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Phoenix Fire Academy

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Join JR as he visits the training facility at the Phoenix Fire Department. Get an inside look as to what firefighters do on a daily basis. It’s not just about putting out fires. Many firefighters are also trained paramedics and EMTs – allowing them to treat anyone with medical needs. See how firefighters get trained, grueling course, and the special equipment they use. Hear from the Deputy Chief and learn about TRT (Technical Rescue Team). They handle difficult rescues involving high angles, swift water, confined spaces  and more. TRT handles all the rescues and they carry equipment that firefighters don’t on a regular truck. Watch as JR suits up (putting on 75lbs of gear) and see if he has what it takes to be a firefighter.

Angie Gomez

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Angie Gomez from Mega 104.3 FM shares her story with us. Hear about how she grew up in a small old town (Superior, AZ). Learn about the inspirations in her household, her passions for singing and music, and how she got into the radio business. Angie also talks about her personal struggles, health complications with cancer, and life-changing experiences. She appreciates a second chance at life and wants to positively influence and empower people. Angie enjoys listening to every type of music and meeting new people. She appreciates her fans, friends and family.

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Ballet Folklorico

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Mary Ruiz (Dance Instructor) and Alex Villalobos (Director) talk about the joy they get from Ballet Folklorico Fuego De Phoenix. There are different styles of dance throughout the regions of Mexico – anywhere from polka to mariachi. Some dances have storylines. Mary shares one dance that takes a couple from courtship to marriage. Mary and Alex enjoy teaching others about their culture and they love watching kids come out of their shell through dance. In addition to teaching, they love to perform – it’s a way of self-expression. Mary and Alex are proud to share their Mexican heritage through Fuego De Phoenix.  


Connect2STEM Event

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc

University of Arizona hosts a Connect2STEM event at their Biomedical Campus in Downtown Phoenix. In partnership with Cox Communications and Arizona SciTech Festival, they showcase areas involving STEM education such as robotics, outerspace, science, nature, health, and more. Kids are inspired by hands-on learning activities – learning a lot, but mainly having fun. Connect2STEM is a great way for kids to explore and think about what they want to do in the future.

Power of the Purse

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Su Vida story about how the Latina Business Enterprise, a part of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber, provides workshops and network opportunities for Latina businesswomen. Power of the Purse is one of their showcase events that highlights some of the outstanding women owned businesses in the Hispanic community.

Interview with Marisa Benincasa, Cancer Center Treatment Centers of America. Also, President of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber, Gonzalo de la Melena also is interviewed. The Hispanic Chamber supports small businesses and helps provide resources to help these businesses. The Chamber has been impacting Arizona economy for over 60 years.

More Inspirations

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

JR and Vanessa present success stories about people, organizations and their impact on our community. JR visits the Phoenix Fire Academy, and we also see how community and dance come together through Ballet Folklorico. Cox and Connect2STEM held an event in conjunction with the University of Arizona, where kids and parents had a chance to experience and interact with science. Plus the Hispanic Chamber and their Fourth Annual Power of the Purse business breakfast, that spotlights the achievements of Hispanic women business owners and professionals. And a special story of courage and inspiration by Angie Gomez of Mega 104.3

Art from the Heart

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Free Arts of Arizona is a therapeutic arts programs for kids in foster homes and domestic  violence shelters, and it helps these kids cope with their situation and offers a way of expression through art.  Artist and Mentor Frank Ybarra talks about his work with Free Arts of Arizona and his work with the kids. Robert Denning, a Free Arts Board Member, talks about the importance of helping these kids and how it impacts their lives.  Several kids in the program also talk about their experience with Free Arts program and working with Frank Ybarra.

Free Arts of Arizona is holding Art from the Heart, a fundraising auction on Saturday, March 7th, 7:00-9:00pm, hosted by Neiman Marcus Scottsdale. 

Free Arts has selected Fran Mallace, Vice President of Cox Media Arizona, to serve as Honorary Chair of the upcoming Art From the Heart art auction. Fran, a New Jersey native, moved to Arizona to attend ASU, and never left. She joined Cox in 1992 and since then has held a number of roles with increasing responsibility in Arizona, Atlanta and California Operations.  Fran’s leadership and service also extends to the community. Currently she is on the board for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, East Valley Child Crisis Center, and AAF Phoenix Ad Club.

