Tapestry, from 90.3 WBHM

From April 7, 2005...


Arts news

Charlie Chaplin once said ? "I went into the business for the money and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it ? It's the truth!" Tonight on Tapestry we talk about the business of making art. We also turn the concept on its head...with Ira Glass talking about the art of fundraising. And ? the music of George Vinson. If you think contemporary Christian music isn't your thing? You might be surprised. I'm Greg Bass. We'll have all that and more, after this arts news from Tanya Ott.

Arts news



Ira Glass

It may be hard to believe, but there are people who actually make their entire living trying to figure out what will make you ? the public radio listener ? pick up your phone and call your station with a pledge during fund drive. Those people crunch numbers, sample pitches with focus groups? basically, they put a lot of energy into this stuff. And still, says fundraising luminary Ira Glass...

Glass is the host of This American Life, heard Sunday nights at 6 o'clock on WBHM. He's also got a reputation for producing some of the most creative fundraising spots in the business. So we decided to pick his brain about the art of fundraising -- what works and why.

Ira Glass on fundraising...



Gary Glazner's book

Now - two quotes from two famous people. Pablo Picasso said "the people who make art their business are mostly imposters" and from Emile Zola, "the artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work." It's an issue that many artists, writers, musicians and thespians struggle with...how can they make their art and still afford to eat? Or, to put a finer point on it ? how much are they willing to compromise to pursue a dream? That?s the question Francesca Rosko took to some local artists.

Artists pursuing a dream...



Junior Patrons at the Birmingham Museum of Art

Individual artists aren?t the only ones struggling to make a living...arts organizations are also continually having to reinvent themselves to attract donors, as Tanya Ott reports.

Junior Patrons



Paul Polivnick

Back in the early 90's the Alabama Symphony Orchestra experienced some serious financial problems. In fact, the ASO had to shut down for several years and only re-opened in the late 90's with the generosity of some major financial donors. The man who was the musical director during the tough years, takes up the baton again this weekend as Guest Conductor. WBHM's Michael Krall sat down with Paul Polivnick to talk about the performance.

Interview with Paul Polivnick

The ASO's Masterworks series resumes this weekend with concerts Friday and Saturday night at the Alys Stephens Center. There's an extended version of Michael's interview with Paul Polivnick on our website ? wbhm.org



What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.

Community Calendar



George Vinson

If you think you're familiar with all forms of church music, you ought to listen to this...Birmingham's George Vinson has just about done it all. He's worked as a session player and engineered, produced and worked with hundreds of artists across the country. He's also played with the likes of Chuck Berry, Bo Didley and Percy Sledge. After 30 years of playing guitar, he's just put out his first CD. This is "The New Heart" from the recordingSpheres of Influence. George Vinson stopped by our studio this week for a chat.

Music and interview with George Vinson

"The New Heart" from the CD Spheres of Influence. You can download more of George Vinson?s music on our website, wbhm.org.



Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell chooses our featured musicians and Brian Creel, Brad Robinson, and Ali Boudhani help with our production. We had additional reporting this week from Francesca Rosko. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for joining us for Tapestry ? and if you haven?t yet done so, please call in with your pledge of support!