The Genesis Collective Creatives Podcast

Beaver County’s first and only podcast supporting local artists, celebrating art, and building community through creativity. The podcast is a bi-weekly show presenting local artist profiles, conversations about art, public art features, and news about art events and activities. 

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What’s New

Connecting Arts to Funding Series

Episode 12: Shaunda McDill - Heinz Endowments

On episode 12 of The Genesis Collective Creatives Podcast, we continue our Featured Artist Series and talk with Shaunda McDill, Arts & Culture program officer with The Heinz Endowments

Shaunda has been with the The Heinz Endowments since 2017 as the Creativity Strategic Area’s Arts & Culture program officer, after more than a decade of nonprofit executive and arts management experience. She has worked for theater companies across the country, including The Goodman Theatre of Chicago, Second Stage Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and Cornerstone Theater Company. She also founded demaskus, a nonprofit, service-oriented collective of artists and administrators who produce theatrical projects sharing stories of the marginalized.

In Pittsburgh, Shaunda served as vice president of programming and cultivation at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, where she managed all artistic and educational programs, and oversaw a $1 million programming budget. As the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s director of public relations, she headed both national and local public relations campaigns, including the North American premiere of Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck Project, which generated more than $10 million in direct spending in the city.

Shaunda has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, where she studied under Pulitzer winner August Wilson, and an MFA in theater management from Yale University’s School of Drama. She is a member of several local and national organizations and boards.

Episodes

Connecting Arts to Funding Series

Shaunda McDill

On episode 12 of The Genesis Collective Creatives Podcast, we continue our Featured Artist Series and talk with Shaunda McDill, Arts & Culture program officer with The Heinz Endowments

Featured Artist Series

Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble

On episode 11 of The Genesis Collective Creatives Podcast, we continue our Featured Artist Series and talk with director/conductor Kevin E. Newton and flautist Denise Drabeck of the Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  After our conversation, listen to a live recording of BCSWE’s recent humanitarian benefit concert, “Prayer for Ukraine.” 

 

Connecting Arts to Funding Series

Hana Uman

On episode 10 of The Genesis Collective Podcast, we continue our Connecting Arts to Funding Series and talk with Hana Uman of the Duquesne Light Company. Hana coordinates DLC’s community impact grant program that supports projects and programs led by diverse grassroots community organizations who are working on the ground to directly support DLC’s customers and communities.  

Episode 9

Jessii Marie – Black Creatives in Beaver County Series

On episode 9 of The Genesis Collective Podcast, we talk with Jessii Marie about creating visual and spoken word art that speaks to the black experience, recorded as part of TGC’s innovative Black Creatives in Beaver County Interview Series.

For our public art highlight, we feature public art preserving history in Homewood Junction in northern Beaver County.  

Episode 8

Island Bradley – Black Creatives in Beaver County Series

On episode 8 of The Genesis Collective Podcast, we feature Beaver Falls artist Island Bradley, recorded as part of TGC’s innovative Black Creatives in Beaver County Interview Series.

Public art highlight: We talk about public art in support of public health efforts to raise breast cancer awareness, featuring the once flowing pink water fountain in George Washington Plaza in Monaca, Pennsylvania 

Episode 7

Celebrating Community Storytelling as an Art Form

On episode 7 of The Genesis Collective Podcast, we celebrate community storytelling as an art form; discuss the influence of history on our folktales, legends, and lore; and we listen to the tale of Barbara Davidson recorded live at The Pig Lady Festival.

Public art highlight, we recommend visiting the Weeping Wall at the future home of the Portobello Cultural Life & Arts Center on 7th Avenue in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

Episode 6

Nadia Knecht – Black Creatives in Beaver County Series

On episode 6 of The Genesis Collective Podcast, we feature Ambridge cartoonist Nadia Knecht, recorded as part of TGC’s innovative Black Creatives in Beaver County Interview Series.

Public art highlight: We recommend visiting “Zuverman: The World’s Largest Bodybuilderin Darlington, Pennsylvania, nationally listed in Roadside America, the premier guide to peculiar tourist attractions.

Episode 5

Seth Whitted – Black Creatives in Beaver County Series

On episode 5 of The Genesis Collective Podcast, we feature Beaver Falls artist Seth Whitted, recorded as part of TGC’s innovative Black Creatives in Beaver County Interview Series.

Public art highlight: We recommend visiting the Big Rock Park welcome mural in New Brighton, Pennsylvania – a reminder that public art can be functional and decorative.

Episode 4

Erin Ninehouser – Rust Belt Mayberry Photography

On episode 4 of The Genesis Collective Podcast, Beaver County photographer Erin Ninehouser talks about the art and artistry of capturing, preserving, and sharing the images of Beaver County that matter most.  

Public art highlight: We recomend visiting the Lion’s Head water fountain standing guard at the 8th St. playground in Ambridge, Pennsylvania–a reminder that public art can be fun and playful, especially for children. 

Episode 3

East of Enon – Bluegrass Beaver County

On Episode 3 of The Genesis Collective Podcast, listen to Dave Foster and Judy Foster talk about their band East of Enon and bluegrass music in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. 

Public art highlight: We recommend visiting the recycled steel butterfly sculpture in the Sahli Nature Park, Chippewa Township, Pennsylvania—a reminder of the importance of pollinators in our natural world.

Episode 2

R-ACT Theatre Company’s Annual Holiday Radio Show

On Episode 2 of The Genesis Collective Podcast, listen to Larry Spinnenwebber, Shantih Bianco, Dave Holoweiko, Kevin McGuire, Eric J. MacAnallen, and Carey Lynn Hutch talk about R-ACT Theatre Production’s long-running Holiday Radio Show and nearly thirty years celebrating the performing arts in Beaver County. 

Public art highlight: We recommend visiting the community created mural, “A Vital and Connected Rochester,” at the intersection of Brighton and New York Avenues in Rochester, Pennsylvania.

Episode 1

Jesse Derflinger – Fallen Branches

On Episode 1 of The Genesis Collective Podcast, we visit with Beaver County artist Jesse Derflinger of Darlington, Pennsylvania and talk about the meaning and purpose of art. We also tour “Fallen Branches,” Jesse’s landscaped artistic collage of unusual found objects, industrial artifacts, and other fascinating curiosities surrounding his home.

We also talk with executive director Pamela Rossi-Keen about the many new and exciting ways The Genesis Collective is supporting artists in Beaver County.

Public art highlight: We recommend visiting “The Armistice Letter” mural located in the Beaver Falls post office.

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The Social Voice Project is pleased to be an advisor and principle organizing member of The Genesis Collective, which exists “to create a thriving and supportive arts ecosystem in Beaver County. TGC connects regional artists to one another, to the community, and to those resources required for making art an indispensable feature of Beaver County’s identity.”

The Social Voice Project produces this podcast for The Genesis Collective as part of TSVP’s Community Podcasting Initiative.