This podcast explores the process and best practices for creating successful mural projects. Each episode will be a half hour deep dive interview with art advocates, artists, art commissioners, public art planners, as well as field notes from past mural projects to both demystify the process as well celebrate the impact of a public space activated through art.
Meredith Winner (Ep. 33)
Today Morgan is joined by Meredith Winner, cofounder of the global, women-led arts production agency Building 180. Meredith also cofounded Paint the Void, which has covered over 150 boarded-up storefronts in San Francisco with murals from local artists.
In this episode, Morgan and Meredith talk business, discussing Meredith’s hands-on consulting endeavors as well as the benefits of paying artists from a management standpoint. The artists share their experience on how to breathe life into public art, touching on the iterative and collaborative nature of murals and sculptures, as well as how hiring local artists creates pride and strength in the community.
Ep 32: Jolene Rose Russell
In this episode, Morgan talks with Jolene Rose Russel, a Sacramento-based artist whose vibrant works have been featured in many local exhibitions and publications, and who has been commissioned for dozens of public and private works in Sacramento and the Bay Area. Morgan and Jolene talk about ways to protect your creativity from the roulette of validating/discouraging social media feedback, and moving towards incorporating social media in a balanced and helpful way. Morgan and Jolene also talk about the ebbs and flows of work, whether it's motivation during a project, seasonal variation in clients, or changing workflow over the years. Finally, Jolene and Morgan discuss the emerging field of AI and art—from using it to find inspiration to controversies in receiving credit and compensation in AI-generated art.
Festivals and Fundraising: Wide Open Walls with David Sobon
In this episode, Morgan interviews David Sobon, founder of the annual Sacramento mural festival Wide Open Walls. The festival brings in a range of local artists—many of whom have never painted a wall before—as well as international muralists, who collaborate to cover Sacramento businesses - now moving into schools as well - with their designs. Morgan and David talk about getting the program off the ground, the festival's biggest success stories, and how Wide Open Walls supports bringing more art to Sacramento through engaging local as well as international talent.
Find David's Website at wideopenwalls.com
David's Instagram: @dsaevents
Evoke Arts on Instagram: @_evoke_arts_
Maren Conrad: marenconrad.com
Raphael Delgado: randmframing.com
Enchi Wang: enchiwang.com
Shane Grammer: shanegrammer.com
Curating a Successful Public Arts Program in Arlington, VA with Angela Anderson Adams
In this episode, Angela Anderson Adams shares nearly 3 decades of expertise as director of the public art program in Arlington, Virginia. Angela discusses the "arts ecosystem" in Arlington, especially how Arlington's grants program and nonprofit partnerships have helped fund the arts over the years. Angela and Morgan discuss murals as creating space for remembering history, as well as how murals have combined with architecture and transportation in Arlington to create an inviting urban environment.
Ep 29: BAMP Founder Andre Jones
Andre talks about how his alias Natty Rebel has influenced his professional career, and what the nickname means to him. He also shares how he balances painting what inspires him versus what’s in demand for commissions. Finally, Natty Rebel discusses what it means to be an Art Anthropologist, and how that connects to understanding and valuing the communities he paints for.
Ep 28 Kada Goalen Minneapolis-based Mural Artist
Kada and Morgan unpack parenting while being an artist, and how having kids has shaped their work and home life priorities. Kada shares how has grown her business by hiring marketing support, how she defines success for herself, and why she feels she owes a lot of her success to her hardships. Finally, Kada and Morgan discuss raising your minimum, even if it scares you!