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Culturecast is Voice of San Diego's podcast about arts and culture in the San Diego region. In the first season, host Kinsee Morlan will zero in on Barrio Logan and the tension between the locally driven DIY arts renaissance and the new wave of outside developers setting up shop in the neighborhood.

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Culturecast is Voice of San Diego's podcast about arts and culture in the San Diego region. In the first season, host Kinsee Morlan will zero in on Barrio Logan and the tension between the locally driven DIY arts renaissance and the new wave of outside developers setting up shop in the neighborhood.

    An Announcement

    An Announcement

    A quick announcement about the future of Culturecast. 

    • 1 min
    Homeless Choir Sings for Change

    Homeless Choir Sings for Change

    Steph Johnson says there's a perception problem when it comes to homelessness.
    The local jazz musician founded Voices of Our City Choir in 2016. In the beginning, Johnson simply wanted to provide an artistic outlet for people sleeping on the streets. She found a rehearsal space and invited homeless people to sing with her once a week.
    The project, though, has since morphed into an advocacy group that works to humanize homelessness, build empathy for people experiencing it and advocate for change.
    In a new episode of Culturecast, Voice of San Diego’s podcast covering arts and culture in the region, I talk to Johnson and three choir members about how the chorus has become a powerful voice for homelessness in San Diego.

    • 30 min
    Comic-Con's New Balboa Park Digs

    Comic-Con's New Balboa Park Digs

    A Comic-Con center is starting to take shape in Balboa Park. In a Q-and-A, Adam Smith, the organization's new director, and David Glanzer, a long-time Comic-Con staffer, talk about what we can expect from the new home of popular arts.

    • 41 min
    In 2017, the Border Was a Concept Nationally and a Canvas Locally

    In 2017, the Border Was a Concept Nationally and a Canvas Locally

    In this week’s Culturecast: Border art.
    Though Trump’s aggressive border policies provoked an international conversation that lasted throughout 2017, for many of those involved, the border remains just a faraway political concept.
    For the Californians and Mexicans who live near it, though, the border is a very real place.
    That was driven home throughout the year as local and foreign artists used the border as a canvas on which they expressed opinions about Trump’s policies.
    2017 has been a busy year for artist making work at or about the international border fence.
    I asked three local artists and curators to join me to talk about border art in a roundtable discussion.
    Alessandra Moctezuma, an artist who runs the gallery at San Diego Mesa College and who recently curated the “unDocumenta” border show currently on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art.
    Jill Holslin, and artist, border activist and teacher at San Diego State University who recently took part in a big border art intervention.
    And Perry Vasquez, a professor at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, the director of the art gallery there, and an artist who’s made iconic border art and curated shows by border artists.

    • 59 min
    NASA Designer Makes One Giant Leap to Full-Time Artist

    NASA Designer Makes One Giant Leap to Full-Time Artist

    Melissa Walter had a job at NASA. She did graphic design, illustration and social media, mostly for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. She loved the job, but she also started obsessing over the fine art she was making at home in her spare time.
    At the end of 2015, she decided to take the leap: She quit her full-time job so she could become a full-time artist.
    "I was sort of having more confidence in what I was doing, and more excitement, and that's all I could think about," Walter said. "I realized, OK, this is it. This is what I should be spending my time on."
    In a new episode of Culturecast, Voice of San Diego's podcast about arts and culture, I talk to Walter about her transition to full-time artist, and the science-based art that's been fueling her success.
    Many artists who quit their day jobs flounder, at least in the beginning. But Walter has quickly flourished, scoring group and solo shows, plus residencies that have allowed her to explore large-scale installation work. She's also the subject of a new documentary by The Artist Odyssey, a San Diego production company that produces short films about artists for its subscribers.

    The interest in Walter's art stems, in part, from her perfectionism. She's a bit obsessive-compulsive, which means she's able to intensely focus on her work and use time-consuming processes – like using thousands of tiny dots to create a shading effect – that result in attractive, detailed geometric images.
    People also appreciate her exploration of astrophysics and astronomical objects. Because of Walter's background in science-based illustrations and graphic design, she's got a knack for turning complicated ideas into intriguing and meticulous minimalist drawings, sculptures and installations.
    But even those who glaze over the dark matter, gravitational waves and other complicated concepts at the center of her art can still enjoy the clean images she creates.
    "You don't have to know any of this to look at my work or appreciate it," she said. "I like the idea that people can connect to my work visually, and then if they take the time to learn about it more in depth, then maybe they'll be more curious or inspired."

    • 17 min
    An Update, a Teaser and a Conversation with Keep the Channel Open

    An Update, a Teaser and a Conversation with Keep the Channel Open

    Host Kinsee Morlan explains the silence, plays a trailer for Voice of San Diego's new "I Made it in San Diego" podcast and runs an episode from the Keep the Channel Open podcast in which she's interviewed by San Diego writer and photographer Mike Sakasegawa.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

SashaGB ,

Culturecast is great!

Fantastic reporting on arts and culture. A great way to stay in touch with the San Diego scene.

PauliticsSD ,

Excellent

Fantastic, high quality podcast. Quality of production and content on par with nationally known shows from Gimlet, public radio etc...

Ronnie777777 ,

San Diego!

Great articles and now a podcast

Cool!

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