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The Power of the BTS/ARMY Relationship

BTS, the South Korean music group has taken the global music scene by storm, breaking records in numbers of albums sold and spun, twitter follows, number of fans, sold out concerts and much more. 

Their influence has been noted by many, including governmental officials who have tried to suppress BTS’s reach and image in public. This story looks at who they are, their work and social reach in partnership with their fanbase, ARMY.

Reuters graph of BTS/ARMY fundraising for Black Lives Matter

Producer: Yuko Kodama – special thanks to Sam Sullivan, Christine Marasigan, Nancy Yang, Candace Epps-Robertson, Laura Mundt, Angela Young and Sherry Lynn Reynolds Anderson

Photo: Ashley[epidemic]

Artist, Lauren Iida

 
Lauren Iida is an artist who works with cut paper and paint.  Iida is artist-in-residence with Densho Project.  She recently completed an art installation for Densho Project’s community space.   The piece was created in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the day Franklin D. Roosevelt signed  Executive Order 9066.  This order authorized the US military to forcibly remove and incarcerate 120,000 people of Japanese descent in relocation centers across the United States in during WWII. 
 
Listen in on excerpts of an interview with Lauren Iida.
 
 
Producer: Yuko Kodama
 
Photo: courtesy of Lauren Iida
 
 

Artists in a Time of Monsters

Reverend Osagyefo Sekou  is a Musician and Theologian in Residence at Seattle’s Valley and Mountain Fellowship.  Reverend Sekou discusses art and its role in social movements.

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Renton Street Poet

KBCS’s Gol Hoghooghi met Garold Rainier, a poet on the street. Listen in on how he navigates life since the 2008 economic crash and a serious accident.

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The Artist Behind Street Flower Arrangements

Across the street from Cal Anderson Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood, you might come across a cluster of found jars and bottles arranged with  wildflowers and greenery that you would see growing through cracks in the asphalt of any parking lot.  (more…)

Unmute the Commute: The SODO Busway Murals

There’s an art gallery in Seattle only accessible by public transit. Today on Unmute the Commute, the SODO Busway Murals. Produced by Ann Kane.

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Native Art: Louie Gong

In this series, Louie Gong, Eighth Generation founder and Seattle Nooksack artist, explains “native inspired” doesn’t mean a native artist crafted the piece. He also shares his story about how he got involved in a project to enliven a local transitional shelter with genuine native art.  The goal was to inspire change in the lives of the local people transitioning from homelessness to housingl.

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New Murals Bring Art to the SoDo Track

Two miles of Seattle’s downtown warehouse district are getting a new look!

Artists from around the world and the Seattle area have been commissioned to paint vibrant murals along the SoDo Track–the transit corridor between 4th and 6th avenues only accessible to Light Rail and Metro buses.

You can find a map of the SoDo Track murals here. An Opening Event is being held tomorrow, August 6th, from 6-9pm, with entertainment for all ages.

Tacoma artist, Lynn DiNino creates bus-themed art

People-watching and gazing out the window are common ways to pass time on the bus. Tacoma artist Lynn Di Nino took this to the next level by creating an art exhibit inspired by her 35 mile long Tacoma-Seattle commute consisting of 3-dimensional portraits of bus riders sitting next to photographs, which are real window scenes taken on the bus. Correspondent Whitney Henry-Lester visited Lynn, here’s her dispatch.

Images of Lynn Di Nino’s show “Riding the Express Bus 594”.

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Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches stories.

Today’s Native Activism

Our region’s Native community is vibrant, and a force to be reckoned with.  From art and education, to  social services and political advocacy, we feature some of the leaders empowering the Native experience.

Episode 1 – Last October, local Lakota activist, and Co-founder of the blog, Last Real Indians Matt Remle made a breakthrough in Seattle with the replacement of Columbus Day for Indigenous People’s Day. The event made national and international headlines. Remle discusses the importance of recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day.

Episode 2 – This year, all Washington public schools are  mandated to teach Native American history and governance in the curriculum.   Mike Vendiola is a Swinomish member and Washington State’s Native Education Program Supervisor for the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  He explains the need for the legislation.

Episode 3 – Pahnee Tribal Member and Chief Seattle Club Executive Director, Colleen Echohawk explains one of the core reasons why there’s a disproportionate number of Native Americans on the street and without a home.

Episode 4 & 5 – Louie Gong is a Nooksack member, arts entrepreneur and educator who founded Eighth Generation.  He breaks down cultural appropriation and the impact on the native community.

Image – Courtesy of artist, Louie Gong “Modern Day Warrior”

Music – Rushus “crimson turtles”, “05-29”

Producers – Ruth Bly and Yuko Kodama