ARTSPEAK RADIO with Iván Garnica, Rick Stasi, Susanna Lee, & Alex Kimball Williams

Wednesday December 19, 2018 Noon – 1PM CST 90.1FM KKFI

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Iván Garnica, Susanna Lee Lucky-Deluxe, Rick Stasi, and Alex Kimball Williams.

Iván Garnica Donor Relations & CRM Manager with ArtsKC- We Promote, Support and Advocate for the arts for our five-county region- Clay, Platte and Jackson in Missouri; Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas.
We promote with programs such as ArtsKCGo.com which is an events calendar with the goal of evening out the “marketing” playing field for our arts organizations. They create a profile and submit events. We then promote them with equal representation as those by the Big Five (Nelson-Atkins, KC Symphony, KC Ballet, Lyric Opera and Kauffman Center). Our Grantmaking helps organizations and individual artists by supporting programs and community-impacting & career-building projects. And the Now Showing is a program matches local artists looking to show their work in corporate spaces.
Iván Garnica was born in México and raised in Kansas City and graduated from Drury University with his Bachelor of Arts in arts administration, art history and fine art. Afterwards, he accepted a graduate assistant position and earned a Masters of Nonprofits & Civic Leadership. He managed an off-campus art gallery and was able to plan monthly exhibitions to showcase regional artists. After six months as an intern at ArtsKC, Garnica was off to work at the Head for the Cure Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on raising funds for brain cancer across the nation. Currently, he is the new role as the Donor Relations & CRM Manager.
Garnica loves to paint and to play music and can get lost for hours, and feel recharged, when painting. “It will also be something I will do.”
Iván Garnica Donor Relations & CRM Manager 816.994.9240 | IGarnica@ArtsKC.org
106 Southwest Blvd. | Kansas City, MO 64108

Susanna Lee Lucky-Deluxe has performed her one-woman shows throughout the United States. Susanna Lee is a standup comic, storyteller, and patron saint to provocateurs everywhere. She’s been professionally touring the country since August 20, 1996, when the Kramer International entertainment group, out of WhoCaresville, Michigan booked her on a college comedy tour, with a show titled “You Laugh, You Lose”. It was every bit as rigorously dispiriting as the title of the show would suggest, but her passion for performing survived, and in September 2017, Susanna Lee gave her first TED talk at TEDxKU, on the University of Kansas campus, where she’s also guest lectured on the artistry of standup comedy.

Twitter: @ladyluckydeluxe Instagram: susannaleeluckydeluxe Facebook: facebook.com/getluckydeluxe Facebook: facebook.com/luckydeluxe

Rick Stasi is an artist, writer, instructor, performer and producer. He’s worked with DC, Marvel, Disney, Warner Bros. International Publishing, Rod Serling Estate (Now Comics), Charlton, and Star Wars for Lucasfilm. He’s been an instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute, Westport School of Art and Shawnee Mission Gifted (art) Program. His acting and voiceover credits include Richard Corben’s Masque of the Red Death, Usher and the Wounded Warriors instructional video. Stasi’s books and writing include his self-published poetry Funny You Should Ask, an audio CD of poems and songs called “Talking to Myself (To You),” and a touring performance of that album called Road Trip.

Alex Kimball Williams is a multicultural musician, writer, speaker, teacher & scientist. They are a native Lawrencian, organizing in the community within several groups, including BLACK Lawrence, Epicenter (East-side People’s Intercultural Center) & Girls Rock Lawrence. Their work often focuses on race politics, nature, culture & the beauty of people of color.”

“Alex will discuss the impact their work has had on the Lawrence community- through protest, musical performance, writing & speaking. They promote self-love in the face of Eurocentric beauty standards & this toxic, Western & capitalist society geared to exploit, appropriate & assimilate- yet exclude & underpay- people of color.”

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