A podcast about what it means to make contemporary art and culture happen in a small town. The hustle. The sweat. The DIY tips. An @anti_aesthetic project. Episodes every other week.
Artists in Place, Zoom Culture, and the Meaning of Art Orgs on Community
In this episode we gather a few artist friends to talk about what life is like on their side of the quarantine screen, how their studio practice has changed (if at all), and the shifting thoughts around local arts organizations.
Opening an Art Space Just in Time for Quarantine
Welcome to Season 2. Our last episode aired in May of last year, since then a lot has happened.
You might recall our debating over organizational structures, whether or not to go nonprofit, what to do about the lack of money for the arts as a whole, the systemic problems and the essential need as artists to take care of each other and throw the parties we want to go to.
The art world, along with everyone else, is now in a different kind of crisis because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). What is an appropriate way to proceed for a small arts organization like us? As ever, we are using ourselves as a case study to discuss these looming conundrums of an ever-evolving situation.
Art's Mission is Culture-Critical
We don’t have any money, but we want art and culture. What do we do? In Episode 10 of Bottleracks & Fountains, Courtney and Agnese dig into how arts organizations are funded and structured, as always, relying on our own experiences, and with help from some insightful writers. We talk about art-washing and farming creativity, and what we can do about systemic issues on a small scale.
Hey! Let's Write About Some Art! With Vicki Amorose
This might get snarky. In this episode we talk to artist and writer Vicki Amorose about the importance of art writing and criticism; who writes it, what does it mean, who is it for, where is it going, and what can it do for small arts communities?
Building an Audience and Daring to Go Big
Does the community want and need contemporary art? And how do you build an audience? Julia Oldham goes back home to Frederick, MD, and talks to Louise Kennelly - Executive Director of Frederick Arts Council - about big public art projects, local successes, and the possibilities for collaborations between the arts and sciences. They talked as Frederick Arts Council was on the cusp of unveiling their new public art master plan.
Exploring the rural & putting the urban in its place
Rural outposts may be the most impactful, interesting, and subversive places to make art. In this episode we talk to Stacey Ray, Programs and Communications Manager at Lane Arts Council in Eugene, Oregon. Her passion however - art in rural spaces - is fueled by her upbringing in a small town in Montana. In this episode we talk about engaging with communities, the freedom that comes from working outside urban art center expectations, and her graduate thesis research on experimental contemporary art practice in rural places.
fresh and thoughtful. well informed
Great podcast about the real-world struggles of trying to create a thriving contemporary arts scene in the smallish sleepy and tye-dyed burg of Eugene, Oregon. The hosty never come across as whiney or "woe-is-me", discussing relavent topics.