Note: This program is no longer active on the WBAI schedule

Friday 5:00 - 6:00pm

Hosted by: Savona Bailey-McClain

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State of the Arts NYC is a weekly radio show on WBAI radio, 99.5FM, where various sectors of NYC's arts worlds converge to report and analyze the dynamic state of the arts and its participants. 

Hosted by Savona Bailey-McClain, long-time Executive Director of the West Harlem Art Fund (WHAF), she confronts, analyzes and celebrates victories, challenges and changes in the country's dynamic creative capital. Reports from the field; from the far-flung fringes; from center stage and from behind the scenes-- the host Savona Bailey-McClain draws on her 20 years' in the trenches to bring you snapshot after snapshot in living color. 

It airs on WBAI on Fridays from 5-6 p.m ans is re-broadcast on Sundays at 5am.


SAVONA BAILEY-MCCLAIN currently lives and works in New York City. She is an independent curator and producer. The range of McClain’s practice has included sculpture, drawings, performance, sound, and mixed media. McClain is the Executive Director & Chief Curator for The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. a seventeen year old public art organization and curatorial collective serving neighborhoods around the City. Her public art installations have been seen in the New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post among others. McClain has installed works in Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, Governors Island and Harlem. Noted works include The H in Harlem, Counting Sheep, Story Piles, East River Flows and Loosely Coupled. McClain is now developing new digital installations and location-based interventions using a tour platform.

McClain is a member of Independent Curators International and Arttable.

Past guests for State of the Arts have included: Tim Tompkins, President of Times Square Alliance; Sherri Dobbin, Creative Director & Director of Times Square Arts; Adam Forman, author of Creative New York for the Center of an Urban Future; Eva Franch, Chief Curator & Executive Director for Storefront for Art & Architecture; Christopher Stout, artist & gallerist; Lady K Fever, Julie Torres, Jen Hitchings and Laura James, artists & independent curators.

Some of our guest contributors include: Dianne Smith, Scherezade Garcia, Iliana Emilia Garcia, Linda Griggs, Leila Heller Gallery, Staten Island Arts, BX200.

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