Our programs feature interviews with interesting people involved in the arts and culture of the San Joaquin Valley of California.
"Arts of the San Joaquin Valley," hosted by Linda Scheller and Sandy Graham, focuses on various facets of creativity in our community: poetry, authors, dance, theater, creative spaces, venues, music, visual arts, textile, crafters, and much more.
If you have an idea for a future episode or are an artist in the community and would like to be featured, contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Modesto Poet Laureate Emeritus Stella Beratlis talks with Linda Scheller about her new book from Sixteen Rivers Press, Dust Bowl Venus, poetry of place that pays homage to Modesto country and gospel musician and songwriter Hazel Houser.
Colton Dennis, an actor and the executive director of the Merced County Arts Council, talks with host Linda Scheller about the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, theater, and the arts scene in Merced, California.
Sarah Jamila Stevenson, an artist, instructor, and the award-winning author of young adult novels The Latte Rebellion, Underneath, The Truth Against the World, and the graphic novel Alexis vs. Summer Vacation, talks with host Linda Scheller about writing and community.
Meter Maids is a Modesto writing group celebrating 30 years of poetry and friendship. Founding members Karen Hansis Baker and Tina Arnopole Driskill talk about Meter Maids' three decades of history, creativity, and camaraderie.
Heike Hambley, founder and artistic director of Merced Shakespearefest, talks about the non-profit theater organization's history, goals, venues, and their 2020 bilingual production of Richard II/Ricardo Segundo.
Indigo Moor, award-winning poet, playwright, teacher, and Sacramento Poet Laureate Emeritus, talks about his upcoming book Everybody's Jonesin' for Something, his play Live! At the Excelsior, and his previously published books In the Room of Thirsts and Hungers, Through the Stonecutter's Window, and Taproot.
Artistic Director Rene Daveluy, Ballet Mistress Leslie Ann Larson, and Executive Director Karin Reenstierna talk about ballet and the dance programs offered by Central West Ballet, a resident company of the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, California.
Village Dancers Robert Rudholm and Judy Kropp talk about folk dancing in Stanislaus County, CA, and Carlos Gonzalez discusses Ballet Folklorico Anahuac, the Modesto non-profit dance company founded in 2006 by his mother, Liduvina Gonzalez.