doublexposure podcast

Marcie Sillman and Vivian Phillips

In each episode of the podcast doubleXposure hosts Vivian Phillips and Marcie Sillman plumb the deepest depths and the tiniest cracks of our world to understand how culture and creativity shape our lives, sometimes in ways we don't even see.

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Seattle-based artist Barbara Earl Thomas is having a moment. A moment that just keeps getting longer. Thomas's well-reviewed one-woman show at Seattle Art Musem, Geography of Innocence, got held over through the winter holidays. Across town at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, her show with artist Derek Adams, Packaged Black, shows Thomas' mastery of both her craft and the messaging she imbues into her artworks. Marcie and Vivian visited Thomas in her studio last summer. We decided to bring you this episode again, because we liked it so much. 

Dec 3

32 min 17 sec

Seattle was one of the first city's in the country to adopt a law that mandates a percentage of every public construction budget pay for public art.  That was in 1972; now the city has hundreds of objects in its collection, from murals to manhole covers.  But who owns it? And who takes care of it?  Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Deputy Director Calandra Childers to find some answers.

Nov 19

13 min 18 sec

When COVID hit the globe in early 2020, Seattle-based choreographer Donald Byrd was getting ready to debut a multi-faceted project called the Race and Climate Change Festival. Like artists around the world, Byrd had to find a new way to create and present his artistic vision. In the process, the 72-year old learned some interesting life lessons. He shares his thoughts with co-hosts Vivian Phillips and Marcie Sillman in this interview originally broadcast in August, 2021.

Nov 12

26 min 10 sec

In March 2020, cities around the world shutdown all but the essential activities in the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Now, as vaccination rates in the Seattle area hover above 70%, businesses in the downtown core hope to see more traffic on the street and more customers coming through their doors. Jon Scholes, Executive Director of the Downtown Seattle Association, tells co-host Vivian Phillips that the arts are critical to the city's economic and social emergence from the pandemic.

Nov 5

11 min 38 sec

We've hit the end of our first season and to celebrate, doubleXposure brought our show on the road, recording a panel discussion before a live audience at Seattle's Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Guests University of Washington Drama Professor and stage director Valerie Curtis-Newton, President and CEO of Arts Fund Michael Greer, Tim Lennon, Executive Director of LANGSTON! and Trish Millines-Dziko, founder and Executive Director of the Technology Access Foundation, talk to Vivian and Marcie  about everything from the role of culture in policy-making to how their own lives were touched by the pandemic.

Oct 29

54 min 56 sec

One big challenge for BIPOC led nonprofit cultural organizations is funding. Traditional philanthropic channels have been rethinking how they hand out money and who they give it to. Jonathan Cunningham, a Senior Program Officer at the Seattle Foundation, walks co-host Vivian Phillips through the Creative Equity Fund, aimed specifically for groups led by and serving BIPOC communities.

Oct 22

15 min 24 sec

Seattle's cultural sector is a major pillar of the local economy, yet many politicians overlook it when they craft their policy agendas. On October 4th, hosts Vivian Phillips and Marcie Sillman got a chance to ask candidates about how arts and culture fit into their visions for Seattle.  In this episode, Marcie and Vivian listen to mayoral candidates Lorena Gonzalez and Bruce Harrell and mull over what they heard.

Oct 15

38 min 52 sec

In March, 2020, three Seattle-area artists knew they wanted to help their fellow creatives who'd been slammed by pandemic closures. They created a grassroots Artists Relief Fund, ultimately handing out more than a million dollars to more than 2,000 people. The Seattle cultural organization Langston administered the fund. Now, Langston Executive Director Tim Lennon says they're getting ready to launch a new relief fund aimed specifically at Black artists.

