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.
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.