Conversations That Don't Suck

Building Community and Conversation Through Art with Yuko Kudo

Episode Summary

Yuko Kudo is on the pod today! Yuko Kudo is native Japanese and immigrated to the United States in June 2003, landing in Los Angles, California, and settling there for 10 years until moving to New York City in 2013. Yuko is a multi-dimensional artist and creator. She uses art and storytelling to create community, while reminding people they are not alone. Yuko is the Founder and Artistic Director of the "I AM" Series Global, which showcases artists' talent within themes focusing on claiming one's various, complex identities and belonging. Through her work as a photographer, she has appeared in Forbes and TIME magazines, among other media outlets. Yuko Kudo was a finalist for the Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award for the Actor's Equity Association. Her latest work includes a self produced musical SOLO show entitled, "Good Bye... Love", focusing on diversity, mental wellness and women's empowerment. Upcoming off-Broadway musical "Poupelle of Chimney Town" based on Japanese Picture book. She has been facilitating the creation of collaborative educational spaces focuses on the intersection of art and activism. In this episode, we discuss: Yuko’s work as an artist and community builder and how those things intersect, how art makes difficult conversations more approachable, why Yuko was discouraged from talking about religion, politics, and race as an immigrant, why embracing discomfort is the only way to enter hard conversations, underlying motivations in conversation, HUMILITY, and why community requires action and giving. www.yukoislovelivelife.com IG: @yukoislovelivelife Linkedin @yukokudo

Episode Notes

Yuko Kudo is on the pod today! Yuko Kudo is native Japanese and immigrated to the United States in June 2003, landing in Los Angles, California, and settling there for 10 years until moving to New York City in 2013.  Yuko is a multi-dimensional artist and creator.  She uses art and storytelling to create community, while reminding people they are not alone.  Yuko is the Founder and Artistic Director of the "I AM" Series Global, which showcases artists' talent within themes focusing on claiming one's various, complex identities and belonging.  Through her work as a photographer, she has appeared in Forbes and TIME magazines, among other media outlets.  Yuko Kudo was a finalist for the Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award for the Actor's Equity Association. Her latest work includes a self produced musical SOLO show entitled, "Good Bye... Love", focusing on diversity, mental wellness and women's empowerment. Upcoming off-Broadway musical "Poupelle of Chimney Town" based on Japanese Picture book. She has been facilitating the creation of collaborative educational spaces focuses on the intersection of art and activism.

In this episode, we discuss: Yuko’s work as an artist and community builder and how those things intersect, how art makes difficult conversations more approachable, why Yuko was discouraged from talking about religion, politics, and race as an immigrant, why embracing discomfort is the only way to enter hard conversations, underlying motivations in conversation, HUMILITY, and why community requires action and giving.

www.yukoislovelivelife.com

IG: @yukoislovelivelife  

Linkedin  @yukokudo