Mexican American Arts Festival

The 8th Annual Mexican American Arts Festival is happening at the University of Northern Colorado on Tuesday March 8th! Come enjoy this unique festival at Zachariah’s/The Atrium at the University Center and experience interactive art made by the audience and the artists!

  • 5:00-5:45 p.m.: Buffet (Tostadas, black beans & lemonade)
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Visual and unique performing arts

View the Full Mexican American Arts Festival Program of Events

Featured artists include Armando Silva and Larissa Romero-Perry.

This is a FREE event, but tickets are required. Pick up yours at the UC Information Desk between 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. or call 970-351-4849 between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

2016 Mexican American Arts Festival Greeley

 

WeldWerks Brewing Company joins downtown Greeley’s craft beer scene

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 8.55.37 AMLive music, a food truck and, of course, craft beer are just a few of the things Greeley residents can expect from WeldWerks Brewing Co., the newest addition to 8th Avenue and downtown Greeley.

WeldWerks, 508 8th Ave., is down the street from Patrick’s Irish Pub, 907 8th Ave., and Brix Taphouse and Brewery, 813 8th St., but rather than bringing competition, owners Neil Fisher and Colin Jones plan to bring camaraderie to the downtown area.

Although the brewery has been in the works since last summer, it officially opened Feb. 20. There will be a grand opening Saturday, March 7th with live music and food…Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.59.42 PM

Read the full story in the Greeley Tribune 

Dan Turnbeaugh is seen here

So much to do in the Greeley Creative District!!

Greeley Downtown just posted their events newsletter, which includes activities in all of the GCD. Absolutely amazing how much is going on in the next couple of weeks. Food, craft beer, art, shopping, theatre, concerts – the list just goes on and on!  Check it out – get all the details here: http://www.greeleydowntown.com/blog/news/downtown-greeley-happenings-february-2-2015

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Colorado Ranked #1 For Participation in Visual and Performance Arts

Greeley Unexpected blogger Bryan Bean just shared this great information:

It’s no surprise to many of us that live Colorado that a recent survey ranked our state number-one for participation in the arts. A ranking like that shows that there is not just one or two cities showcasing creativity, but cities all over the state. Greeley is certainly doing its share to help add to the vibrant arts scene that Colorado has to offer.

The National Endowment for the Arts conducted the nation’s largest survey of public participation in the arts to discover what kinds of art forms and activities people actually engage with. The Denver Post reports that the survey results put Colorado well-ahead of most other states in participation; with 52% of adults in Colorado attending live performance arts events and 59.2% attending visual arts events. (Both of those are more than 14% above the national average.) The Post also reported the staggering fact that Coloradans attend classical concerts, dance performances and nonmusical plays nearly twice the rate of the average American!

The top three states for adult attendance of performance arts were:

  1. Colorado 52%
  2. North Dakota 51%
  3. Maryland 48%

Read Bryan’s whole article here:

http://www.greeleyunexpected.com/blog/colorado-ranked-1-participation-visual-and-performance-arts#.VMcrYChnIZM.facebook

Works of art teachers on display in the Creative District

Like many in his field, Jeff Stone leads a double life.

The art teacher at Valley High School in Gilcrest has worked for many years as a freelance graphic artist, designing logos and even illustrating books and graphic novels. It’s a balance he and many art educators often struggle to maintain among their dual professions.

Stone’s own works of art are on display this month at the Tointon Gallery at the Union Colony Civic Center as part of the gallery’s “Spark of Inspiration” exhibit. The exhibit features the work of 24 Weld County art teachers who teach kids from kindergarten to 12th grade.

The exhibit was put together by Ed Rogers, chairman of the City of Greeley Art Commission and Stone’s elementary school art teacher, to remind the community of the unique role art educators play in the classroom and the art community.

“I think the show validates a little bit what we do in class, too,” Stone said. “The kids get to see there’s art teachers that are really producing things and not just making a lesson plan to get through the day.”

“Spark of Inspiration: The Role of Artists as Teachers” features the works of 24 Weld County art educators. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Feb. 14 at the Tointon Gallery in the Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave. in Greeley.

Read More in the Greeley Tribune

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Dinosaurs arrive in Greeley for a Jurassic Quest

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A handful of dinosaurs must have escaped that fateful meteor, at-least that’s what it seemed like Saturday in Greeley.

The life-like model dinosaurs, which came in many shapes and sizes, made themselves at home in Island Grove Regional Park for Jurassic Quest.

The exhibit, which displayed over 50 dinosaurs, many of which were animatronic, and some which were able to be ridden, drew about 6,000 people over the course of the first day. This weekend alone, Chris Arnold, operations coordinator, said the event was expected to draw a total of 10,000 people.

Read the whole story and see the Video in two Greeley Tribune articles:

Prehistoric Paradise  and Jurassic Quest

Art Trees Grow in the Creative District

Greeley’s Uptown Tree project is off to a great start–the city will dedicate the first 10 trees Nov. 15th at 10am by the Showcase Art Center on the corner of 8th Avenue and 14th Street. These trees aren’t planted. They’re created by local artists. Most of the artists will be there to show off their works and talk about their ideas. Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 9.24.57 PM

Kim Synder, the city’s public art coordinator, got the idea from a San Diego conference that highlighted the city’s similar “urban” trees. She put out a call to artists and got 20 proposals. They accepted 10 of them. The artists got $10,000 a piece, and the project was funded by the city’s One Percent for Art Program.

