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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 live with Music + Poetry + Art, Iris Appelquist, The Studios Inc., & Jason Preu
April 27, 2016 | 12:00 pm

This week on ARTSPEAK RADIO-Maria talks with Martha Gershun, Thomas Cobian, & Rick Malsick about Music + Poetry + Art, Friday April 29, 7-10pm at the Downtown Neon Gallery 1921 E. Truman Rd. KCMO

Poet/writer Iris Appelquist joins us in the studio. Spartan Press has published two full-length volumes of Appelquist's poetry, including BRIAR (2012) and Blunt Trauma (2009), co-authored by Jason Ryberg.

Director Colby Smith discusses The Studios Inc. provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitons for mid-career artists in Greater Kansas City.

Writer Jason Preu, joins us in the second half of the program. His fiction writing has been featured in numerous publications including Indigo Rising, Kansas City VOICES, Holdfast, and

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Norma Cantu, KCAI, Charlotte St. Foundation & The Rabbit Hole
April 20, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Norma Cantu, KCAI, Charlotte St. Foundation, & The Rabbit Hole featured guests on ARTSPEAK RADIO.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO live with Jameson Bayles, Jason Ryberg, Jenny Molberg, Phong Nguyen, & Andrew Reeves
April 13, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Jameson Bayles, Jason Ryberg, Jenny Molberg, Phong Nguyen, & Andrew Reeves join us live in the studio.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Adolfo Martinez, Jeanette Powers, Iris Appelquist, & Terance L. Williams
April 6, 2016 | 12:00 pm

ADOLFO MARTINInfusing the familiar with inferences to culture, history and place, Adolfo Martinez creates stunning works. Martinez was born and raised in Kansas City, yet his Mexican heritage and multicultural perspective arise in narrative paintings that reveal his depth, drive and continuing journey as an artist. Martinez began his sofa paintings series in 1999, in reaction to seeing a starving artist “sofa sized paintings” sale advertised on television. He reinvented his inocuous painting genre through whimsical, thoughtful works imbued with cultural signifiers and motifs. His inspirations include Native American imagery (which he studied extensively at Pan American University in Texas), Mexican murals, symbolism and surrealism. Frequent showings at Mattie Rhodes Center, The Late Show, other local venues, and his first public billboard project, "¡Bienvenidos al Westside!" (2007), have broadened public recognition of his work.

IRIS APPELQUIST is a 32 year old native and resident of Kansas City, Missouri. As a self-educating single mother, her endeavor to carve out a niche for herself has been rewarded with publication of two full-length volumes of poetry, Blunt Trauma (Co-authored by Jason Ryberg, 2009, Spartan Press, KCMO) and BRIAR (2012, Spartan Press, KCMO) -- not to mention appearing to read and discuss poetry on her local NPR affiliate, in the local Kansas City Star, and several independent online and print magazines and journals. Her newest publication, WHERE WE WERE WE WERE THERE, is a small collection that details the mystifying process of personal growth through the confessional style and surrealist conjecture.

JEANETTE POWERS-POP POETRY: #12poets in12months is a publishing venture founded by Jason Ryberg and Jeanette Powers, that prints a new book of verse by a KC poet each month. Jeanette is savvy at writing and performing poetry, building-up the KC poetry community, making the Uptown Arts Bar a happening place, and creating her visual arts. In 2015 she had quite a year for she competed in the Women of the World Poetry Slam, was crowned Best Poet by The Pitch.

TERANCE L. WILLIAMS-Terance L. Williams is a Producer at The Gospel of Poets on Kprt 1590am, Producer at Local Vokalz on KUAW 98.5FM and Producer at Welcome to the neighborhood on KUAW 98.5FM.
Terance talks about the poetry radioshow on KPRT Gospel 1590 AM
live on stage Friday April 8, 6:30pm – 8:30pm at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 4525 Oak KCMO
The Gospel of Poets on Kprt 1590am, hosted by Sheri Hall
Introduction & recognition by Karis Harrington
This live poetry event is free to the public, powered by the music & more foundation & friends.

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This just added-Maria will give away 2016 AWP - Association of Writers & Writing Programs swag bags to lucky callers during the program!

