Episode 101: An Emergence of the People, their Spirit, their Stories

L’Merchie Frazier is an artist and Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket. Her work is centered on helping others to find their voice and discover their own innate creativity. She shares how her community projects aim to encourage people – individually and collectively – to participate in the arena of art-making.

L'Merchie FrazierL’Merchie Frazier, a public fiber artist, innovator, poet and holographer, is Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket, engaged in highlighting and curating the Museum’s collection/exhibits, providing place-based education and interdisciplinary history programs, projects and lectures, most recently promoting STEM / STEAM education pedagogy, and manages Faculty/ Teachers’ Institutes and its extension, The Cross Cultural Classroom, a benefit marketed to independent education entities, municipalities and corporations.

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Episode 100: Eliminate Mistrust

To mark the occasion of our 100th episode, we have invited Maria Garcia, Senior Editor of the ARTery, WBUR’s arts and culture team, to be our special guest host. She interviews Anita Walker, Executive Director of Mass Cultural Council, who discusses her 13 years leading the agency, and what it looks like to eliminate mistrust between a funder and a field.

Anita WalkerAnita Walker has served as Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council since April, 2007. Walker is the Commonwealth’s highest ranking cultural official, overseeing a range of grant programs, services, and advocacy for the arts, humanities, and sciences in communities across Massachusetts.

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Episode 99: Art is a Humanizing Process

Marquis Victor is the Founding Executive Director of Elevated Thought, a creative youth development nonprofit in Lawrence, MA. He believes that art is a form of liberation, and that young people – once they have access and exposure to art – are able to build a foundation of self, expand their minds and eyes to identify issues in their communities, and use art to surface creative solutions for those issues.

Marquis VictorMarquis Victor is the Founding Executive Director of Elevated Thought. He leads ET’s vision, objectives, goals, and mission and manages ET’s contracts, commissions, and partnerships.

In addition to being a poet, designer, and photographer, Marquis has a master’s degree in Education from Lesley University and has taught in Revere and Boston, MA Public Schools.

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Episode 98: Broadening the Canon

Luis Croquer is the Henry & Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum. He discusses how the inclusion of more art historians from diverse backgrounds is helping rewrite the stories of artists previously overlooked by collecting institutions. He says centering the work of these artists also complicates the whole idea of art history – what are movements, who are innovators, and who gets to decide?

Luis Croquer. Photo by Stanton J. Stephens.Brandeis University named Luis A. Croquer as the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum, in July 2017. Previously, Croquer was  Deputy Director of Exhibitions, Collections, and Programs at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle, and the Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

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Episode 97: Public Art Accelerator

Kate Gilbert, Executive Director of Now + There, says the most successful public art is trying to disrupt how we walk through and see the world. She discusses how her organization supports temporary work in Boston as a strategy for changing how public art gets made and is appreciated.

Kate Gilbert. Photo by Bianca MauroKate Gilbert is on a mission to transform Boston into a public art city. As artist, curator, and cultural producer, Gilbert sees contemporary art as a catalyst for transformation. In 2015, she launched  Now + There, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to delivering impactful, accessible, and temporary public artworks that challenge Bosto­n’s cultural identity by taking artistic risks and consistently producing compelling projects that engage the public.

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