Internship Interviews
Oct
16
12:00 PM12:00

Internship Interviews

Today we met with a few high school students who have offered their time and talent above a collaborating art class. These students wrote in offering to assist in art classes for the younger grades. A couple offered their artistic talents and are designing art for submitted ideas and photos, as well as refining art from younger kids whose doodles need to be transformed into cuttable symbols. A couple high schoolers are even going to help turn the symbols into vectorized files that will be transferred directly to the lasers. If you or someone you know would like an opportunity to be more involved, please shoot us an email.

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Durango Farmers Market Shop Chat and Doodle!
Oct
13
8:00 AM08:00

Durango Farmers Market Shop Chat and Doodle!

Meet, greet, and discuss our community project together in person. Please stop by The City of Durango’s booth and share with us what inspires you about Durango. We want to incorporate your love of our town into our art piece. Our website will remain up and continue to accept ideas through December, but we’d love to meet you in person! See you at the Farmer’s Market!

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School Outreach: Saint Columba
Oct
9
1:00 PM13:00

School Outreach: Saint Columba

Lead Artists Allison Leigh Smith & Bryce Pettit attended art classes with “Miss B” (Jessie Byrnes) and shared the project Common Threads with 6th-8th grade elective art students. They discussed symbolism, writing a story about Durango that showed community and a sense of home, and in later classes, Miss B will lead art classes that turn their short story of Durango into a symbol for Common Threads.

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Elementary Art Teacher Meeting
Oct
8
2:00 PM14:00

Elementary Art Teacher Meeting

Allison Leigh Smith met with Durango School’s Elementary Art Teachers to explain Common Threads and offer to come to art classes before the new year to include each school in the making of this public art project.
“Teachers have been the most responsive and excited about this project. They collectively cheer community involvement and immediately come up with ways to make the project better and participation stronger. I’m so grateful for them!” ~Allison

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School Outreach: Park Elementary
Oct
2
9:00 AM09:00

School Outreach: Park Elementary

Outreach to our local school has begun! Lead artist Allison Leigh Smith is visiting Deb Jackson’s 5th grade classes to discuss the importance of public art, this project specifically, and how they can contribute with their own artistic symbol of what Durango means to them. We’ll discuss symbolism, positive and negative shapes, and silhouettes. aWe’ll talk about creating a personal emblem for their community. Ms. Jackson is having her students cut their symbols out of black paper and hold them up to the window so they can see how their chosen graphic will look if it is cut from metal screens, just like Common Threads.

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Aug
29
5:00 PM17:00

Animas City Farmers Market

Another chance at this fun new event to stock up on fresh produce, flowers, have a beer and share with us what you love about Durango. We had such a great time last week, that we are showing up with little notice this week. We just want to be here. Hope to see you there!

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Meltdown on the Mesa
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Meltdown on the Mesa

Lead Artists Allison Leigh Smith will be at Meltdown on the Mesa, set up under an umbrella to chat for a moment and hear what you love about Durango. Your idea could be integrated with others' and cut from steel to go on permanent display in the median of 550/160. Stop by for a couple minutes while enjoying the great Meltdown!

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11th Street Station Drinks & Doodles
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

11th Street Station Drinks & Doodles

Come meet us at one of our favorite downtown joints and share with us what you love about this town. We want to turn your ideas into art. Stop by for drinks, food, and good conversation. We’ll bring our sketchbooks and you bring your stories. Let’s make some art from the heart for Durango... by Durango.

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Free Linocut Community Art Workshop
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Free Linocut Community Art Workshop

Join lead artists Allison Smith and Bryce Pettit at a fun workshop for Community Members to contribute to the 550/160 median project. Attendants will discuss what makes Durango special, learn how to turn ideas into simple drawings, and then create a stamp with a linocutting technique that can be used to create single or patterned prints. While great for most ages, this class will be using tools with a blade and adults may need to assist children under 12. The class will be using permanent ink, so please wear art-making clothes. The class is drop-in and generally takes 45 min - 75 min.

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Free Linocut Community Art Workshop
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Free Linocut Community Art Workshop

Join lead artists Allison Smith and Bryce Pettit at a fun workshop for Community Members to contribute to the 550/160 median project. Attendants will discuss what makes Durango special, learn how to turn ideas into simple drawings, and then create a stamp with a linocutting technique that can be used to create single or patterned prints. While great for most ages, this class will be using tools with a blade and adults may need to assist children under 12. The class will be using permanent ink, so please wear art-making clothes. 

Please note this is first come first serve, with 20 spaces available at a time.

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