Last fall, the residents of Durango and Mancos, Colorado were treated to a series of live storytelling events was organized by the community behind Mancos Creative District. The project was created with the intention of sparking new conversations about the nature of belonging, and how belongomh looks and feels, depending on whose shoes you are standing in. As part of the rural Colorado creative district’s #weallbelong campaign, the storytelling series was followed by a documentary film fest and community dinner designed to keep the conversation going.
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.
The Prairie Writer’s Workshop is designed to rethink how K-12 art education is produced in rural schools, with a goal to create a more dynamic cultural aesthetic practice. By encouraging students to reflect on their relationship to the past, present and future of their rural community, this interdisciplinary program intersects art, creative writing and journalism, building fluency in writing techniques and attaining hands-on design and publishing experience.
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.
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.
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.