Artspeak Radio with Gagliardi, Sal, and Cosgrove

Artspeak Radio, Wedneseday, November 17, 2021, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Teresa Cosgrove Englewood Arts Operations Manager, artist Elise Gagliardi, and artist/writer Hasna Sal.

TERESA COSGROVE, Englewood Arts Operations- Bay Area artists Tom Franco and Alan Chin, alongside six guest artists will be stopping by on their U.S. art tour and will be leading a community mural painting project with Englewood Arts! There is no charge to participate and all ages are welcome! Come make your mark in Englewood and meet this group of amazing artists! This is the “Know Going Back” U.S Art Tour starring The Grateful 8 to 10 is happening from November 6 – December 29, 2021

HASNA SAL, writer/artist, Flying Ketchup 2020-2021 Poet in Residence celebrating the release of her first book, Poems in Glass. The book is made up of four essays, over 20 poems and over 50 full color images of her stained class sculptural installations. Divided into four segments: Sanctuary, Sanctum, Spirit and Synchrony, Sal addresses her intuitive interior design, her advocacy for victims of trafficking, as well as her vision to create art that is healing to the human spirit and the local environment.
POEMS IN GLASS is a uniquely original book. Part memoir, part revelation. Through the panes, poems, and practice of glass artist, Hasna Sal, you’ll find the heart of a poet. “From the pulse of a small city park at dusk, one artist is forever changed.” Hasna’s insistence that the “artist’s role is to bring awareness” sounds simple until you walk the bed of shards, she crosses with the people in her community. From a local doctor and his family, to the invisible victims of trafficking, to the weary student in need of spiritual sustenance, Hasna explores both outer and inner sanctum; our personal deepest needs for spirit and light. Illustrated with her brilliantly cast unpaned glass art, Hasna’s lyrical verse harkens back to the form of Sufi poets, and the warmth of bygone days where color brings visceral emotion and therapeutic energy to the mind and body. Color is the elixir of life. Let Hasna serenade your soul as she shares her life’s work through narrative, art, and verse.
“As an artist, I feel a responsibility to be an advocate of change….Color, light, and social awareness is the focus of my work. I concentrate on social reform through the application of color and light in my sculptures in articulating my narrative.Public art is a means to create a conversation that may be polarized. It becomes a conversation piece used to voice our opinions and to listen to people. Communication happens, and that brings change.”
Working from her Johnson County Glass Studio near her home, her work is shown at various art shows and competitions in Kansas City throughout the United States and worldwide. Most well known are her her glass-panel memorial for human trafficking victims in Lykins Square Park, which was unveiled last October. As well as her upcoming installation at the new KCI terminal at the Kansas City Airport and her most recent trip this October to the Larnaca Biennale in Cypress.
Recent acceptance into the 2021 Biennale in Larnaca,Cypress. One of two Americans Accepted into the first is the first biennial ever organized in Cyprus. Out of several hundred entries Sal was chosen to be one of 54 artists selected from a pool of over 34 countries.
Hasan Sal credits her graduate work in landscape architecture from Harvard with the foundation of her current work in glass sculpture. She apprenticed under artists in England and Wales and earned her five-year NAAB-accredited professional degree program in architecture at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. She calls herself a raconteur–bringing to light stories that are overlooked or forgotten or through her sculptural glass and light installations. A lifelong poet, she now debuts her first public poetry. With a diploma from the London School of Journalism, she synthesizes personal narratives, poetry, and art for communities with her unique, creative placemaking and social reform.
Poem in Glass, Book Launch Event & Art Show November 12th, Westport Center for the Arts, 201 Westport Rd Kansas City,MO 64111

ELISE GAGLIARDI-Site 1 is a collaboration between six galleries in the Kansas City area that culminates with a one-day, outdoor, group exhibition. The exhibition includes curation by The Ekru Project, Beco Gallery, Troost Gardens, Sapien Gallery, Curiouser & Curiouser, and plug. Site 1 brings together curatorial practices and infrastructures that work from and with precarity, foregrounding emerging practices that combine collectivity. Community engagement and support is the catalyst for the structuring of this exhibition. Collectively, we aim to create new local opportunities and improve connections to existing ones but also ensure the artists and institutions they’re serving have input in the development of the artist community.
Site 1’s opening will inaugurate the group’s first curated exhibition of outdoor sculptures, thus unfurling an exciting node for its temporary site installation. But, perhaps, more importantly, Site 1 will introduce new ways spaces deviate from the white cube format. Embracing the entire landscapes and cityscapes in their curation, Site 1 is an alternative response to the pandemic, as social distancing and being in an open-air environment are preferred.
The curatorial team has carefully planned the siting of the artworks across some of the iconic architecture platforms of The Slabs in Gillham Park, offering interesting sightlines and dialogues between the pieces, the natural environment, and surrounding architecture.
We’re excited to join alongside neighbors and partners in the community that has prioritized the arts as a way to bring people together. Site 1 celebrates artists and the city and encourages visitors to experience art in a more welcoming non-traditional space.
Site 1 will feature Art by .E Lewis, Lilly Powell, Jessica Heikes, Elaine Buss, Craig Deppen Auge, Gerry Trilling, Julia Monte, SK Reed, Annie Woodfill, Ariadne Fish, Andrew Ordonez, Andy Ozier, Hope-Lian Vinson, Kathy Liao.
Site 1 will take place at The Slabs in Gillham Park located at 4200-4298 Kenwood Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110.
The one day event hours are Sunday, November 21, 2021, 12:00 – 3:00 pm


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