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Lee Montgomery (San Francisco) and the artists of Neighborhood Public Radio collaborating with Southern Exposure (San Francisco)

Award: $35,000 Media Arts Grant awarded in 2006

Completed series of events: 2007

Artist Lee Montgomery and members of Neighborhood Public Radio collaborated with Southern Exposure on “Radio Cartography,” engaging artists, youth, Mission District residents, and Bay Area audiences in developing original radio programming about exploring and mapping public space.

During a time when Southern Exposure’s gallery was being renovated and it was displaced from its usual venue, it hosted and collaborated on a local radio station out of a small storefront on Mission Street. The artists created a portable radio unit that migrated throughout the Mission District, collecting material, and they created three projects–“Talking Homes,” “State of Mind Stations,” and “Alternate Soundtrack Tours,”  that explored dimensions of radio’s distinctive qualities as a locally-based medium.

Founded by Linda Arnejo, Jon Brumit, Lee Montgomery, and Michael Trigilio, Neighborhood Public Radio was an independent, artist-run project committed to providing an alternative media platform for artists, activists, musicians, and community members.  Its motto was “If it’s in the neighborhood and makes noise, we hope to put it on the air.”

Southern Exposure is a highly-regarded artist-run non-profit organization that presents diverse, innovative, contemporary art, arts education, and related programs.  Southern Exposure is dedicated to giving artists—whether they are exhibiting, curating, teaching, or learning—an opportunity to realize ideas for projects that may not otherwise find support.