ARTSPEAK RADIO with Dan Cameron, Isaac Tapia, Rodrigo (Rico) Alvarez, Caroline Baehner, & Anson Thee Ornery

Wednesday December 27, 2017
Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Open Spaces Artistic Director Dan Cameron And KCMO Office of Culture and Creative Services, artists/muralists Isaac Tapia & Rodrigo (Rico) Alvarez, singer/songwriter Caroline Baehner, and performer/artist/musician Anson Thee Ornery.

OPEN SPACES- Open Spaces is Kansas City’s debut onto the 21st century world stage of culture, mixed-media installation and cutting-edge performance. Bringing more than one hundred renowned visual and performing artists together over the course of two months, Open Spaces is putting the world on notice that Kansas City is a center for artistic excellence.

Open Spaces Kansas City: Call for Artists and Arts Organizations-Do you have an artistic concept to share with the world? A new, in-progress, or recent creation, or maybe a dream collaboration? If so, OPEN SPACES might be the perfect platform for you. OPEN SPACES is a city-wide arts initiative in partnership with the City of Kansas City, local philanthropic leaders, and Kansas City Creates. OPEN SPACES Artistic Director Dan Cameron welcomes practitioners in all artistic disciplines to submit proposals for the nine-week event.
Picture a diverse and imaginative spectrum of human creativity spread across Kansas City, in spaces new and old, in parks, empty urban lots, museums, galleries, performance halls and outdoor stages. That’s the template for OPEN SPACES, a two-month-long celebration of the contemporary visual and performing arts in Kansas City, from August 25, 2018 through October 28, 2018.
With the rolling expanse of Swope Park as its anchor, this multi-disciplinary art experience will commence on August 25, 2018 in a custom-built arts village in the park, and at multiple site-specific locations around the city.
OPEN SPACES will feature commissions, collaborations, and recent work from more than 80 international, national, and local visual and performing artists. The exhibition of visual artists will be on view through the full 9 weeks, will anchor the ongoing performance schedule, all culminating in a weekend musical event on October 12-14 in Swope Park.
Historical information about Swope Park, community experts, sample budget info and more are provided as a resource when developing your submission.
Artistic Director of Open Spaces 2018 Dan Cameron, Founder of the Prospect New Orleans triennial Dan organized numerous biennials and other exhibitions at museums in New York, Madrid, Moscow, Istanbul, Vienna, Bejing, and Sao Paulo, to name a few. Nearly 150, 000 visitors viewed installations at fourteen historic venues as part of Impermanencia, Cameron’s XIII Bienal de Cuenca in Ecuador, more than quadrupling previous years’ attendance.

Isaac Tapia & Rodrigo (Rico) Alvarez-Kansas City Public Schools and community organizations have partnered to turn empty walls into inspirational pieces of art for students and the community. This past month, artists have painted murals at Woodland Early Learning story and Whittier Elementary School.
In the latest installment, KCPS partnered with United Way and local artists Rodrigo Alvarez and Isaac Tapia to paint two news murals at Richardson Early Learning. Alvarez and Tapia painted several playground walls and transformed a room into an area now called the, “fishbowl.” The fishbowl is a place where Richardson students can relax and decompress throughout the day. Alvarez and Tapis are both KCPS graduates from Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts.

Sweet Caroline is a concept band created by Caroline Baehner, composer and lead singer. The Sweet Caroline consists of
Caroline and her hired accompaniment. She recorded Skye in a loft in downtown Kansas City in 2009. Then she hired a guitar player to record it at his accompaniment of 7 songs at Massive Sound in Shawnee, Kansas. All told, Skye is a double disk with 15 minute sides. It was mastered at West End Recording in Kansas City, Kansas on State Line.

Skye received several press reviews and a radio interview on KKFI, and wound up being performed by Robert Thursday with Guest musicians including Ryan Lee Toms 2009-2011, then by the Delta Dogs 2011-2012 at local Kansas City bars, clubs, and First Fridays Art Gallery Crawl in the Crossroads, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Music videos and directors next came calling, collaborating on videos such as Epic Space, American Beauty Myth, and others. The Sweet Caroline received overwhelming ratings on music charts such as Number1Music and Reverbnation music charts: sweetness!
Skye then went on to a cancelled year of festivals including the 2013 Fringe Festival after performing the Block Party, and so her Sweet Caroline and the Deja VooDoos quit in 2013.

Her beautiful single “One More Right” was released in 2014 with a visual interpretation painted by Teresa Magel entitled “Blooming”. The two creative women met at the Westport Art Fair. Their productive collaboration gave birth to a short film entitled “Violet Wish”: the visual is about not exploiting the feminine and the art of desire. The movie was finally released at the Every Picture Tells A Story Festival in November 2011.

Next, Please is Caroline’s answer to those lonely years of broken hearts on the road. Recorded at Weights & Measures Soundlab in downtown Kansas City, Missouri 2014-2015, Caroline both hits hard with societal issues and sings of relationships’ ends, failures, baggage emotionally, break ups, meeting up to jam, touring. expatriates, and slightly her take on the charges she had to press against a stalker. She is ASCAP.

Next, Please! garnered an Akademia win for Best Electronica/Pop Album for the month of July 2015. She is currently on a Global Music Network of radio stations and is working on a third album. In October 2015 KXRL in Los Angeles ratings pulled another Akademia Music Award for #1 on the music charts.

She studied music in San Francisco 1997-99, UMKC 95-97, and at The Toon Shop in 1988-89. Her education included cello, voice, gospel, keys, and guitar: rock and gospel, blues and funk. She sang competitively in high school and college. She was attacked in Los Angeles to critical injury, took time off to relocate from UCLA, and eventually felt strong enough to record.
Twitter @SweetCarolineNP
Instagram @SweetCarolineNextPlease

Anson thee Ornery’s artwork combines his artistic disciplines to create interactive installations that make the viewer a part of my creative process. These interactive artworks are a satirical comment that parodies controversial issues to give a more nuanced and alternative view. Anson constructs full sensory environments with his backgrounds in music, visual arts, writing and acting to immerse the viewer in his artwork strengthening the connection between the viewer and the content. To build these elaborate installations he uses the latest technology along with a wide variety of materials from flowers to social media to entice the viewer into engaging with the artwork. Anson’s artwork is a conversation not a lecture. It is not meant to be placed on a pedestal but instead sculpted by others’ hands resulting in surprising and unpredictable outcomes. Anson shares creative control with the viewer to develop a communal experience where the viewer is in direct contact with the subject matter breaking down defences to new ideas leaving space for a change of thought.

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