Artspeak Radio + Mingei Intl. Museum, Beth Byrd-Lonski, & Arts Council of Johnson County

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

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Sarah VanLanduyt & Allison Bowman with the Arts Council of Johnson County, Ashley Christie with Mingei International Folk Museum, and performer Beth Byrd-Lonski

SARAH VAN LANDUTY ALLISON BOWMAN-Arts Council of Johnson County Launches Johnson County COVID Recovery Grants for Artists. The Arts Council of Johnson County (ACJC) announces the start of the Johnson County COVID Recovery Grants for Artists Program. Applications for artists to apply for recovery funding in the form of grants opens Monday, July 17, 2023 on the ACJC website. Awarded grant funds may be used for business operations, purchase of equipment, rent or mortgages, payroll, and other business- related activites that provide recovery relief. The grant program is funded by the Johnson County Sate &; Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Program (SLFRF).

The artist grant program will provide financial assistance to non-employer creative small businesses, or artists, still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Direct grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded to approximately 82 artists through an application process demonstrating a hardship that is negatively impacting business health. Artists eligible for this grant program must be at least 21 years of age, live or work in Johnson County, and can identify themselves as a practicing artist that can demonstrate a sustained commitment to their artistic career, to making work, and generating dialogue with a public audience. ACJC is also working on a second grant application for non-profit arts organizations located in Johnson County to receive funding through the Johnson County SLFRF fund. Approximately 20 non-profit arts organizations will receive up to $10,000 in recovery funding. Organization applications will open in September 2023.

The Johnson County COVID Recovery Grants for Artists will utilize a rating system that is weighted to prioritize applications based on financial need. In recognition of the disproportionate impact of COVID- 19 on LGBTQIAP+, Black, Indiginous, other People of Color, veterans, and Female artists, the application will include demographic information to prioritize artists who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or other
People of Color, as LGBTQIAP+, veterans, or as Female.

Artist Application Process-Artists living or working in Johnson County apply starting July 17, 2023

Deadline to apply is August 18 th , 2023
Grant review panel will blind-review applications
Selected artists will be notified by October 6 th , 2023
Grant checks will be issued to selected artists beginning October 30 th , 2023
ACJC will host information sessions about the Johnson County COVID Recovery Grants for Artists in July and August to assist artists with the application process and answer any related questions. Artists interested in applying for the grant can visit or email [email protected].

ASHLEY CHRISTIE, Content Manager Mingei International Museum
Established in 1978, Mingei International Museum collects, conserves, and exhibits arts of daily use – by anonymous craftsmen of ancient times, from traditional cultures of past and present and by historical and contemporary designers.
The Museum’s Founder, Martha Longenecker, was a professor of art at San Diego State University who studied the art of pottery-making in Japan. As an artist-craftsman, she became acquainted with and learned from the founders and leaders of the Mingei Association of Japan, who inspired her to carry the vision of mingei to the U.S.A.
Mingei International Museum embarked on a major transformation of its facility and aims to redefine its relationship to Balboa Park, San Diego, the region and the world.
Balboa Park 1439 El Prado, San Diego CA (619) 239-0003

BETH BYRD-LONSKI Byrd Productions Physical Theater and Mime Artist Dean Hatton combine forces once again to bring you: 2 Mimes in a Pod as part of this year’s KC Fringe Festival.

Beth Byrd and Dean Hatton, 2 students of world renowned Mime Artist Marcel Marceau, like to get together every few years and perform their latest Mime work. This is one of those years!

These “2 Mimes in a Pod” will be bringing their most silliest, heart felt, and favorite numbers to the stage. A tribute to the master of Mime!

Where: The Center for Spiritual Living, 1014 W 39 St. KCMO 64111
Fri. July 21 – 6:00
Sat. July 22 – 7:30
Wed. July 26 – 6:00
Fri. July 28 – 6:00
Sat. July 29 – 9:00

We’re THRILLED to be a part of the KC Fringe Festival! To see the entire schedule of shows, details about volunteering and events as well as to purchase tickets to the Festival go to

About your performers:
Dean Hatton has been quietly sneaking up on unsuspecting Minneapolis audiences for over 10 years, making audiences exclaim “I didn’t know I liked mime!” a phrase commonly heard in the metropolis. He has performed in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Kansas City Fringe, and Foolfest. Dean’s teachers and mentors have included Marcel Marceau Greg Goldston and Kari Margolis. 
He draws inspiration from masters such as Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Monty Python and 
other mysterious sources unknown to the rest of us.

Beth Byrd-Lonski has been quite loudly advocating for Mime in the Kansas City area since 1995. making city organizers say “Who let the Mime into this meeting?” A phase not heard often enough if you ask her. She has performed many times in the KC Fringe Festival, The Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Art in the Loop, and all over town during the lockdown (Safest social distancing art form EVER!) Beth’s teachers and mentors also include Marcel Marceau Greg Goldston and Kari Margolis. 
She draws inspiration from masters such as Red Skelton, Carol Burnett, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and many, many more.
Beth is a cast member of the S.M.U.T. Variety Show at Missie B’s, she’ll be returning this Fall to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival as Sparrow the Court Jester, and is working on creating an original play with playwright Victor Wishna about Marcel Marceau’s life during the French Resistance in WWII and how he saved many children’s lives during the Holocaust.

Contact: Beth Byrd-Lonski at [email protected] or 816-305-8188

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