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.”
Choreographer, dancer and longtime registered nurse, Tara Rynders partnered with her employer, Rose Medical Center, to bring an immersive theater project to life in its own hallways, with the help of a grant award from Arts in Society. The project titled “First, Do No Harm”, evokes in its audience a deeper compassion and new appreciation for the work of nurses, and a sense of pride and recognition for the nurses in attendance. First, Do No Harm is part of a year long project, engaging the community and health care professionals in dialogue about compassion fatigue, grief and human frailty.
Atlantis Community Inc. is in the process of building a new museum to document the history of the disability rights movement, which largely took place in Denver, Colorado. The Atlantis Museum will be funded in part by an Arts in Society grant, and dedicated to a mission of “Chronicling the people, places, and events that shape the rights of people with disabilities to live fully integrated lives, telling the stories of how those events impact everyone.”
Since 2013, Motus Theater has been working on advancing the conversation around issues of immigration and documentation in the United States, by working closely with community leaders to illuminate the realities and challenges of living as an undocumented person. The Motus Theater crew will present two performances of their new production, “UndocuMonologues”, on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21st - featuring narratives written by people living with undocumented status in the U.S., in their own words.
INSPIRED: Art at Work Symposium took place last summer in Paonia, Colorado; a three day meeting of minds and hearts, organized and hosted by Elsewhere Studios, an artist residency program and non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization. The extravaganza was open to the public and a culmination of the INSPIRED: Art at Work Project, funded in part by an Arts in Society grant. Both visiting and local artists were brought together to create socially engaged projects and generate conversation, connection and action.