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.
An active community garden at Polston Elementary School was the seed, which grew into a farm park, along the Rio Grande Corridor in Alamosa, Colorado. After Polston Elementary closed in 2008, maintaining and expanding the community garden became an opportunity to ensure that the land, its river access, trails, prime agricultural soils, and sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains were secured as a community asset.