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What's Art Got to Do With It?

Deb Ondo

What's Art Got to Do With It? is communal pondering with creators and others about aesthetic experiences and approaches to art and life. Rooted in the idea that we share a mutualism with one another and the natural world, conversations are wide-ranging and often veer off course. Nothing is off-limits. We have fun. Go deep. Keep it real.

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Elizabeth Cunningham | NY-based author, poet and musician - best known for the Maeve Chronicles featuring a feisty Celtic Mary Magdalen.
Apr 15 2021
Elizabeth Cunningham | NY-based author, poet and musician - best known for the Maeve Chronicles featuring a feisty Celtic Mary Magdalen.
Elizabeth Cunningham is best known for The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels featuring a feisty Celtic Mary Magdalen. She also recorded MaevenSong, an album of original music from The Maeve Chronicles. Elizabeth has published four collections of poems, a mystery novel, Murder at the Rummage Sale, and All the Perils of this Night, a stand-alone thriller and sequel to Murder at the Rummage Sale.  She is a fellow Emeritus of Black Earth Institute and writes regularly for the Feminism and Religion blog site. Check out Elizabeth's website: (
Elizabeth Cunningham | NY-based author, poet and musician - best known for the Maeve Chronicles featuring a feisty Celtic Mary Magdalen.
Apr 15 2021
Elizabeth Cunningham | NY-based author, poet and musician - best known for the Maeve Chronicles featuring a feisty Celtic Mary Magdalen.
Elizabeth Cunningham is best known for The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels featuring a feisty Celtic Mary Magdalen. She also recorded MaevenSong, an album of original music from The Maeve Chronicles. Elizabeth has published four collections of poems, a mystery novel, Murder at the Rummage Sale, and All the Perils of this Night, a stand-alone thriller and sequel to Murder at the Rummage Sale.  She is a fellow Emeritus of Black Earth Institute and writes regularly for the Feminism and Religion blog site. Check out Elizabeth's website: (
Ilene Cutler | Documentary filmmaker, activist and artist amplifying the voices of immigrants, gays, people of color, Holocaust survivors and others.
Apr 15 2021
Ilene Cutler | Documentary filmmaker, activist and artist amplifying the voices of immigrants, gays, people of color, Holocaust survivors and others.
Ilene Cutler is an activist, artist, and founder of IC Film, where she utilizes media to address important social issues.  Her latest documentary project, “We Remember,” follows a group of Hudson Valley singer-songwriters as they meet and spend time with Holocaust Survivors – and then write music based on the stories. Ilene’s other projects include the documentary, Taking a Chance on God, - the story of John McNeil, a Jesuit priest and hero for gay Catholics and others, and Dreamers Among Us, stories of immigrant youth seeking higher education and equal rights in America. Check out Ilene's website: (
Jen Murdza | LA-based singer-songwriter and software engineer, working to help independent labels keep more of their money.
Apr 15 2021
Jen Murdza | LA-based singer-songwriter and software engineer, working to help independent labels keep more of their money.
I talk with Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Jen Murdza. Her songwriting style has been described as "an ironic marriage of somber lyrics and playful, rhythmic grooves." The Boston Globe wrote, "vocal standout, Jen Murdza, has beaten the pack by continually defying genres." Recording artist, Brandy Carlisle said, "I got to see Jen’s set and thought it was really amazing. It was really nice to see another girl singing really big and singing loud. We may kidnap her and take her on the rest of the tour with us.” Jen’s career highlights include: Being XM Satellite Radio, Radar Report’s "Artist of the Week," a Boston Music Awards Nominee for "Best New Act," a Starbucks Music Makers Semi-finalist, and a part of New York's Songwriter Circle at The Bitter End (alumni include Vanessa Carlton and Nora Jones). Jen is also a software engineer, working with a company that has created a platform enabling independent and small labels to keep more of their money and not have to work with and rely on (often) predatory large record labels. Find Jen's music wherever you listen - and check out her website: (
Tim Dillinger and Ray Curenton | Nashville-based singer-songwriters on growing up gay in deeply religious families, building unique identities, and creating inclusive music.
Apr 15 2021
Tim Dillinger and Ray Curenton | Nashville-based singer-songwriters on growing up gay in deeply religious families, building unique identities, and creating inclusive music.
Tim Dillinger is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer, poet, speaker, and historian whose career spans more than 20 years. His work has been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, and ColorLines magazine. He has released five albums. Ray Curenton grew up in a singing family and has recorded two independent albums, dedicated to love in all its forms. Both men grew up gay in families where religion was a central focus. They co-own the publishing imprint, Imagination Fury Arts. Check out Tim on Twitter: ( out Ray on Twitter: (
Jan Phillips | Award-winning author, activist and modern-day prophetess on trusting yourself and living into your sacred power.
Apr 15 2021
Jan Phillips | Award-winning author, activist and modern-day prophetess on trusting yourself and living into your sacred power.
Jan Phillips is a visionary thought leader, award-winning author and dynamic speaker. She is co-founder and executive director of the  (Livingkindness Foundation). Her work has been published in the New York Times, Ms. Magazine, Sun, Newsday, People Magazine, and the Christian Science Monitor.  She is co-founder and executive director of (Livingkindness Foundation). Jan has worked in 23 countries presenting keynotes, workshops, and retreats. She creates a unique multi-sensory experience, weaving humor, storytelling, video and music to inspire and ignite insights for life-changing action. Jan shows people how to access their wisdom, activate their creative energy and communicate with passion and power. Her own quest has led her into and out of a religious community, across the U.S. on a Honda motorcycle, and around the world on a one-woman peace pilgrimage. Blending east and west, art and activism, reflection and ritual, Jan’s presentations are transformative, uplifting, and soul-stirring. Since the interview, Jan was a TEDx speaker. Visit Jan's website: (
Shirl Roccapriore |  When you know you're an artist.
Apr 13 2021
Shirl Roccapriore | When you know you're an artist.
Shirl Roccapriore's circuitous path to becoming a full-time artist sent her climbing Mt. Kilamonjaro and trekking in Nepal, barely surviving survival courses in the desert, and – after 12 years in the hot seat, walking away from her corporate job. What does it take to become a full-time artist? Shirl recounts her adventures, artistic process – and shares how living with depression has shaped her work in the studio. Shirl Roccapriore is a fine art painter living in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Welcome to What's Art Got to Do With It?
Apr 8 2021
Welcome to What's Art Got to Do With It?
I’m Deb Ondo – this is What’s Art Got to Do With It? My new podcast about aesthetic experiences and approaches to art and life. I do marketing and communications and I’m an oil painter – picked up the brushes again after a long dry spell when the initial COVID pandemic pause changed all of our lives in 2020. As I ramp up my fine art business, I’m talking with artists and others about the creative process and what it means to live a more conscious and creative life.   No subject is off limits We have fun. Go deep. Above all else - we keep it real. Please take a moment to rate and subscribe to my podcast – it will help more people find us! In the spirit of living a more aesthetic life --- stay curious and keep asking, what’s art got to do with it?