Newton Harrison

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UCSC Professor Emeritus, Newton Harrison is the featured guest on KZSC’s Artists on Art. We discussed his work with Helen Mayer Harrison, the Harrison Studio, the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure, and the event hosted by the UCSC’s Institute of the Arts and Science, CELEBRATING HELEN AND NEWTON HARRISON – 45 YEARS OF ECOLOGICAL ART, happening, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in the Digital Arts Research Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The Harrisons have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. Their most recent project is the Force Majeure.

Based at UCSC, The Center for the Study of the Force Majeure brings together artists and scientists to design ecosystem-adaptation projects in critical regions around the world to respond to climate change.

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Greg O’Malley

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Our monthly show featuring Irena Polic, Managing Director of the Institute for Humanities Research continued in March. Irena brought onto the show UCSC Associate Professor of History, Gregory O’Malley, who is a UCSC Faculty Participants in the IHR World History Research Cluster that focuses on new research in the world and transnational history.

We talked about Greg’s book, Final Passages: The Intercolonial oMalley_final_PBSlave Trade of British America, 1619-1807, that examines the dispersal of African captives throughout the Americas after their initial arrival from Africa and redraws the map of the forced African immigration during the slave trade era. Building on the scholarship of the Atlantic slave trade and the material in Voyages: A Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, he extends the study of the Atlantic slave trade to what he terms ‘‘final passages’’: the voyages of the intercolonial and intra-American slave trade. 

Now with the help of a $220,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project titled Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database, O’Malley is creating an interactive, free Web-based database about the slave trade within the Americas that will be integrated into the Voyages site.

“I think what drew me to the colonial period was an interest in race relations as a core dilemma of American society,” O’Malley observed. “We are living in a country where black lives are often treated as if they didn’t matter, and it’s built on this trade of slaves,” O’Malley added. “This disregard for their welfare and well-being is really important background for modern race relations. I think it shows we have a long history of devaluing black lives in American society.”

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Gail Rich Award Winners 2017

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It was a full house in the radio studio for our show on February 15, 2017. The talk was about the annual Gail Rich Awards which celebrates the spirit of the arts in Santa Cruz by recognizing those who inspire our diverse and culturally rich community.

Jennifer Gallagher, representing the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County and the Arts Council Associates, brought into the KZSC Studio three out of five of this year’s recipients; Gina Garcia (Dancer, Educator and Founder, Worldanz, Julia Chiapella (Writer and Program Director, Young Writer’s Program) and Mike Ryan (Actor and Artistic Director, Santa Cruz Shakespeare), listed in order by which they appear.

GR-2017-Page-Slider-2The 21st Annual Gail Rich Awards is happening Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 pm at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz. It is free and open to the public.

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Michelle Williams

The director of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, Michelle Williams came on to Artists on Art to talk about what the Arts Council does. She and her team support and invest in Santa Cruz County artists and arts organizations Last year, more than $180,000 was awarded during our 2016 grant cycle.

For artists seeking grants, the Spring Grant Cycle opened February 8 for artists seeking: Create Grants – for individual artists and organizations seeking support for their art and culture projects and Develop Grants – for individual artists and arts organizations seeking support for their professional and business development activities.View guidelines here.
Deadline to Apply is March 15, 5:00 pm.

The Arts Council does more than giving money away to support art, it also supports a wide range of arts education opportunities, advocate for ongoing support for the arts and lead community collaborations and partnerships.

The National Endowment of the Arts has come under attack with calls for ending funding. Please listen to Michelle Michelle argue for the intrinsic and economic value of the arts at a local and national level.

Christine Wertheim


IMG_8575Christine Wertheim is a poet, performer, critic, curator, author of 8 books, crafter and collaborator teaching at CalArts. She came into the KZSC studio to talk about her upcoming Exhibit at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery: Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For FiguringThe Exhibition runs from February 10 to May 6, 2017. Corresponding events include:

FullSizeRender 3■ Artist talk: February 10, 4:00 pm, Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108 with Christine Wertheim

■ Reception: Friday, February 10, 5:00 –7:00 pm, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

■ Artist meet & greet: Saturday, February 11, 2:00– 4:00 pm, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

These events are FREE and open to the public. Permits will be for sale at the Performing Arts Lot and the Porter College Lot for $5.

The Crochet Coral Reef is a project created by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring, a Los-Angeles based non-profit that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and mathematical issues by putting people and communities at the core..

IMG_8580The Crochet Reef project resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming, acidification of the oceans and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash.

In 2005, Los Angeles-based twin sisters, Margaret and Christine Wertheim tried a different approach to communications by starting the Crochet Coral Reef project. The idea was born from their love of the Great Barrier Reef, their oceanic neighbor, and their appreciation for handiwork and the community it can create, simply by participation. Margaret, with a background in physics, math and science communication, and Christine, a professor of experimental writing and feminism, created a revolutionary art program to engage the public in coral reef science.

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