From the archive… : November 30th, 2016

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Hello everyone.

Once again, the holidays are upon us…as well as the winter. I know things have been hectic and confusing this month, even before the holiday came. I have definitely felt out of sorts…but, I haven’t forgotten about you.

I’m taking a little break this month, so today I’m pulling a interview from the archive.

Right now, I’m in the midst of a big project which requires a lot of my time. The project is called ‘The Nothing About Me Without Me’. The premise of the project is to give the disabilities community a voice through art. Many great local organization are involved such as Zoom Group, The Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Down Syndrome of Louisville. The program consist of a various creative workshop and the process will be documented  & turned into a film by U of L grad students.

I’m contributing a series of interviews with artists in the program as well as leading some creative workshops. The interview series should start within the next two months, so keep an eye out!

But, for now, enjoy this past interview from 2014. This one is with Isle Blansert, a video creator and ‘ASMRtist’. If these words don’t mean anything to you, they will once you click the link below.

Enjoy.

https://blinddateart.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/june-11th-2014/

StudioWorks, Heather Drury & Frances Mican: November 4th, 2015

Heya listeners! I’m so excited that this is finally coming together—this is the first in a series of discussions with the forces behind StudioWorks and their awesome artists.

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Seems like more each day I have the mentality that everyone has something to bring to the table. And such thinking openly embraces diversity. Of course, diversity is a broad term and sometimes there are areas that get overlooked. In saying this, I find it refreshing that neurodiversity has recently had a much stronger presence in the media. Even Sesame Street is coming into the conversation.

Such diversity is a big part of StudioWorks’ goal.

Today’s episode is a conversation I had with Studio Manager Heather Drury & Site Coordinator Frances Mican back in August.

I apologize if it’s a little ‘choppy’, and for when I misspeak (I was a bit distracted by the AC kicking on…it tends to be EXTREMELY loud.)

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Window display from The Food Show. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis.

StudioWorks is an art studio and gallery for adults with developmental disabilities. Currently, the studio is home to over 30 artists of various styles and still expanding. StudioWorks is under the umbrella of the non profit Zoom Group, which is an organization that helps such adults with job placement and other services. Artists can expect ample studio space to create work, get advice & assistance, opportunities to learn new mediums, and a proper forum to display the finished product.

You can learn more by visiting zoomgroup.org/studioworks. Or go outside! Find them near the corner of Bardstown Rd and Eastern Pkwy (2008 Eastern Parkway).

Listen in below to our discussion to get further details on becoming an artist, or getting involved as a volunteer.

Lady Pyramid : November 5th 2014

Lady Pyramid and Spettra at the Blind Date event 'Glances'. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Lady Pyramid at the Blind Date event ‘Glances’. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Hello strangers…

I’m back from my unintentional hiatus. After a spell of hard drive crashes and technical errors, I’m here….finally. And I bring you today guests I’ve been trying to wrangle for quite some time. Over the Halloween weekend I hung out with Katy Hartman and Anna Lee Roeder of Lady Pyramid. We messed around on keyboards & Omnichords, as well as discussed unique trash finds, the communal aspects of music making, and their upcoming release, Sweet Seashell Dreams.

Lady Pyramid is a foursome of creative women who make music that consist of an upbeat, positive tone with storybook imagery. Sonically, they’re one part bubbly calm psyche, another part warm blanket of fuzzy distortion. Lady P is involved in both the music community and the community in general through their work with Squallis Puppeteers, Amped Louisville, and recently the Outskirts Music Festival. Katy and Anna explain their Outskirts experiences and the ‘Rock Shops’ they taught.

The release party for Lady Pyramid’s debut will be November 21st at Haymarket Whiskey Bar. They will be backed by Black Birds of Paradise, The Get Down, and the visual magic of Spettra. Show starts at 9.

Besides their efforts within Lady Pyramid, both Anna and Katy have hands in other music projects as well as visual art.

If you ignore the sound of my furnace periodically kicking on and off, it’s a pretty good episode. Click the player below to hear it or subscribe through the iTunes Store.

 

Only a week away…

Oh, hi November. The holidays are around the corner, as is Blind Date’s first hosted event Glances: An evening of short films and performances. For only five dollars, you get to see work from creative people of Louisville, its sister cities, and beyond. This will be an evening of short films, music videos, and visual/auditory performances showcased at the Clifton Center’s Eifler Theatre. Doors at 7, show should start around 7:15 (so please don’t be late). You can find out more information on the Blind Date Facebook page, in the events section. Learn more about the Clifton Center at their site, cliftoncenter.org,

Also, be sure to take some time to listen to this week’s episode (posted on Wednesday as always), featuring a hearty discussion with Mark James. Mark is the gallery director of Open. Open provides a forum for artists of all mediums including visual, audio, and performance art, helping them to develop their vision and then provide them a venue to present their work. It is a contemporary art gallery that houses four resident artists, with five studio spaces.

Find out more by listening in.

Till then.