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The KUNM news team's coverage of the 2020 legislative session and its impacts

YNMG & COVID: The Lost Arts

Nani Chacon
Poster from Tricklock's 2020 Revolutions International Theatre Festival, which was cut short by COVID shutdowns

In episode 40, we talk about the shutdown's impacts on local arts and culture. The arts are not only providing a distraction as we watch movies and listen to music at home right now, but they offer solace, reflection and they give us something that helps make sense of our experience. They also become part of documenting, in a visceral way, what we are going through.

We hear from Alex De Vore, culture editor for the Santa Fe Reporter, about what the pandemic is doing to Santa Fe's arts community and economy. Juli Hendren, executive director of Tricklock Company talks about the suddenness of the shutdown, which came right in the middle of the annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival. DJ Speed One (John Chavez) tells us about losing all his gigs and income, and the creative ways he's responding to the times. Albuquerque's Cultural Services Director Shelle Sanchez fills us in on $500,000 in funding the city just freed up to support the local creative economy.

Host Khalil Ekulona's family and friends speak about what it means to be with yourself right now. He talked to: Saidah Ekulona, Afi Ekulona Rukavina, Atif Ekulona, Marney Prince, Azul Amaral, Charles Summers, Benjamin Eaglin, Roscoe Floyd, J. Martin Torres, Rozanna Martinez and Amani Malika.

And on the theme of reflection, we hear a conversation Megan Kamerick of KUNM and New Mexico PBS had with Victoria Trujillo, who won’t be making the pilgrimage to Chimayó this Holy Week for the first time in 48 years.

We're keeping a complete list of the resources and volunteer opportunities that we find for each episode at bit.ly/YNMGhub. And here's what we got from today.


How are things going for you? We want to know. Share your quarantine stories by calling: (505) 218-7084 and leaving us a message. We could roll them into a future episode.


Your New Mexico Government is a collaboration between KUNM, New Mexico PBS, and the Santa Fe Reporter. Funding for our coverage is provided, in part, by the Thornburg Foundation, and the New Mexico Local News Fund. 

Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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