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 mission of El Paso Pro-Musica during this global pandemic is to Make Music Matter for all.

El Paso Pro-Musica's journey has been a difficult one, but one that has not given up hope. The annual tradition of the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival continues as we ring in 2021 with a Virtual Chamber Music Festival.

Part two of our interview with Felipa Solis from El Paso Pro-Musica, discussing the 2021 Chamber Music Festival.

Mija, Yes You Can is a non-profit organization created by women FOR women to provide a platform that allows ALL women to come together to learn from each other, relate to each other and achieve their ambitions in life.

They’ve done a lot in a short amount of time and here to talk to us about this initiative is Iris Lopez.

Elizabeth’s Nut Butters is a mother-daughter venture that started in 2019 when Elizabeth, age 9, needed a way to raise money for a school trip to DC.

In July of 2020, Elizabeth and her mom officially formed Elizabeth’s Nut Butters, which produces small batch, stone ground nut butters. Here to tell us all about this venture are Elizabeth and her mom Bridgette.

El Paso native Ruben Cubillos is a self-described cultural and Tejano activist, creative director and musician.  He was the former lead singer of the iconic group The Latin Breed, and since 1985, he’s created about 150 album covers for musical artists and Tejano icons like Little Joe and Selena, for whom he designed her cursive logo signature. 

Part 2 of our interview with El Paso native Ruben Cubillos who designed the album cover for Selena's major label debut album.

Born and raised in the border city of El Paso, Texas, George Rodriguez creates humorous decorative ceramic sculptures which reflect his identity and community.

He is currently featured in the 12th season of the PBS Craft in America series, on the Storytellers episode.

In El Paso, Texas or Chuco, Tejas, the Lowrider is more than a weekend hobby, lowriding is a way of life. It is not a subculture of the Mexican American experience, but part of a complex form of lived history and visual culture. It is a unique iteration of a deeply rooted tradition in auto-mobility.

You can learn all about low rider culture in our region when you visit the El Paso Museum of History’s Low & Slow: Lowrider Culture on the Border virtual exhibition.

Borderland artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado is one of eleven artists awarded a Catalyst for Change grant. As part of the first wave of this new grant program, he and the other selected artists are working with NALAC and the Surdna Foundation to develop projects addressing systems of injustice within their own communities.

Originally Broadcast on December 5, 2020

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with A Christmas Carol, En La Frontera from the comfort of your home! This year’s production will air on KTEP on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 8pm.

Originally Broadcast on December 5, 2020

Roberto Avant-Mier (PhD, University of Utah) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at UTEP, and Research Fellow in the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies. He is also affiliated faculty with Chicano Studies at UTEP.

His main research areas include Latino/Chicano culture & identity, popular music studies, and most recently, cinema & film studies. But today, he is here to talk about…SPORTS!

Chica Chat is a 501(c)3 dedicated to the growth of all women in El Paso, Texas, with the mission to empower them through entrepreneurship, leadership skill development, and networking.

They’ve created a great marketplace called Jefa Market which showcases locally owned women’s businesses.

At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Femme Frontera Showcase was unsure of its future.  They decided to power through the pandemic and ended up hosting a great showcase.

Today, we’re going to check in with one of Femme Frontera’s organizers Angie Reza Tures and two of the featured filmmakers Xotchil Rodriguez and Jackie Barragan.

Sugar Rush is a Netflix program where bakers from all over the world compete to win $10,000.

The upcoming second season of Sugar Rush Christmas features an El Pasoan, Ana Mariela Dominguez.

Adi Kanlic is an attorney by day and musician by night. He’s an El Pasoan living in Chicago and his band The Lusitania, is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their Rain and Rivers album.

Charles Horak is the host of the KTEP program On Film.  He joins us today to let us know more about the ever-changing film industry during a pandemic. 

Multimedia sculptor Angel Cabrales has set up his election season inspired art installation, "A-Hole in One: The Battlegrounds" at Galería Lincoln in El Paso.

All you have to do is show your I Voted sticker in order to participate in the art installation. The states included in the installation are swing states.

Veronica "Fox" Grijalva, has created Desert Gems Coloring Gallery, a coloring book for a mature audience which brings together the work of eight El Paso artists, herself included.

The book Power At The Pass is the story of businessman Don Shapiro finding home and success in the El Paso region.

Don’s love of the region has been so powerful that it’s brought a spiritual component into the realm of business. It is through his story we also learn more about the stories of El Paso, Northern Mexico, The Southwest, and America.

The Border Chronicles is a virtrual interactive experience which takes place on the Instagram platform. It’s an interactive story where you, the reader, decide the fate of the main character Austen.

For this project, Haydee Alonso engaged with collaborators and illustrators Mariajose Bujanda, Josias Castorena, Kytzia Ornelas and Analaura Fuentes.  It all begins in a well known Pawn Shop in downtown El Paso.

El Paso Pro-Musica’s 2020-2021 season will take place virtually. This season of El Paso Pro-Musica will feature socially distanced outreach, Zoom performances and more. 

Felipa Solis from El Paso Pro-Musica provides all of the details.

Chalk the Block is the largest public art festival in the southwest. Due to the pandemic, this year’s festival will take place virtually. 

Here to tell us about it is Ismael Acosta.

UTEP Arts Alive is an interdisciplinary collaboration showcasing the diversity and vibrancy of the arts in the face of the global pandemic.

The idea is to put the beauty of the University on display by including a wide range of departments - Music, Theater, English and more. The program will also provide a virtual connection to iconic campus locations for those who cannot visit at this time.

Socorro Youth in Culture is an arts program based out of the Rio Vista Community Center in Socorro, Texas.

The program began in January of 2020 but of course this global pandemic had other plans for them. Faced with the possibility of shuttering the program, they instead pivoted to remote learning by providing free art classes on the City of Socorro’s Facebook page.

You are about to hear the fourth and final play in the Reunion Revolucion Radio festival, El Toro y la Niña by Julia Rosa Sosa.

La Niña is a little traviesa that has a complicated relationship with the world, including her Abuela. One night, after yet another disagreement with her Abuela, she unexpectedly begins a journey with a bull looking for a new life, a life away from bullfighting. Join these two unlikely friends on a search for their definition of home.