Greg Smith talks about For the Love of Art Month with members of ArtForms, the organization coordinating the events in February. Joining him in the studio are Noel Sandino and Diane Alire; and joining him by phone is Karen Conley. The arts are loved in the Las Cruces community all year, but February brings special opportunities to underscore that love. Greg looks forward to sharing information about the ways love of art will be celebrated in February.
Host Greg Smith kicked off 2024 with a show highlighting an iconic event in the Mesilla Valley for over 50 years, the Renaissance ArtsFaire. Frances Williams talked about how the Faire transitioned from the Holy Cross CraftsFaire to the Doña Ana Arts Council 's Renaissance ArtsFaire in 1981, and Araceli Solis talked about the 2023 RenFaire and what will be happening in the future.
Ed Long, recent resident to Las Cruces and new board member to Las Cruces community radio, will join Nan Rubin in the studio. Calling in will be Tina Cordova, Paul Pino and Bernice Gutierrez from the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium to report on their recent trip to Washington DC to lobby for compensation.
Greg Smith’s guests will be State Senator Jeff Steinborn, ArtForms Chair Karen Conley, City Public Art Coordinator Ceci Vasconcellos and City Library Director Sarah Booth. Discussions center on the creation of a Creative Industries Division in the State of New Mexico, the large grant the City of Las Cruces got for the arts, what is happening with ArtForms in relation to creative industries, and where the guests see these endeavors and others taking the arts in New Mexico.
Greg Smith's guests are two reporters who have done much to keep our region informed about the arts. While she has been retired for a few years, Derrickson Moore is still well remembered for her excellent coverage of the arts in the Las Cruces Sun-News. In recent years, Mike Cook has also been doing a great job of making news about the arts known in the Las Cruces Bulletin. Both Derrickson and Mike will be discussing past, present, and future directions in the arts as well as other topics they have covered. They will also be sharing what they see coming in their own lives.
With the 2023 Border Archives Bazaar fast approaching on Saturday September 23rd, Nan Rubin hosts NMSU Special Collections Librarian Dylan McDonald, along with Donna Wojcik, Oral Historian at the Farm and Ranch Museum, and Angelica Valenzuela, Filing Supervisor in the Doña Ana County Clerk’s office, to explain the importance of archives in preserving our history and the rights.
Greg Smith talked about the Las Cruces Sister City relationship with - and a recent trip to - Nienburg, Germany. His guests were Hale Huber, Allison Smith, Emma Álvarez de La Rosa and Jorge Martinez-Rios.
Greg Smith talks about the Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District (ACD) with Jennifer Garcia Kozlowski, director of Downtown Las Cruces Partnership, Susan Greenwald Cabello, coordinator for the Arts District, and Chris Faivre, deputy director for City of Las Cruces' economic development, about future activities and accumulated benefits to the community. Established in 2018, the ACD continues to be an initiative working in the confluence of interests of the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership, the City of Las Cruces, and the Doña Ana Arts Council; entities essential in how the State of New Mexico certifies arts and cultural districts.
Nan talks with Diana Alba Soular and Daisy Maldonado about the continuing push for affordable broadband in Dona Ana County and surrounding colonias/communities.
Nan Rubin talks with Marissa Sage, director of the University Art Museum at NMSU, about the upcoming programs/lectures centered around the nuclear history in the southwest. These events coincide with the 78th anniversary of the Trinity nuclear test.
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