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.
Grantees have been selected for the 2019 Arts in Society grant program! Read about the twenty four Colorado artists and organizations selected receive a total of $500,000 for their innovative projects utilizing the arts as an integral element in promoting social justice and community welfare.
Arts in Society is a collaborative grant-making program is backed by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Hemera Foundation, and administered in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center.
Longtime artist and art educator Ann Cunningham reflects on her work with disabled youth and adults at Colorado Center for the Blind, which naturally aligned with the Arts in Society mission of “supporting the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans.”
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.
Atlantis Community Inc. is in the process of building a new museum to document the history of the disability rights movement, which largely took place in Denver, Colorado. The Atlantis Museum will be funded in part by an Arts in Society grant, and dedicated to a mission of “Chronicling the people, places, and events that shape the rights of people with disabilities to live fully integrated lives, telling the stories of how those events impact everyone.”
Since 2013, Motus Theater has been working on advancing the conversation around issues of immigration and documentation in the United States, by working closely with community leaders to illuminate the realities and challenges of living as an undocumented person. The Motus Theater crew will present two performances of their new production, “UndocuMonologues”, on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21st - featuring narratives written by people living with undocumented status in the U.S., in their own words.
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.
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.