10 episodes

Local arts and culture groups entertain us, connect our communities, and help attract new businesses and residents to Arizona. Nonprofit arts organizations were in a precarious situation before the virus altered our world. Now, they are adapting to new methods of providing services while trying to remain relevant. State of the Arts Arizona focuses on how arts nonprofits are connecting with us no matter what the circumstances. This arts and culture podcast series is supported by  Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

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Local arts and culture groups entertain us, connect our communities, and help attract new businesses and residents to Arizona. Nonprofit arts organizations were in a precarious situation before the virus altered our world. Now, they are adapting to new methods of providing services while trying to remain relevant. State of the Arts Arizona focuses on how arts nonprofits are connecting with us no matter what the circumstances. This arts and culture podcast series is supported by  Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

    Episode 10: Art and the Future, To Space and Beyond

    Episode 10: Art and the Future, To Space and Beyond

    The arts play an essential role in shaping the future of both individual people and humankind as a whole. Using Maslow’s pyramid of needs as a guide, this episode shows how art can help people make social connections, gain self-confidence and ultimately, self-actualization. Art therapy, for example, is a powerful tool for undoing the lasting effects of trauma on abused or neglected children. We hear from art therapy’s experts, mentors, and participants, as well as a former NASA astronaut and current leader of ASU’s initiative to imagine humanity’s future on other planets. All of them explain how art can give us the skills, confidence, and inspiration to imagine a better future and make it a reality. 

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    • 34 min
    Episode 9: Hidden History, A Better Future

    Episode 9: Hidden History, A Better Future

    We look to the past to understand the present and plan for the future. ​However, for centuries, history has been told selectively​, leaving a lot of people out. ​In Episode 9, learn how art can help us better understand the history of the disadvantaged​. Hear from one activist working to tell the story of Black history in Arizona and a “music archaeologist” who's working to uncover the under-appreciated and forgotten work of Black musicians and composers. When we have a more complete story of the past, we just might be able to make a better future.

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    • 30 min
    Episode 8: Art, Authenticity, and Changing Minds

    Episode 8: Art, Authenticity, and Changing Minds

    What exactly is empathy? And why is it so important? It can solve many of humanity’s worst self-inflicted problems, but it can be hard to muster up and inspire in others. However, research does show that empathy can be taught—passed from one person to another—and that art can make that happen. On this episode, we hear from artists from opposite ends of the Earth who both use their work to prompt people to see the world from a different perspective. And we hear from researchers who’ve investigated just how impactful this perspective shift can be, and what needs to be done in order for people to experience it.

     

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    • 27 min
    Episode 7: Investing in Art

    Episode 7: Investing in Art

    Arizona ranks near the bottom of the country in state funding for the arts. So here, artists and arts organizations rely heavily on the generosity of donors big and small—and that generosity pays off in a myriad of ways. We hear from a number of art organization leaders about how they’re working to make a community that’s full of inspiration, character, and growth. We’ll also hear about their dreams for  the future and what they could do if we continue to support them. 

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    • 27 min
    Episode 6: The Violet Protest

    Episode 6: The Violet Protest

    How can art make community out of conflict, and help us see the world with a little more color and empathy?  Throughout this tumultuous past year in American history, Arizona artist Ann Morton has led a decidedly non-radical protest: “The Violet Protest.” She, and thousands of collaborators from all 50 states, wove opposing colors—blue and red—together to make a harmonious whole. In this episode, we dive into that project and the larger issue of division and political polarization. We’ll hear from a political scientist, philosopher of art, museum CEO, and several everyday people that have experienced the protest in person at the Phoenix Art Museum. 

     

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    • 26 min
    Episode 5: The Value of Art

    Episode 5: The Value of Art

    What is the value of art? Is it merely a nice add-on, luxury or past-time? Or is it truly valuable and maybe essential for a thriving and healthy life and society? In the United Kingdom, research revealing the surprisingly strong link between arts participation and health outcomes has led doctors there to prescribe cultural activities as medicine. In this episode, we hear from Arizonans benefiting from the healing power of art—from veterans doing glass art to people dancing with dementia—and the researchers and advocates supporting them. Arizona may be on the precipice of an art scene breakthrough, and America on the verge of a groundbreaking union between healthcare and arts.

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