Smith Renaissance Society


21761510_1719242668140509_7134149134421266908_nOn Wednesday, October 11, 2017, former President of the Smith Renaissance Society, Shawn Cervantes came into the KZSC Radio Station to talk about the organization and the current exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History “Lost Childhoods,” about California foster youth, and an opportunity to spend time with the creators of this powerful exhibit, including current and former foster youth, Smith Society students, and artists and advocates. Shawn brought with her a former Smith Fellow, Bonnie Bea, and current “Smithie”, Jack.

The mission of the Smith Renaissance Society is to create a cross-generational community that provides academic, personal, social and financial support to UCSC students who lack the traditional family support afforded to most of their peers. Typically, these students have multiple adverse childhood experiences including, but not limited to, neglect, abuse, abandonment, or homelessness. Students may identify as being current or former foster youth, wards of the court, runaways, orphans, children of incarcerated parents, or children of parents with severe mental illness.

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Crystal Birns

On September 4, 2013, Artist, Organizer Crystal Birns came onto Artist on Art to talk about the PechaKucha Santa Cruz Vol. 5 taking place Friday, September 13th 6:30pm at the Santa Cruz MAH.

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Join us for a night of presentations that will push the boundaries of traditional lectures.
PechaKucha is a simple presentation format of 20 images, 20 seconds each. Presentations are informal, creative, fast-paced and concise. Started in Tokyo in 2003 PechaKucha Nights are now produced in more than 600 cities around the world and was devised as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

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Brooke Bradford

Local artist, activist, video audio media maker, Brooke Bradford of  came into KZSC to talk about her work and upcoming event, MINIfestdestiny, A short film festival at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History beginnning at 4pm on Friday.

Brooke owns the Brooke BrScreen shot 2013-05-16 at 10.20.08 PMadford Creative Services company that can be found at her website, Sheep in Space.  Sheep is Space is full of valuable information that features a Santa Cruz Events Calendar and a blog.

We also talked about Brooke’s  involvement with the upcoming TEDxYouth@Watsonville, May 19th at the Mello Center beginning at 10am.

To hear our interview, please click on the grey button below: [haiku url=”″ title=”Brooke Bradford” graphical=”true”]

M. Sophia Santiago & Michelle Magdalena Maddox

On March 18, 2013, Life Artist & Photographer, M. Sophia Santiago & Photographer, Michelle Magdalena Maddox  were on Artist on Art to talk about their work and installation “Emergence”.

Screen shot 2013-03-21 at 9.34.02 AMOn the first half of the show, Sophia and I spoke of her work as a photographer, conceptual and life artist.  We talked about the meaning behind “photo ID” in this case a story of emergence, self-reflection and witnessing.  In the second half of the show, we spoke to Michelle by phone about her work as a photographer in Pacific Grove. We spoke of how Sophia and Michelle collaborated and their process in the creation of “Emergence.”

The installation”Emergence” is a part of the SC MAH‘s exhibition, PHOTO ID which is happening March 30 through July 7, 2013. The Reception is March 29th from 6-9pm. Photo ID  is a museum-wide photography exhibition centered on the theme of identity. Loosely broken into three subthemes: self, social and gender, the exhibitions present artworks to stimulate reflection and lively discussion. “Emergence” is on the second floor in the Solari Gallery.

To hear M. Sophia Santiago speak on Artist on Art,  click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”″ title=”M. Sophia Santiago” graphical=”true”]

To hear Michelle Magdalena Madox, click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”″ title=”Michelle Magdalena Maddox” graphical=”true”]

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Kyle Forrest Lane-McKinley


Local artist activist, educator, community organizer, Kyle Forrest Lane-McKinley came into KZSC to talk with Nada Miljkovic about his current installation, Building Stories: secret spatial histories of Santa Cruz at the MAH and his work at the Social and Environmental Practice in the Arts at UC Santa Cruz, AKA SPARC, as Project Coordinator and Research Assistant.

Co-created with another DANM alum, Nick Lally, and as a part of the buildig collective, Building Stories: secret spatial histories of Santa Cruz is a part of a three month exhibition titled “Work in Progress,” at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH). Every other week, participants are invited  to the museum to drink coffee, eats snacks, and create shared spatial histories by sharing stories in a shared space. These shared histories will become a giant concept map drawn on the walls that will serve as a record of these meetings and explore connections between the social and material practices that continually recreate the spaces we inhabit.

