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CFRC engages community with new radio residencies program


Campus radio station CFRC 101.9 FM is inviting two local writers into its studios this fall to produce sound art pieces.

“We are excited about the radio residencies program because it will foster community engagement and offer the writers a wonderful opportunity for artistic development,” says CRFC operations officer Kristiana Clemens.

Because sound art is open to broad artistic interpretation, audiences can expect unique listening experiences. The works could combine anything from poetry and music to multiple languages and non-linear narrative.

“By linking the writers’ work directly to community involvement and the medium of sound, we are breaking down some of the traditional assumptions about their practice and tools,” says Ms Clemens.

The writers must involve CFRC volunteers and Kingston community members. The piece must engage with local issues and stories, reflect the diversity of the region and connect with listeners from other places.

Finished pieces will be broadcast on CFRC, shared with other community radio stations and performed live at The Screening Room downtown in November.

CFRC obtained funding from the City of Kingston and the Kingston Arts Council through the City of Kingston Arts Fund. The money will be used to pay honoraria to the writers and volunteers.

CFRC’s radio residencies program will continue throughout 2011-12. Two more writers will produce audio documentaries in the winter and two different writers will produce radio dramas in the spring.

The submission deadline for this fall’s radio residencies program is September 2 at 4 pm. For more information visit the CRFC website.

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