ARTSPEAK RADIO + Robert Castillo, Baldemar Rivas, Waco Porter, & Stacy Busch

Wednesday January 16, 2019 noon – 1PM CST 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes artist/musician Robert Castillo, muralist/artist Baldemor Rivas, multi-media artist Stacy Busch, and writer/poet Waco Porter.

WACO PORTER has lived in the Kansas City area for 20 years. Born in Galveston, Texas, he served in the military and traveled widely. He now proudly calls KC home. Porter recently published his first book of poetry, Total Eclipse. He also enjoys writing short stories, working out, and hanging out with his wife, three daughters, and family dog. He serves as board vice president of Jump Start Art KC. He’s also in school, pursuing a new career in the field of physical therapy.

BALDEMAR RIVAS is a 2016 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and recently finished his part of “Wall of Respect,” a mural for InterUrban ArtHouse in Overland Park and the Jewish Community Center. Rivas has some interesting projects in the pipeline, his work presently adorns the covers of “Bubba Ho-Tep,” the comics prequel to the 2002 movie that featured Bruce Campbell as an old Elvis Presley fighting an ancient, evil Egyptian deity.
Baldemar Rivas is featured in ARTIST TO WATCH the November-December 2018 issue of KC Studio.

ROBERT CASTILLO switches roles from musician to visual artist as he allows the Universe to express itself through him. Flowing from one style to another, Castillo chooses to spend his transient time exploring the many ways to connect his inner and outer experiences.

STACY BUSCH presents ArtsKC Inspiration Grant Project Mass: Live Performance and Art Exhibition
Multimedia artist Stacy Busch is collaborating with choreographer/dancer Tianna Morton (Deeply Rooted) and Australian based mixed media artist Jade Suine to present Mass, January 19th, 2019.
Mass is born out of Busch’s recent, month long journey at the Listhus Artist Residency in northern Iceland, in which she experienced silence, isolation and extreme natural landscapes, which allowed Busch to uncover a more honest connection with her artistic voice and connect it to her spiritual practice. The full live performance is an evening length concert of new music conceived during her time in Iceland. “Mass” elicits feelings of reverence as well as intense breadth and depth. The project is designed using four spiritual pillars, derived from the Bhagavad Gita, as a formal structure for both the visual pieces and music composition. These concepts allow the performance to unfold as a powerful narrative of spiritual discovery. Jade Suine is providing a series of visual pieces that correspond with the four spiritual pillars. Tianna Morton brings all new choreography to the stage inspired by the spiritual concepts, Suine’s visual representations and the music developed by Busch. This concert event will have a unique impact on the Kansas City community because it transports viewers to an environment that is unlike any other: the harsh yet breathtaking northern Icelandic landscape, which is meant to stir an ancient connection to the divine within each person and to transport the viewer someplace otherworldly. In this distinct atmosphere, the live performance will push the audience to explore themselves, and foster acceptance and empathy towards others. This performance is supported by ArtsKC and is a recipient of an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant.
“We have an enormous task of expressing the intensity of this landscape and what it does to a person.” says Stacy Busch, “We are a powerful team of three women that are very much capable of this task.”
Saturday, January 19, 2019�6:30pm-7:30pm Art Gallery Open with bar�7:30pm Live Performance�MTH Theater, Crown Center (2450 Grand, Suite 301, Kansas City, MO 64108)
Tickets are available at MTH Theater Box Office: (2450 Grand, Suite 301, Kansas City, MO 64112, Crown Center Shops, Level 3), by phone at 816.221.6987, or online at
PHOTOGRAPHY AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Rehearsals are open to the media. Please contact Stacy Busch to schedule. Stacy Busch and Tianna Morton are also willing to participate in on-air previews and interviews. Please contact Stacy for inquiries.