Artspeak Radio 10th Anniversary with Erazo, Medina, and Noland

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, September 7, 2022, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd celebrates the 10th anniversary of Artspeak Radio for the entire month of September!! Founded in 2012 by writer Blair Schulman and artist/writer Maria Vasquez Boyd, Artspeak Radio began as a 30- minute program monthly then progressed to a full hour that now includes podcasts of each program. Local and international artists, performers, poets, writers, musicians, arts organizations, and more have graced the airwaves with their talent and information making Artspeak Radio the conduit for arts and creativity.

Through the generous guidance of our beloved Mark Manning who sparked our interest, Artspeak Radio would not exist, we love you and thank you dear friend.
Many thanks to KKFI staff, volunteers, friends, family, and listeners for supporting KKFI Kansas City Community Radio throughout the years and my heartfelt gratitude for your support of Artspeak Radio.

This week we welcome Erik Erazo founder of the Olathe Lowrider Bike Club, artist Garry Noland, and Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina.

ERIK ERAZO, a native of California and the son of Guatemalan immigrants, founded the Olathe Lowrider Bike Club in 2017, targeting at-risk youth within the Olathe District Schools. Currently, his program boast a 100% graduation rate. Through this program, high school students create their own customized lowrider bikes, actively participate in lowrider competitions, and learn more about their culture. This program creates a safe space for these teens and provides them with a sense of pride and belonging.
Erik Erazo will speak at the Visiting Artists Presentation, September 15, 2022, from 6- 7:30pm at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College in Hudson Auditorium, located at 12345 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS

HUASCAR MEDINA, Kansas Poet Laureate
Words Save Lives was founded by Marcia Epstein, LMSW in Lawrence, KS on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, 2014. Historically the event features diverse performers in age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ability, veteran status, et al. Each performer participates because of their own connection to suicide, with the whole-hearted desire to help others experience belonging, connection, and safety.
In 2022, Words Save Lives is partnering with Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina to host nearly a dozen simultaneous Words Saves Lives events across KS & MO on Saturday, Sept 10, 2022.
The Kansas City Words Save Lives Event will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Kansas City Artists Coalition 3200 Gillham Road KC, MO 64109 from 2 – 5 p.m. This event is hosted by Poet Jen Harris.
Words Save Lives KC @ KCAC will be indoors and is wheelchair accessible + ADA accessible bathrooms.
Performances will occur in person. This event will be livestreamed on Zoom.

Huascar is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. He currently works as a freelance copywriter and as the Literary Editor for seveneightfive magazine publishing stories that spotlight literary and artistic events in northeast Kansas.
His poems can be found in his collection How to Hang the Moon published by Spartan Press. He is the winner of ARTSConnect’s 2018 Arty Award for Literary Art. His new collection of poems Un Mango Grows in Kansas is available at

GARRY NOLAND lives with his family in Independence, Missouri. Noland, an artist since the late 70s graduated from UMKC with a degree in art history.
Noland has worked many jobs (stock handler, coal yard laborer, clerk, arts administrator) trying to find ways to help support his family and work in a studio. It is the support of his partner Connie, of 49 years, though that has made his practice possible.
His work has been exhibited locally and nationally. The paintings, mixed media sculpture and works on paper are made mostly of re-used materials. Exhibit locations include The Writers Place, Kemper Crossroads, The Late Show and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.
Noland has two children and two grandchildren. His studio is located in the Holsum Building, 1200 W. 12th in the west bottoms. He also operated an artist run, alternative space gallery in the studio called Holsum Gallery. Over 40 artists have shown there in a 3 year period.
Instagram: @garrynol


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