That may seem like a good chunk of change, and it is, but many of the artists spent months, and a sizable portion of their commission, on their trees, Snyder said. Pete Niehoff, a Greeley artist who also works in the University of Northern Colorado’s art department, said his tree took him almost six months to build around his job. Niehoff is just starting to make a name for himself. He also shoots — he won the best black and white photo in the Tribune’s 2013 “Click” contest — and paints.

His tree was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” and Niehoff acknowledges the nod to the children’s classic by calling his tree “awareness” to emphasize the book’s powerful environmental message.

The project is far from over. Snyder plans to add five trees next year as the city continues to remodel 8th Avenue. The number of trees depends on how far the city goes with 8th Avenue. She’ll install five trees per remodeled block, and the city has the money for one block next year. There could be as many as 30 in the next four years. All of them will be designed and installed by local and regional artists. Snyder will put out a notice in December…

from the Greeley Tribune  see more photos in the Tribune story

Greeley Creative District’s Agri-Culture Fest & Feast Wins State Tourism Award

The AgriCulture Fest and Feast held in Greeley in August  received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative. The award was presented to event representatives at a dinner held October 30 during the 2014 Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference in Westminster. This highly competitive award was one of only six awards presented that evening.

The Outstanding Initiative Award acknowledges an activity, event, or project undertaken by a community or region to promote tourism in Colorado. The newly created AgriCULTURE Fest and Feast is collaboration between the Greeley Creative District, The Tribune and the Greeley Downtown Development Authority. The steering committee also included representatives from The City of Greeley, The Greeley Farmer’s Market, The University of Northern Colorado, members of the agricultural and culinary arts community, and more.

“This is an outstanding example of the spirit & the core of the Greeley community.  The timing of this event was ideal for aligning shared goals & visions of the DDA, GCD & The Tribune.  It is an honor to stand side by side by as partners with Greeley elevated as an example to our state that is full of amazing tourism experiences,” said Emily V Tilton, Event Producer with The Tribune. “Connecting the community in a collaborative production focused on the roots & the growing strengths of the people of Greeley resulted in a diverse experience shared by neighbors from across the county.  Recognition for celebrating who we are as a community speaks volumes to our original goals. The spirit of AgriCulture Fest and Feast is still alive and will continue to grow with each new season.”

Emily Tilton, Alison Hamling and Michelle Kempema

As a celebration of Greeley and Weld County’s agricultural roots and heritage, the daytime segment featured a petting zoo, tractor show, gardening and growing demonstrations, hay wagon rides, a history and heritage area, and booths representing many ag producers such as Northern Colorado Feed and Bean, Grant Farms, The Water Conservancy, 4 Rivers Equipment, and many more. The Tribune’s Event Producer, Emily V Tilton, spearheaded the efforts of the daytime festivities, while the Greeley Creative District organized the evening’s ticketed dinner for 250 attendees.

Throughout the day, visitors enjoyed entertainment from “The Green Bean Boys,”  “The Tumbleyweeds”, “Colorado Rose”,  “Merry Mixers Square Dancers,” and chamber players from the Greeley Philharmonic, among others.

The evening event was a ticketed sit-down dinner for 250 people and served as a fundraiser for the Creative District. Close to 100% of the food was procured from Weld County producers. Including 295 pounds of New York Strip steak from JBS Swift, Seven local chefs showed off their culinary skills with each preparing one or two courses. The dinner was served family, or “harvest” style in a “farm to table” like setting, but in an urban environment under the twinkling lights of the 8th St. plaza in downtown Greeley.

“We are extremely proud and honored to have received such a prestigious award for an event that is basically in its infancy” said Alison Hamling of the Greeley Creative District and the DDA. “our collaborative efforts and the way we celebrated our local growers and agricultural history made it so special and unique.”

For more information please contact Alison Hamling at 970-356-6775 or Emily Tilton at (970) 392-4450

or email alison@greeleydowntown.com  etilton@greeleytribune.com & follow AgriCultureFest on FaceBook

ReadCon offers a new chapter on creativity

ReadCon

Theater students in a University of Northern Colorado stage makeup class got a crash course in making ghoulish, gruesome creations fit for Halloween.

At Saturday’s ReadCon, the UNC students put their skills to work and helped inspire the imagination of those bold enough to be transformed from human to monster at the Nerd Store, 807 8th St. in Greeley.

The event was created by the High Plains Library District. David Turner, a library associate for the High Plains Library District, said offering Halloween activities was an opportunity for a festive transition into the ReadCon events later in the day.

Dressed for the part, ReadCon guests could participate in the Moxi Theater’s, 802 9th St. in Greeley, live comic book enactments. They also could listen to a zombie podcast or drink tea among the undead at the Cranford Cove Tea Tavern, 823 10th St. in Greeley.

It also presented a way to get youth excited in reading a variety of material, from graphic novels and comics to spooky tales. This was the second year that ReadCon invited authors, writers and residents to get excited about reading and writing. This year, ReadCon, which is designed to get residents interacting with the library, invited residents downtown to visit with authors, get writing tips, buy discounted books and explore the downtown venues in a horse-drawn carriage. The event had a Halloween theme and drew a crowd of about 1,000 through the course of the day…

Read the whole story and see more photos and the video at the Greeley Tribune  

Gnarly Trombone: Chalk event fun for the kiddos young and old

Comments on the Chalk-a-lot – such a great event we can’t stop talking about it.

From humorist Mike Peters’ weekly column in the Greeley Tribune:

“…We went in the morning and after drawing our two pictures, we left… But we couldn’t stay away. We returned in the afternoon and drew two more sections of artstuff.”

Read Mike’s whole column at:

http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/12991313-113/chalk-drew-drawing-drawings