Culture Matters in Malden

A podcast that explores culture and arts as a lens to discuss important themes relevant to the Malden community.

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The Gallery@57 | The Power of “YES”

What is possible when a team of  artists running a community enterprise let “YES” be the dominant force in navigating challenges? Leaders from The Gallery@57, an artist-run community enterprise in Malden, talk about the challenges of closing down during the COVID-19 pandemic. They share some of the key elements of their persistence and why they believe that YES, they will succeed!

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About Culture Matters in Malden

A podcast that explores culture and arts as a lens to discuss important themes relevant to the Malden community.

Malden exists in a region originally inhabited by the Penacook Nation before a group of English colonists settled in the area. Over the past 360 years, waves of immigrants have shaped it to be a unique and diverse city with at least 42% of its current residents born outside the United States. The high school boasts more than 64 languages and today Malden is referred to as another “China Town” of Greater Boston. It is this rich history and cultural mix that makes Malden a unique place, a kind of microcosm of the world in five square miles.

Every two weeks, enjoy a new episode featuring someone from Malden with an interesting worldview, experience, or expression of culture to share produced by MATV staff and hosted by various staff and guest hosts. This podcast is supported in part by the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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David Arteaga | The Jazz of Honest Living (e1)

This (updated) version of a podcast conversation with David Arteaga includes more of his music. The conversation winds through Arteaga’s thoughts and feelings about music, arts, and humanity in between excerpts of his original compositions. Arteaga is a wonderful philosopher and articulate observer of what is most important in life – and jazz is a kind of metaphor for his musings.

Justine Rose | A clean pair of shoes in Rwanda (e2)

A trip to Rwanda offers a Malden High alum Justine Rose joy and learning for the future. Raised by culturally curious parents and surrounded by classmates from around the world, it may be that Justine Rose’s craving for travel was born in Malden. Whatever its origin, she feeds this desire whenever she can: during vacation, college internships, and most recently as a biomedical equipment technician in Rwanda.

IAMBECUZWEARE – Ubuntu, a motto to create by (e3)

For more than two years IamBecuzWeAre the Co11ective took Boston by storm with a mission to shift culture in Boston. Four friends connected by an interest in the arts, entrepreneurship, and making a difference in the world were influenced by various cultural origins: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Sudan. Sitting on a rooftop in their Boston neighborhood one day, they schemed an idea that would embody UBUNTU, an African philosophy that reflects a “belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.”

Karyn Alzayer | The Healing Hands of Art: Virus Free (e4)

For Henna artist Karyn Alzayer, hands don’t carry germs, they give help, caresses, and play games. Hands are her canvas and the entry point of connection. But, in this pandemic, when there is risk of contagion and physical contact is limited, she offers new ways to connect.

Karen Krolak | Choreographing Community (e5)

A conversation with Artistic Director of Monkeyhouse, the innovative Karen Krolak, about the power of inquiry and articulate movement to help communities find more cohesiveness and compassion. In collaboration with groups and fellow artists, Krolak masterminds caring innovations that employ movement, words, and curiosity as key ingredients. She describes her creative forays, stories, and thought process with great eloquence. One could easily hang on her every word for hours.

Jean Appolon | Dance Like Breathing (e6)

With the Covid-19 pandemic  still running its course in the world and protests around the US calling for an end to systemic racism, speaking with Jean Appolon is an oasis of hope and healing. In this conversation by Zoom, Appolon shares snippets from his own journey with dance, a lifesaving passion that helped him process his own trauma of his father’s brutal murder.  He also speaks about his desire to share all that he knows with others: folkloric dance, Haitian culture, overcoming trauma, and really just being human.

The Gallery@57 | The Power of “YES” (ep7)

What is possible when a team of  artists running a community enterprise let “YES” be the dominant force in navigating challenges? Leaders from The Gallery@57, an artist-run community enterprise in Malden, talk about the challenges of closing down during the COVID-19 pandemic. They share some of the key elements of their persistence and why they believe that YES, they will succeed!

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