Podcast: Arts Admins, Who?

Art/s Admins, Who? an OSU Barnett Center Podcast with icon of 3 people and lightbulbAbout:  Art/s Admins, Who? explored identity, lifelong learning, cultural policy, and a lot of miscellaneous through the voices of arts administrators. The podcast was a project during my time as a Barnett Fellow in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy.
Cover Art:  I learned how to do a lot of things on the job as an arts administrator, including design.  I improvised with Microsoft Word.  Nothing fancy, but it worked.  This scarlet and gray is an homage to that design strategy.
Music:  Beginning with Episode 5, the podcast features an original composition by my grad school colleague, Andrea Luque Karam (@andrealuquekaram).  Andrea is a student, musician, composer, educator, and mom originally from Sonora, Mexico.  Her colleague, Ernesto Zavala, mastered the final tracks.


#8:  De’Avin Mitchell, BA, MA Student, September 2020
De'Avin stands in dark blue shirt buttoned to neck, arms behind his back. in front of blurry white grid
This podcast is informally titled, Everything is Subject to Change. De’Avin and I talk about life back to school and back to teaching in Autumn 2020, the importance of rest, professionalization, these historic times, and passionate, critical optimism. Embrace the mindfulness and energy at the end.

De’Avin’s Recommendations
Artist: Tricia Hersey
Reading: The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study by Stefano Harney & Fred Moten (links to full PDF)

#7:  Dr. Jessica Huth, PhD, July 2020
huth and hoppe sit across from one anotherA fireside chat during an escape to the Northwoods during the pandemic summer.  We chat about genre theory and queer theory and semiotics in film, the smell of film festivals, and fourteen years later I finally learn where Jess got her undergrad degree.  Special guest voices round out our discussion of foley artists and my effort to bring in surrounding sounds.

Things we talked about:

#6:  Gillian Kim, MST, PhD Student, Barnett Fellow, July 2020

Gillain Kim standing smiling in light blue suit with arms crossedVideo conferencing closes the gap between Columbus, Ohio and Busan, South Korea during summer 2020. We discuss her journey in art administration, audience development, and changes to the arts sector in a COVID-19 world.  AAEP people profile. @gillian.kim

Gillian’s Recommendations:

Brandraising: How nonprofits raise visibility and money through smart communications by Sarah Durham 

Kim Hyun-Jung, contemporary Korean visual artist experimenting with social drawing.

#5:  Dr. Sharbreon Plummer, PhD, Creative Practitioner, July 2020

Sharbreon sits at a desk, turned toward camera, with pink Zora Neal Hurston t-shit A conversation touching on individual artist support, black feminist material culture, the importance of language, changes coming in the cultural sector, and bread (yes, those delicious carbs).  www.sharbreonplummer.com  @sharbreon

Sharbreon’s Recommendations:

The Movement for Black Lives – we can achieve more together than we can separately.

Rashayla Marie Brown Studios – an “undisciplinary” studio practice through photography, performance, words/writing, installation design, video and conceptual film direction.

Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF) is a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture. Through grant making, board-matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation, we seek to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art.

#4:  Janelle Hallett, MA, Organizational Programs Coordinator, Ohio Arts Council, May 2020

Janelle and I met in 2006, when we started the Arts Policy and Administration Master’s program at OSU.  In 2020, we talk about her current role at the Ohio Arts Council, professional development for arts administrators, arts in a pandemic, her creative practice, the value of not being busy, and tips for arts advocates (hint: tell your authentic story).

Janelle’s Recommended Reading: Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving, Celeste Headlee

Janelle’s Recommended Artists:  Erin M. Riley, fiber, tapestry artist & Stephanie Metz, biomorphic abstract sculpture artist

About this episode’s music:  Barnett Fellow, Ying Chong Wang (@freyja_yingchong_wang), performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s unaccompanied cello suite #3 Gigue and suite #6 Gavotte II.

#3:  Back to Back Theatre Company, February 2020

A moderated conversation with Back to Back Theatre Company after their performance of The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes at The Wexner Center for the Arts on February 15, 2020.  This was B2B’s last stop on their American tour.  Actors Sarah, Michael, and Scott talk about the show’s origins, accessibility, ableism, spectacle, how they got into theatre, and what’s next for them.  Enough’s enough!  Stand up.  Act up.

Back to Back Theatre Company is based in Based in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, and “driven by an ensemble of seven actors perceived to have intellectual disabilities.”  Find them on social media @backtobacktheatre and on their Vimeo page.  @BacktoBackTheatre

#2:  Dr. Rachel Skaggs, Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Assistant Professor of Arts Management, February 2020

Dr. Skaggs and I discuss entrepreneurship, quantitative data, support and space for artists, and life in Columbus vs. life in Nashville.   @RachelSkaggs

Rachel’s Recommended Reading:  Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville, Daniel B. Cornfield (Rachel’s mentor)

 Rachel’s Recommended Artist: The Highwomen, the new country supergroup comprised of Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby, and Brandi Carlisle

About this episode’s music:  Barnett Fellow, Ying Chong Wang (@freyja_yingchong_wang), performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s unaccompanied cello suite #3 Gigue and suite #6 Gavotte II.

#1:  Morgan Green, MA on 3 ways to bring creativity into your daily life, January 2020

In this inaugural interview with Morgan Green we talk about the in’s and out’s of arts administration, including the differences and similarities in the for- and non-profit arts worlds.   @agreenmorgan  |  @sketchbookskool

Morgan’s Recommended Reading: My Semester with the Snowflakes, James Hatch, December 21, 2019, Medium.com

Morgan’s Recommended Artist:  Charlotte McGraw, Columbus, OH, Goodwill Art Studio

Disclaimer:  All views and opinions expressed in these podcasts are those of the host, Erin Hoppe, and her guests, and do not represent the opinions of The Barnett Center, Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy, The Ohio State University, or any institutions referenced during the recording.