The Creative Exchange Podcast

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Provincetown Community Television

The Creative Exchange Podcast is a series of elevated conversations with Cape Cod creatives brought to you by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Provincetown Community Television. By revealing the successes, challenges, and experiences of local artists, it is a celebration of the artistic process and its unique manifestation on Cape Cod. Above all, it is a reminder that #ArtsMatter in our community.

All Episodes

Take a deep dive into Susan’s week spent in a C-Scape Dune Shack--primitive, historic, and isolated with no indoor plumbing or electricity--to her processes for getting personal and professional writing done, Susan reminds us of the importance of forging our own creative paths.

Apr 2019

50 min 17 sec

In this episode, Chris challenges the seasonal nature of Cape Cod and shows us a bit of what it's like to run the Cape's most widely-attended art museum. 

Apr 2019

39 min 4 sec

With dozens of story slams under his belt, including several appearances on The Moth Boston, James shares his take on the art of storytelling and what makes a good story.

Apr 2019

48 min 56 sec

Celebrating their 10th anniversary in spring 2019, the founders of Chalkboard Studio, Jackie, Richard, and Jamie, reflect on the transformation of an old schoolhouse in Barnstable Village to a professional artist studio and how the shared space has informed their creative processes. 

Apr 2019

49 min 39 sec

In this episode, visual artist Joe Diggs invites us on a true exploration of his process from his daily creative practices to the ways in which his Cape Cod roots led him to, and have reinforced, his path as an artist.

May 2019

55 min 44 sec

Designer and architect, Mary-Ann Agresti sits down with Julie and Amy to discuss her take on the holistic importance of design. With her recent shift in focus to what she calls "the space between", Mary-Ann reflects on what this means and how her creative work is informed by connection. 

May 2019

51 min 13 sec

Provincetown Film Society Executive Director, Christine Kunewa Walker shares her take on breaking into the film festival circuit and representation in film, along with an inside look at her creative process. 

May 2019

48 min 27 sec

Sara discusses how she uses art making and the creative process as a means to heal. Sara owns her own practice, Cape Cod Art Therapy in Eastham, where she executes her unique and dynamic approach.

May 2019

27 min 46 sec

Amy and Julie talk to New York design veteran Tim Convery, about leaving his fast-paced life in favor of rediscovering his creativity in Provincetown and starting his iconic apparel and merchandise collection, "Tim-Scapes". 

May 2019

41 min 12 sec

Born and raised in South Africa, photographer Julia Cumes shares the whimsical tale of how she came to America and the profound thought and creative process behind her work with vulnerable populations.

Nov 2019

45 min 34 sec

 In this episode, David Kuehn, Executive Director of the Cotuit Center for the Arts, gives us an inspiring glimpse into the mind of an arts leader and reflects on his journey from Los Angeles to Cape Cod. With a mission of being a welcoming hub for the arts on Cape Cod, no two days in David’s shoes at the Center are alike. 

Nov 2019

55 min 52 sec

Curator Gregory Hischak has been creating new exhibits for the Edward Gorey House, where he resides, since 2014. Hischak is also a playwright, poet, musician, and book artist, who has received numerous awards including a Mass Cultural Council Fellowship in playwriting in 2015. Reflecting on Edward Gorey’s life, creative process, and what it’s like to live in the Edward Gorey House, this episode is a true immersion into the whimsical world of Gorey.

Nov 2019

48 min 22 sec

Pete Hocking is a visual artist, writer, and educator currently based in Provincetown where he teaches painting workshops at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, is represented by Four Eleven Gallery, and serves as a founding board member of the Provincetown Commons. Before Settling on Cape Cod, he was the Director of Rhode Island School of Design’s Office of Public Engagement and Associate Dean and Director of Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service. Currently, he teaches at Goddard College and Rhode Island School of Design. In this episode, Hocking joins us to discuss his own embodied creative process, the unique position artists hold as problem solvers, and how this has influenced his own career as an artist and educator.

Dec 2019

44 min 2 sec

Carla and Matthias are musicians, composers, and co-founders of Rabbit Rabbit Radio, a musical collaboration that has grown to produce five albums. In addition to their work together, Carla is an educator currently on faculty at the New England Conservatory as well as the Vermont College of Fine Arts, while Matthias heads a video game music production company, Ridiculon. In this episode, they redefine the concept of genre, discuss the process behind their latest project, Black Inscription--a critically-acclaimed song cycle about the ocean, and share how they took their creative careers from California to Cape Cod.

