Rock Steady is an arts and culture podcast produced by Express Newark - Rutgers University and hosted by Dr. Fran Bartkowski. Express Newark is a Rutgers University community collaboratory.
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Keary Rosen: "We will make that thing a reality."
Director of the Form Design Studio and a Professor in the Arts, Culture, and Media department at Rutgers-Newark, Keary sits down with Fran in this first episode of Rock Steady, Season 3.
Keary discusses how the Form Design Studio, at the beginning of the pandemic, pivoted from creating 3D art for faculty, students, and community to a studio that created Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the medical community in New Jersey.
In his personal art practice Keary has been working on a piece called "The Mirror Test and The Book of Life."
The Upside of the Pandemic is the Reach
Fran’s guest on this episode of Rock Steady is John Schreiber, Director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.
John and Fran discuss how an anchor institution such as NJPAC, that lost 90% of its revenue due to Covid, and laid off a large portion of its workforce, managed with great success to curate, develop, and produce quality virtual programming.
Linda Harrison - making an impact in Newark.
One of only 6 African American museum directors in the country, Linda Harrison became Director of Newark Museum of Art in 2019.
Before her move to Newark, Linda was the Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.
Linda chats with Fran about what the pandemic has taught us, including how to make art live online,,, and how it heals, as well as how it can connect families.
Art changes the world, and Newark’s bright future
Professor of Sociology and Executive Vice Chancellor of Rutgers-Newark Sherri-Ann Butterfield is Fran’s first guest of Rock Steady Season 3. Sherri-Ann talks about how her life experiences shaped her commitment to the arts. She emphasizes how the arts are a gateway for students in higher education that may often be overlooked.
Fran and Sherri-Ann also talk about how collaboration between Newark’s non-profit, business community and the university are strengthening the Newark Arts ecosystem.
"Are they going to let you do that?"
Fran’s guest on this final episode of Season Two, is artist, gallerist and Inaugural Express Newark Co-Director, Victor Davson.
Victor reflects on the work toward opening Express Newark, his early life in Guyana, his artistic career, and how he and his wife, Cicely Cottingham, collaborate artistically.
Victor also discusses two current projects: a documentary on his life and work, and "The Misogyny Papers," a painting series based on a cache of photographs and writings he found under the floorboards of a cottage on his property.
Birthing A Third Space
Professor Anne Schaper Englot is Fran’s guest on Episode 9 of Season 2. Anne was the Inaugural Co-Director of Express Newark, a role she says she could not have imagined before she came from Syracuse University to Rutgers University-Newark when Nancy Cantor became Chancellor.
Fran talks with Anne about the concept of a "third space," which is the foundation for Express Newark's co-creating between the university and the community, as well as her scholarly work on the Public Universal Friend, and Utopian Communities of the 19th century.
Fran is articulate and wise and educated, it is a pleasure to listen to her interesting and insightful interviews, and I hope many more will follow!