TJ ARTScast Season 1: Episode 6: Visual Artists Part 1 Interview with Local Artist Mary Culbertson Stark (www.mculbertson-stark.com)
City Snapshot – Jessica Cook talks about Society of Contemporary Crafts
Additional Music – Kevin Kindlin (“Here’s to Life” from Sweet Sweet Jazz 2011 concert album)
TJ ARTScast Season 1: Episode 4: Creative Writing Part 1
Listen to our latest TJ ARTScast episode! This is the first of a two-part series on creative writing. This month’s episode features an interview with local storyteller and TJ alumnus Dan Foytik, and next month we’ll talk with Sam Hazo, the first poet laureate of Pennsylvania.
TJ ARTScast Season 1: Episode 3: Summer Arts Programs
This month, TJ ARTScast looked at summer arts programs in the region. We talked with Veronica Corpuz from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust about the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and discussed the inaugural ARTS Day this summer, a day of arts workshops and performances hosted by TJ Arts.
TJ ARTScast Season 1: Episode 2: Student Arts Opportunities
In our second episode, our listeners discover some student opportunities offered locally and in Pittsburgh and the importance of such opportunities.
Amy Heathcott, Programming Chair for TJ Arts, talks about scholarships, an award and the STArts Program that TJ offers.
In “City Snapshot” Jessica Cook meets up with Carmen LoPresti at Duquesne University who won the TJ Arts Founders’ Award and also attended City Music Center.
Natasha Snitkovsky, co-founder of the City Music Center, talks about the amazing music school at Duquesne University that she helped to create which serves a comprehensive music program following a European model to school-aged children.
In “The Big Picture” Julia Malecki describes some current findings about the importance of arts education for children.
We are proud to announce the launch of our brand-new podcast, called TJ ARTScast. The inaugural episode will debut on March 1 in the iTunes Store and Stitcherand will feature interviews with Karen Suszynski, founder of TJ Arts, and Christopher Rawson, theater commentator on KDKA-TV, formerly of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and expert on the late August Wilson, one of Pittsburgh’s finest artists. The first episode will celebrate Wilson’s legacy to Pittsburgh and the American theater with a comprehensive interview with Rawson, a brief interview with director Timothy Douglas on “The Big Picture,” a segment analyzing the national arts scene, and a glimpse of Wilson’s home in the Hill District with “City Snapshot.”
Pittsburgh natives Dawn Walters and Jay Suszynski will host TJ ARTScast each month, celebrating TJ Arts’ local work in promoting and enhancing the arts in the schools and communities of West Jefferson Hills, and relating those efforts to the regional and national arts scene. We believe this is the first podcast of its kind to be produced by a grassroots arts organization and broadcast to a national audience.
Check out this quick promo to hear what the TJ ARTScast is all about. Subscribe and you’ll never miss an episode!
Mark your calendars – this year’s Day of Giving is earlier on Tuesday, May 6, from 7am to 11:59pm! Last year on October 3,TJ Arts raised nearly $6,000 in 24 hours, and this year we hope to break that record, but we can only do it with your help! On May 6, please visit www.pittsburghgives.org to make a donation to TJ Arts that will be matched by the Pittsburgh Foundation. Your support will help us get off to a great start in 2014!
We believe that studying music, or any of the arts, has a multitude of benefits. Read this article from the New York Times about the influence that the study of music had on successful people like Condoleeza Rice, Alan Greenspan, and Paula Zahn.