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Art & Cocktails: Exploring the World of Contemporary Art, Creativity, Business, and Inspiration


Join host Ekaterina Popova, artist and founder of Create! Magazine, as she uncorks the vibrant and multifaceted world of contemporary art, creative entrepreneurship, mindset, and creativity one episode at a time. Welcome to "Art & Cocktails," a podcast where artists, creatives, dreamers, and artpreneurs gather to share their journeys and their art over their favorite drinks.

Building on the success of the "Create!" podcast, Ekaterina steers the artistic conversation towards more intimate, heart-to-heart discussions that fuel the spirit and inspire the artist's soul. Tune in for insightful, honest discussions with leading artists, curators, writers, coaches, leaders, and artpreneurs who not only share their journeys in the creative world but also enjoy a "fireside chat" over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. This podcast offers a rich blend of inspiration, art business insights, and the simple joy of sipping your favorite beverage while discussing what lights your heart on fire.

Pour your favorite drink into a beautiful cup, get comfy, and settle down for a session of "Art & Cocktails" each week. Let's celebrate the artist in all of us with a toast to creativity and the limitless possibilities it brings to our lives.

Nov 29, 2022

In this episode, Alicia interviews curator & founder of Alpha Arts Alliance Sadaf Padder. After nearly a decade as a public schooler educator and a lifetime of watching art from the sidelines, Sadaf left her job as a Dean of Students in 2019 and founded Alpha Arts Alliance, an arts agency focused on historically-underrepresented artists with a focus on women of color. Through curation, coaching, events and youth programming, she serves to make art accessible to the people she loves as a passion and a practice. 

Of her many professional accomplishments, she takes pride in having earned over $150K in grants and residencies for local artists and collectives. Sadaf is also a Create Change Fellow alumna with the Laundromat Project, a board member with ArtBridge and Chickweed Alliance and a member of Phoenix Community Garden.

A South-Asian American woman of Kashmiri heritage, in her own art practice she is an abstract painter, jeweler and henna artist. She is a graduate of George Washington University (BA in Anthropology) and Johns Hopkins University (Masters of Art in Teaching) and is a Teach for America Baltimore alum.