Oct 8

11 min 19 sec

Throughout the long pandemic, the arts have helped to buoy our spirits. Now, in many cities around the world, they're helping to rebuild our communities. But very often, political leaders either minimize or overlook the cultural sector's role in civic vitality. Guests Dr. Jasmine Mahmoud of the University of Washington and Tracey Wickersham, Director of Cultural Tourism for Visit Seattle, help trace the connections between the arts and public policy.

Oct 1

36 min 52 sec

The Covid pandemic has hit hard everywhere and in every economic sector. But arts and cultural institutions, and the people who work within them, have been especially hard hit. This year Congress approved ARPA, the American Rescue Plan Act. Co-host Vivian Phillips talks to Brian Carter, Executive Director of 4Culture in King County, Washington, to explain what ARPA is and how it could help the embattled cultural community.

Sep 24

12 min 53 sec

We're 18 months into the pandemic, but many theaters are contemplating opening their doors to live audiences, with Broadway leading the way. Covid hammered the arts world, but guests Tim Bond, Artistic Director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and Valerie Curtis-Newton, nationally known stage director and founder of the Hansberry Project, and African-American theater laboratory, don't want to see a return to the way things were pre-pandemic. They believe it's time to push for true racial equity, and for broader awareness of the essential nature of theater--and all the arts--in our communities.

Sep 17

49 min 46 sec

After almost 18 months, many arts organizations thought the worst of the pandemic was behind them. The Delta variant has played havoc with their plans for a full reopening this fall. Spectrum Dance Theatre Executive Director Tera Beach talks with host Marcie Sillman about the latest pivot in the long trek to keep the dance company afloat.

Sep 10

10 min 50 sec

Donald Byrd has been making dances for half a century, sometimes in the most challenging of circumstances. The Covid-19 pandemic pushed the choreographer to re-imagine his artform, and to re-learn lessons of resilience his grandmother taught him more than 60 years ago.

Sep 3

33 min 32 sec

When Covid-19 forced the arts sector to shutdown in March, 2020, the financial impact was devastating. More than 18 months into the pandemic, with cases on the upswing, most presenters are wondering when--and if--things will ever stabilize. Meanwhile, many arts organizations have used the forced closure to rethink their missions, and in the wake of the racial justice uprising, who gets to make artistic decisions. Pacific Northwest Ballet Executive Director Ellen Walker and Michael Greer, President and CEO of Seattle-based Arts Fund, talk to hosts Vivian Phillips and Marcie Sillman.

Aug 20

44 min 17 sec

Seattle-based artist Barbara Earl Thomas has been working for more than four decades, but five years ago she decided it was time to boost her profile. This year Thomas has two museum shows, plus a commission for Yale University's Grace Hopper College, and she shows no signs of slowing down. 

Aug 6

35 min 51 sec

Chris Daigre has been dancing and teaching dance for more than 30 years. When he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease two years ago, Daigre didn't stop dancing--he expanded his program to other people with Parkinson's. As the administrator of Dance for PD (Parkinson's Disease) at Seattle Theatre Group, Shawn Roberts has seen dance benefit other people with the neurological disorder. Roberts and Daigre share their experiences.

Jul 23

32 min 9 sec

Hosts Vivian Phillips and Marcie Sillman talk with Trish Millines Dziko, founder and director of the Technology Access Foundation, and Tina LaPadula, education manager for Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture, about the role art plays in a comprehensive 21st century education.

Jul 9

38 min 16 sec

Co-hosts Vivian Phillips and Marcie Sillman talk with writer Charles Johnson and his daughter, curator and poet Elisheba Johnson, about the connections between art and community, and the social responsibility an artist bears.

Jun 14

34 min 10 sec

DoubleXposure hosts Vivian Phillips and Marcie Sillman talk with father/daughter duo Charles and Elisheba Johnson. Charles Johnson is a Macarthur Award-winning writer, educator and cartoonist, author of "Middle Passage" and the recent short story collection "Nighthawks." Elisheba Johnson is co-founder of the Seattle community/cultural hub Wa Na Wari. 

Jun 14

34 min 17 sec