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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.

Upcoming episodes

ARTSPEAK RADIO with Brian Williams, Ralph Tomlinson, Andi Meyer, & Andi Paloutzian July 27, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with Brian Williams Development Director for the Folly Theater, Ralph Tomlinson Adult Services Librarian for Olathe Public Library, Andi Meyer Education Director with Right Between The Ears and Tradewind Arts, and Andi Paloutzian Story Center Progam Manager Woodneath Library.

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Recent episodes

ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Sarah A. Chavez, Miguel M. Morales, Art In The Loop, & Harold Smith
July 20, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with writers Sarah A. Chavez & Miguel M. Morales, Art In The Loop with poet Annette Billings, Ann Holliday Progam Director and art/education/curator Jessica Borusky, and in our second half of the program, painter/educator Harold Smith.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Suzanne Gunther, Judith Towse Roberts, Sharon Eiker, Kevin King, & Cheryl Kimmi
July 13, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with photographer Suzanne Gunther, writers Judith Towse Roberts & Sharon Eiker, also playwrights Kevin King & Cheryl Kimmi.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Mo Dickens, Janet Simpson, Joel Barrett, & Randall Jenson
July 6, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Artist Mo Dickens, Janet Simpson Executive Director of Kansas City Artist Coalition, Writer Joel Barrett, & LGBTQA Activist Randall Jenson join Maria live from the KKFI studio in midtown KC.

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Artspeak Radio LIVE with Steven Curtis, Brian Hearn, Travis Pratt, Casey Hannan, & Michael Schonoff
June 29, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Director of Community Building and Engagement at Community Housing of Wyandotte County and arts activist/ Steven Curtis, Brian Hearn, Collection Manager for The Collectors Fund-Kansas City Collection, Travis Pratt artist/gallery director for The Bunker Center for the Arts, writer Casey Hannan, and KCAI Crossroads Gallery Director Michael Schonoff join us live from the KKFI studio.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO live with Lisa Cordes, Don Simon, Ruben Alonso III, and Davin Gordon
June 22, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with Artist INC. Director Lisa Cordes, Arts attorney & managing partner with Mudstomp Records, and Alt Cap President Ruben Alonso and Program Coodinator Davin Gordon.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Chato Villalobos, Anthony Marco Rea, Natasha Ria El-Scari, & Wayne Courtois
June 15, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, writer/police officer Chato Villalobos, artist/activist Anthony Marcos Rea, educator/writer Natasha Ria El-Scari, and novelist Wayne Courtois.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO rolls live with the Spring Pledge Drive
June 8, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Since 2012, ARTSPEAK RADIO continues to bring the creative community to your ears. Here's your opportunity to express gratitude by supporting ARTSPEAK RADIO and KKFI with your pledge on-line or call 888.931.0901.
Where else can you listen live as artists, poets, & performers talk about their craft, read poetry, discuss upcoming exhibitions & book signings? Where else can you learn about opportunities through arts organizations and arts programs that benefit the community and helps cultivate a new generation of artists, writers, performers? You can make a difference with your support.

Guests this week include Poet Laureate of Missouri, William Trowbridge, artists Donna Bachman & Sharon Hunter-Putsch, Jeanette Powers, & members of the 2016 Hear Now Festival.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Suze Ford Hernandez, Jenny Meyer-McCall, Paper Birch Landing Gallery, & Gustavo Ayabar
June 1, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with Suza Ford Hernandez and Jenny Meyer –McCall about their exhibition, Exploring Boundaries: A Layered Conversation
Contemporary paintings by Jenny Meyer-McCall, and Suze Ford Hernandez that opens Friday June 3 from 6pm to 9pm at the Leedy-Volkos Art Center 2012 Baltimore Ave. KCMO.

Two artists exploring new ways to express themselves through their art empowered by their inner dialogues and self discovery. Growing their messages in layers and depth. They have pushed past the boundaries of their previous identities; freeing them, their voices, and their art.

Leedy-Volkos Art Center 2012 Baltimore Ave. KCMO

Heather Collinsworth talks with Maria about the Paper Birch Landing Gallery perched in the heart of the Valentine district at 3740 Broadway, KCMO. We are an artist-owned and operated boutique gallery. We feature fine art from talented local & emerging artists. Visit our open studios, take a class, or rent our event space. We host four juried shows a year, highlight regional artists’ work, and provide creative space for local writers and authors. We are stronger together. #ArtLocal.
Our Gallery hours: 11 to 4 Wednesday through Saturday, or by special appointment. Please check our calendar for shows, classes, and events.