Frank Ybarra is the featured artist for Art from the Heart, and a long-time Free Arts supporter and Arizona native. His vibrant neo-Cubist style is instantly recognizable and his subject matter often represents themes of home , family, and the southwest. His donated painting A Moment at Home, was begun during a Free Arts Professional Artist Series where he worked with Free Arts youth to create their own paintings. Those paintings will be on display and “A Moment at Home” will be available for purchase via live auction at the event on Saturday March 7, 2015.

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Arizona Arts 2015

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

JR Cardenas and Vanessa Ramirez bring you Arts in Arizona. This week’s show is about the arts — music, dance, glass art, graffiti art, and therapy art. Stories include a glass blower, Epik Dance Company, Art from the Heart (Free Arts for Abused Children), Arizona Hip Hop Fesitval, and Graffiti Art.

Taped on location at Practical Art, a retail shop and gallery space carrying locally made crafts like homewares, jewelry and apparel.


Glass Art

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Su Vida takes an inside look at the craft of glass art, with artist John Ryszka II of Glass Phoenix. John creates beautiful glass art pieces, and he works to take his glass beyond just objects and tries to make them interactive for those who experience his work. He works his glass at 2,000 degrees fahrenheit to manipulate and shape his three dimensional pieces. John explains what he is trying to do with his art, and he has donated a piece to the Free Arts of Arizona Art for the Heart event on Saturday, March 7th, 7:00-9:00pm, hosted by Neiman Marcus Scottsdale.

Graffiti Art

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Interview with Marion “Durok One” Durokski, graffiti artist from Cyphers Center for Urban Arts. He talks about how graffiti art started in New York City and how he has been drawing graffiti art for nearly 30 years. See many different styles and examples of graffiti art, and how Durok is teaching art to his students.

Hip Hop Festival

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Vanessa joins Mega 104.3 FM101.1 The Beat, and Respect The Underground at the 1st Annual Hip Hop Festival that took place in the heart of Phoenix. Over 800 local Hip-Hoppers united under one roof at The Comerica Theater sharing their beliefs, lifestyle, music and their love of Hip Hop. Vanessa was able to catch up with 101.1 The Beat’s Beatlocker hosts Pokaface and Real Talk Louanna. Plus, local and national Hip Hop artists, including a local inspiring young girl who lives and breathes Hip Hop with the support of her mom. Check out our very own local Hip Hop artist and believers who share their inspirational stories.    

The Hip Hop Festival is the first local Hip Hop event produced in Arizona. It took placed in downtown Pheonix at the Comerica Theater. The Hip Hop Festival was founded by Respect The Underground and Mega 104.3 FM / 101.1 The Beat, who want to help promote the art of Hip Hop music and lifestyle. This family event not only allowed guests to enjoy Hip-Hop through music but it also shared the rooted meaning of what Hip Hop is about, which is unity and love and respect.                                                                                                                                                                                      

EPIK Dance Company

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

The EPIK Dance Company vision was put into motion in 2007 by Luis Egurrola and Sarah Dimmick, who shared a love of music and a passion for dance. They share  their excitement based on their new venture with Mesa Arts Center, the home for dance EPIK where they have joined forces to teach dance classes, rehearsal and presentations. They are motivated by their slogan: The beauty is in our similarities. It is our differences that makes us unique.

EPIK Dance Company is a nonprofit street-fusion dance company that combines classical training (like contemporary, jazz, and modern) with urban disciplines (like hip hop, breaking, and locking) to provide all people an opportunity to experience the benefits of dance and the arts through public education, performances, and community enrichment.

With the simple goal of promoting the public’s knowledge of dance and fostering their appreciation for the arts, Egurrola and Dimmick began recruiting fellow dancers who shared their love and passion for the performing arts. What resulted was a group of unique, diverse, and talented dancers that have since made a name for themselves by providing dynamic performances and high-quality arts education programs like bully programs and self awareness programs for kids throughout Arizona.