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Lillian Faderman
Photo by Phyllis Irwin

Scholar and author

Lillian Faderman's writes a "reconstructed memoir" about her mother's life as an immigrant factory worker and single mother during the Great Depression. [27:52]

Ralph Fasanella
Photo courtesy Estate of Ralph Fasanella

An artist of, by, and for the people

Blue-collar worker and union organizer Ralph Fasanella would have been 100 this week.  His paintings of urban working class people struggling and thriving continue to live on.

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Brandon Gryde, photo by Arthur Espinza and Peter Szep

This week is a bit different: the podcast is divided into two parts with one subject-- Festivals. We begin by taking a broad look at festivals, their place in the cultural landscape, and their adjustments to the shut-downs caused by the pandemic. Our guide to this is Brandon Gryde our new director of Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works. Having come from Opera America and Dance USA, he’s extremely knowledgeable about the many types of festivals and their various responses to the uncertainty caused by Covid 19.

In part 2, we look at single festival—the New York Opera Fest which is hosted by New York Opera Alliance a community-based consortium of independent opera companies and producers. Fairly early on, New York Opera Fest moved their eight week festival online and reinvented itself as New York Virtual Opera Fest. Founding director of NY Opera Fest and co-founder of NY Opera Alliance Peter Szep explains the transformation of the five-year old festival and the range of work the festival is offering (including a discussion of Heartbeat Opera’s incandescent virtual performance of “ Make Our Garden Grow” featuring over 30 Heartbeat alumni including singers, dancers, instrumentalists, and a gardener.) And because it’s impossible to talk about an opera festival without talking about the innovative work being done by independent opera companies in NY, (and there are over 80 companies in NY!), you’ll hear about the exciting music that continues to be created!

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Photo courtesy of CSSSA

Director California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA)

A conversation with Michael Fields, director of California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). For 32 years, CSSSA has been training the next generation of artists. Each summer, CSSSA gives approximately 500 motivated and talented California high school students in the visual, literary, performing and media arts an intensive learning experience. Conducted by distinguished arts professionals, the four-week residential program is designed to hone the students’ artistic skills and to help give each student a sense of their potential as creative artists. Michael Fields discusses the thinking that went into the program’s creation, its rigorous course of study, and the talented students who rise to the challenges.

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Opera Singer and 2012 National Medal of Arts Recipient

The power of music to make us whole.

Harrell Fletcher
Photo courtesy of Harrell Fletcher

Artist

Harrell Fletcher shares his passion for social practice—creative projects in communities that are by, for, and of the residents.

Carlisle Floyd
Photo by Jim Caldwell

NEA Opera Honors recipient

Carlisle Floyd talks about his extensive career in opera, including writing some of his most famous pieces, Susannah, Of Mice and Men, Willie Stark, and Cold Sassy Tree. [29:55]

Bonnie Fogel

Photo courtesy of Imagination Stage

Founder/Executive Director Imagination Stage

The founder of a young people's theater organization discusses the critical need children have for theater and arts education. [29:40]

Tope Falorin
Photo by David Fleming

Winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing

Tope Folarin becomes the first writer born outside of Africa to win the Caine Prize with his short story set in Texas in an evangelical Nigerian church. [28:24]

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Photo Courtesy of Fred Foote

Poet, doctor and retired Navy captain

The neurologist/holistic practioneer knows first-hand the healing power of the arts for veterans.

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