Artspeak Radio with Jim Barcus, Christian Stanley, and Aztec Theater

Artspeak Radio, July 6, 2022, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes photographer Jim Barcus, Bruce Young, & Christian Stanley.

JIM BARCUS – I grew up on the hard streets of Des Moines, Iowa before dropping out of beauty school. Nothing could be further from the truth but if that makes you smile, I can keep going.
I dabbled in art and design before catching the ravaging photo bug. I liked it so much I went ahead and finished with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography in 1995 from the Kansas City Art Institute. While attending school, I freelanced for The Kansas City Star, The Associated Press and several advertising agencies. Since then I’ve been published in Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and The New York Times just to name some of my parent’s favorites. My assignments have taken me from war zones to “Pet of the Week;” even within weeks of each other. With experiences like these, it can keep a guy like me pretty humble and never thinking he’s bigger than the moment. That is unless it’s a really great photo.

After working nearly 15 years as a staff photographer at The Kansas City Star, I’m now a freelance photographer and filmmaker based Kansas City, MO. This is where I enjoy photographing people with far more interesting stories than those I could ever make up. I’m surrounded with my loving wife Nancy, my son Jesse and our English Bulldog, Luca Brasi.

CHRISTIAN STANLEY – A Mural Movement Brings Artist Christian Stanley to Kansas for “Sunflower State of Mind” Mural Clay Center, Kansas: A Mural Movement brings its 25th mural to Clay Center this summer with Orlando based artist Christian Stanley. The 2,080 square foot mural will be painted on the side of Ward Craft Home Store located at 531 Court St., Clay Center, KS. The project will took place between June 22nd-July 2nd, 2022. Meant to embody the spirit of Kansas, the mural will feature the state flower (sunflower) and state bird (Western meadowlark).
Christian Stanley is a professional muralist based out of Orlando, Florida. With works in Memphis, TN., Las Vegas, NV, and throughout Central Florida, Stanley is making his mark in the American street art scene. His work often incorporates nature or fantasy themes, and he believes in making art that represents the communities in which the murals are located. “I’m excited to bring my art to Clay Center and am grateful to A Mural Movement for selecting me for this project. I think people are really going to enjoy this mural and what it represents.”
C.Stanley Creative LLC is made up of a husband and wife team (Christian and Jessica). Painting in Clay Center is valued opportunity for the pair, as Jessica’s family is from Central
Kansas. “We were married during the pandemic, so most of my family was not able to travel to be a part of the celebration. It is fantastic to be in Kansas and painting. My family can meet my husband and see his work. This project is really meaningful to me and a great fit for us.” -Jessica Stanley

A Mural Movement of Clay Center has facilitated 24 murals within the last two years, making Stanley’s mural the 25th. With the help of artists from Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, and California, A Mural Movement has been working to beautify the community of Clay Center, and has used public art to attract visitors to the area.
Contact for more information about A Mural Movement: Brett Hubka ([email protected] )
You can find other work from C. Stanley Creative at
cstanleycreative or

BRUCE YOUNG – After 3-1/2 years of diligent construction, the Aztec Shawnee Theater is OPEN and showcasing some of the most incredible local and regional music acts in the beautifully restored auditorium for intimate, up-close and personal concerts. We are currently booking for private events including class reunions, birthday parties, corporate meetings, etc. The maximum occupancy of the theater is 270 and we are currently limiting ticket sales to allow for safety and proper social distancing. The theater has vinyl auditorium-style seating that is sanitized thoroughly after every use. The Aztec Shawnee Theater aims to be one of the most beautiful, single screen theaters in the area. Visitors will witness firsthand the “golden age” of movies through vintage and classic film showings. The “movie palace” experience will be an integral part of all activities at The Aztec Shawnee Theater. The Aztec Group plans to get the Aztec Shawnee Theater on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Aztec Shawnee Theater is searching for amazing talented performers. We will be selecting several local musicians/artists/comedians to showcase their talent, Aztec Showcase Talent Event, Sunday July 31, 5pm at 11119 Johnson Drive.
Approximately 12 minutes for each performer
$10 fee to perform
Age limit (12 years & older)
Bring your own mic & amp if possible
Must be family friendly
Please no professional performers
Contact Bruce Young (913) 208-5844 / Alvina Young (913) 208-5242 for sign up and questions


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