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Artists are workers and Culture is Art!

The Cultural Workers Podcast is an environment where I speak with people who have committed their lives to sharing ideas and developing skills that extend beyond the performing arts and merge into our everyday lives:
chefs, astro-physicists, engineers, graphic designers, urban planners, historians...people that contribute to creating and archiving what we see around us everyday and take for granted.

My first five episodes will highlight some of my colleagues who work as performing artists.

I hope you enjoy.
Follow on IG: @theculuralworkerspodcast.

The Cultural Workers Podcast (audio) Video version with added content: https://youtu.be/KO1P7bJZ0GQ Minka Wiltz

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Artists are workers and Culture is Art!

The Cultural Workers Podcast is an environment where I speak with people who have committed their lives to sharing ideas and developing skills that extend beyond the performing arts and merge into our everyday lives:
chefs, astro-physicists, engineers, graphic designers, urban planners, historians...people that contribute to creating and archiving what we see around us everyday and take for granted.

My first five episodes will highlight some of my colleagues who work as performing artists.

I hope you enjoy.
Follow on IG: @theculuralworkerspodcast.

    TCWP EPISODE 5 IATSE REALNESS

    TCWP EPISODE 5 IATSE REALNESS

    Greg Waddle IG: @gregorywaddle and Marsha Wilson IG: @mellowneptunewaters @genres_of_art are both members of IATSE LOCAL479. In this episode they give a raw, uncensored account of what it means to work on the sets of major productions for film and television. GREG: "They don't want me to say what I'm about to say"

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    EPISODE 4: LYNNE ASHE

    EPISODE 4: LYNNE ASHE

    Lynne Ashe was seeing spots this past Summer with her role in Suicide Squad as Polka Dot Man's mom. In 1this episode we talk about what it was like to get into all of those costumes. We talk about her award winning screenplay Scuppernongs and why she had to start making jewelery...and then selling it. Come join us, you just might enjoy it! Follow Lynne on IG:@ashelynne6 and find out more about her jewelry at store@ashelyndesigns

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    The Cultural Workers Podcast: Epi.4: Musa Ngqungwana (Part 2)

    The Cultural Workers Podcast: Epi.4: Musa Ngqungwana (Part 2)

    This episode of The Cultural Workers Podcast is the second part of my conversation with the wonderful South African Bass-Baritone Musa Ngqungwana! 
    When I asked Musa to be a part of this endeavor to speak with extraordinary people, I didn't know how much the technological challenges would present opportunities to show examples of tenacity! And Musa showed up with grace and fortitude!! 
    In our first episode we talked about some of the many challenges Musa faced in his journey to becoming a celebrated opera singer throughout the world. If you haven't watched the video of the episode on YouTube or listen to it here on Anchor.fm, Spotify, Apple Podcast,  Pocket Casts, Breaker, Google Podcast, RadioPublic, and Overcast!
    In this episode, we get more of an indepth view of Musa's opinion on being coupled while pursuing a career in the arts; and what he has learned from his predecessors in the world of Opera. There is an honest conversation about what it means to be a Black Opera Company and why it isn't enough to just create based on identity politics. 
    I am excited that you are here and I look forward to sharing this final portion of my very honest conversation with Musa Ngqungwana.
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    Minka

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    • 24 min
    The Cultural Workers Podcast: Episode 3: Musa Ngqungwana (Part 1)

    The Cultural Workers Podcast: Episode 3: Musa Ngqungwana (Part 1)

    Musa is a celebrated South African Operatic Bass-Baritone who has seen his fair share of trying times.

    His career did not take a "traditional" route. His journey from the township of Port Elizabeth, South Africa where he survived a politically motivated fire at the age of 10 months old, (retold in his published autobiography "Odyssey of an African Opera Singer" published by Penguin Random House South Africa), seems like something out of an award-winning feature film.

    My interview with Musa was met with SEVERAL interruptions because of technological glitches but we persevered with laughter and faith. With editing magic, I was able to pull two episodes together. This is part one.

    I hope you enjoy this time with this brilliant, patient, and talented artist as much as I did.

    ~Minka Wiltz

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    The Cultural Workers Podcast: Epi.2: Jayme Alilaw

    The Cultural Workers Podcast: Epi.2: Jayme Alilaw

    I am happy to welcome the ever evolving Jayme Alilaw to the Podcast. 
    Veteran, Masters of Music in Vocal Peformance, life coach, and mother...to name some of her roles in life.  Jayme is a name to know and a voice to hear. I hope you are inspired by her "nontraditional" story. 
    How she came to opera and her views on whether opera what she wants. 

    (the following excerpt is courtesy of www.jayme-alilaw.com )
    Jayme, who is noted for a lush and vibrant tone, is equally at home in operatic, classical, spiritual, and musical theater repertoires. She performs the standard operatic repertoire as well as the contemporary canon, often premiering original works. Jayme is a resident artist with The Atlanta Opera and a featured Artistic Family member at Dad’s Garage Theater Company. In fact, she is a founding member of ImprOper, an operatic improvisation team that improvises 30 minute operas. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Ms. Alilaw frequently sang for military ceremonies throughout the United States and the Middle East.
    A teaching artist and staunch advocate of the performance of works by African American composers, Jayme has co-created Tapestry, an in-school residency program geared toward 3-8th grade students exposing them to the power and creative value of Spirituals. Jayme is currently touring La Femme Noire: The Celebrated Woman, a program that highlights works by African American women composers.


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    • 37 min
    The Cultural Workers Podcast

    The Cultural Workers Podcast

    The Cultural Workers Podcast is a podcast about artists as working class citizens. This podcast is meant to identify and celebrate people who shine light in the world with their talents. Performing artists, visual artists, designers, writers, contortionists, clowns!! Without Cultural Workers there would be no repository of historical events, no photographs, no books, or social media. Without Cultural workers there would be no marketing! So why does it feel like every year funding for the Arts in America is slashed or threatened in some way? In this podcast, I can't answer why Artists or Cultural Workers aren't better supported but I can discuss what it means to be a thriving Cultural Worker and have interesting guests to share their stories of triumphs and challenges. So join me! It's going to be fun!!!

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heidibgt ,

Brilliant honest discussions!

This podcast is outstanding- behind the scenes look at cultural workers and their process. Deeply thought provoking for anyone interested in creativity.

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