DiscoverOur Stories: Art and Community
Our Stories: Art and Community

Our Stories: Art and Community

Author: CFCArts

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The arts are essential to the lives of people of all ages and a powerful tool for building community. Join Joshua Vickery, Founder & Executive Director of Central Florida Community Arts, as he interviews guests who are changing the world through the arts, one life at a time. Whether you want to learn about creating community through the arts, be moved by the stories of our people, or be inspired to make a change in your community, this is the podcast for you.
11 Episodes
Artist and educator Jamaal Solomon joins Joshua Vickery to tell his story of performance through church, military, and within the "juggernaut" of CFCArts. Originally recorded in late June, 2020. 
CFCArts Director of Choral Programs Brandon Fender describes the artist's life through the lens of his own musical upbringing and discusses the influence of CFCArts in artistic community-building.
Joshua Vickery joins Leah Porrata, CFCArts Director of Education, Youth Programs & Academy, as they take a look back at her theatre influences, artistic impact, and stories of change-making within the organization. This episode was recorded in early May 2020. 
CFCArts board member and orchestra musician LaTasha Barnes joins Joshua Vickery to discuss her artistic journey in picking up her flute again. This podcast was recorded in early May.  
Former CFCArts board chair Sara Brady joins Joshua Vickery to discuss the business side of growing a performing arts non-profit. Originally recorded in early May, 2020.
Episode 6: One Teacher

Episode 6: One Teacher


Donald Rupe, Founder and Director of the CFCArts Theatre, joins Joshua Vickery to talk about how one committed performing arts teacher changed his life, sending him on a journey to become a theatre director and writer. Originally recorded in early May, 2020.
Rob Lott, a member of the professional artist community of Central Florida for over 10 years, discusses the “core values” of his family, his life as a performer and director, and how those guided the path of Central Florida Community Arts.
Joshua Vickery interviews Katherine Gray, founder of the children and youth arts programs at CFCArts. She discusses the beginnings of building a safe and welcoming home for students of all ages and the stories that come out of that commitment.
Joshua Vickery welcomes Justin Muchoney, the Music Director of the CFCArts Symphony Orchestra, to discuss his journey as an artist, conductor, and leader of one of the largest community orchestras in the country.
Joshua Vickery is joined this week by CFCArts Director of Education Kaileigh Anne Tayek, who oversees program development & research for her organization's work with vulnerable populations.
Joshua Vickery, Founder & Executive Director of Central Florida  Community Arts, tells the story of this mighty arts nonprofit making a difference in Central Florida.
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