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If These Walls Could Talk

This podcast explores the process and best practices for creating successful mural projects. Each episode will be a half hour deep dive interview with art advocates, artists, art commissioners, public art planners, as well as field notes from past mural projects to both demystify the process as well celebrate the impact of a public space activated through art.

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Artist's Perspective with Paz de la Calzada and Shannon Geis (Ep. 5)

Host: Morgan Bricca Guests: Paz de la Calzada - Website, Instagram Shannon Geis - Website, Instagram Episode Summary: Lunch break on the job site with artists Paz de la Calzada and Shannon Geis. We interview each other and cover money, the benefits of working with other artists, the challenges artist are facing in San Francisco and the benefits of painting over each other’s work.

38mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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San Jose Director of Public Art Michael Ogilvie (Ep. 11)

Host: Morgan Bricca Guest: Michael Ogilvie Links: Web: www.Morganmurals.com Insta: morgan.mural.studios Blog www.morganmurals.com/blog Michael Ogilvie, Public Art Director, City of San Jose michael.ogilvie@sanjoseca.gov San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?nid=4195 Episode Summary: Running the public art program for the tenth largest city in the united states is no easy task. Michael walks us through how public art projects happen in San Jose, as well as the vision for the public art program in one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

34mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Empire Seven Studios founder Juan Carlos Araujo (Ep. 12)

Host: Morgan Bricca Guest: Juan Carlos Araujo Links: Web: www.Morganmurals.com Insta: morgan.mural.studios Blog www.morganmurals.com/blog Juan Carlos Araujo: empiresevenstudios@yahoo.com https://www.empiresevenstudios.com/ Episode Summary: Juan Carlos Araujo brought Pow Wow mural festival to San Jose and has been a steady presence in the street art scene in San Jose since he founded E7S in 2008. We talk about diversity and inclusion, balancing making a living and being of service through art in the community, and the art of winning over mural skeptics.

34mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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Hanna Daly/ Hanna's Murals (Ep. 13)

Host: Morgan Bricca Guest: Hanna Links: Web: www.Morganmurals.com Insta: morgan.mural.studios Blog www.morganmurals.com/blog Hanna's Murals: hannasmurals.com Hanna's Instagram: @hannasmurals Episode Summary: Hanna has been painting murals in the San Diego area for 15 years. We discuss the details of “the hustle” including pricing, materials, physical challenges, finding more clients, and taking time off to travel and recharge.

34mins

22 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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City Art Success Story with Chris Beth (Ep. 7)

Host: Morgan Bricca Guest: Chris Beth Links: Redwood City Downtown Precise Plan (DTPP) Episode Summary: Chris Beth, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Redwood City, shares how his town went from a ghost town to the most vibrant arts destination on the peninsula, reviving the downtown businesses and community engagement and vibrancy.

35mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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Public Art as a Catalyst for Social Change with Brad Maihack (Ep. 4)

Host: Morgan Bricca Guest: Brad Maihack - (Instagram) Episode Summary: Brad Maihack is on the board of zero1.org and founder of Social Venture Café. The topics covered in this podcast include: the importance of protecting the experimental, incubation phase of the creative process, the importance of collaboration and integration of feedback for public artists, and the potential for public art projects to create social change. Brad also fills us in about a new public art project he is embarking on in Sonoma.

31mins

2 Dec 2018

Rank #6

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Creativity is Contagious: Bringing lessons from Burningman home to the suburbs (Ep. 9)

Host: Morgan Bricca Guest: Jason Newblanc Links: Web: www.Morganmurals.com Insta: morgan.mural.studios Blog www.morganmurals.com/blog Episode Summary: Software engineer by day and arts advocate by night, Jason Newblanc brought inspiration from his annual pilgrimages to Burning man back to his hometown, Redwood City. His efforts were the beginning of the transformation of “Deadwood City” to Redwood City: The Arts Destination on the Peninsula. The Commercial Way Mural Alley in Redwood City, a series of seven murals that transformed a blighted alleyway, was his brainchild. He believes creativity is contagious and that good art “pushes the edges”. jasonnewblanc@rewoodcity.org

35mins

20 May 2019

Rank #7

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One success opens the doors for more: The transformation of Springer Elementary School (Ep. 8)

Host: Morgan Bricca Guest: Christy Flahavan Links: Web: www.Morganmurals.com Insta: morgan.mural.studios Blog www.morganmurals.com/blog Episode Summary: In this episode I interview Christy Flahavan, former PTA president of Springer Elementary School about how in the course of three years she transformed a boring, beige campus into a school bursting with art. She had a vision, and despite a retiring principal and lackluster support, started with one project and built on that success. My blog post about that transformation at Springer is here: https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/how-transform-school-for-less-15000

42mins

17 May 2019

Rank #8

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Alex Cook / You Are Loved Murals (Ep. 14)

Host: Morgan Bricca Guest: Alex Cook Links: Web: www.Morganmurals.com Insta: morgan.mural.studios Blog www.morganmurals.com/blog Alex's Website Alex's Video Episode Summary: Is it possible to be a rebel against street art culture? Alex Cook might be the first. His overtly loving messages and collaborative approach to his You Are Loved murals blur the edges between art and service, and bring a kind message into public spaces all over the globe.

37mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Ink Dwell: Going big and finding partnership in the quest to cure "Nature Blindness" (Ep. 10)

Host: Morgan Bricca Guest: Jane Kim Links: Web: www.Morganmurals.com Insta: morgan.mural.studios Blog www.morganmurals.com/blog Episode Summary: Ink Dwell co-founder Jane Kim opens up about the challenges of running an art studio, taking on large mural commissions across the country, and nature education through art. Inkdwell.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/InkDwell/ Wall of Birds Book: https://www.inkdwell.com/wall-of-birds/ Learn more about the decline of the Western Monarch population and the conservation efforts surrounding it, at the Xerces Society.

33mins

24 May 2019

Rank #10