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Art And Social Change: Thao Nguyen And Lenelle Moise

Steve Scher
08/18/2011 at 9:00 a.m.

At a time when even the most basic social services are competing for funding, artists often struggle to prove the social value of their work. What is the value of art in this world? What is it like to be a woman in the arts during this economic climate? Some artists consciously strive to produce work for social good. How can music and performance be used to encourage social change? Musician Thao Nguyen and performance artist Lenelle Moise join KUOW's Steve Scher in our studios to talk about the art in their lives and ours. They'll also perform for us.

Related Event

Thao and Lenelle will perform at the Broadway Performance Hall August 23 at 7:00 p.m. as a part of a Hedgebrook Alumna event with Rebecca Brown and Ruth Forman. Also, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down have a show in Seattle on October 22 at the Crocodile Cafe.


Thao Nguyen is a singer–songwriter. She has released two albums ("We Brave Bee Stings and All," and "Know Better Learn Faster") with her band, The Get Down Stay Down, and she recently released a collaborative album with Olympia–based musician Mirah ("Thao and Mirah").

Lenelle Moise is a performance artist, playwright and poet. She was the Spring 2011 Mellon Artist in Residence in the performance studies department at Northwestern University and the recipient of the 2009–2010 Astraea Lesbian Writers Award in Poetry. She has written numerous plays, including "Expatriate" and "Matermorphosis." Her poetry has been included in many anthologies and she has released a CD of all–vocal music.

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