First season will culminate with a live event in May featuring podcast’s guests
April 4, 2019 (Hyannis, MA) – What makes a good story? How do you get your movie into a film festival? What are some ways you can use the arts as a form of therapy?
These are just a few of the questions that Julie Wake, executive director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC), and Amy Davies, executive director of Provincetown Community Television, explore in the AFCC’s newest podcast, the Creative Exchange.
Available on iTunes, Spotify, the AFCC’s website (www.artsfoundation.org), and Provincetown Community Television’s website (www.provincetowntv.org), the podcast represents a new direction for the AFCC’s one-day conference of the same name that had been held each fall over the past three years.
“We decided to do a new medium for the Creative Exchange because we wanted to cast a wider net to reach more people who might not have been able to attend the conference in-person,” Wake said.
“The great thing about this is people can enjoy the podcast on their own schedule,” Davies said.
Consisting of ten episodes, the Creative Exchange will culminate with a live panel discussion featuring several of this season’s guests at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on Thursday, May 30, 5-7 pm. The podcast is taped at the center’s Night Owl Recordings studio.
There, Wake and Davies spend between 30 and 45 minutes talking with local artists in a range of disciplines as they delve into the power of the arts. The theme of this first season is the process.
“I think we’ve had incredible conversations with local artists and art leaders,” Davies said.
This season’s guests and topics include: architect Mary-Ann Agresti of Yarmouth Port, owner of The Design Initiative, Inc. (Creating Public Art); James Barnes of Harwich, director of social enterprise at Cape Abilities and Story Slam enthusiast (Developing a Good Story); Susan Blood of Orleans, author and the director of marketing at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (Creative Productivity); visual artist Joe Diggs of Osterville (Art as Social Commentary); Christine McCarthy of Provincetown, executive director of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (Leading in the Arts); Sara Moran of Eastham, owner of Cape Cod Art Therapy (Healing in the Arts); Christine Kunewa Walker, executive director of the Provincetown Film Society (Working in the Film Industry); Chalkboard Studios’ founders and visual artists James Wolf of Marstons Mills, Jackie Reeves of Sandwich, and Richard Neal of Centerville (Shared Artist Space); and graphic artist Tim Convery of Provincetown, founder of Tim-Scapes (Following Your Passion).
Both Wake and Davies said each episode has left them energized and they hope it does the same for listeners. “I think I can speak for both of us that we are so inspired after our conversations,” Wake said. “I hope people listening can be inspired by some of the conversations to start connecting with other creative, like-minded people and pursuing their own passion projects or careers.”
Blood, who is working on her second novel, enjoyed the opportunity to share her writing process on the Creative Exchange. “Talking to Amy and Julie, it was just so easy. You sort of forgot it was a podcast and it was a conversation between interested people,” Blood said. “What we went over in my podcast was finding the rituals and practices that fit you instead of trying to fit yourself into someone else’s practices.”
About the AFCC
The AFCC’s mission is to support, promote, and celebrate the arts and culture of Cape Cod. It fulfills its mission by funding grants, fellowships, and scholarships; by advocating for more awareness on the impact the Cape’s creative economy has on our region and beyond; and by building a strong arts community network through membership.