State of the Arts NYC edition is a weekly radio show heard on various platforms where various sectors of NYC’s arts worlds converge to report and analyze the dynamic state of the arts and its participants.  Hosted by Savona Bailey-McClain, long-time Executive Director of the West Harlem Art Fund (WHAF), she confronts, analyzes and celebrates victories, challenges and changes in the country’s dynamic creative capital. Reports from the field; from the far-flung fringes; from center stage and from behind the scenes—the host Savona Bailey-McClain draws on her 20 years’ in the trenches to bring you snapshot after snapshot in living color.  State of the Arts NYC edition can also be heard on iTunes, Tunein, Radio Public, Youtube, i Heart Radio, Mixcloud and Spreaker.


img_0105Savona Bailey-McClain currently lives and works in New York City. She is an independent curator and producer. The range of McClain’s practice has included sculpture, drawings, performance, sound, and mixed media. McClain is the Executive Director & Chief Curator for The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. an eighteen year old public art organization and curatorial collective serving neighborhoods around the City. Her public art installations have been seen in the New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet, Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post among others. McClain has installed works in Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, Governors Island and Harlem. Noted works include The H in Harlem, Counting Sheep, Story Piles, East River Flows and Loosely Coupled. McClain is now developing new digital installations and location-based interventions using a tour platform. McClain is a member of Arttable and radio host/producer for State of the Arts NYC.

Past guests have included: Thomas Heneage, book dealer, Swoon, graffiti artist, Vanessa German, performance artist, Leonardo Drew, installation artist, Nadia DeLane, media artist, Michael Diaz-Griffith, art consultant, Bill T. Jones, Internationally known Dancer/Choreographer; Rita Moreno, Oscar winning actress; Chuck Davis, dancer & choreographer; Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance; Laurie Anderson, Musician; Neil Gagliardi, ASLA, is the Director of Urban Design at the New York City Department of Transportation; Charles Leslie, Co-Founder of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; Jonah Bokaer, Dancer/Choreographer; Saya Woofalk, Multi-media Artist; Eva Franch, Chief Curator & Executive Director of Storefront for Art & Architecture, Christopher Stout, owner Christopher Stout Gallery, Liz Garbus, Academy Award winning filmmaker, Sol Guy, Producer at TriBeCa Films and a host of other artists and creative professionals.


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State of the Arts NYC is recorded at BRIC Media Art in downtown Brooklyn.


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