Poets, dancers, and painters at war with white supremacy, COVID, criminal militias, and Milosevic? Muralists, musicians, and actors, making a difference in homeless shelters, planning departments, emergency rooms, and death row? Sound delusional? Yea, sure, but also true! And when creativity confronts destruction, and imagination faces fear, in places like Ferguson, Johannesburg, Belfast and San Quentin surprising things happen.
Our stories help shape and sustain our beliefs and actions. Bill Cleveland believes that meeting the challenges of the 21st century will require a revolution of thought and deed— in essence, a new set of stories powerful enough to change beliefs and behaviors.
Change the Story/ Change the World is a chronicle of art and community transformation across the globe. In each episode, Bill will introduce listeners to creative change agents working to re-imagine and recreate the social, political, and cultural narratives that define their communities. Join us
Subito Story 1: Karina Kantas
From time to time on change the Story we share a short feature we call Subito Stories. In today's Subito Story We are traveling to a Greek Island to meet an artist who I think personifies the unrelenting potency of the imaginative muscle to entertain, to provoke, and to heal.
Her name is Karina Kantas.
Episode 51: Wayne Cook - A Dream Recalled
Wayne Cook calls himself bumpy. Which is an apt metaphor for the story we are about to share. In it, Wayne plays a promising young athlete, a crash victim, a soldier in Germany, a child therapist, a stage actor, the Black Mr. Rogers, an arts administrator, a successful author, and Langston Hughes.
BIOWayne Cook worked at the California Arts Council for 23 years, where he was Program Manager of the Artists in School’s Program and the ADA/504 Disability Coordinator. He Currently consults for the William James Association and Arts in Corrections at Solano State Prison and other correctional institutions in California. In previous years, Mr. Cook consulted with the Educational Department for the Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) and was an actor in such productions as, “To Kill A Mockingbird” at STC. Other notable productions Wayne acted in were “The Iceman Cometh” for the Actor’s Theatre of Sacramento and only a few years ago received the Elly award for acting in “Learning Spanish” at the Wilkerson Theatre. Mr. Cook is the author of a drama curriculum, “Center Stage”, A Curriculum for the Performing Arts can be purchased on Amazon.com.
Notable Mentionshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Rogers (Mr. Rogers): Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003), also known as Mister Rogers, was an American television host, author, producer, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presbyterianism (Presbyterian) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minister_(Christianity) (minister).https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Rogers#cite_note-1 () He was the creator, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Rogers%27_Neighborhood (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), which ran from 1968 to 2001
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1985-12-15-vw-828-story.html (Performing Tree): The Performing Tree was as arts education program that worked in schools in the Los Angeles area in the 1980’s and 90’s.
https://2c344e8e-a29e-4ce2-827a-c7606d272a42.filesusr.com/ugd/a178d6_6fee89fd7a12410aaa122b3540c27fdc.docx?dn=AIC%20Case%20Study.docx (Arts in Corrections): In the early 1970's, a time when work opportunities for artists and arts educators were diminishing in the mainstream culture, many professional artists began to look to society's forgotten corners for a new constituency. Patients and prisoners offered an alternative opportunity for artists to respond to a crying need to be valued. The emergence of these institutional art programs also provides a challenge to artists' preconceptions about the value and potential of the creative processes--a value which was as rooted in the issues of survival as those of aesthetics.
https://arts.ca.gov/ (California Arts Council): Culture is the strongest signifier of California’s identity. As a state agency, the California Arts Council supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, programs, and services.
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/langston-hughes (Langston Hughes): Langston Hughes was a central figure in the https://www.poetryfoundation.org/collections/145704/an-introduction-to-the-harlem-renaissance (Harlem Renaissance), the flowering of black intellectual, literary, and artistic life that took place in the 1920s in a number of American cities, particularly Harlem. A major poet, Hughes also wrote novels, short stories, essays, and plays. He sought to honestly portray the joys and hardships of working-class black lives, avoiding both sentimental idealization and negative stereotypes. As he wrote in his essay “https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/69395/the-negro-artist-and-the-racial-mountain (The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain),” “We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased we are glad. If they are not, it doesn’t matter. We know we are beautiful. And...
Episode 50: David Moragne - Summer Sail One
When does a war end? What becomes of those left standing - and the ghosts? In 2001, Vietnam vet, David Moragne, and comrades returned to Vietnam with those questions. His film, Flashback: Summer Sail One Revisited documents what they discovered.
Episode 49: Art and Upheaval
For this episode of Change the Story Change the World we are going to revisit some of those Art and Upheaval stories along with the song of the same name to make a point. Yea, some people think you can’t beat the devil with a song, but they don’t know!
Episode 48: Jennifer Williams - Art and the Changing World
Can small stories, from out of the way places make a big difference. Jennifer Williams thinks so and has spent her life sharing those stories and spreading the good word.
Episode 47: Carlton Turner - Sipp Culture Rising
Carlton Turner understands that when you can't feed yourself the imagination is the first thing to go And if you can't "see" a different future you can't make change. Sipp Culture is about feeding both the body and the mind's eye.
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I absolutely love this show especially the one about our pasts can totally relate.