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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Elsewhere Studios is pleased to announce progress in their INSPIRED: Art at Work developments - four projects for their Summer 2018 program of socially-engaged art. Two art projects from the North Fork Valley, and two visiting artists-in-residence will be hosted at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado.