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.
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.
Picture Me Here (PMH) is a storytelling program for refugees, immigrants and others who have been displaced. Multimedia skills are taught as creative tools for self expression, social engagement, community building, leadership, and integration. Projects are based on a variety of themes, including migration, memory and place. PMH Fellows are artists are from a variety of countries (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Brazil, Ukraine, Nigeria and Congo), engaged in a year long creative media and storytelling fellowship organized and operated by Picture Me Here. The opening reception, titled “Dear Younger Me: Postcards from New Americans to Their Younger Selves”, is free and open to the public. Join us at Colorado Photographic Arts Society on Friday, July 27th from 600pm-900pm to celebrate this work!