Julia

Julia

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*This episode was recorded in April 2019*

Julia Dixon is a creative economy expert, cultural planning consultant, and freelance writer based in North Adams, Massachusetts. Previously, she served as Managing Director of Berkshire Creative and Creative Economy Specialist at 1Berkshire. She has taught and lectured undergraduate and graduate students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Purchase College. She served as an appointed co-founding member and chair of the North Adams Public Arts Commission, core team member of the North Adams Cultural District, and co-founding board member of the Makers’ Mill. She earned her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2014 and BFA from Purchase College in 2005. juliakimdixon.com

Visit commonfolk.org for more information about Common Folk Artist Collective. 

Joe

Joe

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Before Dan escaped to Ecuador for the winter, we sat down with our good friend Joe Aidonidis who shines a light on various organizations in Berkshire County with his videography skills. Check out his work, Great Sky Media. He also plays music under the name House Sparrow.

Now we're back for the spring/summer with some fresh episodes!

Lindsey

Lindsey

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There are many aspects of the art world. One of them includes art therapy; expressing one's self through creating art with the intention of healing as a therapeutic technique. Art can sometimes reveal deep meanings and folks strategically use it as a coping strategy.

In this episode we asked Lindsey, an independently licensed mental health counselor, and a certified art therapist, all about her job.  She provides individual and group counseling at the Brien Center and her specialty is addiction treatment and co-occurring disorders. Lindsey also leads a yoga/cognitive behavioral therapy group and is a team member for process improvement projects in our Addiction Treatment Program.

Madelyn and Phil

Madelyn and Phil

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We pulled Madelyn and Phil into the Landline studio this month to share their fondest memories. Madelyn dives into her tinder messages and talks about strange social encounters. Phil reflects on his work in Florida for FEMA and a road trip to a mask party. 

Madelyn works in the nonprofit theatre world and sings/performs with Dan and a few other Common Folk members. Phil can be found occasionally working for FEMA after natural disasters or under the lights doing freelance production for performance art.

The Landline Podcast

The Landline Podcast

Over the last few years a huge art movement has evolved in the Berkshires. Common Folk happens to take part in that movement. Common Folk members Dan O'Connell and Makayla-Courtney McGeeney decided it was time to plant a new seed for the collective and umbrella art movement by producing a podcast. Dan is a writer, audio/sound engineer and musician and Makayla is a journalist, poet and photographer. 

The show, Landline, explores a variety of humans in the immediate geographical area, and how they create music, art, content, scripts for plays, etc. The hosts talk to professionals in the field and folks with interesting tales. 

Pick up your device and dig in to Landline. 

Questions, comments, or want to be interviewed? Email landlinepod@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening! 

Podcast logo designed by Ash Austin

Laura and Lee

Laura and Lee

For the first ever Landline Podcast episode co-hosts Dan and Makayla interview Laura Savia and Lee Overtree. Hundreds of Berkshire County residents take part in the Community Works play that Lee and Laura organize. The guests talk about what community means to them, their experience in the theatre world, and more about being creators! 

For more information on the 2018 Community Works project, "Taiga in the Berkshires," visit the Facebook event.