The Indy is the Santa Barbara Independent’s podcast, hosted by Molly McAnany. On this week’s episode, we’re covering the I Madonnari street painting festival hosted by the Children’s Creative Project. The event spans from May 28-30 and brings street artists from around the world to teach the local community about Italian chalk art. 

We sit down with Kai Tepper, executive director of the Children’s Creative Project and coordinator of festival sponsorships for I Madonnari, to talk about this year’s festival and how the nonprofit organization continues to grant accessibility to the arts in Santa Barbara. 

Then, as you heard on last week’s episode, reporter Alexandra Goldberg launches the second part of her two-part series on the Ukraine-Russia conflict through a local lens. This week, she sits down with Oksana Yakushko, a Ukrainian immigrant who has been active in marching and speaking out for Ukrainian support throughout Santa Barbara.

Show Notes:

All music for this episode written by Molly McAnany.

Sources referenced on this episode:

Children’s Creative Project – I Madonnari

Oksana Yakushko

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