Everyone deserves a second chance. And through art, Joe Diggs and Sam Holmstock are providing just that to youth in the juvenile justice system. In doing so, the pair are giving a creative outlet for marginalized children to express their emotions, work through trauma, and successfully reintegrate into society.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.
Like the iconic character Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz,” Oren Sherman has long been a dreamer, creating art at the intersection of reality and imagination. It’s led the renowned illustrator and artist to magnificent places – he’s created multiple stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, and artwork for an impressive array of clients that have included the Olympics, Disney, PepsiCo, Steuben Glass, and Visa. Oren is a multifaceted talent – a gifted storyteller, successful entrepreneur, and branding wizard – who willingly shares his expertise with the next generation as a professor at his alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyOren's websiteTEDxProvincetown: Finding Creativity: A Solo Journey to a Connected Place
Nearly four decades ago, Kate Pazakis first stepped on stage at Cape Cod Theatre Company in Harwich, giving her skills – confidence, communication, connection – that informed her approach to life, work, and art. Those childhood experiences allowed her to blossom as an adult in Los Angeles, where she created the Unauthorized Musical Parody Of (UMPO) series, taking popular movies and TV shows and adapting it for the theatrical world, and has provided her with the joy of returning to the theatre company where she is leading the nonprofit that made an indelible mark on her at a young age.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.
If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, then Heather Pillar (Pil-ár) has countless stories to tell over a 25-year career that has led the talented photojournalist across seven countries in four continents, highlighted by her moving portrait series, memento Morrie: images of love and loss, spotlighting the last six months of Brandeis professor Morrie Schwartz’s (of Tuesdays with Morrie fame) life.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.
Percussionist, composer, and music producer Julian Loida talks about his creative journey as a young artist which has been propelled by a never-ending curiosity to explore the wide range of sounds, musical genres, and artforms.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.
With a needle and thread, award-winning artist Salley Mavor has spent the past 45 years creating whimsical fiber art that tells a story, stirs the emotions, and stimulates the imagination. Mavor’s one-of-a-kind art has been featured in over a dozen books she has either written or illustrated, including Pocketful of Posies which won the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the 2011 Golden Kite Award.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.Learn about Salley here.
Mark is a painter, illustrator, naturalist, cartographer, writer, printmaker — he’s also had stints as a wildlife field biologist, forest firefighter, gymnastics coach, and scientific illustrator. In the first episode of Season 5 of the Creative Exchange, we get to know Mark as AFCC’s 2023 Artist of the Year and his connection to place through mapping, journaling, poetry and more.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.Learn about Mark here.
This conversation was recorded live at Robert Henry's gallery and studio in Wellfleet, MA. Join us as we explore over 70 years of love, art and connection to Cape Cod as well as the ever-evolving practice and the latest chapter of his life as an artist.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.
Funding the Creative Economy with Senator Julian Cyr. Senator Julian Cyr serves in the Massachusetts Senate representing Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. First elected to the State Senate on November 8, 2016, Julian is now serving in his second term and is the youngest senator in the 40-member body. And he’s been a champion for arts and culture here on Cape Cod. In this episode, we speak with the Senator about how the arts led him to a career in politics as well as how the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s Creative Exchange is being bolstered thanks to $400,000 in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Senator Julian Cyr was instrumental in securing the federal dollars to support the Cape’s creative economy, filing an amendment to the Legislature’s $4 billion ARPA and surplus tax revenue spending bill, which Governor Charlie Baker signed into law in December 2021. “These are once-in-a-generation funds that are meant to help us rebuild and repair and build more resilient communities,” Senator Cyr said. “When you look at what powers Cape Cod and the Islands’ economy, it is not solely tourism and our gorgeous beaches and natural beauty. The fabric of our community is its creativity and innovation.” Screen reader support enabled.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.
Season 4 | Episode 2: Brazen Naked Ladies Everywhere with Aanjes Larkin Hershfield a.k.a Pepper Grinds
Aanjes joins us to discuss the art of the tease, how Brazen Belles came to be, and her own discovery of self-love and body positivity. Aanjes is the founder and artistic director of Brazen Belles, a cape-based burlesque production. She is the daughter of a musician and NOAA fisheries marine biologist, Aanjes performed music and acted in high school and college, but she wanted an outlet that allowed more creativity and that combined music, acting, singing, and comedy.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.
Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since the early 90's. Jo Hay is a contemporary British American portrait painter. Born in 1964 in Newcastle, England. Hay was announced as the Arts Foundation's inaugural Artist of the Year 2022. In this conversation with Jo and Jonatha we talked about so many facets of being an artist such as building our confidence, what drives the passion for the work, being fearless and creating to the that “edge.” We also discussed the impact of COVID, privilege, climate change, and even aging.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.
