Four years ago, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) launched the Creative Exchange podcast to celebrate and spotlight local and regional artists and arts leaders who are making a difference through their work.
On Sunday, April 23, the AFCC kicked off its 5th season of the podcast – the 39th episode in the series – by releasing an interview with the organization’s 2023 Artist of the Year Mark Adams of Truro. The podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and the Arts Foundation’s website, www.artsfoundation.org, with new episodes released every Sunday.
“It’s been a fascinating journey from the start of this podcast in 2019 to today. I’ve really been able to broaden my perspective on the artistic process and understand more fully the impact the arts are having in our region through these conversations,” said AFCC Executive Director Julie Wake who hosts the Creative Exchange. “This podcast offers great insight into the way artists and makers approach challenges. Anyone looking to strengthen their work, whether in the creative field or not, will gain something from listening.”
Adams, who is a painter, printmaker, naturalist, cartographer, and writer, explores the connection between art and nature with Wake on the first episode of the new season.
“It was fun. I like doing these conversations, especially if it can spur a response and make people think a little bit about art and the environment,” said Adams, who worked as a geologist and cartographer for the National Parks Service before being named as the Center for Coastal Studies first-ever scientist/artist-in-residence in January of this year.
Joining Adams as guests on this season of the Creative Exchange are musician Julian Loida of Falmouth, a percussionist, composer, and producer; fiber artist, illustrator, and children’s book author Salley Mavor of Falmouth; photographer Heather Pillar of Brewster; and Cape Cod Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Kate Pazakis.
Future interviews will include a collaborative discussion with visual artist Joe Diggs of Osterville and musician Sam Holmstock of Cotuit, on their work with incarcerated youth; designer and artist Oren Sherman of Truro; visual artist Sarah Dineen of Cape Cod; Andre Lima of Brewster, the founder of both Capoeira Besouro Cape Cod and Movement Arts of Cape Cod; and performing artist Jonathan Hawkins of Provincetown.