EugCast host Adam Wendt had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Kenya Luvert inside our studio at Trifoia in Eugene, OR.
Kenya Luvert, a Clinical Social Work Associate, talks about some of the difficulties about living in Oregon as a person of color. Kenya, a CSWA (Clinical Social Work Associate), has earned her Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW). Kenya is a positive individual who loves to encourage herself and others to become their best self and to utilize the unique gifts and talents in each of us to benefit the surrounding community. She believes we can all be living, loving and learning in the present, holistically, with the whole mind, body and spirit. She seeks to give these gifts, among other ways, through mentor relationships.
Kenya served many years as a volunteer for the Eugene/Springfield NAACP branch in the role of mentor coordinator for African American youth completing a project in the Visual or Performing Arts, Humanities, and/or Sciences, encouraging them to identify and utilize their gifts and talents and share that with the community, and is spearheading a new campaign named the ACT-SO Program
EugCast host JoJo Jensen interviewed cartoonist (and so much more!) Jan Eliot, who started cartooning when she was a divorced working mom trying to raise two daughters, work full-time, pay too many bills with two little money, and still have a little fun.
Drawing (literally) from her own experiences, Jan tried to reflect real life and real emotions, with empathy for anyone with too little time, money or patience. Her first comic strip, Patience and Sarah, began as a weekly feature in a local alternative newspaper and ran for 3 years. It was reprinted in parenting magazines and books in the years following, giving Eliot the courage to try a second strip, Sister City, which ran weekly in her local daily paper the Eugene Register-Guard. It ran for 5 years, when the strip was picked up by Universal Press Syndicate and renamed Stone Soup. On November 20, 1995, after many years of wishing and hoping, Eliot saw her creation launched nationally as a daily comic strip.
Exhibitions Stone Soup cartoon originals have been exhibited in:
The Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa
The San Francisco Museum of Cartoon Art
B.D. Amadora, an international cartoon exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal
The Library of Congress, which has acquired 30 Stone Soup cartoons for their permanent collection
Habitat for Humanity Stone Soup characters are helping raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity International. Joan and Val appear on Women Build t-shirts and Safety Posters, the whole clan on Katrina rebuild t-shirts, and most recently in a campaign to promote the Cars for Homes donation program.
Women Make a Difference award, International Women’s Forum, 2009
College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow Award, University of Oregon, 2005
Best Book, B.D. Amadora International Cartoon Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal 2001
Eliot works from her home studio in Eugene, Oregon, where she lives with her husband Ted and her corgi Sydney. Her two daughters are grown and have families of their own, and still manage to provide material for the strip.
EugCast host Adam Wendt had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Eric Richardson at our studio inside Trifoia in Eugene, OR.
Eric C. Richardson has lived in Eugene, OR off and on since the 1970’s, is a father of 5, and is the President of the Eugene/Springfield NAACP – the nation’s old civil rights and social justice organization. Eric also plays and performs jazz on the standup bass at area venues like The Jazz Station.