In this episode "Being Content with the Unknown", we sit down with Paloma McLardy, the drummer and songwriter of the first all-girl punk band, The Slits. Known as Palmolive in the punk scene, she now self-defines herself as a punk mystic. We explore her experience growing up in Spain under a Franco dictatorship, family and togetherness, her defiance to living a prescribed life, and how just 2.5 years in London playing punk music helped define a time that continues to live on in myths, movies, and fashion.Now available.Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.More about Paloma here. More about We Do Cape Cod here.
In this conversation with Tara Vargas Wallace and Maria Daluz Reid, we discuss inspiring students through arts, creating access, building confidence and further representation of the BIPOC community in the arts on Cape Cod. Tara Vargas Wallace is an artist and founder of Amplify POC. She is a strong voice and advocate through her work with marginalized populations with severe socio-economic challenges. Maria Daluz Reid is an artist and retired arts educator having taught in the Barnstable school system for over 35 years. She aspired to build confidence in her students through art.Now available.Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.
In this conversation with visual artist Deborah Howard and writer Susan Blood, we discuss wiping the canvas clean and starting over, the impermanence of art, the path of least resistance, and adapting your practice. Susan’s writing has appeared in the Petigru Review, Christian Science Monitor, the London-based BachTrack, Provincetown Arts, and the Provincetown Banner. Her first book “How Not to Do Things” was published in 2017. She has credited her 2018 Arts Foundation of Cape Fellowship for inspiring her to write a second novel, “Hermit”, which she recently completed. Having grown up on Cape Cod, Deborah has always been inspired by the region’s ever-changing landscape. Drawn to the unpredictability of this environment, she attempts to convey its dynamic and ethereal nature in her work. Her paintings are about capturing moments she experiences and communicating the feeling of a certain time and place to the viewer.Now available.Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify.For more information about Susan Blood.For more information about Deborah Howard.
Season 4 | Episode 7: Nina Schuessler, Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre | Artists Never Really Retire
How do you encapsulate a 26-year career in the arts? For former Cape Cod Theater Company/Harwich Junior Theater Artistic Director Nina Schuessler it looks something like this – over 270 musicals and plays produced and/or directed. But sheer numbers don’t tell the whole story of Nina’s impact on and passion for the arts which will never go away despite her recent retirement. In this episode of the Creative Exchange, we sit down with Nina, who has been a driving force in Cape Cod theater for over three decades, and dive into her career and love of the arts.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Where do you go when you live in fear because you’re different? If you’re Scott Townsend, you escape to the stage. It is here where Scott, lovingly known to many as Thirsty Burlington, has forged a career spanning more than 20 years. Regarded as one of the finest female impersonators in the business, Scott has found a home in Provincetown and a safe haven on the stage, allowing him to bravely face the challenges that life has thrown his way – cancer, dyslexia, and childhood trauma. In this heartwarming conversation, the thoughtful and articulate Scott Townsend takes CEX Host Julie Wake on a creative journey of becoming who he is today.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyThirsty (the movie)
Lending Yourself to Compassion with Sarah Burrill Musician Sarah Burrill joins us for an all-encompassing conversation on using her artistic platform to connect people in times of isolation, whether in the throws of lockdown or a battle with chronic illness. She also reminds us of the importance of a little something she likes to call, “going out for oxytocin."Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
As a soloist for the Boston Ballet and career dancer, Palkens discusses the unexpected ways in which the pandemic has affected his relationship with his performance-based art.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyBB @ Home
Ashleigh Gordon is a violist and Artistic & Executive Director of Castle Of Our Skins, a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. This conversation dives into her relationship with the viola as it relates to her own personality and her work as a passionate music educator with a unique and thoughtful approach.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyLearn more about Castle Of Our Skins
Matthew Scinto is the Founder, Conductor, and Executive Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra. In this episode, Matt dives into how and why nothing--especially a global pandemic--can stop his growth as a musician, conductor, and an arts leader. Our favorite quote from our conversation is, "You’ve got to be a little crazy. You’ve got to love what you’re doing."Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyLearn more about the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra
Rachael Devaney, Deanna Nagle, and Lily Olin spent four weeks developing individual art projects that elicit dialogue, evoke emotion, and inspire thought. We discuss their process, how 2020 has empowered them as artists, and what we can expect from post program.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyMore about Lily OlinMore about Rachael Devaney
Visual artist, arts educator, and the 2021 Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea artist Carl Lopes discusses the interplay between teaching, creating, and the importance of uplifting artists. Now retired from a long career at Barnstable High School, he shares how his students have influenced his personal work as well as the dynamic intersection of culture and history embedded in his artistic process.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyLearn more about Carl Lopes
Provincetown-based visual artists Laura Shabbott and Marian Roth discuss shifts in their approaches to creating, teaching, and sharing art as a result of the pandemic. With two distinct and wise perspectives, this conversation is dynamic, warm, and a reminder that community and the freedom to create are at the center of it all.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Boston-based independent recording and performing artist Will Dailey shares a fresh take on the ways in which social isolation has affected the way we consume, interact with, and share art. In this thought-provoking discussion, Dailey explores an interplay between oversaturation and his personal movement towards genuine, irreplicable interactions with his art.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyWill's performance schedule
Season 3 | Episode 9: Anne Stott, Indie rock singer/songwriter. She is an actor. A political rabble rouser.
