I think it’s fair to say that creatives have unique ways of looking at the world. And I feel like these perspectives lead them into activism, or at least form some kind of opinion on current affairs. Saying this, places like 1619 Flux seem natural to me.
1619 Flux : Art+Activism is a community space and gallery in the Russell Neighborhood. The first line of their mission says it all: ‘ 1619 Flux is a non-profit organization that produces art events integrating established and emerging creative people from different racial, socioeconomic, demographic origins, and sexual orientations, and serves as an incubator for discussing and resolving social justice issues.’
1619 Flux hosts art exhibitions, participatory artistic events, skill-building demos & workshops for adults, and forums for discussing social justice issues. Exhibitions rotate seasonally, and the artists come from a broad range of backgrounds, with a focus on individuals from West Louisville.
For today’s episode, I spoke with Operations Director Michelle Bickelman and Artistic Director Jesse Levesque. We chat about what their near future holds, public art, the accessibility of art, and activism. I ramble a bit. Enjoy.
Guess what day it is, listeners….Blind Date Day! Or, as most of you know it, Wednesday!
Once again, the Traughbers welcome me into their home. This time around, I sit with Katy Traughber. Katy is currently enrolled in the BFA Program at IUS over in New Albany. She is really drawn to objects with a past or hold a record of time, though the materials she works with and the forms they take are dependent on inspiration. Much of her muse consist of coming from a family who created out of necessity, parenting, and open communications with her children and husband. As you’ll hear in the interview she’s tried photography, music, sculpting, installation, and painting. Currently, you can find a small collection of Katy’s work at Dragon King’s Daughter’s New Albany location. Be sure to check it out; it runs through the rest of October.
Oh, by the way, Blind Date is sponsoring its first ever event! It will be a showcase of art with a focus on music and film. The event is at the Clifton Center’s wonderful Eifler Theatre Monday, November 11th. Doors at 7, and show will start soon after. Just five dollars to spend an evening full of creativity.
Live performances by Lady Pyramid and Douglas Lucas. Both accompanied by visuals. And a viewing of some short films and music videos.
You can find out more on the Blind Date Facebook page…just click ‘Events’. As time approaches, I’ll get more and more vocal about this so you don’t forget. To learn more about the Clifton Center, you can go to their website, www.cliftoncenter.org. As always, thank you guys for listening and supporting Blind Date.
It’s October already…this year has gone by like a blur.
Well, listeners, today for you I have Marissa Simpson. Marissa graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a focus on both jewelry making and metal working. She was patient enough to explain some of the processes, along with her personal concepts when creating. I hope you enjoy the interview and slight glimpse into my adolescence (or at least adolescent music taste, with the closing track.)
‘Phoenix’, artwork and photo by Marissa Sprague Simpson
To welcome this month synopsis with earthy colors is an interview featuring Marissa Simpson. Marissa graduated from EKU with a focus on metal working and jewelry making. A few Sundays ago, we had a pleasant chat..laughing, sipping tea, getting to know each other, and each other’s work. I think it’s safe to say most of us don’t much about metal working; this would be a good time to learn!
Don’t forget to listen in on Wednesday using whatever method you choose.