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Our Stories: Art and Community

Our Stories: Art and Community

By CFCArts
The arts are essential to the lives of people of all ages and a powerful tool for building community. Join Joshua Vickery, Founder & Executive Director of Central Florida Community Arts, as he interviews guests who are changing the world through the arts, one life at a time. Whether you want to learn about creating community through the arts, be moved by the stories of our people, or be inspired to make a change in your community, this is the podcast for you.
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Episode 18: Power Through Partnership
Rosene Johnson, Executive Director of PACE Center for Girls, joins Joshua Vickery as they discuss the change-making power of the arts and the partnership that strengthens it. 
December 18, 2020
Episode 17: Arts Building Community
From a young Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol to CFCArts Board Chair and Associate Vice President at Seminole State College of Florida, Stephen Summers speaks on the shared experiences in the arts that play a crucial part of our humanity and how we connect as humans.
November 20, 2020
Episode 16: The Next Chapter
Disney Leader and CFCArts Director of Casting Jeff Lindberg shares his early love for theme park entertainment and gives his unique perspective on what will drive the arts through these current times.
October 15, 2020
Episode 15: The Arts Choose Us
CFCArts resident music therapist Ashley Lewis joins Joshua Vickery as she explores "the pull" of the arts on our lives and how it ultimately led to her career in the arts today. 
September 3, 2020
Episode 14: The Heart of an Artist
Father, husband, drummer, and former board chair Chad Faulkenberry discusses the service-minded nature of an artist and why arts make us better people. 
August 6, 2020
Episode 13: The Founders
Choir teacher, worship leader, and co-founder of CFCArts, Jonathan Cole joins Joshua Vickery as they discuss the beginnings of what we now know as Central Florida Community Arts.
July 24, 2020
Episode 12: Becoming Fearless
Music and theatre teacher Erin Boone joins Joshua Vickery to reminisce on her defining moments as an educator in her journey of becoming fearless. 
July 16, 2020
Episode 11: A Gift to Share
Artist and educator Jamaal Solomon joins Joshua Vickery to tell his story of performance through church, military, and within the "juggernaut" of CFCArts. Originally recorded in late June, 2020. 
July 9, 2020
Episode 10: An Artist's Identity
CFCArts Director of Choral Programs Brandon Fender describes the artist's life through the lens of his own musical upbringing and discusses the influence of CFCArts in artistic community-building.
July 2, 2020
Episode 9: Theatre for All
Joshua Vickery joins Leah Porrata, CFCArts Director of Education, Youth Programs & Academy, as they take a look back at her theatre influences, artistic impact, and stories of change-making within the organization. This episode was recorded in early May 2020. 
June 25, 2020
Episode 8: Rediscovering Your Musicianship
CFCArts board member and orchestra musician LaTasha Barnes joins Joshua Vickery to discuss her artistic journey in picking up her flute again. This podcast was recorded in early May.  
June 18, 2020
Episode 7: Fostering Growth
Former CFCArts board chair Sara Brady joins Joshua Vickery to discuss the business side of growing a performing arts non-profit. Originally recorded in early May, 2020.
June 11, 2020
Episode 6: One Teacher
Donald Rupe, Founder and Director of the CFCArts Theatre, joins Joshua Vickery to talk about how one committed performing arts teacher changed his life, sending him on a journey to become a theatre director and writer. Originally recorded in early May, 2020.
June 4, 2020
Episode 5: The Value of a Creative Family
Rob Lott, a member of the professional artist community of Central Florida for over 10 years, discusses the “core values” of his family, his life as a performer and director, and how those guided the path of Central Florida Community Arts.
May 29, 2020
Episode 4: Arts for All Youth
Joshua Vickery interviews Katherine Gray, founder of the children and youth arts programs at CFCArts. She discusses the beginnings of building a safe and welcoming home for students of all ages and the stories that come out of that commitment.
May 21, 2020
Episode 3: Symphonic Music for the Community
Joshua Vickery welcomes Justin Muchoney, the Music Director of the CFCArts Symphony Orchestra, to discuss his journey as an artist, conductor, and leader of one of the largest community orchestras in the country.
May 14, 2020
Episode 2: Arts for Vulnerable Communities
Joshua Vickery is joined this week by CFCArts Director of Education Kaileigh Anne Tayek, who oversees program development & research for her organization's work with vulnerable populations.
May 7, 2020
Episode 1: Arts for All
Joshua Vickery, Founder & Executive Director of Central Florida  Community Arts, tells the story of this mighty arts nonprofit making a difference in Central Florida.
April 30, 2020