18th Street Arts Center is pleased once again to partner with the beautifully filmed PBS documentary series Articulate as it embarks on Season Three. This Emmy-award winning series investigates how creative thinkers shape our cultural and society, and this kind of in-depth look inside the process of artistic thinking in the human mind resonates strongly with us. As an interdisciplinary artist residency center, we too focus on the artist as an explorer, delving deep into the human experience and emerging with new insight. The genre-bending artists this series focuses on really don’t fit into any neat box, and neither do the artists we work with every day. These artists are dedicated to their process – and they follow inspiration down unfamiliar paths.
This season, we are particularly excited about some of these highlights:
Remember when Tank and Da Bangas ripped it up at the NPR Tiny Desk concert? Their episode airs 6/23 and their music remains soulful, poetic, and persistently original.
On 6/30, Articulate features a full-length special with true Renaissance Woman. Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond is the very model of a modern polymath. In this episode, filmed in front of a live audience, she performs the songs and shares the stories that have shaped her life.
Do you remember your perspective on how boys and girls should behave shifting because of a book you read? Views on gender roles are constantly evolving, yet some traditions feel hardwired. Young adult author Shannon Hale believes children should have access to stories of all kinds – learn about how she is breaking new ground for boys, girls, and non-gender-binary kids in this episode airing 7/7.
We’re all charged with living better lives than those who came before us. Visual artist Gary Baseman is defined by this idea, and his quirky characters belie complex truths. This episode explores Mr. Baseman’s life and work and airs 7/21.
There are so many more fascinating artists to discover – learn more and check out schedules and streaming episodes here: https://www.pbssocal.org/programs/articulate/
Once you are feeling inspired, come join us for some live art programming on the 18th Street Arts Center campus, and interact in-person with professional working artists and the inspiring creative people in your own backyard. Upcoming events here: http://18thstreet.org/events-calendar/