• Truth in This Art Podcast: Stories from Artists, Cultural Leaders, and Creative Thinkers

  • By: Rob Lee
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Truth in This Art Podcast: Stories from Artists, Cultural Leaders, and Creative Thinkers

By: Rob Lee
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  • Truth In This Art shares unique insights and stories from artists, creative thinkers, and cultural leaders, hosted by Rob Lee.
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  • The Truth In This Art with cultural anthropologist Cory Stowers
    May 29 2024
    In this episode of the "The Truth in This Art" podcast, host Rob Lee converses with Cory Lee Stowers, a cultural anthropologist, visual artist, and curator. They tackle Cory's background in graffiti and his role in the DC hip-hop scene. Stowers discusses his creative influences and the significance of preserving artistic legacies. He shares the challenges of leading organizations like Art B.L.O.C. DC and DC Murals, emphasizing the need for sustainable funding and aligned partnerships. This episode explores the evolution of mural art, the use of technology to create interactive murals and the cultural impact of public murals. Cory also touches on the historical debate over African American visual identity at Howard University and the importance of impactful community murals.Episode Highlight:Painted Beginnings (00:01:30): Cory takes us back to his roots, painting a vivid picture of his early life and how he was drawn into the vibrant graffiti and hip-hop culture of Washington DC.Artistic Inspirations (00:04:00): Remembering the past, Stowers shares heartfelt stories about the people and experiences that have sculpted his artistic perspective and continue to influence his creative journey.The Artistic Grind (00:10:00): Rob and Cory engage in a candid discussion about the grit behind the glamour, exploring the obstacles and triumphs that come with bringing ambitious art projects to life.Mural Dreamscape (00:20:00): With an eye on the future, Cory outlines his visionary plans for transforming DC Murals into a social enterprise that not only beautifies but also benefits the community.The Funding Puzzle (00:22:00): The conversation takes a pragmatic turn as Stowers addresses the intricate challenge of weaving together funding and partnerships to support his artistic endeavors.Creative Alchemy (00:20:30): Cory offers a glimpse into his creative sanctum, revealing how he approaches the art-making process and fosters meaningful connections with the community through his work.Murals That Speak (00:30:00): The power of murals to tell the untold stories is brought to the forefront, highlighting their significance in preserving and sharing cultural narratives.Art in the Digital Age (00:35:00): Reflecting on the intersection of art and technology, Cory discusses how modern advancements are revolutionizing the way murals are created.Key Takeaways:1. Graffiti and hip-hop culture have played a significant role in shaping the artistic landscape of urban environments like DC.2. The preservation of artistic legacies is crucial for cultural continuity and understanding the historical context of art forms.3. Sustainable funding and strong partnerships are essential for the success and longevity of arts organizations.4. Public murals are not just art, they are powerful tools for cultural expression and community engagement.Website and Social Media Links:coryleestowers.comX: @RockCreekLeeInstagram: rockcreekleeLinkedIn: Cory Lee StowersHey everyone, if you were as inspired by Cory Lee Stowers' stories and insights as I was, let's show some love! Head over to his website and follow his journey on social media to keep up with the incredible work he's doing in the art world. And if you enjoyed our deep dive today on "The Truth in This Art," please take a moment to rate and review this episode. Your feedback means the world to us and helps others find these meaningful conversations. Plus, if you're feeling generous and want to support the podcast further, consider joining our Patreon community. Every bit of support helps us continue to bring these important stories to light. Thanks for listening, and let's keep the conversation going! This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation ★ Support this podcast ★
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    1 hr and 5 mins
  • The Truth in This Art with Actor & Playwright Tanya Everett
    May 28 2024
    In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," 🎙️ Rob Lee has a heartfelt and enlightening chat with the wonderfully talented Tanya Everett. Tanya is not just an actor, but also a playwright, TV writer, and speaker, making her a true multi-hyphenate artist. 🎭 They dive into her diverse career, her love for storytelling, and why embracing your uniqueness is so important. 🌟Tanya opens up about her personal journey, including her powerful TEDx talk on grief and her passion for travel. ✈️ They also touch on the collaborative magic of the arts, the healing power of rituals, and the idea of chosen family and community. Tanya's thoughts on creativity, connection, and honoring one's roots are sure to resonate deeply with you. 🌺📚 Episode Highlights:Embracing Uniqueness (00:04:20): Tanya shares how she celebrates her unique identity and the transformative power of theater. Lessons from Early Opportunities (00:16:16): She reflects on the lessons from her early creative endeavors in writing, movement, and dance. Challenges in the Arts Industry (00:18:19): Tanya discusses the industry's often overlooked focus on the well-being of its people. The Joy of Collaboration (00:23:45): She talks about the joy and fulfillment that comes from working with others on creative projects. Reflecting on Loss and Aging (00:32:27): Tanya shares her personal experiences with loss and her thoughts on aging and societal pressures. Investigating Chosen Family (00:37:43): She explores the importance of chosen family and building supportive, reciprocal relationships. The Grief Dance and Personal Growth (00:45:50): Tanya's emotional journey in preparing her TED talk on grief. Rituals of Grieving (00:54:38): Tanya discusses her personal grieving rituals and the need for evolving funeral practices. Challenges of Navigating Social Norms (00:58:53): Navigating societal expectations and feeling significant outside traditional family structures. Embracing Uniqueness and Loss (01:00:06): Tanya talks about using storytelling to process loss