Structure and Stability with Anne Stott Provincetown-based musician and actor Anne Stott discusses the seesaw of structure and stability and the ways in which a global pandemic has asked us to to both rediscover and redefine a balance of the two in order to create.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Esteban del Valle is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist whose work ranges from drawings to video animation and large-scale murals. In this episode, del Valle discusses how his art has taken on a distinct personal significance as a result of our newfound connectivity (or lack thereof), revealing a profound perspective on the importance of art as a self care practice.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyCheck out Esteban's latest work
Born and raised in South Africa, photographer Julia Cumes now calls Cape Cod home. Her passion for storytelling and capturing real moments of human connection and intimacy are evident through her diverse body of work, which has appeared in major publications such as the New York Times and National Geographic. Her current work focuses on exploring stories about education, the struggles women and girls face, and conservation issues, particularly in Africa and East Asia. In this episode, Julia shares the whimsical tale of how she came to America and the profound thought and creative process behind her work.Now available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
David Kuehn, Executive Director of the Cotuit Center for the Arts for over 10 years, came to the Cape from a long career overseeing the classical music division at RCA records. Founded in 1993, the Cotuit Center for the Arts has grown into an award-winning and dynamic arts center offering art exhibits, live theater, concerts, classes, and more. With a mission of being a welcoming hub for the arts on Cape Cod, no two days in David’s shoes at the Center are alike. In this episode, David gives us an inspiring glimpse into the mind of an arts leader and reflects on his journey from Los Angeles to Cape Cod.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Curator Gregory Hischak has been creating new exhibits for the Edward Gorey House, where he resides, since 2014. Hischak is also a playwright, poet, musician, and book artist, who has received numerous awards including a Mass Cultural Council Fellowship in playwriting in 2015. Reflecting on Edward Gorey’s life, creative process, and what it’s like to live in the Edward Gorey House, this episode is a true immersion into the whimsical world of Gorey.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Pete Hocking is a visual artist, writer, and teacher based in Provincetown, MA. His work is concerned with personal narrative, place, poetics, and political consciousness. He teaches in Goddard College's in the Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts program and in the Division of Liberal Arts at Rhode Island School of Design. Previously he was director of Rhode Island School of Design's Office of Public Engagement (2007-2011), and Associate Dean of the College and Director of the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University (1988-2005). In addition to working in higher education, he offers painting workshops at Provincetown Art Association and Museum and Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. He's a founding board member of the Provincetown Commons, and economic development center for the arts and creative economy. He's represented by Four Eleven Gallery in Provincetown, MA. His website is petehocking.com.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Carla and Matthias are musicians, composers, and co-founders of Rabbit Rabbit Radio, a musical collaboration that has grown to produce five albums. In addition to their work together, Carla is an educator currently on faculty at the New England Conservatory as well as the Vermont College of Fine Arts, while Matthias heads a video game music production company, Ridiculon. In this episode, they redefine the concept of genre, discuss the process behind their latest project, Black Inscription--a critically-acclaimed song cycle about the ocean, and share how they took their creative careers from California to Cape Cod.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Though she's always enjoyed music, Renzi didn't begin playing herself until her 20's. Now, a recipient of the 2017 Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Performing Arts Fellowship, Jordan has written, produced, and performed several original songs on Cape Cod and beyond. She has been invited to open for Kate Taylor, Paula Cole, Patty Larkin, and Marc Cohn, and has performed in SoFar Sounds shows in Boston and Paris. Her new album, Just A Dream, debuted in the Fall of 2019. She currently lives in Wellfleet.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
In this episode, we wrap up 2019 with some of our favorite clips from the year. From not-yet-released interviews at the Provincetown Film Festival to a few of our Season 1 and 2 guests, we found one common thread among our interviews this year: inspiration and the unique ways in which creative individuals find it. Featuring reflections from Paul Downs Colaizzo, Susan Blood, John Cameron Mitchell, Pete Hocking, Judith Light, Jillian Bell, and the CEX Live.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Malissa Kenney is the Executive Director of Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Netowrk (CapeCodCAN), an independent organization in partnership with the Cotuit Center for the Arts that provides innovative and inclusive visual performance and literary arts programs for teens and adults of all abilities. Meanwhile, Jessica Wilson is the Managing and Artistic Director of the WatermelonAlligator Theatre Company, a consortium of theatre professionals and dedicated amateurs committed to producing high-quality, local theatre. In this thought-provoking conversation, Malissa and Jessica reflect on the importance of accessibility in the arts and share about their collaboration offering performing arts workshops for students of all abilities and experience levels.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Emily Ruddock is the Executive Director of MASSCreative, an organization that works with artists, leaders, and supporters of the arts and cultural sector to advocate for the resources and support necessary to make Massachusetts a creativity-driven state. Jo Hay is a British American contemporary portrait painter who lives and works in Provincetown. Her latest work, Persisters, is an ongoing series of large-scale portrait paintings representing trailblazing women in their pursuit of justice. In this episode, Jo and Emily come together to discuss the intersections of creative process and advocacy.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Season 1/Episode 1: Susan Blood, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s 2018 writing fellowship and is currently working on a novel. Her collection of essays, How Not to Do Things, came out in 2017 from Surface Popper Publications.
