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Art Beat Welcomes Ground Zero Radio Partnership: April Edition

GZR at Art Beat 

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is partnering with Ground Zero Radio (GZ Radio) to expand and support youth-led artistic programming. GZ Radio is youth-led, building community relationships and executing career-connected learning programs that empower youth to take ownership of their futures. GZ Radio youth create original content from podcasts to documentaries, Live-in studio recording sessions, In-studio interviews, and event coverage with content rooted in their community. GZ Radio also consists of a youth-driven Newsroom that allows for journalism and in-field reporting for both written and visual formats. ARTS supports and uplifts youth voices in media to empower students while fostering future writers and content creators. 

Take a peek at some of their recent arts coverage and updates below: 

GZR Newsroom 

In April, GZ Radio launched their GZR Newsroom led by reporter Marian Mohamed. They released articles covering local arts events and opportunities including: 

Youth Lobby Day Highlights Underlying Issues Around Gun Violence 
By Dominique Morales & Marian Mohamedin collaboration with South Seattle Emerald 

Courtesy of GZR Photography

“Inside the heart of the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia, a sea of students in bright-orange shirts filled the Columbia Room. These students, representing different schools from all over Seattle, were getting ready to walk over to the steps of the Capitol to demand one thing: the end of gun violence in their communities.” 

How LAIKA, The Minds Behind Coraline, Help Keep The Classic Art Of Stop-Motion Fresh 
By Antonio Nevarez 

By Antonio Nevarez, courtesy of GZRadio

“The characters of popular stop-motion animated movies are coming to the real world. LAIKA, the movie studio behind films such as Coraline and the upcoming movie Wildwood, stops by Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture for their new exhibit, “Hidden Worlds: the films of LAIKA.”” 

Punk Rock Flea Market Delights Community with Return to Nii Modo 
By Gurjot Kang

Photo by Gurjot Kang, courtesy of GZRadio

“From classic punk rock paraphernalia to local art vendors selling their own unique custom prints, the Seattle Punk Rock Flea Market (PRFM) came back with a bang to the delight of many local shoppers.” 

Sonic Sludge 

Created by Lily Rodriguez, Sonic Sludge is one of GZ Radio’s original series that features local bands through interviews and live in-studio performances. You can watch April’s Sonic Sludge episode now, which features the band, Give Me The Money. 

Art Exhibition: Being + Destroying + Reviving, the cycle of parts that operate the whole 

GZ Radio’s Art Collective took over the A/NT Gallery for their exhibition, Being + Destroying + Reviving: the cycle of parts that operate the whole. The exhibit was curated by the GZ Art Collective and featured young artists (ages 15-24) that explored the dynamics and behaviors of parts as they move between these states and how it has creatively shaped them as a whole. You can read about the opening night event put on by the GZ Radio events team in the GZR newsroom written by Dominique Morales.   

Video Production & On-Air Shows 

The GZ Radio video production and on-air teams covered a multitude of events and programs including Seattle Restored, NFFTY, Japanese Cultural Festival, Bobafest, Sakura Con, and more. 

You can watch all GZ Radio’s local arts coverage on their Instagram Stories at @gzradio

Stay tuned for more monthly recaps coming soon!