UMKC professors Nick Petrella, a person of many phrases, and Andy Heise, a person of few, have joined efforts in creating “Making Artwork Work,” a podcast that explores native artistry and enterprise in Kansas Metropolis.
A clean jazz opening indicators their clear voices as they introduce their visitor for every episode.
One factor each males wish to clarify is that the present is for anybody.
“We actually need this to be all arts,” Petrella mentioned. “We’re all demographics. We wish to be out there to folks and encourage individuals who not solely grew up within the interior metropolis however what about individuals who grew up within the mountains of Appalachia the place they don’t have artwork as properly? It’s simply accessibility.”
Heise focuses on entrepreneurship and humanities entrepreneurship in UMKC’S Bloch Faculty of Enterprise. Petrella coordinates the percussion program and teaches arts entrepreneurship alongside Heise. They emphasize that artistry is entrepreneurship, which is the core message of the podcast.
Patrella mentioned “Making Artwork Work” is “leisure that educates.”
“Our first viewers that we have been considering of is our college students,” Heise mentioned, “We acknowledge the altering traits of them and the way they devour data.”
Nonetheless, “Making Artwork Work” is simply as a lot of a useful resource for Heise and Petrella’s college students as it’s a technique of leisure and supply of inspiration for others.
Of their second episode, they interview Angela Gieras, a lady of many trades who breaks the mould on what an artist can appear like.
Gieras, The Kansas Metropolis’s Repertory Theatre’s govt director, talked concerning the sudden path she took in the direction of such a prestigious title.
“I grew up with out a lot of an arts background. I didn’t attend many arts packages as a baby,” she mentioned, “My fondest reminiscence is of attending the theater after I was very younger, and it stays the most effective reminiscence I’ve of childhood.”
Gieras has a level in finance and minored in theatre, an unlikely mixture that proves artistry is a multifaceted endeavor. That is what “Making Artwork Work” is all about.
Heise and Petrella are properly conscious of the stigma that comes with a level within the arts—the concept a backup plan is a necessity. They mentioned that the majority graduating artists will probably be pursuing careers in entrepreneurship somewhat than ceramicist jobs.
Whereas the podcast serves as a useful resource to assist others, Petrella and Heise have loved their behind-the-scenes work.
“My favourite factor is chilly calls, listening to folks’s ardour about, ‘You need to get entangled,’” Petrella mentioned.
“I like to have my preconceived notions confirmed incorrect after I meet an individual,” Heise mentioned. “We had Grammy-winning Joseph Gramley come on the present, and it was intimidating till you discover out he’s only a particular person too, attempting to make a dwelling like the remainder of us.”