For a whole day this summer, Lone Tree Arts Center opened its doors to local community and families affected by autism and other sensory processing sensitivities so that they could get a behind the scenes look at the elements that go into creating a live performance; the new event is an expansion of their nationally-recognized Sensory Friendly Family Tree program.
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/
Atlantis Community Inc., describe the importance of documenting and sharing Denver's rich history of disability activism, in their own words. Both Atlantis Inc. and their politically active group, ADAPT have made major wins and advances for people with disabilities in Colorado, which have effected policy and legislation throughout the U.S. With their new grant funding from Arts in Society, Atlantis Inc. community will be expanding and updating their museum space to share this history with a wider audience. Learn more by visiting http://www.atlantiscommunity.org
Picture Me Here (PMH) is a storytelling program for refugees, immigrants and others who have been displaced. Multimedia skills are taught as creative tools for self expression, social engagement, community building, leadership, and integration. Projects are based on a variety of themes, including migration, memory and place. PMH Fellows are artists are from a variety of countries (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Brazil, Ukraine, Nigeria and Congo), engaged in a year long creative media and storytelling fellowship organized and operated by Picture Me Here. The opening reception, titled “Dear Younger Me: Postcards from New Americans to Their Younger Selves”, is free and open to the public. Join us at Colorado Photographic Arts Society on Friday, July 27th from 600pm-900pm to celebrate this work!
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.
Colorado’s 14th annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival takes place October 4-10 in Denver. Mervyn L. Tano, President, International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management reflects on this years theme, Celebrating the Creative Spirit. The festival was supported in part this year by a grant from Arts in Society.