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Looking back on a year of Cutting & Pasting the arts into a podcast

Clockwise from left: Alcar, Nick Carlson, Alan Cleaver, Quincy

The arts in St. Louis are similar to the fabled elephant described by six men who cannot see: “It’s like a snake!” cried one who grasped the tail. “No, a tree trunk!” insisted another, as he rubbed a leg.

Art is a staged dialogue that makes you wince with recognition. It's a brushstroke that evokes sadness; a beat your toes can’t help but keep. And it's as unique as the artist, as we've learned in our first year of putting together the Cut & Paste podcast.

We talked with dozens of guests including a 93-year-old working painter, a novice playwright and a sampling of up-and-coming musicians. We found out that sometimes poetry starts with math, that the best advice comes from unexpected places and that almost anything can be a musical instrument.

Here’s a little of what you’ll hear in this Cut & Paste first anniversary podcast:

  • Artist/musician Stan Chisholm on not taking himself too seriously: “Art is entertainment, just period. No matter how serious, no matter how therapeutic it is.” Tweet #cutpastestl
  • Theater professional Nancy Bell imitating the director of an early New York audition: “You’re flying! It’s amazing! Alright, thank you.” Tweet #cutpastestl
  • Turner Arts Center artist Alehra Evans on being bold: “You’ve just got to put it out there, test yourself.” Tweet #cutpastestl
Cut & Paste

Look for new Cut & Paste (#cutpastestl) podcasts every few weeks on our website. You can also view all previous podcasts, which focus on a diverse collection of visual and performing artists, and subscribe to Cut & Paste through this link.

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