Podcasts on Arts

Keeping up with news from the art world is important for art administrators, so we constantly look for ways to get information. We seek out the latest news and most intriguing stories from a variety of sources, including art-focused news sources, arts/culture sections of major newspapers and magazines, and social media. Podcasts are another way to discover new stories and unique insights on art. This list is just the tip of the iceberg—there are hundreds of arts and culture podcasts to explore!





 The National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works podcast engages listeners in rich conversations with artists and arts administrators from the performing arts, visual arts, and literature. For shorter bursts of inspiration, NEA also features Shortcuts—quick snippets like drummer Antonio Sanchez’s reflections on live performances and recording. (iTunes)

Capacity Interactive’s CI to Eye is a great addition to an arts administrator’s toolbox. Erik Gensler, the President of Capacity Interactive discusses marketing, development, management, and more with leaders throughout the field. (SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play)

Hyperallergic just launched a new weekly podcast, Art Movements. This is not Hyperallergic’s first venture into podcasting—catch a fantastic conversation between editor Hrag Vartanian and Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. (iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play, Stitcher)

TEDTalks Art captures insights of artists from around the world. Lecturers span visual and performing artists and administrators. (iTunes)

Visual Arts

Tyler Green’s The Modern Art Notes is a vast collection of interviews with contemporary artists, art historians and administrators. Green ties many episodes to current exhibitions. (iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Google Play)

What do museum visitors think about the art on the walls? On the Lonely Palette, Tamar Avishai highlights museum visitors’ perspectives on art works. (Google Play, iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher)

Last year, WNYC and MoMA supported a ten-episode series, A Piece of Work, hosted by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson. It’s deeply informative, but also funny. (iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Play)

Museum Archipelago tackles issues museums are facing by discussing them with administrators around the world. And, as host Ian Elner promises, the conversations are never longer than 15 minutes! (iTunes, Google Play)

Interested in tracking the economics of the global art market? Check out Artelligence, which looks at galleries, dealers, art fairs, collectors and more. (Soundcloud, iTunes)

Artsy’s podcast examines issues in commercial and non-profit art worlds, and looks at current events and history. (Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher)

Performing Arts

The Library of Congress’s 2009 to 2011 series Music and the Brain features conversations with scientists, composers, performers, theorists, physicians, psychologists, and other experts who explore the connections between the mind and sound. (iTunes)

That Classical Podcast hosts Kelly and Chris gives history and insights on classical music while having fun. Their laughs are infectious! (iTunes, Stitcher)

The Metropolitan Opera Guild podcast provides hours of opera history. It often links with Met productions, including Met Live in HD broadcasts. (iTunes, SoundCloud)

TodayTix and Theater People (another great podcast!) present Broadway Backstory, which examines the trajectory Broadway productions take from development to opening night. (SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher)

The Premier Dance Network is home to a dozen podcast series on the world of dance and ballet, including the Stage Rightside with James Whiteside (Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theater) and Balancing Pointe. A few series explore dancers’ lives, while others tackle issues facing the field.

Sources (and further reading)

Erikson, B. (2017, November 07). 12 Top Art Podcasts to Add to Your List. Retrieved July 23, 2018, from https://www.artistsnetwork.com/artist-life/12-art-podcasts-inspiration/

Galer, S. S. (2017, August 07). Culture – The 25 culture podcasts that will blow your mind. Retrieved July 22, 2018, from http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170804-the-25-culture-podcasts-that-will-blow-your-mind

Johnston, Z. (2018, July 03). The 26 Best Art Podcasts To Listen To Right Now. Retrieved July 20, 2018, from https://uproxx.com/life/best-art-podcasts-to-listen-to-right-now/6/

Wingenroth, L. (2017, March 09). Your Guide to The Latest Ballet Podcasts. Retrieved July 20, 2018, from https://www.dancemagazine.com/guide-latest-ballet-podcasts-2307024255.html

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