Up Close and Cultural

An on-air and online portal to unscripted, thought provoking conversations about the business, relevance, and sustainability of the arts in the 21st century. Guests will explore challenging issues as well as exciting opportunities for the arts and cultural sector to help address the civic agenda and, in collaboration with other sectors, build a more vibrant and inclusive community. Contact Up Close and Cultural host, Rachel DeGuzman, at rdeguzman@wayofm.org

Past Episodes

  • DeGuzman chats with Sean McLeod about Harriet Tubman Festival and more Aired: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    WAYO 104.3's Up Close and Cultural host Rachel DeGuzman chatted with producer, dancer, choreographer and musician Sean McLeod about Harriet Tubman. McLeod is the founder and director of the New York Institute of Dance and Education in Auburn, New York. For its 25th anniversary in July, NYIDE launched its inaugural Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival.

  • DeGuzman chats with Rochester dance makers about the Fringe Festival and more Aired: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    WAYO 104.3's Up Close and Cultural host Rachel DeGuzman chatted with Rochester dance makers about dance in ROC and at the Fringe Festival. DeGuzman welcomed Bill Ferguson, Garth Fagan Dance executive artistic liaison and school ensemble director, to the program to talk about the company’s four Fringe performances. For more information, go http://garthfagandance.org.

  • DeGuzman talks Making, Makers and Maker Faires with Dan Schneiderman Aired: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    WAYO 104.3's Up Close and Cultural host Rachel DeGuzman chatted with Rochester Maker and Maker Movement advocate Dan Schneiderman who discussed the Rochester Mini Maker Faire, his visits to the White House, Burning Man, and Steam Punk as well as his advocacy for the founding of a New York State Maker network. Dan is founder and co-chair of the Rochester Mini Maker Faire as well as research associate and community liaison at MAGIC at RIT.

  • Up Close and Cultural host DeGuzman chats with hispanic market expert Diane Librizzi Aired: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    WAYO 104.3's Up Close and Cultural host Rachel DeGuzman chatted with Hispanic market expert Diane Librizzi about advertising, especially multi-cultural advertising, and its impact on business and culture. Librizzi, a recent transplant from New York City to Rochester, shared her impressions of her new home base and identified things that the down- and upstate cities can learn from one another.

    This episode was broadcast on August 23 from the WAYO 104.3 FM studio in Rochester, New York. The photo in this post is of Diane Librizzi.

  • Up Close and Cultural host Rachel DeGuzman chats with PopAction inventor Elizabeth Streb Aired: Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    Up Close and Cultural host Rachel DeGuzman chatted with STREB Extreme Action Company founder and artistic director Elizabeth Streb about her commitments to diversity and community in her company as well as her company's upcoming performances at the Rochester Fringe Festival in September. For more information about STREB, go to http://streb.org.

    This interview originally aired on August 16, 2016 and was broadcast from the WAYO 104.3 FM studio in Rochester, New York. The photo in this post is of Elizabeth Streb and the photos credit is Tom Caravaglia.

  • Up Close and Cultural guest host Thomas Warfield chats with 2 Garth Fagan Dance company members Aired: Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    WAYO 104.3's "Up Close and Cultural" guest host Thomas Warfield chatted with Vitolio Jeune and Natalie Rogers-Cropper about their careers as professional dancers and how dancing impacts their lives off of concert dance stages. Thomas brought his expertise as a dancer and dance professor at RIT to the conversation with Vitolio and Natalie, who are both dancers at Garth Fagan Dance.

    This "Up Close and Cultural" episode was aired on August 2, 2016 from the WAYO 104.3 FM studio in Rochester, New York.

    The photo in this post is of Thomas Warfield.

  • Up Close and Cultural explores issues to be discussed at up coming conversation about equity in arts Aired: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Up Close and Cultural host Rachel DeGuzman was joined in a discussion about the upcoming "From Diversity to Equity in the Arts: A Call to Action in ROC" conversations, which will be presented by the American Association of University Women: Greater Rochester (NY Branch) and produced by 21st Century Arts, PeaceArt International and this radio show. DeGuzman will be joined by Gaynelle Wethers, the president of the board of directors at AAUW-Greater Rochester, and Thomas Warfield, founder and artistic director of PeaceArt International.

  • Up Close and Cultural Host Rachel DeGuzman Chats with Visual Artist Amanda Chestnut Aired: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    On this episode, WAYO 104.3's Up Close and Cultural host Rachel DeGuzman chatted with Rochester based book artist Amanda Chestnut. Aside from her work as an artist and curator, Chestnut is also the communications coordinator at Genesee Center for the Arts and Education where she teaches classes for the community. They discussed her fascinating work, its relevance to our countries ever present and perhaps intensified struggles with race, as well as the ongoing conversations that take place on this show.

  • DeGuzman and Moe get Up Close and Cultural and discuss the value of art and various disconnects Aired: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

    WAYO's Up Close and Cultural host Rachel DeGuzman had a conversation with the show's technical assistant Jackie Moe about the value of art and a couple of disconnects that she experienced recently.

    This conversation was the third of a summer triptych that explored the value of Art in America, how it is funded, who gets funded and why it is important to have this conversation in 2016.

  • How we value art, how we fund, who gets funded and why it matters, part 2 Aired: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    Up Close and Cultural host Rachel Y. DeGuzman was joined by Mark Allan Davis, Annette Ramos and Nandita Shenoy for part 2 of a three-part conversation on how we value arts and culture, how its funded, who gets funding and why it matters in 2016.

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