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.   

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.

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Read the full story in the Greeley Tribune 

Dan Turnbeaugh is seen here

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

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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