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Elsewhere Studios project awarded $25,000 Arts in Society grant

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Elsewhere Studios in Paonia has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Arts in Society Program, a collaboration between Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Hemera Foundation in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Elsewhere was chosen as one of 21 recipients from a field of over 265 applicants.

Elsewhere Studios is an artist residency program, hosting artists from around the world to have time and space to focus on their work. Elsewhere's project, INSPIRED: Art at Work, will bring artists to Paonia in summer 2018 for a two-month residency. Working closely with local artists, five local partner organizations (Citizens for a Healthy Community, Western Colorado Conservation Center, Farm and Food Alliance, Solar Energy International and the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition), scientists and policy makers, they will create socially-engaged artworks that address preservation of culture, environment, and values under threat by fracking, development, and loss of jobs.

Through a series of meetings and discussions, the artists and community members will define a particular issue or set of issues. Using creative practices and community engagement they will target 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.

The project will culminate in a symposium featuring the artists and local and national speakers. The work produced during the collaboration will be highlighted along with readings, films, music, live art and tours of the valley to visit art installations, farms and wineries. The artists will also have the opportunity to speak about their work and engage in public discussions about the ideas and process of making socially-engaged art while they are in-residence at Elsewhere.

For more information, contact Karen Good at 970-462-6453 or development@elsewherestudios.org.

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