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.
- $300,000 is going to arts and cultural nonprofits in Albuquerque.
- $100,000 dollars is going to local artists to create digital media.
- $50,000 dollars is going to local artists to create educational programming that engages young people
- 516 Arts is giving 60 artists $1,000 each from the Fulcrum Fund
- The Santa Fe Reporter's got the hookup on virtual concerts.
- The N.M. Tourism Department is offering virtual tours of arts and culture hubs, and the state’s natural wonders. You can even check them out in virtual reality.
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.