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Big Blend Radio - NPAF: The Arts and Parks

Conversations with National Parks Arts Foundation Artists-in-Residence


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  • Poet Carissa "Lucky" Garcia Goes to Chaco Canyon

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    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 1st Friday "Toast to The Arts & Parks" Show with the National Parks Arts Foundation features Carissa "Lucky" Garcia, the Spring 2024 NPAF artist-in-residence in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Carissa “Lucky” Garcia is an Indigenous/Chicana writer, performing artist, community organizer, anti-oppression educator and Indigenous Justice advocate. She is a founding member of the La Resistencia publishing press and poetry collective amplifying LGBTQ+ voices of color. Carissa’s storytelling communicates ideas that focus on her experience as an Iraq War veteran, Native American culture, love, politics, and her appreciation for comic books and science fiction. Her work has been featured at the University of Missouri Latinx Graduate Program, Rhode Island School of Design, UMKC Women of Color Leadership Conference, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Flatland KC, Prescott College, Redline Contemporary Arts Center, Dairy Arts Center, Denver Art Museum, and on the streets all across America. Learn more about the National Parks Arts Foundation's unique artist residency programs in parks across the country at https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/ Learn more about Chaco Culture National Historical Park at https://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm 

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  • Tanya Ortega - Photographer and Founder of the National Parks Arts Foundation

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    Welcome to the very first episode of Big Blend Radio's NEW "Women Making History" podcast featuring a Big Blend Radio "From the Vault" podcast of our "Parks & The Arts" show featuring Tanya Ortega, an accomplished photographer and founder of the National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF). Hear about the new podcast, Tanya's photography career and NPAF's unique artist-in-residence programs in national park units across the country.Check out Tanya's editorial Q&A about her photography: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/photography-art-insider-tanya-ortega/Listen to the Big Blend Radio Podcast Playlist of NPAF's Women Artists-in-Residence: https://soundcloud.com/bigblendradio/sets/npaf-women-artists Women's History within the National Parks Service: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/womenshistory/index.htm Follow this new Big Blend Radio "Women Making History" podcast: https://shows.acast.com/women-making-history
  • Artist Diana Miller in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 1st Friday "Toast to The Arts & Parks" Show features artist Diana Miller, the latest National Parks Arts Foundation artist-in-residence at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Diana lives on the island of Hawai’i near Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, combining her passion for art and environmental stewardship. Hear about her art, love of the park, and her advocacy for protecting native flora and fauna. WATCH THIS PODCAST ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/e8iaXSDMUqc Learn more about the National Parks Arts Foundation's unique artist residency programs in parks across the country at https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/ 
  • National Parks Arts Foundation Artist Residencies in 2024

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    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 1st Friday "Toast to The Parks & Arts" Show features Tanya Ortega, photographer and founder of the National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF), who talks about the organization's unique month-long artist residencies in locations like Loggerhead Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, and Chaco Canyon and Fort Union in Northern New Mexico. Hear about how these artist residency opportunities are perfect for artists of all mediums, from painters and sculptors to photographers, composers, writers, musicians, and more.NPAF is a non-profit offering unique Artist-in-Residence Programs, Museum In-Loan Programs, and Workshops inspired by our National Parks, National Monuments, and World Heritage Sites. NPAF has supported over 300 programs, over 120 artists, and been the conduit for over a million dollars in artwork donations. Learn more: https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/ 
  • Traveling Musician and Composer Ben Cosgrove - Bearings Album

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    Traveling musician and composer Ben Cosgrove returns to Big Blend Radio's 1st Friday "Toast to The Arts & Parks" Show with the National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) to talk about his recent travels, artist residency experiences, and beautiful new album "Bearings."Cosgrove’s new album "Bearings" represents the latest chapter in a career that to date has included solo performances in 49 states (all but Delaware), as well as artist residencies and collaborations with Acadia, Isle Royale, Glacier, and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Parks (NPAF), White Mountain National Forest, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Chulengo Expeditions, the New England National Scenic Trail, and NASA. To write the new record, Cosgrove relied on a novel and improvisation-focused compositional style that aimed to reflect the real experience of learning topographical space through movement. Keep up with Ben at https://www.bencosgrove.com/ Check out Ben's previous Big Blend Radio podcast while he was the NPAF artist-in-residence in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park: https://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/composer-ben-cosgrove-in-hawaii-volcanoes-national-park/ Learn more about the National Parks Arts Foundation's unique artist residency programs in parks across the country at https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/ 
  • Award-winning Musician and Composer Chihsuan Yang

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    Chihsaun Yang returns to Big Blend Radio's "Toast to the Parks & Arts" Show with the National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) to talk about her new solo music and EP "Pearls" that was recently released as the electronic music duo ESCP with Bob Garrett.WATCH THIS PODCAST ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/xjCE1xkVuqo Chihsuan Yang (Violin, Erhu, Piano), a native of Taiwan, began studying music at a very early age. Today, her renowned skill and eclectic versatility with the violin, erhu, and piano can be heard throughout the globe. From playing with Yo-Yo Ma and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, to Grammy Award winner David Foster and playing for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Chihsuan’s body of work spans across a multitude of genres and reaches beyond borders. More: https://chihsuan.com/ We first met Grammy nominated and award-winning musician Chihsuan Yang in 2021 when she was finishing her month-long NPAF artist residency in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. She will be returning to perform in Hawai'i in winter 2024. You can hear our first interview with Chihsuan here: https://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/hawaii-volcanoes-artist-in-residence-chihsuan-yang/ Learn more about the National Parks Arts Foundation’s artist residency opportunities in national parks at https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/ 
  • Music Industry Veteran Steffen Franz Puts Music in Parks

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    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 1st Friday "Toast to The Parks & Arts" Show with the National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) features music industry veteran Steffen Franz, founder of Independent Distribution Collective (IDC) which is celebrating 20 years of is a music marketing, distribution, and event production in San Francisco. WATCH THIS INTERVIEW ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/OXSVvMCmtP8 IDC has produced hundreds of live events in and around the San Francisco Bay Area and has executed successful music marketing campaigns for a diverse array of independent labels and artists. IDC partnered with Illuminate The Arts and the SF Recreation and Parks Department to bring free live music to San Francisco, together hosting over 500 concerts across the city at venues including the Golden Gate Park Bandshell, GGP JFK Promenade, and Union Square. More: http://www.independentdistro.com/NPAF is a non-profit offering unique Artist-in-Residence Programs, Museum In-Loan Programs, and Workshops inspired by our National Parks, National Monuments, and World Heritage Sites. NPAF has supported over 300 programs, over 120 artists, and been the conduit for over a million dollars in artwork donations. Learn more: https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/