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 City of El Paso has announced timelines to phase in the reopening of various quality of life services. The El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of History are currently open, as well as the Downtown Art and Farmers Market.  

Here to tell us about it is Director of  Cultural Affairs and Recreation, Ben Fyffe.

Prospect Spirits is an El Paso distillery that is making handmade products right here in the Sun City.

So far, their spirit offerings include Free Range Vodka, Alley Cat Gin, and Brindle Bourbon.

Artist Ivan Calderon earned his degree in Painting & Drawing at UTEP and has since exhibited work nationally in New York and Texas.

Ivan has an active presence in the El Paso art scene, he has been a teaching artist at the El Paso Museum of Art and he’s also taught at Creative Kids.

The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival is accepting submissions for Local Flavor, El Paso’s largest annual showcase of locally made and connected films.

The film series is open to short, and feature-length films of various types. 

Bowie High School Culinary Arts teacher Chris Puga has gained a following on his virtual cooking show for kids.  Top Chef Junior has even called him to ask for names of some of El Paso’s most talented young chefs. 

You can watch the Camp Puga cooking show on Facebook Live every Sunday at 6pm to learn a new recipe.  

Orange Brick Eclectic is a space built for creatives and musicians to come together and support one another.

They recently had their grand opening with an event called Artists Helping Artists which featured a group art show with music by several local bands.

Melissa Malpiyano is a member of an artists-led, interdisciplinary​ research group at UTEP.  The group has organized a week of panels, performances, and celebrations titled "UTEP World Water Week – Re-valuing Water," which will run from March 22-25.

Melissa and her colleague Sandra Paola López Ramírez are here to preview the dance portion of this program.

Several local artists with notable track records will create unique installations for the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center.

Contemporary visual artist and designer Mitsu Overstreet, who is primarily known for his public art installations including the “River Spirit” floor installation at the El Paso International Airport, will be designing the Flow Zone installation which will complement the exhibits designed exclusive to this project.

The Talking Nonprofits with Tephanie Podcast gives listeners the tools and information necessary to operate a nonprofit at peak performance.

The podcast strives to tell the stories of people doing important work for humankind.  Today, my guest is Tephanie Hopper.

Local company Mother of All Branding (moab-merch.com) has teamed up with several local businesses to create the Meet Your Maker month long event, which encourages folks to move throughout our community!

Mother of All Branding partnered with local artist Laura Turon to create two growler designs and here to tell us about Meet Your Maker are Laura Valdez and Laura Turon.

Several local artists with notable track records will create unique installations for the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center.

Artist and Designer Gabriel Marquez will be creating the Follow Your Instincts Zone installation which will complement the exhibits designed exclusive to this project.

Several local artists with notable track records will create unique installations for the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center.

Illustrator and muralist Christin Apodaca will be creating the Desert Bloom Zone installation which will complement the exhibits designed exclusively for this project.

And now for a little change of pace, we’re going to talk about the art of the margarita.

There’s no shortage of margaritas in El Paso and today we’re talking to JR Rodriguez from Ambar at the Plaza Hotel about the art of the margarita.

Femme Frontera has new funding opportunities for self-identifying female and non-binary filmmakers from the El Paso, Las Cruces, and Juarez region.

This year, they are offering $1,500 in screenwriting grants and $5,000 in filmmaking grants to filmmakers exclusively in our border region. Grant opportunities are available at femmefrontera.org

Deadline for grant submission is March 15, 2021.

Liquid Gates of Time is an exhibition at the Rubin Center by two artists who examine border dynamics through a variety of media.

Here to talk about it is curator Kate Green.

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents a virtual dance concert titled Here: Moving Through the Pandemic and for Social Justice. Tune in to their YouTube channel on Saturday February 6, 2021 to enjoy the dance concert from the comfort of your own home.

The performance is curated by Melissa Melpignano and features the works of several dancers.

We now know what the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center will look like, and what will be in it. But what are we going to call it?

The museum has started the name the museum challenge where you have the opportunity to name the museum and win a lifetime pass.

The Anything For Selena podcast is hosted by native El Pasoan Maria Garcia who spent over 10 years as a reporter here on our border before heading to Columbia University to obtain her Masters Degree in Arts and Culture Journalism.

She is currently the senior editor of arts and culture at WBUR in Boston. Through her work on this podcast, she goes on an intimate, revelatory quest to understand how Selena has become a potent symbol for tensions around race, class and body politics in the United States. 

Part 2 of our interview with journalist Maria Garcia about the Anything For Selena podcast that she hosts.

El Paso Opera is excited to announce their upcoming show, Bon Appétit!

Bon Appétit! was originally planned for March 2020 but had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.  Now, Bon Appétit! will be a live-streamed event via El Paso Opera’s YouTube channel on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 7:30pm.  

Azul Arena magazine is a quarterly periodical dedicated to the promotion of regional artists.

The latest issue is a special edition commissioned by the Kunsthal KAdE Museum in the Netherlands for an exhibition titled “This is America.”

The magazine was a part of the exhibition and features the other border artists that were a part of this exhibition as well. 

Tino Ortega and Paola Martinez are the creative forces behind Walls Without Borders, a grassroots initiative in El Paso that is channeling community donations into murals across the Borderland. 

You may have seen their work on social media, if they look like metallic balloons, odds are these two had something to do with it. 

The pandemic has thrown everyone a curveball, and for the local growers at Calhoun Flower Farms (and a whole lot of us,) it’s meant it’s time for a pivot.

Today’s guest is Susannah Calhoun and she’s here to talk about the Calhoun Farms Apothecary Line, a nice way to keep flowers in our lives as we support local.

There’s a collaborative called Rio Bravo Post that is making big waves in the film industry.  It’s been around for a little over five years now, and in that time they’ve had a film make it to the Sundance Film Festival.

Mastermind behind this collective, Charles Horak, tells us about this endeavor.  

Host of KTEP’s On Film, Charles Horak, talks about where El Paso may be headed in regards to film and the filmmaking industry.