THE PROCESS OF CREATIVE PRODUCTIVITY. Take a deep dive into Susan’s week spent in a C-Scape Dune Shack--primitive, historic, and isolated with no indoor plumbing or electricity--to her processes for getting personal and professional writing done, Susan reminds us of the importance of forging our own creative paths.Now Available!Susan’s week in the C-Scape Dune Shack - underwritten by Tammy Glivinski and Jim SabenListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Season 1/Episode 2: Chris McCarthy, Executive Director of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM)
THE PROCESS OF LEADING IN THE ARTS. In this episode, Chris challenges the seasonal nature of Cape Cod and shows us a bit of what it’s like to run the Cape’s most widely-attended art museum.Now Available!Check out what's happening at the PAAMListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Season 1/Episode 3: James Barnes, Director of Social Enterprise at Cape Abilities, a nonprofit that supports over 400 adults living with disabilities on Cape Cod.
THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING A GOOD STORY. With dozens of story slams under his belt, including several appearances on The Moth Boston, James shares his take on the art of storytelling and what makes a good story.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyCheck out James's story blogListen to Julie's first story (37:20) at the discussed Story Slam: "Near Misses" at Cape Cod Beer produced by Cape Cod Community Media Center.
THE PROCESS OF CREATING COLLABORATIVE SPACE: Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the founders of Chalkboard Studio, Jackie, Richard, and Jamie, reflect on the transformation of an old schoolhouse in Barnstable Village to a professional artist studio and how the shared space has informed their creative processes.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
THE PROCESS OF CONNECTING THROUGH YOUR ART In this episode, visual artist Joe Diggs invites us on a true exploration of his process from his daily creative practices to the ways in which his Cape Cod roots led him to, and have reinforced, his path as an artist.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Season 1/Episode 6: Mary-Ann Agresti, AIA received a BFA in Editorial Design from Syracuse University and a Masters of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania. Parallel to her design career she has independently followed a passion for the printmaking process and has become accomplished teaching and practicing the arts of traditional intaglio / etching and letterpress.
THE PROCESS OF RECOGNIZING THE “SPACES BETWEEN” Mary-Ann recognizes a need for careful review of what she calls “ the space between” – those spaces that remain between build projects, or public ways or that connect primary venues in public areas. These are the spaces that connect. This exploration has resulted in recently completed public art installations – murals, sculptures and heritage trail kiosks– that tell a narrative and unify public space in her community.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Season 1/Episode 7: Christine Kunewa Walker, CEO and executive director of the Provincetown Film Society and founder and former president of Werk Werc Works, a feature film production and finance company based in Minneapolis.
THE PROCESS OF WORKING IN THE FILM INDUSTRY. Christine speaks about breaking into the film festival circuit and representation in film. We also learn more about Christine’s creative process.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Season 1/Episode 8: Sara Moran is a board-certified art therapist, psychotherapist, and with a master’s degree in art therapy from Pratt Institute. She utilizes art making and the creative process to assist individuals in self expression, emotional regulation, and processing trauma.
THE PROCESS OF HEALING IN THE ARTS. Sara discusses how she uses art making and the creative process as a means to heal. Sara owns her own practice, Cape Cod Art Therapy in Eastham, where she executes her unique and dynamic approach.Now Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify
Season 1/Episode 9: Tim Convery, a New York design veteran, left his job as Vice-President, Creative Director for a major cosmetics company, moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts in 2010 and rediscovered his creativity to produce “Tim-Scapes.”
THE PROCESS OF FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION AND TAKING SOME RISKSNow Available!Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Spotify