015), and a full-length poetic memoir My Secret Wars of 1984 (BlazeVOX 2015). His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, BlazeVOX, Fact-Simile, 1913: a journal of poetic forms, 3:AM, Tarpaulin Sky, DIAGRAM, and others. He is a TALK Scholar for the Kansas Humanities Council and leads poetry workshops in various Kansas spaces. Please feel free to connect with him at Secret Wars of 1984

Sara Nicole Glass aka: MissConceptionJoin Prosperos and Spartan Press to celebrate the release of book #1 in the 2016 POP POETRY: #12poetsin12months sequence, Saturday January 23, from 8pm-11pm, at Prospero’s Books 1800 W. 39th St. KCMO.
Ms Glass has been performing, mentoring, and hosting spoken word poetry events in KC since 2008. She brings that psychedelic soul and intelligent hip hop and universal consciousness to the beat of fire hula spin and djembe cadence with words to be inspired by.

We are so proud to be presenting her first book of poetry, CLASS ACTION. The long running PIT Poetry Open Mic follows Sara's featured reading from the book. 9:30 p.m. sharp! Featuring poets reading from "Class Action": Glenn North, Stacy Flannery, Doug Rosenbrook, Esther Vickers, William Peck, Sharon Eiker, Cheri Lou Woods, & Asher Glass
Plus the live poetry improv band The Inspiration Monkeys.

Annie Raab, writer/critic, Senior prose editor at Kansas City Voices, and Vice President at Whispering Prairie Press talks about her residency in Tetouan, Morocco, May 8-June 5, 2016. This residency is a huge opportunity for Raab, who has emerged in the writing world through Kansas City Voices, The Pitch, critical arts and culture reviews, and her own published fiction. A solid month to write and work will help Raab focus on her writing and use it to find ways to grow the larger writing community in Kansas City. More about the project, including budget and goals, can be found here:

Immersion in an Islamic culture is an important facet of this project. The Muslim community is being targeted by political extremists and their image negatively impacted by religious fanatics. To write is to produce empathy and tap into shared human experience, and prose produced in a misrepresented community will be an effective way to change the conversation. Check out Annie's writings at any of these links:
An event Friday January 15, at the Uptown Arts Bar located at 3611 Broadway will be held from 7pm to 10pm to assist Annie in funding the project. Join us for readings, music, and a variety of talent on stage.
Green Olive Arts:

Godfrey Riddle, Development Manager with ArtsKC discusses The Learn To Lead Series. The series is for current and aspiring leaders to learn about nonprofit arts board and committee service. We are particularly interested in engaging the young and diverse professionals. Each session includes a panel of prominent community champions in the arts and board service. The sessions build on each other so it’s beneficial to attend all four. The four sessions are $10 each and will occur on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 7:30 – 9a at ArtsKC in the Crossroads. The first session is January 26th.
You can learn more and register online at or download a PDF to share via email or social media.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Making Movies, Doug “Nightlife Jones” Rosenbrook, & Adam Finkelston
December 30, 2015 | 12:00 pm

MAKING MOVIES makes music that matters. Built upon a heavy foundation of Afro-Latino rhythms, they have created a bilingual (English and Spanish), psychedelic re-envisioning of the Latin American “son.”
The band consists of four members: Enrique Chi (guitar/vocals), Juan-Carlos Chaurand (percussion/keyboard), Brendan Culp (drums) and Diego Chi (bass).

Making Movies has shared the stage with the likes of Los Lobos, Tennis, Ozomatli, Aterciopelados, Neon Indian, Delta Spirit, and Mariachi El Bronx among others.

Making Movies performs for the final & sold out event at record bar, 1020 Westport Rd. KCMO, Saturday January 2- with Your Friend.
The recordBar in Westport, will be closing due to the expiration of the lease. The landlord of the building “has decided he doesn’t want a bar or restaurant in that particular space,” Mr. Steve Tulipana, owner of the recordBar, said. According to Mr. Tulipana, the bar is looking to move to a different venue but has not found a place as of yet.

DOUG ROSENBROOK “Nightlife Jones” -Founder of KC Poet Tree, poet, mentor, filmmaker joins us live in the studio.

KC Poet Tree Is is a local teen poetry mentorship for ages 13-19. KC Poet Tree is also a vocational program for poets who would like to pursue a career in poetry. We are currently the only post graduate poetry program in the KC area. On August 29th, 2015, members of the KC Poet Tree collective and Rap For Redemption went to Lansing State Prison for a concert put on by inmates. Doug Rosenbrook aka Nightlife Jones spearheaded the operation, once again, as this was Doug’s fourth time to Lansing in his quest to learn more and generally participate in the Arts In Prison effort.

