Regular KUOW listeners know our arts reporter Marcie Sillman retired previous year. We skip Marcie’s unique voice and reporting, but just after a lengthy look for, we’re joyful to introduce her successor. His title is Mike Davis. He comes to us from the South Seattle Emerald, in which he was a contributing editor. He told KUOW’s Kim Malcolm about his background and his reporting type.
This interview has been edited for clarity.
Kim Malcolm: I’ve read some issues about you around the digital water cooler. I’ve listened to that you love having at the story powering the artist, that you are a organization believer in creating trust in a group, and that you target on drilling down into what is important about any distinct tale. Have I missed everything?
Mike Davis: I enjoy the sort text from my colleagues. I do try out to dwell up to those people expectations. I will incorporate that I am a Seattle indigenous, and I truly adore to explain to stories. I want to introduce listeners to location artists, dig into who they are, and what conjures up them to generate.
I also want to have enjoyment. As men and women pay attention to and browse my stories, I want them to share my pleasure of the arts and be encouraged to go out and knowledge arts and cultural events that are taking place in our area.
What inspired you to become an arts reporter?
I needed to include some thing that I was passionate about. I’ve constantly cherished the arts. I begun my career covering the arts defeat at Seattle Weekly. I moved to information coverage in 2020, through a time that form of felt like the world was crashing down on us. I did a great deal of crucial work, but it was not exciting. I am psyched to return to covering arts. It feels superior to return to the beat that impressed me to grow to be a journalist in the very first position.
What is on your radar now for the kind of reporting you want to do?
On one hand, I want to be a reminder of the pleasure that comes with cultural expression, and theater, and songs, and visual arts, and I want to make men and women smile. But as you know, we are living in a critical time right now. That’s definitely also likely to be reflected culturally in the arts community.
I experienced a prospect lately to discuss with artist Hanako O’Leary. She has a clearly show now at the King Street Station, Izanami and Yomi. Her special ceramic items actually reflect the power of femininity, and one of the key matters in our nation correct now, of training course, is the Supreme Court docket ruling on Roe v. Wade. O’Leary was open about the fact that she was continue to processing the determination. She spoke to me about how her art addresses abortion legal rights:
“For the people today whose rights are staying taken, or whose liberties are currently being threatened in a extremely genuine way, we really don’t have time to cease and really feel unfortunate, or heartbroken, for the reason that lifetime goes on and we’re predicted to keep everything heading in so quite a few various methods. And so I imagine for me, by building this get the job done, it was also, in my very own way, like coaching and meditation to be prepared for when this happens, so I never just split down and quit.”
You can hear the heaviness in what she was feeling, and we have to hear that, suitable? Artwork reflects a spectrum from sorrow to joy and everything in among. I truly really encourage people to go see her demonstrate. It’s astounding.
And is there anything that you are seeking ahead to?
I am wanting forward to covering the exhibit opening future week at the Wing Luke Museum. It is termed Be Water, My Mate: The Teachings of Bruce Lee. I’ll be interviewing Lee’s daughter Shannon about her dad and the show. It is heading to element digital interactives that enable guests to follow in Lee’s footsteps as he created his brain, system, and spirit philosophy.
So, extended story small, I’m completely ready to hit the ground operating and start out sharing these stories.
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You can get to Mike at: [email protected]