ARTSPEAK RADIO chats with Sánchez, Gann, and McIlvane

ARTSPEAK RADIO, Wednesday January 20. 2021, 12noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Annie Sánchez CEO Chief Goal Strategiest Mariposa Strategies, Robert Gann, Habitat Contemporary Gallery Owner, and artist/Kansas City Art Institute educator Andrew McIlvane.

ANNIE SÁNCHEZ, Mariposa Strategies CEO, Chief Goal Strategist Mariposa Strategies-Mariposa Strategies is a heart-centered strategic planning and coaching firm.
Spanish for butterfly, Mariposa represents transformation and change while Strategies represents process. Together, these words embody our mission to support BIPOC leaders and entrepreneurs with decreasing overwhelm so we can do what we’re here to do!
Using a hybrid approach, coaching and consulting services are intertwined: coaching is conducted through a strategy lens and consulting is done with a coaching bend. This holistic model gives clients the best of both worlds.
We prioritize strategic collaboration and thought partnership while helping clients through obstacles as well as moments of exciting growth.
Mission-To support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) leaders and entrepreneurs with decreasing overwhelm so we can do what we’re here to do.
Vision-A world in which BIPOC are living fully with joy, purpose and passion, providing an example to the kids in our lives for all that is possible.

Guiding Principles
• Deliver high-value services, while giving away the best for free.
• Accept everyone as they are while always believing in their fullest potential.
• Interact with transparency and humility, always.
• Collaborate and partner with curiosity, authenticity and strength.
• Strategize, simplify, repeat.
• Lift up BIPOC.
• Highlight and contribute to movements that increase economic mobility for BIPOC communities.
• Show up for you with full attention and heart.
• Hold a safe and confidential space for you be as open and vulnerable as you want to be.
• Never judge, always listen, and respond with respect.
• Believe in and champion the goals you set.
• Focus on guiding you to the next level in your life, which means pushing you to the edge of your comfort zone and, with your permission, holding you accountable.
• Clarity Pages
• Women of Color

ROBERT GANN, Director, Habitat Contemporary Gallery-Habitat Contemporary is a commercial art gallery with the objective of exhibiting new talent/artwork every six weeks. To encourage community engagement, bimonthly podcasts will be hosted in the gallery. Habitat Contemporary will also invite artists and art professionals to discuss regional arts and culture.

Robert Gann has developed years of exhibition skills curating works by mid-career artists. Serving as the Associate Director of Studios Inc, allowed many established ties within the arts community. Working as purchasing consultant and artist liaison helped to place many works in private and corporate collections. He has curated regional and international traveling exhibitions.  Favorable exhibition reviews, by noted art critics, have found placement in national and global publications. An honors graduate from UMKC, he earned a bachelor  of arts degree in Art History, with a focus on museum studies.  Using his knowledge and experience, he will help to find the perfect work for any collector.

Habitat Contemporary Gallery
2012 Baltimore Ave. KCMO (located in the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center)

ANDREW MCILVANE, Artist-Andrew Mcilvaine is a Mexican-American painter, sculptor, and multimedia installation artist born in San Antonio, Texas. His work primarily explores the notions of displacement and replacement. Through narrative based work Mcilvaine seeks to uncover the effects that personal and cultural traumas have on shaping memory and identity. Mcilvaine earned a BA in studio art from University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he was mentored by renowned artists Davin
Watne, Ricky Allman, and Barry Anderson, all who remain very influential to his personal practice. Mcilvaine then earned his MFA with an emphasis in painting and drawing from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis where he held the Danforth Scholarship for his continual commitment to community outreach and education. While at WashU he was mentored by prominent artists including Michael Byron, Jamie Adams, and Denise Ward-Brown. Since earning his MFA Mcilvaine has held positions at Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City and UMKC teaching courses such as drawing, printmaking, color theory, design foundations, and art history. Mcilvaine has shown at the regional and national level both in gallery and museum settings. Currently, Mcilvaine lives and works in Kansas City and holds a visiting lecturer position in the foundation program at KCAI.

“Movement” is a body of work that explores the invisibility of Mexican and Mexican Americans in contemporary society, and the complexities that linger in native individuals due to a hidden, obscured, or destroyed history caused by colonialism. The work focuses on notions such as displacement, replacement, longing, and assimilation. Through narrative based work I reflect on the phantasmal history of my family and the struggles, and sacrifices that come with understanding generational curses. My hope is to speak about the relationship trauma has with shaping memory, identity, and a sense of self both personally and culturally. -Andrew Mcilvaine


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