You can now hear our November 2022 “Spotlight on Arts & Culture” as a podcast on Soundcloud at https://bit.ly/spotThanks. In the program we took advantage of the season, and of the recent election results, to give thanks – for the support that the arts and culture sector receives from our state legislature, as well as from individual donors, our local businesses and family foundations.
Guests included two recently re-elected legislators, Lucy Dathan, representing Norwalk and New Canaan, and David Michel representing Stamford. They were joined by Brett Thompson, Executive Director of the CT Arts Alliance, the main advocacy body for the arts in Connecticut, and Scott Wands, in Director of Grants & Programs at CT Humanities.
Hear how arts, culture and tourism (ACT) are currently funded in CT, what the impact was of recent post-COVID windfall funding, and how together we can create a plan, or Roadmap, to put ACT funding on a more equitable, sustainable and predictable footing in the future.
If you missed our October WPKN “Spotlight” live radio interview show, you can hear the podcast with several of the organizers and presenters of the Bridgeport Art Trail talking about highlights of the 14th Art Trail, happening this weekend. Hear founder and chief organizer, Suzanne Kachmar, and other key participants, including artist and gallerist Cris Dam, artist Richard Killeaney, and Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District President & CEO, Lauren Coakley Vincent, talk to what’s special about the BAT and why this one promises to be the “best ever.”
Also hear a recorded interview with Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts, and the main force behind the influential Arts & Economic Prosperity Study. This measures the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry on our towns, regions and states, and the Cultural Alliance is leading the study by conducting audience surveys at cultural events through April 2023. Hear from Randy why this is such a big deal.
If you missed our August “Spotlight” interview show, catch the podcast at https://bit.ly/SpotLevitt. This month we spoke with Freda and Carleigh Welsh, who have been the driving forces behind The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Westport for decades. We also heard from the promoters of other great free music concert series here in our region.
If you missed our May edition of Spotlight on Arts & Culture live on WPKN 89.5FM, you can catch it as a podcast on Soundcloud at bit.ly/SpotKlein.
Richard Klein – The Artist & The Museum – brought us the Exhibitions Director at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, who is leaving the museum in June 2022. Hear how Richard’s own interests as a practicing artist have evolved in parallel ways to his work as a curator. Richard speaks about the 10 years in which he worked with founder Larry Aldrich, and how this unique museum has changed over the 30 years of his tenure. What were some of the most outstanding of the 100 exhibits Richard has curated and co-curated at the Aldrich, and what exciting projects does he have up his sleeve for his next phase?