Inspired: Art at Work
Action for prosperity, protection, and perseverance
INSPIRED: Art at Work will brings 2 visiting artists and 2 local artists to socially engaged projects in summer 2018. Working closely with scientists, and policy-makers, and five local partner organizations, Citizens for a Healthy Community, Western Slope Conservation Center, Farm and Food Alliance, Solar Energy International, and North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, artists are creating socially-engaged works that explore and address selected environmental, cultural, social, and economic issues vital to preserving the natural world and the quality of life and sense of place in the North Fork Valley. These collaborations and a final symposium are designed to broadly engage community dialog on concerns vital to the future of this rural area.
Artists and community members have defined several topics to explore, including increased aridity, water concerns, the health of the watershed, plastics pollution, and shared perspectives on increasing economic prosperity in the valley, post-coal. The project is designed to promote dialog among the diverse elements of our community. Throughout the two months, local citizens have had multiple opportunities to participate in the project. The artists work to help us tell our stories, bridging artistic disciplines and activism. The artworks are the catalysts for significant exchange of ideas, values, and future dreams. Working together to create a work of art is a community-building endeavor, like placing bricks side-by-side to create a walkway all can walk upon. In the artistic process of making or performing—barriers often disintegrate and friends are made while working together.
What is 'Socially Engaged Art'? “an art medium that focuses on social engagement, inviting collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutions in the creation of art that informs a social issue”.
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July 6th Elsewhere Studios'Meet and Greet' held at Blue Sage Center for Arts.
July 24-26th Texas Tech University, Art Student Cohort visiting socially-engaged artists.
July and August, 2018 Artists in-Residence at Elsewhere Studios
August 24-26, 2018 Symposium held, artists and regional presenters.
October 7 The Dinners Project: civic forum, and breaking bread at Elsewhere Studios.
October 27, 2018 Unleashing the Collective Genius: Celebrating 10 Years of Transition in the US. Online Summit watch party in Paonia! Details TBA...
INSPIRED Symposium: August 24-26
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