Creativity Speaks explores the stories of Sacramento’s creative community. In each episode, Sureena Johl and Phil Tretheway interview a different member of the creative community.
Jessica Malone on Creative Freedom
As a working musician, you can bet Jessica Malone knows what it means to play nice with other musicians, artists, and creatives. One of her passions is advocating for female artists, and she’s deeply involved within the music industry, including Girls Rock Sacramento, a nonprofit that inspires and empowers youth through music. She also supports organizations such as 916 Ink, Wildwood Performing Arts Foundation and others. She has played at a multitude of festivals including Napa Earth, Davis Music, and BottleRock and opened for the likes of John Paul White, Arlo Guthrie, and Joe Craven and The Sometimers. Tune into our last episode as we discuss intersectional feminism, and hear about the magic that happens when you allow yourself and others the creative freedom on a given project.
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In this episode, you hear us talk about a website called Book More Women. The inspiration behind #bookmorewomen is the pervasive gender imbalance that currently plagues music festivals. The goal is to provide a visual representation of the problem, start conversations, track progress, and work towards better representation on future lineups.
Nick Jacoy on Versatility and Career Shifts
From the Bay to Sacramento, Nick Jacoy brings with him a diverse background that’s touched various compartments within the design industry, from print production, to web developer, to illustrator, to graphic designer…is there anything Nick hasn’t done?! He’s a self-taught illustrator and product designer with a background in web development and print production. Some of his work includes web development for Blackberry, Samsung, and Apple. Many people are forever learners and we think it’s safe to say Nick is definitely one! In this episode, we’ll be discussing the evolution of Nick’s career path, how he shifted gears to move from web development to UX design, and adjusting to remote collaboration.
Megan Van Voorhis on Service and Understanding
Over the course of her career, Megan Van Voorhis has played a leading role in numerous strategic planning, programming, and research committees. She has also facilitated cross-sector partnerships, illustrating the importance of collaboration. She’s provided leadership, guidance, and support for the region’s small business association and destination marketing agency to develop arts and culture initiatives within their respective organizations at various points in their lifespans. She regularly speaks and consults on her work on a national level. She now leads the City of Sacramento’s Office of Arts & Culture where she is responsible for advancing the goals of the Creative Edge cultural plan. In this episode, Megan discusses cross-sector partnerships between different communities and the arts.
Robbie and Tony (H.O.F.) on Driving Culture Forward
Have you ever wondered how people do it? Gain such a massive following that it’s almost unheard of unless, of course, we’re talking about celebrities and famous artists. How exactly does a company attract over 750,000 followers over social media? No matter the type of function you’ve been at, rest assured H.O.F. has been there and done that. In this episode, Robbie and Tony from H.O.F. talk about how they’ve networked and harnessed social media platforms to ultimately drive Sacramento, and its culture, forward.
Julia Feldman on Reimagining Ballet
Choreographer, Company Artist with the Sacramento Ballet, and Co-founder of Capitol Dance Project (CDP), Julia Feldman is a creative who is constantly inspired by the Sacramento arts community and takes pride in her work with the CDP team to provide a unique platform for local artists, musicians, and dancers. Julia has choreographed for the School of the Sacramento Ballet and teaches master classes throughout the Valley. In 2015 she co-founded CDP, a collective group of professional dancers in the Sacramento Valley. Seven seasons later, they've produced a total of 60 world premiere ballets and worked with close to 40 local artists and musicians. In this episode, Julia discusses the importance of teamwork, community, and building mutual respect among artists of different mediums.
Capitol Creative Alliance on Joining Forces
Who is Capitol Creative Alliance? We’re a union of four local creative groups - Creativity+, Design Sacramento, Roseville UX and Sac DESCO. Each group has been working separately to build the community we’ve longed to see in the greater Sacramento region. Now we’ve come together to be a hub for our members and to make our programming more accessible; to foster more impactful events and build a rich and supportive community; and to advocate for the creative economy with one voice. Today's podcast guests are Kimberly Gail Loseñara, founder of DESCO, and Lia Fetterhoff, a Senior User Experience Designer at SkySlope, co-founder of Life Experience Design, and founded Roseville UX.
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