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ADAM FINKELSTON is an artist, publisher, and educator based in Roeland Park, KS. He has shown his art work in solo exhibitions in Kansas City, MO as well as group and juried exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally.
In addition to making his own art work, Mr. Finkelston is also the owner, publisher and co-editor of the quarterly photography and printmaking magazine, The Hand Magazine: A Magazine For Reproducible Art. He and magazine co-editor, James Meara, have also curated gallery exhibitions for The Hand Magazine at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO and A1LabArts Gallery in Knoxville, TN.

The Hand Magazine is dedicated to being the world’s premier forum for innovative and experimreproduction-based media. We are interested in how artists include their own hand in the art object while utilizing mechanical or reproduction-based techniques. The Hand is not profit-based. We just want to make enough money to make the next issue and offer artists better incentives to work with us on limited edition and special offer original artworks. We appreciate your support! Long life to The Hand!

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Charlotte Street Foundation, LIAEP, Activist/writer Vincete SubVersive Perez, & CinemaKC
December 23, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Elizabeth Gault & Amy Kligman with the Charlotte Street Foundation, discuss Missouri Bank Art Boards.
For 18 years, Charlotte Street has challenged, nurtured, and empowered thousands of artists, distributed over $1.1 million in awards and grants to artists and their innovative projects, and connected individual artists to each other and to the greater Kansas City community. Charlotte Street – with its community of artists – strives to be a primary catalyst in making Kansas City a vibrant, creative metropolis, alive with collaboration, passion, ideas, and surprise. For more in-formation about Charlotte Street, its awards, programs, and initiatives, visit or visit our Facebook page,
The Missouri Bank "Artboards" launched fall 2008, when the building's existing double-sided billboards were renovated and converted into a highly visible site for work by area artists as part of the Bank's purchase and renovation of the building to house its Crossroads Branch. Missouri Bank’s purpose for donating the Artboards to local artists isn’t about sales or promotion, but is solely intended to make the creative Crossroads community in Downtown Kansas City more interesting.
The Charlotte Street Foundation, alongside Missouri Bank and with support from Out-front Media, are happy to announce the artist selections for the 2016 “Artboards" series. The 2016 “Artboards" artists are Sarah Hearn, Rodolfo Marron III, Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Thayer Bray, Jennifer Field, Luke Rocha, Philip Bakala, and Lindsay Jones. For more information about Missouri Bank’s “Artboards" series, please visit or visit

Amy Zoe Schonhoff, Program Administrator and founder, Linda Lighton discuss the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program.
The Lighton International Artists Exchange Program (LIAEP) is pleased to announce the opening of their 2016 grant cycle, January 1, 2016. Founded in 2000, LIAEP has made awards to over 120 artists for travel to 5 continents, 43 countries and the Arctic Circle.
The Lighton International Artists Exchange Program works to make the world a smaller place by giving artists of different cultures the opportunity to work together, in the hope that lasting friendships and understanding will develop.
The program provides support for visual artists and arts professionals to travel to international residencies and artist communities, and for foreign visual artists to travel to and work in the United States. LIAEP award requests are limited to a maximum of $6,000 US currency per applicant.
LIAEP seeks applications from dedicated artists who create work of exceptional quality, and whose work and career are at a level to benefit from international exchange with peers. The program is especially interested in funding artists who have not yet worked in a foreign country, and in funding travel to countries that are less Westernized. Artists from Kansas City and the Central Plains/Midwest area receive first priority for funding. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your project with LIAEP prior to submitting an application, please contact: Amy Zoe Schonhoff, Program Administrator ([email protected]) Information and grant application: at

Vincente Perez, (SubVersive)joins us live in the studio to talk about his work, poetry, and his E-book, “B(lack)NESS & LATINI(dad).”
I am Vincente Perez and I am SubVersive.
As a Poet, activist, musician and more, I focus on the lived experiences of race in America through several mediums. My work centers on Black and Latin@ experiences with a special emphasis on Hip-Hop, Spoken word, Narratives, and Identity Politics. Through a unique style of mixing political commentary, personal experience, and poetry, I do my best to challenge the idea that we live distinct political, social, and economic lives. Drawing on my experience growing up in Kansas City and attending the University of Chicago, I adapt to all audiences in relatable, entertaining, and informative ways. My background in mentoring and teaching has granted me considerable experience with youth crowds.
In a world that only sees things in Black and White, where do light skinned multiracial people fit into the picture?B(lack)NESS & LATINI(dad) explores the liminal status of being Black, Latino, a father, low income, and more. This poetry collection is accompanied by illustrations curated by independent artists, with a special emphasis on artists of color and artists in the LGBTQIA community (or both). Through the use of spoken word poetry, Hip-Hop, oral histories and auto-ethnography, this project illustrates the power of the narrative and how it embodies a radical challenge to the popular narratives that are spread about race, marginalized people, and resistance.

