We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Rademacher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, how does your business help the community?
Acogedor was started as an intimate project space at my home––the events took place in my front yard. It is meant to be an inclusive and supportive space, particularly for marginalized communities such as BIPOC, queer, disabled, female-identifying, gender non-conforming, and the adoptee community.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always worked in the community but that looked different when I was younger. Then, it meant getting artwork done in the field or spearheading arts programming for kids in various places. With Acogedor, I’ve shifted how I work in and collaborate with the community. Because of the COVID-19 public health mandates, everything for Acogedor has been taken online, but the space originated as an intimate in-person space so it is important that its online presence still holds that intimacy. It has been hard, but using my experience and studies as an art therapist has helped me cultivate a safe space for people to explore their art and experiences with Acogedor and Acogedor audiences. This work is not easy, but I receive a lot of satisfaction from it. I’ve gotten really wonderful feedback and that lets me know that I’m moving in the right direction.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I don’t know about an itinerary, but I could see starting out the day with a hike at Red Rock Canyon Park in Topanga. Then I would head to Lonzo’s Bread and Peruvian Eatery in Culver City for lunch. I would take a stroll looking at art and architecture in DTLA next. I would then end the day with a quaint Spanish dinner at La Paella in BH.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people and organizations who have helped and supported me along the way, it is daunting to name them all. I would like to specifically recognize Anuradha Vikram for always believing in my projects and inviting me to the table. I would also like to give a shout out to W. F. Umi Hsu for being open and sharing their experiences and ideas with me and the Acogedor community. Lastly, I want to thank my partner, Matías M. R. , for his support of my often chaotic ideas.
photos by Matías MR or Michael Rippens.