The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $10,000 grant through the Art Works category that supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. Elsewhere Studios received one of 22 grants awarded in Colorado.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The arts are part of our everyday lives -- no matter who you are or where you live -- they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from Elsewhere Studios offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day."
The Elsewhere Studios project will focus on the creation and presentation of new works by two emerging or mid-career artists in residence in the fields of fashion design and music composition. They will be selected through a competitive application process and will work with local professional artists, designers and composers, in a unique setting designated as a Colorado Creative District. Applications can be completed online at http://www.elsewherestudios.org/the-residency-how-to-apply/.
The residency program includes housing, studio space, and a monthly stipend. Residencies will include open studios, exhibitions and presentations open to the public, and will culminate in participation in two regional signature events, The Paonia Fashion Show and The Mountain Harvest Festival. These innovative cultural productions will provide economic and creative benefit to the local community. Stipends will also be awarded to eight additional emerging artists who have not previously attended a residency.
The grant of $4,000 from Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, will be used to support Elsewhere Studios' ongoing programs:
The Elsewhere Studios Artist Residency Program began in 2011 to provide space and time for artists to create in a unique and supportive environment, and to promote the cultural and artistic enrichment of the local community and local artists. The program is open to visual and performance artists, writers, and composers from all over the world. Over the last four and a half years Elsewhere Studios has hosted 116 artists from 19 states and nine countries. The residents give back to the community through bimonthly exhibitions, presentations, readings, performances, workshops and collaborative art projects.
The Community Supported Art Library promotes over 30 local artists and provides a way for members to check out original art to bring into their homes and businesses. The main gallery is located at The Hive and art is also displayed in three other public venues in Paonia.
The Community Garden, located on Elsewhere grounds, hosts free workshops on permaculture, biodynamics, composting, food forests, etc. It is maintained by volunteers and provides produce to the Elsewhere residents and the community.
The Art Wall, first phase of an Alleyscape Project, was built by over 100 local community members.
Elsewhere board president Scott Horner said, "Elsewhere plays an important role in the North Fork Valley by bringing exceptional artists from all over the world to create new work and share their visions and process with the local community. We are very excited to have this recognition from both National Endowment for the Arts and Colorado Creative Industries, and to be able to offer specialized residencies that will support our local events, artists and organizations."
More information can be found on the Elsewhere Studios website: www.elsewherestudios.org.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.