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Cut & Paste: A year of beatboxers, Baptist influence and that controversy at CAM

From Radar Home by Amy Reidel, an illustration by Fox Smith and a file photo of poet Treasure Shields Redmond
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From Radar Home by Amy Reidel, an illustration by Fox Smith and a file photo of poet Treasure Shields Redmond

The art of activism weaved its way more deeply into the St. Louis arts scene in 2016.

In this year’s Cut & Paste arts and culture podcasts, we brought you conversations with performers, poets and visual video artists, inspired personal experiences and cultural issues.

A poet and performance artist got her start in church. A visual artist made work around her mother’s cancer. A father drummed beatboxing into his daughter’s psychebefore she was even born.

In this podcast, we revisit some of those artists, along with one couple’s analysisof the Contemporary Art Museum controversy over an exhibition prompting charges of racial insensitivity.

Here's some of what you'll hear in the podcast:

  • Poet Treasure Shields Redmond, on a poem she imagined the mother of activist Fannie Lou Hamer would have written: “Came out full-grown and singing, “Glory.”
  • Beatboxer Nicole Paris, about switching roles with her beatboxing father: “I was teaching him some of my techniques.”
  • Shanti Parikh, on her husband’s views of taking down CAM’s Kelley Walker exhibition: “Jason was of the mindset that, ‘No, it shouldn’t come down.’ And I was of the mindset that, “You can’t say that until you work the issue out.”
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Look for new Cut & Paste (#cutpastestl) podcastsevery few weeks on our website. You can also view all previous podcasts focusing on a diverse collection of visual and performing artists, and subscribe to Cut & Paste through this link.

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Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.