Upcoming dates and themes:

  • Jan 25: UC Santa Cruz and the greenbelt. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.
  • Feb 8: the mighty San Lorenzo River and its levees. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.
  • Feb 22: Midtown / Seabright / Branciforte. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.
  • Mar 8: Beach Flats / Boardwalk. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.

To hear our Artist on Art broadcast, please click the gray ‘play’ button below.  [haiku url=”″ title=”Kyle Forrest Lane-McKinley ” graphical=”true”]

Nico Secunda

On November 15, 2012, UCSC alum and locally raised, photographer, documentarian and entrepreneur, Nico Secunda came into the KZSC station to talk about the upcoming launch party for the international non-profit, Huichol Foundation.

This public debut is happening at the Santa Cruz Museum of History and Art, November 18, 2012 at 6:30pm.

Along with his father, Brant Secunda, Nico co-founded the Huichol Foundation to expand their long-standing support of the Huichol. Through this organization, they hope to foster global awareness and support for the cultural preservation and economic survival of the Huichol people and culture.

Nico is also the Vice President of SHAMAN Organic Chocolates, a project of the Dance of the Deer Foundation, which uses it profits to support the Huichol Indians of Mexico. As the managing director of Fit Soul Fit Body, Nico has helped shape the company and expand awareness for the brand globally.

Nico Secunda is a native of Santa Cruz, and though he was born and raised here, he has spent much of his life traveling extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan, accompanying his father to various seminars, retreats, and conferences teaching about the indigenous Huichol People of Mexico. Nico has had a life-long connection with this ancient tribe through his father’s life’s work with the Huichol. Both Nico and Brant are treated as members of the Huichol tribe.

To hear our Artist on Art broadcast, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”″ title=”Nico Secunda” graphical=”true”]

Beth Stephens

UCSC Art Professor and former Chair of the Art Department, UC David PhD Candidate, wife to Annie Sprinkler, performance artist, sculptor, Elizabeth Stephens took time to talk with Nada Miljkovic for KZSC’s Artist on Art about her work as an eco-activist and SexEcology.

We met at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History to talk about upcoming events, An Evening with Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping to talk about Earth Justice.

We also talked about the upcoming exhibition endurance performance art day, Listening to the Earth II/Temporality.

Beginning at 6am and going until 8pm on May 26th, the first floor of MAH will have internationally acclaimed artists Nita Little, John Zibelll, Kevin O’Connor, Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens, Duskin Drum and the performing group Thingamajigs in collaboration with Stephen Ratcliff invite visitors to explore notions of the sound, time, and consciousness in relation to various environments. UCSC art students Morgan True, Dimitri Zurita and Heidi Cramer will also perform.

Nina Simon

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Local scientist, curator, writer, educator, Nina Simon came into the KZSC studio to talk with Nada about her fairly new position at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH).

In May of 2011, Nina was named Executive Director of the MAH. Prior to that, Nina spent her time writing, consulting, and designing interactive exhibits for museums and galleries all over the world out of her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She launched her blog, Museum 2.0, in late 2006 and has received over 600,000 visits.

Nina is a wonderful addition to our community and the Museum. She is one of the industry’s most prominent outside-the-gallery thinkers. We talked about her goal to remake the MAH as the primary cultural touchstone of the Santa Cruz community that best embodies our unique cultural vibe.

How does one go about “remaking” a museum and what is involved? In her blog, Museum 2.0, Nina explains that to remake the museum experience, one must get more active participation. This is in alignement with contemporary art theory. We talked about how her ideas relate and were inspired by Tim O’Reilly’s definition of Web 2.0. Without getting into the nitty gritty,  Nina explained that the core her work is the simple idea that more participation creates a better cultural institution and/or art piece.

From these ideas, in 2010, Nina published, The Participatory Museum. This book is a comprehensive, practical guide to visitor and staff participation in cultural institutions. This is how she and MAH staff are remaking of our Museum.

Lastly, we discussed the whole slew of upcoming events happening at the museum: STARS,  to the newly instituted Third Friday events. and the four new exhibitions going up December 17th; the Rydell Winners, the Espresso Police, Futzie Nutzle, the Butterfly Effect.