Jerry Rapp and Luis Garcia join Maria in the studio to talk about CinemaKC, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to showcasing and documenting the works of filmmakers with a connection to the KC area. Season 5 of its weekly television show, begins Friday, January 1, at 10:30p.m. on KCPT-TV. (Channel 19 broadcast; check listings for cable channels.) Subsequent shows will also air in this time slot.
“CinemaKC remains committed to the goal of creating an actual and a virtual space for members of our growing film community and facilitating communication and collaboration on all levels,” said Jerry Rapp, co-creator and an executive producer of the program.
This season takes the show in a different direction, with fewer interviews with filmmakers and behind-the-scenes and more opportunities for a wider variety of artists to be seen.
“This new format is foremost about content and diversity. Works will now get to play out in their entirety as full films, including credits. This aspect will help recognize the multitude of skilled crew who contribute their efforts to the respective productions,” said Rapp.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Miles Neidinger, Shawn Pavey, & Heather Thornton
December 16, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Miles Neidinger joins us in the first half of the program to discuss art, his work, and upcoming projects.
Miles Neidinger, graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2000 with a BFA in sculpture. His artistic visualization has been informed by his experience in the commercial and industrial electrical industry. As an electrician he has discovered real life functions for color-coding, tape, conduit bending, and installations, the utilization of trigonometry, algebraic equations, and geometric functions. These experiences drastically inform his artistic practice. Recent exhibitions include: The Anatomy of the Palace of Wisdom City Ice Arts in Kansas City MO, Art in the Pro Flatiron Building New York NY (presented by Sprint), Museum Interrupted Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park KS, An Associate Degree in Science Finch Gallery in Chicago IL, What’s the Matter with Kansas Rare Gallery in New York NY, Family Event Home for the Holidays Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City MO, Charlotte Street Fund Exhibition Johnson County Community Collage in Overland Park KS. Neidinger is an Arts KC and Rocket grant recipient, an Art Through Architecture participant, a Charlotte Street Foundation Award recipient and was granted a Vermont Studio Center residency in 2001. His work has been published in Art in America, The Kansas City Star, Review Magazine, and Pitch Weekly. Recently, Neidinger was nominated for the AIA KC Allied Arts & Craftsmanship award this year. The work was installed in the offices of DRAW Architecture + Urban Design, LLC.

Shawn Pavey joins us to discuss his new book release and read live from the KKFI studio, “Nobody Steals The Towels From A Hotel 6.” (Spartan Press 2015)

Saturday December 19-8pm
Prospero’s Books 1800 W. 39th St. KCMO.

Shawn Pavey has delivered newspapers, mowed lawns, bagged
groceries, cut meat, laid sewer pipe, bussed tables, washed
dishes, roofed houses, crunched numbers, rented cars, worked
in hotels, and been paid to write everything from résumés
to music reviews. Currently, he earns a living as a Technical
Recruiter in Mission, KS where he lives with his fiancée and
three worthless but adorable cats. He is the author of Talking
to Shadows (Main Street Rag Press, 2008), co-founder and
former Associate Editor of The Main Street Rag Literary
Journal, and a former board member and officer of The
Writers Place, a Kansas City-based literary non-profit.
His poems, essays, and journalism appear in a variety of
national and regional publications. He’s hosted poetry
readings in bars, coffee shops, haunted houses, bookstores,
and abandoned warehouses. A graduate of the University of
North Carolina’s Undergraduate Honors Creative Writing
Program, he likes his Tom Waits loud, his bourbon single
barrel, and his basketball Carolina Blue.…

Heather Thornton, musician, singer, songwriter, joins us in the studio to talk about her new CD release and perform live!!

Happy Holidays!!! Join us at Friends of Lakeside Nature Center for the Heather's Art Garden CD RELEASE PARTY and Holiday Show!!! Bring the whole family!!

Lakeside Nature Center 4701 E. Gregory KCMO
Sunday December 20, 12:30pm & 2pm

Our first album "The Earth is a Beautiful Place" will be available for purchase along with last minute holiday shopping! Join us as we celebrate the release of "The Earth is a Beautiful Place"!

*CD Release Party
*Animal Demonstrations
*Introduction to unique instruments
*Introduction to sign language
*Holiday songs
*Last minute shopping
*Lessons about nature

Our usual cast of characters will be performing!
Heather Nature (Heather Thornton), Bumble Bree (Bree Plaster), Dr. Victor (G. Victor Penniman), Michael O (Michael O'Shiver), Sunny Ray (Rachel Marie), and special guest Calvin Arsenia!!!

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Dan Wayne, Ira Harritt, BAM!the Workshop, & Riverfront Reading Series
December 9, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Director/filmaker Dan Wayne, AFSC organizer Ira Harritt, Cat Mahari & Herman Mahari with BAM!the Workshop, plus Riverfront Reading Series members, Randy Ratliff, Rhiannon Ross, and Eve Ott join us on the program.

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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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