Ep. 02 – Live, Learn, Lead

In our second episode of art Work, Kay Takeda and Shaun Leonardo join Risa to share what leadership looks like in their work and ways to share power and be creative as administrators. Also, we get to have a closing round of “In First Place”, a segment celebrating place-based projects either past or to-come. Learn more about our guests Kay & Shaun on Episode 2 of art Work and our guest musician, Public Access T.V., below:

KAY TAKEDA has worked for over 20 years to advance artists and the arts in the areas of grantmaking, programming and capacity-building. She is currently the Vice President of Grants & Services at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) where she develops and oversees its grantmaking and professional development programs, and community initiatives including Arts East River Waterfront focusing on community partnerships to activate new public waterfront space in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Prior to LMCC, she worked with Arts International, where she oversaw a roster of national grant programs providing support for visual and performing artists working internationally; and with the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, where she managed a contemporary exhibition program, international residencies, and a studio program for visual artists in a 15,000 sq. ft historic space. She has served on the boards of the artist-run Goliath Visual Space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Tickle the Sleeping Giant, Inc./Trajal Harrell. She is a member of the selection committee for the New York Dance & Performance Awards (The Bessies) and lectures widely on professional issues affecting artists.

You can find Kay on twitter at @KayTakeda.

To find out more about LMCC, visit their website lmcc.net or find them on Twitter at @lmcc and Instagram at lmcc_nyc.


SHAUN LEONARDO’s artwork negotiates societal expectations of gender and sex, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and the experience of failure. In his work as an educator, Leonardo promotes the political potential of attention, self-reflection, and discomfort as a means to create awareness, disrupt meaning, and shift perspective. He is currently Manager of
School, Youth & Community Programs at the New Museum and has worked as an educator at the Fortune Society, Socrates Sculpture Park, Cooper Union’s Outreach program and The Point (Bronx). Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has received awards from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; The New York Studio School; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Art Matters; New York Foundation for the Arts; McColl Center for Visual Art; Franklin Furnace; and The Jerome Foundation. His work has been presented in galleries and institutions, nationally and internationally, and was recently featured in the exhibitions Crossing Brooklyn at Brooklyn Museum, Radical Presence at Studio Museum in Harlem, and Between History and the Body at 8th Floor Gallery. Leonardo’s current collaborative work, Mirror / Echo / Tilt, is funded by Creative Capital. Work samples and videos: elcleonardo.com

You can find Shaun on Facebook & Instagraom at elcleonardo.

To find out more about New Museum, visit their website www.newmuseum.org; to find out more about Assembly, visit recessart.org/assembly


PUBLIC ACCESS T.V. are a band firmly planted in the Lower East Side. Before they released their first song, played their first show, or even had a name, Public Access T.V. was a band. Best friends out every night together, sharing clothes, cigarettes, pocket change, and most importantly living together in a dilapidated East Village loft where they could stay up all night playing music… loudly.

Singles “Monaco” and “In the Mirror” along with Public Access EP, lead to critical acclaim, and tours in the US and UK supporting acts like Weezer and Gang of Four. Everything was moving on the correct trajectory when in April 2015, while PATV were on tour in California, they flicked on the TV to see live pictures of their Manhattan loft on every single news channel. It was on fire from a gas explosion and then collapsed into rubble.

“We wrote there, rehearsed, recorded, lived, everything,” says John. It was home and then it was completely gone. Demoralized and thousands of miles from NYC, PATV did the only thing they could think of. As John says: “We told our agent to book as many gigs as possible – because we didn’t want to deal with the reality of the situation. We actually had nowhere to go.”

But, as things happened, that chain of events was to set PATV on an entirely new and fruitful path. Among those frantic gig bookings were a bunch of festivals in Europe, as well as dates with The Strokes, Fidlar and Palma Violets. Eventually, the group released their double A-side single “In Love and Alone / Patti Peru” this fall to critical acclaim. In Love and Alone was debuted by Zane Lowe on Apple’s Beats 1 with him exclaiming, “We Love Public Access T.V”. and giving the track his signature stamp of approval by playing it twice in a row. The track has since gone onto receive multiple plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6, and is in rotation on Radio X. With the release of these songs, PATV took off on a nationwide tour supporting Hinds.

Website: http://www.patvmusic.com/
Facebook/Twitter/IG: @PublicAccessTV
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/publicaccesstv

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