A pop-up podcast on art and activism presented by MCA Teens
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver presents: Hot Takes, a pop-up podcast about Art and Activism put on by MCA Denver Leadership Program Alumni in collaboration with community creatives and activists. In each episode, teens talk about all things activism, organizing, and art with various organizations, artists, and creatives. The teens who planned this podcast were interested in spotlighting the work and ideas of various activists and organizations who are doing amazing things for the Denver community. If you are interested in art, activism or learning more about how to get involved with your community, this is the podcast for you!
EPISODE 1: BLACK LIVES MATTER
In this episode, Sanyu Kibuuka talks to the amazing teen organizers behind Black Lives Matter events, Ashira Campbell and Riyah Johnson. They discuss their experience with holding events about BLM, personal experiences, and how art is a motivator for action. Special thanks to the Off-Hand Teen Polly Catharine for planning this episode with Sanyu!
EPISODE 2: FOOD JUSTICE
In this episode, Sofia Maines is joined by Bianca Acosta of Grow Haus and Netty Rodriguez Arauz from Community Fridges for a discussion on the importance of Food Justice, what it is, and how it involves you! They discuss how food, eating and gardening are in themselves a form of art, and how art plays an important role in either of their organizations. Special thanks to the Off-Hand Teen Skyler Kasnoff for planning this episode with Sofia!
EPISODE 3: TEEN MENTAL HEALTH
In this episode, Sanyu Kibuuka and Dorothy Lipsius interview teen artists Emma Joann Graham and Claire Anderson on their art process and mental health. They discuss how art can be a therapeutic practice, both in its reception and in its creation.
EPISODE 4: ENVIRONMENTALISM & ART
Polly Catharine and Dorothy Lipsius are joined by musician Max Becker and artist/regenerative gardener Katy Casper in a discussion on environmentalism in art practices. They delve into the many aspects of both these artists, take on sustainable practice, and explore ways in which we can better imagine a more sustainable and just world for artists and people.