Dec 2019

59 min 50 sec

Though she's always enjoyed music, Renzi didn't begin playing herself until her 20's. Now, a recipient of the 2017 Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Performing Arts Fellowship, Jordan has written, produced, and performed several original songs on Cape Cod and beyond. She has been invited to open for Kate Taylor, Paula Cole, Patty Larkin, and Marc Cohn, and has performed in SoFar Sounds shows in Boston and Paris. Her new album, Just A Dream, debuted in the Fall of 2019. She currently lives in Wellfleet. In this episode, Jordan reflects on her self-perception as a singer/songwriter and how she came to be a young musician on Cape Cod. From a cross-country tour camping out in her Subaru to playing a pop-up concert in Paris after hiking parts of the Camino de Santiago, Jordan shares a holistic, honest, and thought-provoking reflection on her creative life thus far. 

Dec 2019

40 min 48 sec

In this episode, we wrap up 2019 with some of our favorite clips from the year. From not-yet-released interviews at the Provincetown Film Festival to a few of our Season 1 and 2 guests, we found one common thread among our interviews this year: inspiration and the unique ways in which creative individuals find it. Featuring reflections from Paul Downs Colaizzo, Susan Blood, John Cameron Mitchell, Pete Hocking, Judith Light, Jillian Bell, and the CEX Live.  

Dec 2019

28 min 22 sec

Malissa Kenney is the Executive Director of Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Netowrk (CapeCodCAN), an independent organization in partnership with the Cotuit Center for the Arts that provides innovative and inclusive visual performance and literary arts programs for teens and adults of all abilities. Meanwhile, Jessica Wilson is the Managing and Artistic Director of the WatermelonAlligator Theatre Company, a consortium of theatre professionals and dedicated amateurs committed to producing high-quality, local theatre. In this thought-provoking conversation, Malissa and Jessica reflect on the importance of accessibility in the arts and share about their collaboration offering performing arts workshops for students of all abilities and experience levels.

Jan 2020

41 min 46 sec

Emily Ruddock is the Executive Director of MASSCreative, an organization that works with artists, leaders, and supporters of the arts and cultural sector to advocate for the resources and support necessary to make Massachusetts a creativity-driven state. Jo Hay is a British American contemporary portrait painter who lives and works in Provincetown. Her latest work, Persisters, is an ongoing series of large-scale portrait paintings representing trailblazing women in their pursuit of justice. In this episode, Jo and Emily come together to discuss the intersections of creative process and advocacy.

Jan 2020

1 hr

Musician Sarah Burrill joins us for an all-encompassing conversation on using her artistic platform to connect people in times of isolation, whether in the throes of lockdown or a battle with chronic illness. She also reminds us of the importance of a little something she likes to call, “going out for oxytocin”.

Jan 11

22 min 20 sec

As a soloist for the Boston Ballet and career dancer, Palkens discusses the unexpected ways the pandemic has impacted his relationship with his performance-based art.

Jan 17

27 min 22 sec

Ashleigh Gordon is a violist and Artistic & Executive Director of Castle Of Our Skins, a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. This conversation dives into her relationship with the viola as it relates to her own personality and her work as a passionate music educator with a unique and thoughtful approach.

Jan 24

22 min 42 sec

Matthew Scinto is the Founder, Conductor, + Executive Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra. In this episode, he dives into how and why nothing--especially a global pandemic--can stop his growth as a musician, conductor, and arts leader. 

Jan 31

22 min 19 sec

Through MassDevelopment and the Hyannis Transformative Development Initiative Partnership, visual artists Rachael Devaney, Deanna Nagle, and Lily Olin were each given stipends and studio space in downtown Hyannis--tasked with creating works that challenge existing narratives of life on Cape Cod. In this episode, they share about the experience with the Fellowship and their work.

Feb 7

16 min 37 sec

Visual artist, arts educator, and the 2021 Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea artist Carl Lopes discusses the interplay between teaching, creating, and the importance of uplifting artists. Now retired from a long career at Barnstable High School, he shares how his students have influenced his personal work as well as the dynamic intersection of culture and history embedded in his artistic process.

Feb 14

24 min 43 sec

Provincetown-based visual artists Laura Shabbott and Marian Roth discuss shifts in their approaches to creating, teaching, and sharing art as a result of the pandemic. With two distinct and wise perspectives, this conversation is dynamic, warm, and a reminder that community and the freedom to create are at the center of it all.

Feb 22

21 min 55 sec

Boston-based independent recording and performing artist Will Dailey shares a fresh take on the ways in which social isolation has affected the way we consume, interact with, and share art. In this thought-provoking discussion, Dailey explores an interplay between oversaturation and his personal movement towards genuine, irreplicable interactions with his art.

Feb 28

21 min 59 sec

Provincetown-based musician and actor Anne Stott discusses the seesaw of structure and stability and the ways in which a global pandemic has asked us to to both rediscover and redefine a balance of the two in order to create.

Mar 7

20 min 33 sec

Esteban del Valle is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist whose work ranges from drawings to video animation and large-scale murals. In this episode, del Valle discusses how his art has taken on a distinct personal significance as a result of our newfound connectivity (or lack thereof), revealing a profound perspective on the importance of art as a self care practice. 

Mar 14

25 min 2 sec