December 10th is the Museum’s 20th annual fundraising gala, STARS. This event features an art auction, culinary fare and dancing. All proceeds support the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, events and educational programs throughout the year. This year’s them is the “Roaring 20s” so get out your flapper dresses and Zoot suits. Get your tickets fast, this event always sells out.

To hear our broadcast in its entirety, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”″ title=”Nina Simon” graphical=”true”]

Here’s the video taken during our show with an iPad2:

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Rupa Dhillon on Gamers on Game

On December 5, 2011, digital artist, programmer, musician, inventor, educator and DANM alum, Rupa Dhillon, came onto Gamers on Game to talk about her current project, Rock Vibe. Rock Vibe is a Rock Band-like game that can be played by sighted and blind gamers. Instead of using a screen to deliver information, it uses vibrations. When a player feels a vibration on a certain spot, such as the index finger, she must press a certain button on a Rock Band instrument, computer keyboard or MIDI instrument to increase her score.

Rupa created Rock Vibe with two other colleagues as a school project for the Human Computer Interactive class at UC Santa Cruz. The original game allowed blind gamers to play a version of Rock Band on their PCs by responding to vibrations on their arms. Game testers and people who’ve experienced Rock Vibe  say that they would like to see the game fully developed. Rock Vibe was recently launched on Kickstarter which is a new founding platform focused on a broad spectrum of creative projects.  There are quite a few rewards available to people who donate to the project. Check out Rock Vibe on Kickstarter and help this project happen.

We also talked about her previous work particularly her 2009 piece, Listen. This immersive listening space in which sound is experienced by the body, ears, and eyes was exhibited at the Santa Cruz MAH. The installation’s purpose was to redefine the term “listening” by calling attention to the multisensory nature of sound by allowing it to be heard, felt, and seen. At the core of the installation was a ten-channel speaker system consisting of six subwoofers placed inside a purpose-built bed, with four additional speakers surrounding the space. This large bed allowed visitors to feel the sounds through their bodies and a visualization of the soundscape is projected directly above it. The effect was that of a full body surround sound experience. It is one of my all-time favorite museum installations.

To hear our broadcast in its entirety, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”″ title=”Rupa Dhillon” graphical=”true”]

Here’s the video of our broadcast:

Jimbo Phillips Guest for Artists on Art 3/30/10 KZSC Radio Show

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Graphic artist and local treasure  Jimbo Phillips was on Artists on Art for the last Tuesday in March 2010. You can see his work all over town. His current posters for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls are beloved and tacked  to many a teenager’s wall all across the Santa Cruz county.  Here’s a picture of one of his posters for the Derby girls.

The time flew by during this half-hour radio show. We had a great time talking about his early training (mostly self-taught with a few classes from Cabrillo, our local junior college) to his emergence in the field of poster and deck graphic arts, logo design and even video games.  His illustrations can be seen in Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland.

Jimbo got his start right after graduating from high school working in his father’s studio, the world renowned graphic designer, Jim Phillips. Many a vintage skateboard and surfboard are graced with Jim’s art.  Jim started creating surf art in the 60s continuing into the 70s when he became the art director for Santa Cruz Skateboards.

Jimbo is continuing the legacy. Jimbo’s early influences of R. Crumb were greatly motivated by his father.  During our show, Jimbo told us a great story of his father planting Mad Magazines in his bedroom when he was a youngster.

Way back in the 80’s, Jimbo started his career from the bottom, literally, sweeping the floors in his dad’s studio.  Within a year, though, he had moved up to drawing comics.  His passions, commonly shared by many Santa Cruz locals,  for skateboarding and snowboarding quickly translated into deck art for skateboards, snowboards, and surfboards.  You can find Jimbo’s work here in town at the NHC outlet store at the Santa Cruz BoardRoom on 41st or online at NHS Fun Factory.

Another place to see Jimbo’s work is at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in the current exhibition entitled,  Surf City Santa Cruz, A wave of Inspiration.  This multi-media, museum wide exhibition features almost half a dozen poster art pieces by Jimbo.  There are also many surf boards and movies to be seen in this unique museum show.  The show began March 27 and runs through July 25, 2010.

If you missed the live broadcast,  you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.

Photo by George Sakkestad

Here is a photo of the father and son artists duo taken for a Metro Santa Cruz article back in April of 1999 for an exhibition, Surf’s Up, they had at the Pajaro Gallery.

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