The Value of Artistic Expression Inside Prison Walls

The Value of Artistic Expression Inside Prison Walls

Art in Prison is a collaborative workshop series conceived by Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) and developed in partnership with Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC). Workshop participants for the new program are incarcerated individuals living inside the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Program offerings include a variety of techniques, mediums and processes for creative expression, taught by ASLD faculty teachers. Feedback has been positive and participants have advocated for the right to keep their artworks despite restrictive rules inside the prison.

Bilingual Media By and For Rural Colorado Youth

Bilingual Media By and For Rural Colorado Youth

Rural high school students participated in the Prairie Writer’s Workshop, to create and develop a bilingual publication of their own writings, and shared it with their community.

ArrayParity: Restyling Mental Illness

ArrayParity: Restyling Mental Illness

Destigmatizing mental illness through art and action;ArrayParity is a new program by NAMI Colorado Springs, creating wearable art to break the silence surrounding mental illness in our community.

Fierce Power: Immigrants Living in Sanctuary

Fierce Power: Immigrants Living in Sanctuary

Colorado filmmaker Alan Domínguez created his Document Ed. film project with a two-fold vision — to highlight the stories of immigrants living in sanctuary in Colorado, in their own words, while also partnering with young people interested in learning documentary filmmaking skills. The project is a testimony to the courage and tenacity of immigration and human rights activists in Colorado, illuminating the challenges, and unwavering dedication to fighting for the right to stay in the place they call home.

Huajatolla Heritage Festival Returns

Huajatolla Heritage Festival Returns

Huajatolla Heritage Festival is happening June 8-9th, 2019 in La Veta, Colorado - now in its second year! The cultural extravaganza is an outgrowth of the Huajatolla Heritage Foundation, a new, volunteer-driven group dedicated to honoring and sharing the Native and Hispano cultures of southern Colorado’s Cuchara Valley. The free festival takes place this summer at the Francisco Fort Museum in La Veta, and will host an array of artisans, vendors, musicians, performers, food and educational opportunities. Huajatolla Heritage Foundation was awarded an Arts in Society grant for their work in 2018.

Strengthening Community Through Storytelling

Strengthening Community Through Storytelling

Last fall, the residents of Durango and Mancos, Colorado were treated to a series of live storytelling events was organized by the community behind Mancos Creative District. The project was created with the intention of sparking new conversations about the nature of belonging, and how belongomh looks and feels, depending on whose shoes you are standing in. As part of the rural Colorado creative district’s #weallbelong campaign, the storytelling series was followed by a documentary film fest and community dinner designed to keep the conversation going.

Meet the New Cohort of Arts in Society Grantees!

Meet the New Cohort of Arts in Society Grantees!

Grantees have been selected for the 2019 Arts in Society grant program! Read about the twenty four Colorado artists and organizations selected receive a total of $500,000 for their innovative projects utilizing the arts as an integral element in promoting social justice and community welfare.  

Arts in Society is a collaborative grant-making program is backed by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Hemera Foundation, and administered in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center.

Tactile Artist Ann Cunningham and Colorado Center for the Blind: Creative Vision Does Not Discriminate

Tactile Artist Ann Cunningham and Colorado Center for the Blind: Creative Vision Does Not Discriminate

Longtime artist and art educator Ann Cunningham reflects on her work with disabled youth and adults at Colorado Center for the Blind, which naturally aligned with the Arts in Society mission of “supporting the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans.”