Thornton Arts Sciences and Humanities Council

TASHCO will use donations it receives to support Outside the Box: Traffic Box Murals, Arts in the Park programs, Thornton Arts Academy, and Dia de Los Muertos celebrations - each of which provide access, education and enrichment to Thornton's growing multi-ethnic and multigenerational communities.

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Outside the Box: Traffic Box Murals

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

The Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO) commissions local artists to aesthetically transform traffic utility boxes from functional infrastructure into colorful, dynamic works of art. Designs are printed on high-quality vinyl wraps and professionally installed at various locations throughout Thornton.
The Outside the Box project showcases the work of talented artists by creating a drive-by art exhibit in Thornton. It was initiated in 2016 as a way to combat graffiti in Thornton. At the time, traffic boxes made up approximately 70 percent of graffiti incidents.
This public art project helps build a sense of community ownership while also mitigating graffiti and vandalism costs for the city. Each vinyl wrap is printed with an anti-graffiti coating and lasts five years.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2019, Outside the Box Traffic Box Mural Project continued to be popular with residents and visitors. The traffic boxes have been viewed by 501,417 people. Support from SCFD and the Adams County Cultural Council helps this project succeed. 195 artists submitted 200 designs and transformed 30 traffic boxes throughout all four of Thornton's wards. (40% of the artists selected were Thornton residents).
Keep your eyes peeled for new Outside the Box traffic boxes! 30 new designs are coming to Thornton in 2020 and 2021.

Thornton Arts Academy

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Thornton Arts Academy at the Thornton Arts and Culture Center will launch in 2020-21 with five and eight week youth introductory visual and performing arts programs. Each session is unique and is tailored to beginners ages 6-12. Our aim is to emphasize fundamentals and build skills in the areas of Music, Video Production, Dance, Drawing, Painting and Theater. Program partners will include Art 4 Life Colorado and Swallow Hill Music.
Thornton Arts Academy is proposed to run September - November 2020, January - May 2021 and September - November 2021. Classes will be held during Tuesday after school times and students that enroll in any of our programs are invited to participate in the Arts Showcase and Performance Celebration at the end of each term.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This is a brand new program. With sufficient funding, we hope to keep the program affordable and offer scholarships to low income families as well.

Acoustic Tuesdays Concerts

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families

Description

The South Thornton communities residing in Wards 1 and 2, where the Thornton Arts and Culture Center and Thornton Community Center are located, are diverse in age, ethnicity, economics, and accessibility. To promote greater appreciation of this diversity, the Thornton Arts and Culture Center hosted a series of 5 evening concerts this summer called Acoustic Tuesdays to actively celebrate a variety of diverse cultures. The performances were free and open to all. Some of the events have included Taiko Japanese Drumming to celebrate Asian American Heritage, Native American songs and stories by Red Feather Woman, Rocky Mountain Steel Bands Caribbean music, and and Let's Luau, a celebration of Polynesian music and dance.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Despite Covid, we have followed the Tri-County Health guidelines to create safely-spaced outdoor events this summer. We registered the attendees and created a safe seating grid on the grass. We also streamed all of these concerts live on Facebook for the community at home to enjoy. The concerts have had between 50-100 people in attendance out of a maximum Covid capacity of 175. It has been wonderful for folks to come out and see these performers, many of whom were very grateful to be able to perform this summer. SCFD was our sponsor for this series along with the city of Thornton.

Dia de Los Muertos

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
General population
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican celebration, similar to All Souls Day, where people honor their ancestors and loved ones who have passed on. This event includes several inter-generational, artistic and multicultural components:
1) A Catrina fashion show: The community art show and fashion show are open to all, not just to professional artists. Small prizes will be awarded.
2) An art installation holiday altar made with balloons by a local artist.
3) A "Mercado" or market to sell locally made crafts to fit the theme.
4) Mexican food and refreshments provided by local restaurants.
5) Traditional face painting: participants will get their faces painted to look like skulls, a common icon that is associated with the celebration.
6) Live Mariachi performances and dancers
7) Entertaining costumed stilt walking performers
8) Ofrendas, meaning offerings, are an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have hosted this diverse and inclusive annual cultural event for years with 750 people attending in 2019! For 2020, we are planning to host a virtual event due to Covid precautions with a larger celebration planned outdoors in 2021.

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