The past year has been… different. We’ve all had to adapt to a new and evolving set of constraints, and many have had to endure and persevere through significant changes to their work, social lives, and creativity. But we have also learned new skills and discovered new ways of doing things. As we begin to return to more traditional, in-person activities, how can we take what we’ve learned during the pandemic and do things better?
In this series, co-hosts Melinda Steffy and Youngmoo Kim will talk to members of Philadelphia’s creative community (broadly defined) about what they’ve learned and what changes will inform their efforts moving forward. We’ll catch up with authors, performers, educators, industry and government leaders, and more. By sharing experiences and ideas for the future, we seek to highlight pathways and opportunities to find creative solutions for the many challenges we still face, individually and collectively.
Ep. 11: Christa Barfield
In this episode, we speak to Christa Barfield, founder of FarmerJawn, about urban agriculture, local sourcing, food deserts, and sustainability.
Ep. 10: Ellen Hwang
In this episode, we speak to Ellen Hwang, Philadelphia Director at the Knight Foundation, about how cities, media, the arts, and philanthropy have all evolved over the past few years in response to the pandemic.
Ep. 9: Rob Cottman
In this episode, we speak to Rob Cottman, Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage at World Cafe Live, about how restaurants and food service have adapted to the challenges of the pandemic.
Ep. 8: Donald Nally
In this episode, we speak to Donald Nally, music director of The Crossing, Philadelphia's Grammy-award winning chamber choir, about creating choral performances through the pandemic and the process of "musical journalism", to capture and reflect our times.
Ep. 7: Sarah Williams
In this episode, we speak to Sarah Williams of Opera Philadelphia about creating and commissioning new work amidst the pandemic and developing what is essentially a new genre of short operatic films.
Ep. 6: Lisa Nelson-Haynes
In this episode, we speak to Lisa Nelson-Haynes about adapting Philadelphia Young Playwright's creative education program to online learning and the ways young people have found to express themselves in response to the pademic.