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ARTSPEAK RADIO Live with Anthony Oropeza, Erin McGrane, & Bill Sundahl
March 30, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Illustrator/artist and creator of AMIGOMAN, Anthony Oropeza and songwriter/musician and poet, Erin McGrane joins us live in the studio.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO chats with Rodolfo Marron III, Elizabeth W. Fischer, Musicians Otis Lee & Jason Vivone, & Poet/activist Sheri Hall
March 23, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Rodolfo Marron III joins us live from the studio.
Rodolfo's illustrations glimpse into something very personal and reflecting on his relationships with nature, family, religion, and various cultures in an effort to decipher some sort of spirituality for himself. Inspired by individual life stories such as those of Martha P. Johnson, the drag queen who threw the shot glass heard around the world during the Stonewall Riots, Amada Cardenas, a "peyotero" from southern Texas, and Ella, an orphaned deer who resided in the Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City, MO. Ella's story allowed Rodolfo to expand on this native creatures most tragic story of death through his own means of further exploring his tales of an afterlife. Works on old torn paper give this sense of something old, frail, and perhaps forgotten. Also, utilizing a number of natural materials that can be found here in the Midwest—poke berries, mulberries, walnuts and elderberries—to derive pigment offers a personal venture to understand and connect with nature by learning some of its medicinal uses, its folklore and overall importance of ease and beauty around us.

Elizabeth W. Fischer, Executive Director of The Writers Place talks with Maria about upcoming events. The Writers Place is a literary center that advances and celebrates the craft of writing. As a literary community center and gathering place for writers, readers, and the general public, we provide support, resources, and inspiration for those in our region who care about the word as art.
The Writers Place is located at 3607 Pennsylvania KCMO 816.753.1090

Otis Lee, self-taught harmonica player performs live in the KKFI studio. Otis plays throughout the Kansas City area, solo and with numerous groups.

Jason Vivone joins us live in the studio. The leader of Kansas City’s award winning band the Billy Bats, Jason Vivone hosts The Boogie Bridge on KKFI 90.1 FM Thursdays 4pm to 6 pm.

As a musician, Vivone has toured primarily in the Midwest and the South. As a recording artist, his music has been downloaded and played all over the world.

Poet/activist Sheri Hall (Purpose Tha Poet) talks about her recent appearance at the Topeka State Capital, The Gospel of Poets on KPRT 1590am, and hosting the Local Showcase on KKFI, March 24 from 8pm - 10pm.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, CEO/President Paul Schofer with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Shipps, & Travis Pratt
March 16, 2016 | 12:00 pm

CEO/President Paul Schofer with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts talks about Celebrating diversity in the arts, the one-day festival invites youth and families to experience a diverse range of performances and interactive arts activities. Future Stages Festival is a FREE community event that showcases youth in the performing arts and is an extension of the Kauffman Center's Open Doors "Spotlight on Youth" program. Last years festival featured 29 performing arts organizations and 10 interactive arts activity partners. This festival is fun for ALL ages! Tickets are not necessary, but please visit the link provided to APPLY to perform, learn more information, and RSVP!

Aaron Shipps joins us live in the studio to discuss Bedrock Art Editions. Bedrock Art Editions is a professional collaborative print shop devoted to the traditional methods of printmaking, utilizing innovative processes to solve contemporary printmaking needs. Owned and operated by Tamarind Master Printer Aaron Shipps, Bedrock publishes new works by contemporary artists, also offering contract printing services to artists of all practices in the mediums of lithography, woodcut, and monotype.

Artist Travis Pratt talks about the group show at The Bunker Center for the Arts, an art and exhibition space, with studios available at 1014 E. 19th Kansas City Missouri. Open by appointment.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Danny Powell, Keion Jackson, Teresa Leggard, Asishah Ogbeh, Julia Six & Charity Thackson
March 2, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Danny Powell, President Kansas City Blues Society talks with Maria about the Art of Blues & Jazz Event , Friday March 4 5PM – 9PM at the Buttonwood Art Space 3013 Main St. KCMO. Proceeds to benefit the Kansas City Blues Society and KC Jazz Alive.

