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UCR/CMP Launches Arts Podcasts for KCET

UCR/CMP Launches Podcast of Inland Empire Arts and Culture June 1

"ARTSBLOCK LIVE!" is a monthly show featuring music, lectures, interviews and literary readings.

(May 17, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The UCR/California Museum of Photography is teaming up with Los Angeles public television station KCET to produce a monthly podcast of arts and cultural events in the Inland Empire.

The first "ARTSBLOCK LIVE!" podcast will feature Susan Straight, a National Book Award finalist and UCR creative writing professor, reading an excerpt from one of her six novels. That podcast will be available on Friday, June 1 on the KCET Web site.

UCR/CMP will record Inland Empire musical performances, lectures, interviews with visual artists and readings of literary works for KCET. The museum joins elite Los Angeles cultural centers such as The Hammer at UCLA, REDCAT at Disney Center and the Skirball Museum, which also produce monthly podcasts for KCET.

Podcasting, which has been described as audio TiVo for the Internet, allows users to download audio files to their computer or MP3 player and listen at their convenience. UCR/CMP and Sweeney Art Gallery currently produce podcasts of their monthly events, which are available on the UCR ARTSblock Web site.

The UCR program will be hosted each month by Gabriela Jauregui, a graduate student in creative writing. Among future guests are: Nigerian-born writer Chris Abani, associate professor of creative writing and author of “Graceland”; Juan Felipe Herrera, professor of creative writing and author of numerous collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children; and non-fiction writer and UCR student Ky-Phong Tran.

“We’re delighted to be asked to produce this program, which will represent the Inland Empire art scene to a larger Southern California audience, and the rest of the country,” said Reggie Woolery, producer of "ARTSBLOCK LIVE!" and director of the Digital Studio and education outreach at UCR/CMP. “There are a number of talented writers, performers, musicians and visual artists, both established and emerging, who grew up in this area or chose to move out of L.A. Their art reflects the diversity and openness that comes from living on the edge of the desert.”

"ARTSBLOCK LIVE!" is named for the ARTSblock in downtown Riverside, which houses UCR/CMP, the Sweeney Art Gallery and the future Culver Center for the Arts. By collaborating on events and coordinating exhibitions, the ARTSblock provides a wider range of activities for its patrons.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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