Steamboat Creates

Steamboat Creates collectively represents arts and culture in the remote Yampa Valley creating a community for established, emerging, student and youth creatives including: visual & performing artists, musicians, authors, filmmakers, designers and heritage organizations.

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Visual Arts

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families

Description

The Art Depot Gallery is a community space for artists. Each month a new exhibit is installed in time for the community wide First Friday Art Walk. The Visual Arts Commitee selects the shows that will go into the gallery. Member artists are encouraged to apply to show in the platform gallery or a featured exhibit in the main gallery. We host 10 shows annually with over 600 people visiting the space through the exhibition month.

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Evidence of Program's Success

artists are selling their work, around 600 people per month visit the exhibitions, arts educators are hosting workshops and providing professional development opportunities to emerging artists, finances are stable and growing.

Writer's Group

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Description

Once a week for over 35 years, local writers have been convening in the Depot Art Center to read their work, receive advice and encouragement, share experiences and celebrate successes. There is no fee or sign up form. Visitors are encouraged to read a work, but are welcome to merely sit in and listen.

Once per year the writer's group hosts a 'Day for Writers' event providing a sharp focus within a short time frame. Novices and professionals alike will enjoy experiencing the day's program in the old train depot's relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 2016's conference featured nationally recognized authors Christine Goff and Page Lambert. Emcee Susan de Wardt will provide lighthearted continuity for a day of writing exploration.

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Evidence of Program's Success

over 60% of the attendees have published original works, they meet every Thursday for 2 hours for the last 35 years, the event attendance has been sold out for the past 5 years and more

Create Space

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

As part of the Colorado Creativie Industries (CCI) Change Leader certification, dedicated volunteers led by Executive Director, Kim Keith, have developed a clearing house for donated tools and gently used art supplies. These items go back into the community to support arts educators and arts programming through project kits, donated supplies to local schools, a visiting artist program and public art projects created by community members and students.

Over the past year, discarded treasures were brought to an underused room in the Depot with the thought that artisans would use the materials if they were easily available. Informal dialogues happened with educators, parents, volunteers and Creativity Camp teachers. Through these discussions, it became apparent that there is a lack of art supplies and human resources available to our local arts educators. The Create Space program focuses on the shared values of our partners and community members including: sustainability practices through recycling art supplies, supporting working artists with honorariums, and providing creative learning opportunities by bringing our visiting artists to schools and senior centers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

financial stability, participants utilizing the materials, professional artists being hired to teach or assist projects, sustainable practices, number of recipients, number of projects, number of donations, and financial support of the program

Young at Art Creativity Camps

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Females
Males
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Our week long summer art camps are designed to cultivate growth through hands on art and performance projects. Involving kids in collaborations, experimentation, and problem solving helps to expand their skills and confidence. Campers will work with professional artists and have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of art forms including theater, visual arts, writing, and dance. Each day our camps are packed with fun and a large measure of self-expression that balances learning and play. All art supplies included and each day is action packed with crafts and games and loads of fun.

Children ranging in ages of 4-19 engage in a variety of creative activities with an emphasis on learning new ways of expressing themselves. Scholarships are given to underserved and financially disadvantaged children from the community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2014 we had dozens of tiny dancers perform a ballet recital after completing a week long Dance, Dance, Dance class with beloved teacher, Karin Comeau. Throughout the week the 4, 5, and 6 year olds worked together to create their own tutus and accoutrement that made their final dance shine and sparkle.

In the Discover Photography class children were able to learn the very fundamentals of capturing an image by building their own film camera. They spent an entire day using tweezers and fine point screwdrivers to assemble the lenses, apertures and bodies of their very own film camera. Afterwards they went on nature hikes to learn new ways to use advanced features of their digital cameras like macro settings and manual exposure. Parents reported that their kids couldn't stop talking around the dinner table about how much more there is to photography than pointing and clicking. A number reported that children were eager to return the next day to explore more of this wonderful art form.

In the Making Art class we had 5 financially disadvantaged minority children who giggled and laughed while making a mold of their faces then painting and embellishing the masks with a variety of art supplies. Several of the children also took the theater class in the morning and used the crafts they created as props in the performance at the end of the week. We provided not only a safe place to learn but an enriching environment full of educational playtime.

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