Writer Keion Jackson, director Teresa Leggard, and cast member Asishah Ogbeh discuss the new play, Gumbo House, wriiten by Keion Jackson. The play opens Friday March 11, 7pm at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theater 3614 Main St. KCMO with additional performances until Sunday, March 13.

Julia Six and Charity Thackson discuss, Catch A Tiger By The Toe.Part scavenger hunt, part installation, Catch A Tiger By The Toe asks the audience to be an active participant in the work, placing value and meaning on the object they select. In this way, the work questions the way value is assigned by both the makers and the searchers. Opening reception Friday March 4, 6pm-9pm, Front/Space 217 W 18th St, KCMO. NCECA reception Thursday March 17th 6-9pm

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Joe Bussell, Fred Trease, Michael Baxley, & Kelly Seward-NCECA
February 24, 2016 | 12:00 pm

In the first half of the program, Maria talks with artist Joe Bussell and photographer Fred Trease. Belger Gallery Manager, Michael Buxley and Marketing/Community Relations Coordinator Kelly Seward talk with Maria in the second half of the program.

Joe Bussell- acrylic pigments become playful sculptures in their own floating white universe, interacting to create moments of ethereal conversation. He plays between the space of paint as material/object and paint as composition/image.
Bussell received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in Ceramics and Panting. He has exhibited throughout the United States and in Italy. He has received awards from New American Paintings, the River Market Regional Exhibition, the Juried Annual at Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, and more. His work can be found in collections in Italy, France, Germany and New York.

Fred Trease-photography is a process that allows him to understand the world. He captures the images on the busy streets of public space, but with formal precision that takes a moment and allows it to expand on future contemplation and discovery. “For me a photograph is not a static entity.”
Trease received a BA in Sociology and a BS in Biology, both at Missouri Southern State University. He was an award winner at the River Market Regional in 2009, and has won multiple awards at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art’s Annual Juried Exhibition.

Michael Baxley and Kelly Seward discuss the Belger Arts Center launch of 10 Exhibitions to celebrate NCECA-National Council for the Education of Ceramic Art.
Starting March 16th, over 5,000 artists will converge in Kansas City for the 50th annual National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference. Kansas City’s arts community is responding in force, presenting nearly 100 exhibitions dedicated to clay in galleries and museums throughout the region. Ten of those exhibitions will be presented at the Belger Arts Center and its satellite location, Belger Crane Yard Studios.

Belger’s NCECA repertory includes exhibitions curated and presented by the Lighton International Artists Exchange, the Morean Arts Center, Florida CraftArt, and the Archie Bray Foundation. “It’s important for us to have a larger discussion about contemporary art…to see how artists across the country and even around the globe are redefining our notions of ceramics,” says Evelyn Craft Belger, Executive Director of the Belger Arts Center.

A special pre-conference workshop, “A Legacy of Making,” held at Belger Crane Yard Studios, features Kansas City Art Institute alumni John Balistreri, Chris Gustin, and Matt Long. Known for his large-scale sculptures, Balistreri holds a patent for 3D printing in clay.

2016 marks the 4th time NECEA has held its annual conference in Kansas City. NCECA selected Kansas City for this golden anniversary celebration because the city’s “horizon connects farmland with cultural complexity…an amalgam of global traditions and local vision.” This description captures the nature of contemporary ceramics and is beautifully illustrated by Belger’s suite of exhibitions.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Shari Hall, Doug Rosenbrook, Christian L. Wade, Nina Irwin, & Nick Givechy
February 17, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Shari Hall, Doug Rosenbrook, and Christian L. Wade, discuss Poetry For Personal Power.
What helps you through adversity? We are now in our fifth year! This year we are working towards becoming statewide networks in both Kansas and Missouri. We are becoming an evidence based mental health social inclusion campaign. We sponsored poets hosting events in cities across the US. We then follow up to build resilience in hosting nonprofits. and we find trauma informed and resilience building staff members for health care providers. Connecting with nonprofits – host events and build capacity, artists/poets - apply for sponsorship, employers/jobseekers – find resilience builders

Artist painter Nina Irwin discusses her work and spoken word /poet, co-host of PoUnd Slam, and founder of Nique Poetry, Nick Givechy joins us in the second half of 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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