The Artsy Episode

Aug. 26, 2021
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Communications and Public Affairs

There’s no question that Chandler is in tune with its artistic side. But, if you need more proof, join host Melina Zuniga and local contributors Peter Bugg, City of Chandler Visual Arts Coordinator, and Cynde Cerf, Marketing & Communication Coordinator for the Chandler Center for the Arts as they discuss the effort that goes into showcasing arts and culture in our city.  

This Voices of Chandler, the Podcast episode dives into all things creative around town. From exhibits in local galleries to murals you walk past daily to immersive concert experiences at the CCA, this podcast highlights artists, administrators, and audiences who help these artistic endeavors come to life.

Episode 2 Highlights:

  • Chandler Arts Commission has been operating since 1983, collaborating with artists and collecting great works for the public to enjoy.
  • Michelle Mac Lennan chats about her 22-year-long career at the CCA during “Behind the Curtain.” She discusses how the pandemic affected her work, and what she’s most looking forward to now.
  • Chandler Cultural Foundation was founded in 1989 and recently celebrated their 30th anniversary by creating a non-traditional, accessible, and interactive donor wall. Learn why the group decided chose the design and hear from the collaborating artists about how they were able to make the idea come to life. 
  • “Chandler’s Got Art” guest Shachi Kale discusses how she balances her family life, her culture, her day-job as a graphic designer, becoming a children’s book illustrator, and pursuing her true passion of painting. Find her work at at Downtown Chandler’s Vision Gallery.
  • Lauren Lee talks about her history as an artist and her newest mural titled Desert Nights, featuring distinct images of cactus wrens and saguaros, and the process it took to complete. The piece can be found in the Downtown Chandler Breezeway, on the west side of Original Chop Shop, accessible via Boston St.
  • Local father and son artist duo, Such and Champ Styles, created the Serrano’s Mexican Food Mural in Downtown Chandler. It displays the heritage of the Serrano family and has become a staple of the City, much like the restaurant itself. Such and Champ discuss their artistic background and what it means to “make an attraction.”

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Melina Zuniga, Digital Media Journalist

Meet the Host 

Melina Zuniga, Digital Media Journalist

Melina is an Arizona native that works in the Video Production Department at the City. She is passionate about connecting with the community to tell their stories and as a self-considered creative type, she enjoys the challenge of finding a different point of view for her storytelling.

She has been told that she looks like a young Catherine Zeta-Jones and that if she had a nightly radio show she’d be known as “Midnight Mami” but you can be the judge of that.

Learn more about the contributors.