Halloween props, masks and monsters with Ed Edmunds

You have to love OUR Creative District– from artists, to dancers, to musicians to monster makers– we have it all! Another great video of our talent from Infusion 5. Thank you Colorado Creative Industries for these great videos!  http://infusion5.com/beyondthegallery/ed-edmunds/

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GCD Board Member Pam Bricker and DDA Team Rock the Greeley Creative District

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 3.52.01 PMI want to thank the Greeley Tribune for the great coverage on downtown in Sunday’s paper. At the Downtown Development Authority we are so grateful for all of the stories that you regularly write on downtown happenings.

Although I am proud to be the leader of the DDA, I compare my leadership to the conductor of a band. The conductor is an important role, but the conductor needs great musicians to create a fabulous performance.

My “first chair” musicians are my incredible staff: Bianca Fisher, associate director; Alison Hamling, director of experience; and Karen Baumgartner, administrative assistant (who keeps us all organized.) Without them working tirelessly with me, my band would be just a solo performance.

In addition, the “rhythm section” is my board of directors, chaired by Mr. Downtown himself, Bob Tointon, who leads an array of talented business and property owners who sit on our board. They are responsible for “the charts” that keep us on task by making wise financial decisions and planning for the future.

The “unsung heroes” are the downtown businesses who provide the products, the service, the food, the arts, and the music that makes downtown hum. Some of those have been around for over 100 years, but many have recently joined the band to attract new customers of all ages. As an entrepreneur myself, I know how hard it is to create a successful business and the long hours it takes to make it happen.

The DDA is eternally grateful to the city of Greeley, which provides the infrastructure (the chairs, music stands and stage) to make so much of what we do feasible. From the city and assistant city managers to the parks department, they provide street improvements, planter beds, property for development, space and support for events, artwork, parking needs, the Ice Haus, Union Colony Civic Center, museums, farmer’s market and so much more.

The city council provides an annual grant and two of their members serve on our board, as well as appoint all of our board members.

So many administrators, faculty, staff and students of the University of Northern Colorado have had a big hand in “playing the music,” literally and figuratively. We have such wonderful student talent performing in our Creative District, but also the interns, Bear Biz program, and overall support in so many ways has blended the University with our Community.

And to make downtown successful, it takes YOU, the audience to appreciate what we all do. Thank you for supporting our businesses and attending our events.

All together, we create a great band for the city of Greeley, and I am so fortunate to currently be conducting this fabulous group of people. I am also grateful to so many people before me who started the music and kept it playing. We’re looking forward to more progress as we create a new season with some exciting new developments in 2015-16.

Pam Bricker, is the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority and secretary of the Greeley Creative District Board.

Performance art and speed painting with Armando Silva

Zach Wolfson begins Season Three of his series Beyond the Gallery with Armando Silva, a performance artist in the Greeley Creative District.

As an artist, Armando wants to bring artwork where artwork is needed. Artwork shouldn’t be a destination. Creativity shouldn’t be in one specific place – it should be everywhere, and it should be unexpected.

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Greeley’s Jessica Cooney Chosen for Governor’s Creative Leadership Award

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Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) presented the 2015 Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards at the CCI Summit luncheon in Ft Collins on Friday, April 24th.

The winners are JESSICA COONEY OF GREELEY, Don Richmond of Alamosa, and Lissette Riviere of Montrose. 

The Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards honor Coloradans who have demonstrated a significant commitment to the state’s creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism including advocacy, vision, collaboration or innovation.

Cooney was nominated in the arts and social change category for her work as director of El Teatro, a multilingual, multicultural theatre program that helps new and growing refugee and immigrant populations assimilate in Northern Colorado. Her nomination was submitted by Becky Safarik on behalf of the Greeley Creative District Board.   

2015 Business for the Arts Awards: EY Next Wave Leadership Award Finalists

5c1uFCongratulations to Ely Corliss who was a finalist for the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts EY Next Wave Leadership Award. Ely is an active member of the GCD business community as owner of the Moxi Theatre and publisher of BandWagon magazine.  CBCA shared this video of the finalists at the annual awards luncheon in March.

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Greeley Chamber recognizes Colette Pitcher

Congratulations to GCD Board member Colette Pitcher!!  Here is an excerpt from the Greeley Tribune today:

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 5.33.06 PM  Colette Pitcher calls the newfound focus on the arts in Greeley a “renaissance of arts awareness.”

Pitcher opened Showcase Art Center, 1335 8th Ave., to fill a gap when a community arts center closed in Greeley in the early 1990s.

For her efforts, Pitcher found her way into the winner’s circle Thursday night in the Greeley Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. Pitcher and several other award winners were recognized at the Island Grove Events Center.

With the arts becoming more and more scarce in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Pitcher said it wasn’t always easy to own Showcase, but she always knew art was her calling.

“There’s a fate that drives my life and it keeps saying, ‘No, you will be an artist and nothing else,’ ” she said.

Pitcher said she thinks that the importance of the arts was lost for a short time, but that the industry is making a comeback nationwide.

Read the full story here:

http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/15095988-113/greeley-chamber-recognizes-colette-pitcher

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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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

ReadCon offers a new chapter on creativity

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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