INSPIRED: Art at Work took place this summer in Paonia, Colorado, a three day meeting of minds and hearts, organized and hosted by Elsewhere Studios. The extravaganza brought visiting and local artists together to create socially engaged projects and generate conversation and connection. Thank you to Deirdre Morrison for sharing the following reflections on the event, highlighting the impact of the participating artists. INSPIRED: Art at Work was sponsored in part by a Arts in Society grant. This post was edited for clarity by Sarah Slater.
The Prairie Writer’s Workshop is designed to rethink how K-12 art education is produced in rural schools, with a goal to create a more dynamic cultural aesthetic practice. By encouraging students to reflect on their relationship to the past, present and future of their rural community, this interdisciplinary program intersects art, creative writing and journalism, building fluency in writing techniques and attaining hands-on design and publishing experience.
Veterans Workshop Series offers 5 months of advanced photography education, training and mentorship, free of charge to Denver area US Military Veterans. Colorado Photographic Arts Center developed and administers the program and is the recipient of an Arts in Society grant for 2018-2019.
Zipporah Roberson, Arts Street@YEA Summer Youth Intern/Artist, shares his experience creating and recording multimedia this past summer, culminating in the Journey 2 Unity Podcast and an art exhibition at McNichols Building called “Our Immigrant Stories”, featuring Denver Housing Authority residents.
Carbondale Arts organized a new public art project over the last year, in an effort to engage and connect the local Latino community, and create a space for people to express their artistic voice and relax in the Latino Folk Garden. The project were funded in part by a grant from Arts in Society and culminated in a lively celebration, new connections and understanding. can be enjoyed by the public as part of the larger RIO Grande ArtWay.
For a whole day this summer, Lone Tree Arts Center opened its doors to local community and families affected by autism and other sensory processing sensitivities so that they could get a behind the scenes look at the elements that go into creating a live performance; the new event is an expansion of their nationally-recognized Sensory Friendly Family Tree program.
The Arts Street@Youth Employment Academy (YEA) Journey to Unity project was selected for an Arts in Society grant in 2017 and the collaborative endeavor that emerged was created by Denver area high school-aged youth in the summer of 2018. By learning new skills, building on intrinsic strengths and working with local mentors and community groups, the Arts Street@YEA Summer Interns worked together, exploring the potential to change negative opinions and strengthen positive perceptions about immigration in our shared communities through the medium of a new podcast, which can be accessed on their new website which showcases stories from local residents about their personal experiences of immigration, finding home and creating community.
An intern from Youth Employment Academy’s Arts Street Program shares his experience learning new skills while working on a team to record stories of the immigrant experience, as told by Denver area residents. You can listen to their podcasts here: https://archive.storycorps.org/user/arts-street/
Atlantis Community Inc., describe the importance of documenting and sharing Denver's rich history of disability activism, in their own words. Both Atlantis Inc. and their politically active group, ADAPT have made major wins and advances for people with disabilities in Colorado, which have effected policy and legislation throughout the U.S. With their new grant funding from Arts in Society, Atlantis Inc. community will be expanding and updating their museum space to share this history with a wider audience. Learn more by visiting http://www.atlantiscommunity.org