Sharon Louden and Hrag Vartanian: The Artist as Culture Producer 

Fresh Art International

Launched from a park bench in Brooklyn in 2011, Fresh Art International is the independent art media outlet producing the signature Fresh Art International audio podcast. Fresh Art International broadcasts and archives the voices of contemporary cultural producers from around the globe on multiple online platforms.

Today, Fresh Art International’s founder and director, Cathy Byrd, will be hosting a discussion with Sharon Louden and Hrag Vartanian.

Sharon Louden, artist/editor and Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic, talk about The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. (release scheduled March 2017) The new book features a collection of essays by 40 visual artists describing how they extend their practices outside their studios. All the contributors have impactful, artistic activities as change agents in their communities. Their first-hand stories show how contemporary artists of the 21st century add to creative economies through their out-of-the-box thinking and contribute to the cultural life of cities across the U.S.