Writer Gustavo Ayabar joins us in the second half of the program. Gustavo Adolfo Aybar is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received his MA in Romance Languages & Literature. He is a Cave Canem and Artist Inc. fellow. He has served on the board of the Latino Writers Collective and his work can be found in their anthology, Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland. Other publications include: Harvest of New Millennium, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture, and Oranges & Sardines.
Currently, Aybar’s second collection, We Seek Asylum, has been awarded the Poetry Grand Prize for the Willow Books Literature Award by Aquarius Press. Aybar is working on his third poetry manuscript and on translating the works of Mexican author/playwright Glafira Rocha from Spanish to English. Some translations of Rocha’s stories can be found in the online journals EZRA, Asymptote and the Brooklyn Rail’s InTranslation journal where Rocha’s short story “Interspersed Signs” was selected as a Pushcart nominee for Fiction in 2014. “Between Line Breaks” is the latest in the Pop Poetry series.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO chats with Megan Crigger, Vladimir Krstic, Sherry Bushue, Cassie Allen, Cristina Muniz, & Andrew William Erdrich
May 25, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria welcomes Megan Crigger, Director of Creative Services KCMO and Vladimir Krstic, Director of KC Design Center,for a discussion about the Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Office of Culture and Creative Services, in partnership with Kansas City Design Center is one of the recipients for an award of $100,000 for the "West Bottoms Reborn: Activating Public Space through the Arts" project, a "place-keeping" strategy that integrates local artist and design professionals in the visioning and planning process of public space to extoll and nurture the unique qualities of the West Bottoms.

Sherry Bushue, founder of The Little Fig and illustrator Cassie Allen talk about their multi-lingual children's books. Based in the Kansas City metro area, The Little Fig self publishes multi-lingual and special situation children's books for pre-school and early elementary school aged children. The books are intended to be both entertaining and education, teaching concepts, facts and a second language. Selected titles are available in E-book and print on demand formats in English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Artists Cristina Muniz and Andrew William Erdrich joins us live in the studio to talk about their art and open studio event at The Drugstore 3948 Main St. KCMO. The Drugstore is a collaborative and grassroots effort between 20 artists of varying disciplines in the old Katz Drugstore. The Drugstore Spring Open Studios Friday May 27 from 6pm - 9pm

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ARTSPEAK RADIO live -Anthony “AO” Oropeza, Mario Mora, Jason Sierra, & Andie Paloutzian
May 18, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with artists/writers Anthony "AO" Oropeza, Mario Mora, Jason Sierra and Andie Paloutzian. Oropeza and Mora will attend and display their work at Planet Comicon -Kansas City's largest comic con and pop culture expo. Planet Comicon will be held at Bartle Hall 301 W. 13th St. KCMO and runs Friday May 20 through Sunday May 22. For more information visit

Anthony “AO” Oropeza, “I love comics. I wanted to create my own one day. I didn't know how much work it would be. Comics for me are a great mix or art, story and graphic design. I now know the effect a well-drawn comic book and comic book character can have on a book and a story. I am thriving for a better book and a better story each and very publication. It makes it tough for the studio is that our book is about a Latin main character. It’s also bilingual, it is different. Anything different will succeed if the story is good. My goal is to create great stories and combine them with great art-with that combo, the books will succeed in all languages.”
Booth #1234 Artist Alley Friday – Sunday May 20-22
New book released - The Big Tuna Luna is Introduced in Issue #1.

Mario Mora is a full time freelance illustrator and comic creator, he is the writer and illustrator of the indie comic Pagan Zoetrope, as well as a handful of other self published poetry and children's books. He is a graduate of UCM, and has worked in various studios around the Kansas City area for the last 18 years. On weekends he mentors students on weekends for the Scribbler's Co. program in KCK. He also recently curated the Chicano Art Exhibit at Hallmark headquarters, KCMO. In this spare time, he also runs a one man podcasting effort. Mario will be at Planet Comicon table 2134.

Jason Sierra uses different mediums of expression, working in commercial art, graphic design, illustration, poetry and music. Sierra hosts, Drink and Draw at the minibar the last Wednesday of every month at minibar 7pm to 10pm. His POP poetry book is due out in August through Prospero’s. His work currently is at the Bite and Mattie Rhodes. .

Story Center Program Manager, Andie Paloutzian with the Woodneath Library Center talks about upcoming events. Woodneath Library Center is located at 8900 Flintlock Rd. KCMO 816.883.4900

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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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