Maria Vasquez Boyd is a painter/artist/writer and founding member of the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City Missouri. Her work is published in Primera Pagina, Cuentos Del Centro, Everyday Other Things, Salt Magazine, America Now and Here, Kansas City Renga, Present magazine, and other publications. She also works in the community facilitating writing workshops in public and private schools, colleges, and the Migrant Workers Project.
Currently, Boyd is the producer, engineer and host of ArtSpeak Radio, that features live discussion with artists and writers from the surrounding Kansas City community.
Boyd is a member of the Ukulele Fight Club of Kansas City singing and playing the ukulele and Two Little Birds, that performs original children’s song and storytelling.
Boyd continues to teach art, illustrate, and exhibit work around the world. Exhibits include Mattie Rhodes Art Center, Nelson Atkins Museum, American Jazz Museum, Mexican Museum of Chicago, Museo de Tangacicuaro, and Xalapa, Veracruz.
ARTSPEAK RADIO is a live radio program on KKFI that airs every Wednesday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Host Maria Vasquez Boyd serves up information about the visual and literary arts community including live interviews with artists, writers, and performers.
Listen live on KKFIEvery Wednesday at 12:00pm
Thursday nights are special!
First Thursday: Jasmine Jones hosts Next Step Forward, a spotlight on millennials of Kansas City who are within a marginalized group, but are using their talents, business, activism etc. to help bring positivity within their communities. This program exists to be a place that is inclusive, safe, fun, inspirational and educational not only for the listeners but for the guest as well.
Second Thursday: Shots in the Night radio theatre; hosted and produced by various members of Shots In The Night. In 2023 SITN has received seven awards for podcast productions in the 9th Annual Hear Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival produced by the National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc.
Third Thursday: People Power Hour, brought to you by KC Tenants, hosts a rotation of speakers featuring members and leaders from KC Tenants and other tenant unions across the country to analyze, inform, and inspire listeners about the power of tenant unions in America. Every episode will showcase a different lesson about tenant unions and America's problematic history with housing by providing in-depth historical analysis, testimonials and stories from leaders who organized in their communities, and collectively brainstorming a vision for a better world where housing is treated as a human right.
Fourth Thursday: Maria Vasquez-Boyd hosts Arspeak Radio, about the visual and literary arts community including live interviews with artists, writers, and performers.
Fifth Thursday: The provocative "From Ark to Microchip", produced by Dwight Frizzell, mixes commentary, dramatic re-enactment, original music, historic voices, audio art and sound effects in a pan-historical, pan-cultural milieu. Programs in the program series have received several awards.
Note: These programs may be preempted by special presentations.