and celebrate individuality. Reimagining Gender Roles (01:06:12): Challenging traditional gender roles and redefining strengths in relationships and families. Incorporating Humor in Grief (01:09:25): She discusses about using humor to address themes of grief and societal biases. Seeking Inspiration and Motivation (01:17:29): Tanya shares her sources of inspiration, from other artists to nature. Overcoming Stage Fright (01:21:04): Tanya’s go-to tactics for overcoming stage fright with physical movement and grounding techniques. Creating Laughter in Performances (01:23:26): Rob and Tanya discuss the different types of laughter they aim to evoke from audiences. Favorite Travel Destination (01:24:49): Tanya reminisces about her favorite travel spot, Greece, and the connections she made there. ⭐ Key Takeaways:1. Embrace your uniqueness to enrich your creative endeavors.2. Collaboration in the arts can lead to profound and impactful work.3. Rituals can be a powerful tool in coping with and processing grief.4. Building a chosen family and community can provide essential support and connection.🌐 Website and Social Media:🔗 www.tanyaeverett.com📸 Instagram: tanya.everett 🐦 X: Tanya Everett💼 LinkedIn: Tanya EverettLink to TEDx Talks: 🎤Learning the Grief DanceIf Tanya Everett’s powerful stories and insights touched you, please show your support! 💖 Visit her website to explore more of her work and follow her on social media to keep up with her latest projects. 🌟 If you enjoyed this conversation, we'd love it if you could rate and review this episode. ⭐ Your feedback is invaluable. And if you want to help us continue bringing you these meaningful conversations, consider supporting our show on Patreon. Your contribution helps us continue to bring these meaningful conversations to life. Thank you for listening and for your support! 🎧🙏 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation ★ Support this podcast ★
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    1 hr and 32 mins
  • The Truth In This Art with Pioneering Film Producer Stuart S. Shapiro
    May 21 2024
    In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," 🎙️ host Rob Lee interviews Stuart Shapiro, a multifaceted producer, writer, and director. Shapiro shares his background in Massachusetts and his early exposure to music, which fueled his entrepreneurial spirit in organizing music events. He discusses the centrality of humor in his work, coining the phrase "funny is money," and reflects on the role of laughter in health and longevity. Shapiro also talks about dealing with rejection and the importance of self-criticism in the creative process. He touches on the concept of being cultured, the counterculture, and the value of stepping out of one's creative bubble. The conversation offers insights into the complexities of creativity and artistic expression. 🎨✨Episode Highlights:Meet Stuart Shapiro (00:03:40) Stuart Shapiro gives us a glimpse into his life, starting with his roots in North Adams, Massachusetts, and his formative years immersed in music and early business ventures.Reviving the Berkshire Music Barn (00:10:41) Stuart takes us through his journey of breathing new life into the Berkshire Music Barn, detailing the hurdles and triumphs of hosting concerts with legends like Arlo Guthrie and James Taylor.Comedy's Timeless Charm (00:21:37) Stuart Reflects on the lasting allure of comedy and its unique ability to deliver joy across generations, in contrast to other genres like horror.The Healing Power of Laughter (00:23:30) Rob and Stuart discuss the widely held belief that laughter can be a potent medicine, enhancing our overall well-being.Navigating Rejection (00:25:27) TStuart and Rob tackle the topic of rejection in the creative journey and how humor can be a salve during tough times.Bravery in Creation (00:26:21) Stuart highlights the essential role of bravery when facing the inevitable setbacks and letdowns in the creative industry.The Necessity of Self-Criticism (00:35:09) In this part of the conversation, Stuart emphasizes the role of self-criticism in steering clear of mediocrity and striving for greatness in creative endeavors.Artist's Battle with Rejection (00:37:30) A look at the challenges artists face when dealing with rejection, and the influence of self-assurance and external factors on their work.Recognition's Creative Spark (00:39:34) In this part, Stuart and Rob explore the impact of recognition on an artist's creativity and confidence, and how it can serve as an inspirational force.Art and Counterculture (00:48:21) This part is the discussion about the significance of counterculture in the arts and the value of an unfiltered approach to creative expression.The Filmmaker's Journey (00:56:36) Stuart shares insights into the gratifying yet demanding world of filmmaking, from the joy of crafting enduring works to the relentless pursuit of creative expression.Key Takeaways:1. Embrace your background to fuel your creative and entrepreneurial endeavors. 🌟2. Recognize the power of humor in work and its positive impact on health and longevity. 😂💪3. Learn to handle rejection constructively and use self-criticism to enhance your creative process. 🛤️🔍 4. Expand your horizons by engaging with different cultures and countercultures to enrich your artistic expression. 🌍🎨Website and Social Media Links:🌐 nightflightplus.com🔗 LinkedIn: Stuart S. Shapiro📸 Instagram: nightflightofficial📘 Facebook: Night Flight If you enjoyed this insightful conversation with Stuart Shapiro on "The Truth in This Art," don't miss the chance to delve deeper into his world. Visit Stuart's website to explore his latest projects and connect with him through his social media links. Show your support for an artist who truly understands the power of humor and creativity in our lives. 🌟💬⭐ But don't stop there! Your feedback is invaluable. Take a moment to rate and review this episode, letting us know what resonated with you. Your reviews help shape the future of the show and keep the art of conversation alive. ⭐📝Lastly, if you believe in the power of this podcast and want to contribute to its growth, consider supporting us on Patreon. Your support goes a long way in bringing more enlightening discussions like this one to light. Join the community, and let's keep the truth in art thriving together! 🌱🎙️ This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | ...
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    1 hr and 3 mins

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