KTEP - El Paso, Texas

State Of The Arts

Saturday 11:30am

State of the Arts is a weekly 30-minute program focusing on the arts community of El Paso. Hosted by dedicated art enthusiast Marina Monsisvais, State of the Arts provides listeners with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how creativity is shaping our community. Marina interviews local visual artists, writers, dancers, singers, actors and directors, as well as regional talent exhibiting or performing in El Paso. The show gets to the heart of what inspires and drives artists to do what they love best.

The Resilience Art Project, or RAP, is designed to stimulate dialogue and promote tolerance and cross-cultural collaboration to heal from adversity.

Art heals, and the intent is that RAP becomes a tool for capacity building that fosters self-expression, while empowering individuals to cope and grow regardless of what they are facing.

The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is seeking local artwork for public areas of municipal buildings as part of the 2020 Artwork Purchase Program. They are looking for completed paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed media work that represents the artistic talent and cultural diversity of El Paso.

Interested artists must fill out an online application at  https://www.publicartist.org/call.cfm?id=2961. Deadline to submit entries is before 1:00 pm on July 28, 2020.

The Moment App is a digital reminder that our days are limited. It helps to remind you that reflecting on life and mortality helps you stay mindful of the present.

The idea is not to instill a sense of depression, but to liberate and encourage us to live the life we truly want. More information is available at www.life-time-app.com.

Larry Lesser, an award-winning educator and songwriter, released his 2020 album (https://larrylesser.com/sparks) of original songs grounded in Jewish text and values with universal lessons for these times of polarization and prejudice. 

He joins Marina Monsisvais for a conversation about music and inspiration in these pandemic times.

Borderless Spaces is a real (and virtual) exhibit which highlights El Paso artists. It is made possible through a collaboration with Viztudio, an architecture studio from Mexico City and local gallery Flor de Barro.

This exhibit uses 3D scanning technology to connect El Paso artists to a global audience.

Beanalog Recording Studio is a creative space for our local music enthusiasts and musicians to create music.

They recently opened their doors and here to talk about it are Luisa Navarro, Barry Anderson and Ray Mendoza.

The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra and El Paso Symphony Orchestra are pleased to present “MUSE” a week-long virtual summer music program.  

The camp is open to everyone, but is recommended for ages 10 and up.  The camp begins on Monday, July 13 and concludes on Friday, July 17.  Hours are from 9am to 5pm from the comfort of your home.

More information is available at https://www.epsyo.org/applyformuse/ 

In Plain Sight is a national public art intervention performance which will take place on the evening of July 4, 2020. It will use skytyping, to spell out artist generated messages designed to inform people about migrant detention centers in the US. 

The project happens in conjunction with Voteria, an initiative created by grassroots organizers on the frontlines of social justice.

Chef Andres Padilla is a celebrated chef and educator who has worked in several award-winning kitchens across the country for more than 15 years. He brings his masterful, regionally influenced mexican cuisine to Ambar restaurant located in the Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park in downtown El Paso. 

He hails from Chicago where he held several notable positions, including Culinary Director for Frontera restaurants, Chef Rick Bayless’ culinary group.

Bill Helm is part of In*Situ, the local architecture firm that worked with the team that revitalized the historic Plaza Hotel. 

In this interview, he talks about the project and the challenges encountered in creating The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park.

June is pride month.  Gustavo Reveles joins Marina for a conversation about the queer experience on the border.

On June 18, Padma Lakshmi debuted her new Hulu series called “Taste the Nation,” in which she visits immigrant and Native American communities and asks them to share their stories with the country. 

The first episode of the show features El Paso’s own Chef Emiliano Marentes, owner of ELEMI.

Let There Be Rock School - El Paso is a combination music lesson facility and after school rock and roll community center. Founder Pepe Clark Magana, who is also a touring musician, did a good job of adjusting the school’s operation during the pandemic.

Jose Montoya is a multi-media artist, multi disciplinary educator and queer fronterizx. He’s been active with local grassroots organizing, worked with youth through higher education and faciliitates social justice workshops.

Monica Tucker is CEO of MOCHA Enterprises and publisher of El Paso Black Pages and Black El Paso Voice. She’s currently working on relaunching a black business directory called El Paso Black Pages. 

She joins Marina Monsisvais for a conversation about race in El Paso and America today.

Forgotten: Women of Juarez is a podcast by journalists Monica Ortiz Uribe and  Oz Woloshyn which delves into the femicides in the border city of Ciudad Juárez where hundreds of women have gone missing.

The story of Forgotten investigates theories about what or who is responsible—a serial killer, organ traffickers, a Satanic Cult—and pursues an investigation with law enforcement on both sides of the border, terrified witnesses and corrupt authorities.

El Paso Opera is providing free, curbside performances for the communitiy.  #CurbsideOpera kicked off last week and received a warm welcome from those who were surprised with a personal curbside opera concert. 

Keep your eye out for #CurbsideOpera announcements about pop up performances around town featuring El Paso Opera Resident Artists and other local vocal performers.

Fronts is the latest book written by Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller which uncovers a growing geography of codependence between the global security complex and the urban morphologies of the developing world, which it increasingly incriminates. 

The two authors spent years of research tracking simulated urban replicas, their architectural and urban typologies for urban warfare training, and the informal environments they duplicate.

Gestos Locales is a response to the closure of art venues and the lack of art and cultural resources during the COVID-19 outbreak along the Texas / Mexico border.  This virtual exhibition shares artwork from five border artists, spanning from the Brownsville / Matamoros area to the El Paso / Cd. Juarez border.

The Rubin Center is proud to present the 2020 Annual Juried UTEP Student Virtual Art Exhibition, showcasing works of art and designs created by undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Art at UTEP during the 2019 – 2020 academic year. 

It is a highly competitive process and this year the juror’s selection will be exhibited in a virtual exhibition, due to constraints from the current public health initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artist Nano Hernandez is an El Paso native who lives and works in Los Angeles. His thread portraits can be found in the collections of some of today’s leading figures in art, fashion, film and music.

Vivi Madero is a piercer and the founder of Fox Labyrinth here in El Paso, TX.  Her business has been profoundly affected by this pandemic but despite this, she’s maintained a relationship with her clients on social media.

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold.

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative.

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

The non-profit Fab Lab El Paso and an alliance of local fabricators and private producers have been working together to create affordable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with 3D printers, specifically face shields and face masks. The face shields and masks are available for healthcare and frontline organizations/businesses to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To purchase a face mask, click here: https://ppeorders.square.site/
 
To donate to the EP COVID-19 Medical Equipment and Supply Fund, click here.

Elvira Carrizal-Dukes is a professor and comic book writer. Together with her husband Ronnie Dukes, they are running journaling and drawing workshops with the Alzheimer’s Association West Texas Chapter.

Workshops take place Thursdays, May 21, June 4, & June 18, 10am – 11am MDT.  Information is available at https://bit.ly/ESSEWTX0521

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold.

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative.

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

Patrick Gabaldon’s art reflects his colorful interpretation of the borderland. Attorney by day and artist by night, it is difficult not to find Gabaldon’s work on display across the city. He has kept busy creating new pieces during his stay at home time, and is here to talk about his current work.

DJ Johnny Kage is synonymous with El Paso. Lately, he has been taking us back to the Juarez nightclub days with his live DJ sets on Facebook.

He talks about his time working as a DJ in Juarez and El Paso, and about his current venture on Facebook.

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold.

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative.

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold.

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative.

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

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