9 episodes

Why do you make art? Why is art important? Hamilton artists answer these questions, and more, on the Why Art Podcast. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next painting, help pushing past your writer’s block, or conversations to keep you company while in quarantine, this is for you. Hosted by Rose Hopkins and Laura Welch as a signature event at Hamilton Arts Week 2020.

The Why Art Podcast The Why Art Podcast

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Why do you make art? Why is art important? Hamilton artists answer these questions, and more, on the Why Art Podcast. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next painting, help pushing past your writer’s block, or conversations to keep you company while in quarantine, this is for you. Hosted by Rose Hopkins and Laura Welch as a signature event at Hamilton Arts Week 2020.

    Gemma New

    Gemma New

    Gemma New is a New-Zealand born conductor and now the music director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. In this episode, we talk about how Gemma came to Hamilton, the place orchestral music has in 2020, and what live performance looks like post-COVID.

    Follow Gemma on IG: @gemmanewmusic (https://www.instagram.com/gemmanewmusic/?hl=en)
    Or on her website: gemmanew.com (https://www.gemmanew.com/)
    And check out the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra: hpo.org (https://hpo.org/)

    Follow us on IG: @thewhyartpodcast (https://www.instagram.com/thewhyartpodcast/)

    Or visit www.whyartpodcast.com (https://www.whyartpodcast.com/)

    Season one of The Why Art Podcast is a 2020 Hamilton Arts Week Signature Event. Click here to see more arts week events. (https://www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca/artsweek)

    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/

    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/ (https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/featured)

    • 42 min
    John Terpstra

    John Terpstra

    John Terpstra is an award-winning poet, author and cabinet-maker based in Hamilton, Ontario. On this episode, we talk about how John started writing poetry, his process, and the economics of being an artist.

    Learn more about John at his website: www.johnterpstra.com (http://www.johnterpstra.com/)

    Follow us on IG: @thewhyartpodcast (https://www.instagram.com/thewhyartpodcast/)

    Or visit www.whyartpodcast.com (https://www.whyartpodcast.com/)

    Season one of The Why Art Podcast is a 2020 Hamilton Arts Week Signature Event. Click here to see more arts week events. (https://www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca/artsweek)

    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/

    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/ (https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/featured)

    • 38 min
    Jody Joseph

    Jody Joseph

    Jody Joseph is a painter, educator, and curator. In this episode we talk about how she made the transition from lawyer to artist, why she thinks art is important in the world, and about her most recent curation project, The Missing Middle (https://carnegiegallery.org/missing-middle-exhibition/) , focused on affordable housing for millennials.

    Follow Jody on IG: @jodyjosephpaintings (https://www.instagram.com/jodyjosephpaintings/)
    Or on her website: jodyjoseph.com (http://jodyjoseph.com/Home.html)

    Follow us on IG: @thewhyartpodcast (https://www.instagram.com/thewhyartpodcast/)

    Or visit www.whyartpodcast.com (https://www.whyartpodcast.com/)

    Season one of The Why Art Podcast is a 2020 Hamilton Arts Week Signature Event. Click here to see more arts week events. (https://www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca/artsweek)

    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/

    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/ (https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/featured)

    • 37 min
    Josh Taylor

    Josh Taylor

    Josh Taylor is a dancer, choreographer, and the owner of Defining Movement Dance--Hamilton's only hip-hop focused dance studio.

    Follow Josh on IG: @josh.g.taylor (https://www.instagram.com/josh.g.taylor/)
    Follow Defining Movement Dance on IG: @steelcityDMD (https://www.instagram.com/steelcityDMD/)
    And check out their website: definingmovementdance.com (https://definingmovementdance.com/index.html)

    Josh mentions some of the amazing BIPOC artists and organizations in Hamilton that are doing great work. We're linking them all below. Please donate if you're able, sign up to their newsletters, follow them on their socials so you know what's going and can give continuing support.

    Stylo Starr: https://www.stylostarr.com/

    Queen Cee: http://www.instagram.com/thequeendollylama

    Eklipz: https://www.eklipzart.com/

    Elley Jeeze: https://www.instagram.com/elleyjeeze/

    Reid Roses: https://www.instagram.com/reidroses/

    Brown Brothers: https://www.brownbrothers.ca/

    https://instagram.com/soulhouse.live (https://instagram.com/soulhouse.live?fbclid=IwAR22SxRJHW5o7noKwOkFj5FJLlhlaN8JOI_PCraLWapboTsmOSCCnx28eww)

    Kojo Damptey: https://www.instagram.com/kedmusic

    LT the Monk: https://ltthemonk.com/

    Red Betty Theatre: https://www.redbettytheatre.org/

    Hamilton Youth Poets: https://www.hamiltonyouthpoets.org/

    Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion: https://hcci.ca/

    ACCA: https://accahamilton.wixsite.com/info

    The Space Youth Centre: https://www.spaceyouth.ca/

    Empowerment Squared: https://empowermentsquared.org/

    Coalition of Black and Racialized Artists: https://cobrahamilton.weebly.com/

    Follow us on IG: @thewhyartpodcast (https://www.instagram.com/thewhyartpodcast/)

    Or visit www.whyartpodcast.com (https://www.whyartpodcast.com/)

    Season one of The Why Art Podcast is a 2020 Hamilton Arts Week Signature Event. Click here to see more arts week events. (https://www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca/artsweek)

    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/

    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/ (https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/featured)

    • 43 min
    Karen Ancheta

    Karen Ancheta

    Karen Ancheta is an actor, theatre-maker, storyteller, and is part of a new initiative in Hamilton called Porch Light Theatre. (https://www.industrypresents.com/porchlight-theatre)
    Follow Karen on IG: @kan.ancheta (https://www.instagram.com/kan.cheta/)
    Buy her jewellery: @eyemymagpie (https://www.instagram.com/eyemymagpie/)
    Learn more about storytelling group, The Hamilton 7 by clicking here. (http://girlcancreate.com/performances/storytelling-at-the-staircase/)
    Follow us on IG: @thewhyartpodcast (https://www.instagram.com/thewhyartpodcast/)
    Or visit www.whyartpodcast.com (https://www.whyartpodcast.com/)
    Season one of The Why Art Podcast is a 2020 Hamilton Arts Week Signature Event. Click here to see more arts week events. (https://www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca/artsweek)
    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/
    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/ (https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/featured)

    • 33 min
    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is an award-winning ceramic artist with her work being shown across Canada and at her own studio and store, Black and Smith. In this episode, she talks about her creative process, being a woman in woodfiring, and why she performs as an aerial artist.
    Follow Emma on IG: @esceramics (https://www.instagram.com/esceramics/)
    Or visit her store: www.blacksmithcountrygeneral.com (http://www.blacksmithcountrygeneral.com/)
    Emma mentions the Hamilton Aerial Group. Click here to learn more about them. (https://www.hamiltonaerialgroup.ca/)
    Follow us on IG: @thewhyartpodcast (https://www.instagram.com/thewhyartpodcast/)
    Or visit www.whyartpodcast.com (https://www.whyartpodcast.com/)
    Season one of The Why Art Podcast is a 2020 Hamilton Arts Week Signature Event. Click here to see more arts week events. (https://www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca/artsweek)
    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/
    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/ (https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/featured)

    • 36 min

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