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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zipporah Roberson, Arts Street@YEA Summer Youth Intern/Artist, shares his experience creating and recording multimedia this past summer, culminating in the Journey 2 Unity Podcast and an art exhibition at McNichols Building called “Our Immigrant Stories”, featuring Denver Housing Authority residents.
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.
An intern from Youth Employment Academy’s Arts Street Program shares his experience learning new skills while working on a team to record stories of the immigrant experience, as told by Denver area residents. You can listen to their podcasts here: https://archive.storycorps.org/user/arts-street/