FRaming the hammer
Join Executive Director Gavin Lodge as he hosts our podcast, Framing the Hammer, featuring conversations with diverse voices from across the American creative economy. In Framing the Hammer, guests from throughout the American creative economy share their work in their cultural entities, their passion for culture and their artistic inspirations from throughout their lives. These are the makers, the doers, the workers who contribute to American culture and thus American identity. Titled after a high school project in which a classroom debated whether or not a framed hammer could (or could not) be considered art, Framing the Hammer reminds us American arts and culture permeates our society far beyond just Hollywood or pop music icons (though Hollywood and pop music icons are invited, too.)
4A Arts dives into another aspect of the creative economy in our discussion with creative director Danni Venne of Made Music Studio. Her firm specializes in “sonic branding” or, as Danni puts it, “The audio equivalent of a visual logo.”
Join us as we chat with Hilary Perkins, founder of Whippoorwill Arts (www.whippoorwillarts.org) a nonprofit advocating for music and musicians that recently underwent a comprehensive report on recommended wages for working musicians. We talk about the report that makes suggested base and graduated pay for musicians of all types, stripes, and locations.
In episode 11 of “Framing the Hammer”, we chat with artists Boris Eldagsen and Jason M. Allen about their respective approaches to, uses of, and accolades in artificial intelligence and their artworks. We foster a conversation with opposing views and find that they are actually quite aligned in their views of art and artificial intelligence, not to mention Plato’s Theory of Forms and Baudrillard’s theory of simulacra.
4A Arts recently chatted with Mathew Boudreaux, known in the online crafting world as the “Themperor of Crafting”, @mx.domestic.
In this episode of Framing the Hammer, we speak with Elena K. Holy, founder and director of the New York International Fringe Festival as well as the 4A Arts general manager.
In episode 107 of Framing the Hammer, we chat with jazz legend and 4A Arts board member, Larry H. Ridley. Born in Indianapolis, Larry found a passion for music at the age of five along with the family practice of listening to the Bell Telephone Radio Hour.
Framing the Hammer episode 106 brings us Troy Plumer, a Louisville, KY-based master’s student in history. Troy is an aficionado, though not a trained expert by his own admission, with the era around the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the Great Depression and arts funding during that period.
In the latest episode we’re honored to chat with Indigenous artist Ishkoten Dougi. We met at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market in August.
Enjoy this conversation with an art therapist who works with violent criminals. Her nonjudgmental compassion for her patients and artistic process bring insight into the multitude of ways art restores our humanity and helps our self-understanding.
In this episode, 4A Arts executive director Gavin Lodge is reunited with his high school junior and senior English teachers, Katherine and Jim Starkey. This dynamic, married literary duo inspired their students to think deeper, write more expressively, and appreciate all things creative.
4A Arts believes arts and culture are basic human rights and powerful tools for building a healthy society. As a nonprofit social movement, we seek to democratize, catalyze, and prioritize arts, culture, design and craft in American society. Our goals include increased public support for the creative economy (commensurate with its impact on the American economy) by all levels of government, and creation of a Secretary of Arts and Culture.