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Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center

Willowtail intentionally invites an in-depth ecological exploration by naturalists and creative practitioners. The property provides studio residents with an immersive location for the integration of the environment and art. In turn, residents share their work produced on-site with the community.

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Residencies Integrating the Arts and Ecology

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

This year-round program offers one- to three-week residencies. Residents are local, national and international. Applications are scholarship or partial scholarship supported by Willowtail, its donors and partners. All scholarships require a community give-back in the form of a class, workshop, presentation or show, offered free to the local communities. Residency opportunities in this special and unusually beautiful place give these creative individuals a rare quality of time and space, immersed and away from their usual environment and obligations. The residencies are fruitful in unexpected ways, in part because they encourage a collaborative, interdisciplinary exploration of the arts and humanities, while inspiring artistic expression based upon process before product. This innovative model brings together practitioners with completely different specialties, interests, and backgrounds in a collaborative, immersive residency with nature and each other, resulting in profound ideas and works.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The residencies in 2016-17 brought artists with completely different specialties, interests, and backgrounds together for an extended collaborative residency. Suze Woolf, a painter and sculptor from Seattle and Lorena Williams, Oregon writer and wildland firefighter participated in this first collaborative residency, resulting in a profound work entitled "Two Artists Perspective on Fire". These collaborations added new dimensions to the work of both practitioners-often in surprising ways, engaging the local communities in the power of contemporary art to inform, to speak to important issues with which they live daily. This work will be exhibited in an installation in front of Amazon Headquarters in Seattle in 2018.

Youth Residencies

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

This program allows high school students the opportunity to work like "real" studio artists do, thus, preparing students for post-secondary pursuits in Studio Arts. Student participate in a 3-day, 3-night artist residency preparing them to bridge the transition between high school and the real-world more seamlessly. Prior to the residency, the instructor meets with students to help them develop a plan for art-making and journaling to aid in their success. During the residency, the instructor will be available to work with students one-on-one and aid in their creative process and problem-solving. After the residency, students will reflect on the experience by presenting their work and thinking to a small group of parents and invitees at the Willowtail Springs studio. Additionally, students share their work and experiences with other students back in their art classes at school when they return from the residency through presentations to their classmates during class.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The first student residency is planned for Fall 2018. However, we are currently discussing the program with Cortez, Dolores and Mancos.

Workshops, Classes and Demonstrations

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

Willowtail offers classes/workshops throughout the year on a variety of subjects that vary from one day to five days or even longer. The classes and workshops are taught by professionals in their field including the visual arts, writing, poetry, music, theatre, filmmaking, gardening, landscape design, plus the sciences, including: ecology, conservation, wildlife, water, air, forests, math, astronomy and land,Tai Chi and nature walks, to name a few. Schedule for 2019 is still in the planning stages and will appear on our website at www.willowtail.org. The workshops, classes and demonstrations go hand-in-hand with the Residency Program. Each artist accepted into the Residency Program is required to deliver a community offering (lecture, presentation, demonstration, teaching, slideshow of work, exhibition in the local community, etc.) within one calendar year of their residency.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Approximately 270 people participated in Willowtail's workshops, classes, and demonstrations in 2017.

Presentations and Exhibitions

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

Presentations and exhibitions offer our past and present residents another opportunity to present their work and engage the local community. One such event, Reveries, spotlighted a four-year partnership with the Durango Arts Center and exhibited the works of 23 artists/groups who had participated in the Artist Residencies. Another event, Art in the Afternoon, offered the public a chance to see first-hand what Willowtail is all about and purchase works from the past and present Resident Artists and also serves as a fundraiser for Willowtail.
We are plnning an exhibition of installation pieces by resident in 2019-2010 in the Durango Art Center.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Lorena Williams, writer and Suze Woolf, painter and sculptor presented the results of their collaborative residency at the Mancos Library. "Two Artists Perspective on Fire" was attended by over 40 people from the area.
Tammi Hartung, ethnobiologist gave a walking lecture at Willowtail, "The Herbs at Willowtail."
Thirty people attended and requested it again in 2018. Ms. Hartung later presented a talk at the Mancos Library with her new book "Cattail Moonshine and Milkweed Medicine."
Our large Fundraiser/ Celebration Art in the Afternoon always features artists, performers, demonstrations and music. This event had more than 275 attendees in 2017. Guests sampled food and beverages while wandering the grounds and facilities. They also had the opportunity to meet the artists and purchase their works.
Reveries was a month-long exhibition and open to the public on a daily basis. Over 200 people attended the opening and 50 attended the artist talk.
In 2018 Lorena Williams, writer and wildland firefighter and Suze Woolf, painter and sculptor, are exhibiting a site specific collaborative sculpture in Front of Amazon Headquarters in Seattle.

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