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The Umbrella Project – Supporting the Arts in Larimer County

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As the damage from the September floods continues to be identified and stories unfold, we discover that many artists have been deeply affected. They have lost studios and practice spaces, visual artwork and instruments have been ruined, supplies and equipment lost or broken, creative businesses and non-profits overwhelmed with damages. Without the arts, how can our communities truly recover? The Umbrella Project is a fund to support artists and creatives in Larimer County that are affected by natural disasters, including the recent flooding.

To launch this initiative, Beet Street is partnering with the local arts community to create a unique and interactive fundraising event on October 26th. The Umbrella Project launch will be a celebration of creativity, with live performances featuring local musicians, actors, poets and writers, visual art for viewing and for sale including work donated from the Water exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography, and a community art project that will carry on beyond the event with a public installation of decorated umbrellas throughout the city.

Many artists and organizations are donating their time and talent to create an unforgettable experience that will make a lasting difference in Larimer County.

Join the Opening of the Umbrella Project

Saturday, October 26, 6-9pm

Creative Community Center 200 Mathews Street, Fort Collins

$20 donation for admission

Visit www.beetstreet.org to learn more, donate, or purchase advance event tickets

Through this event, the Umbrella Project fund will be created to support artists and creatives affected by the flooding in Larimer County, and will extend as an ongoing arts relief fund to assist artists in the wake natural disasters.

We encourage everyone to do what you can to help sustain the arts throughout our county. Besides attending the event on October 26, here are some other ways to get involved:

– Volunteer for the event. Please email info@beetstreet.org.

– Make a donation online at www.beetstreet.org.

– Artists are encouraged to donate a work of art to an exhibition and sale during the event or to decorate an artists’ umbrella. Please bring your piece to the Community Creative Center Friday, October 18, 4 – 6pm or get in touch before then if you can’t make that time.

If you are an artist that has been affected or know someone who has, tell us your story and tell us what you need as we develop this fund. Contact us at info@beetstreet.org or by calling 970-419-8240. There is also a list of resources on the Beet Street website, www.beetstreet.org.


 

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October 11th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Thank You All for a Great Season!

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This has been another wonderful Streetmosphere season, with live performances all summer long, both downtown and in South Fort Collins. There are many people and organizations that are behind all of this free, public art, and we want to make sure everyone knows who has contributed their time, money, and talents to make Streetmosphere possible!


First and foremost, we thank this year’s sponsors: Otterbox, OtterCares, the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the Bohemian Foundation, Front Range Village, KUNC, Killer Rabbit and White Balcony, and Go West. These businesses and organizations listed on the Streetmosphere signs each week as well as all of those in the Streetmosphere Guidebook made a major commitment to the program from the start and we could not do it without them.

In addition, we had an incredible show of public support through our Streetmosphere Kickstarter campaign. We can’t thank our 320 Kickstarter supporters enough for pitching in to fill the funding gap we experienced this year.

In addition to funding, we have a dedicated and hardworking team of on-street stage managers and interns. They are the people ones that set-up, organize, and problem-solve each weekend to make the season run smoothly.


Finally, we could not do ANYTHING at all without our amazingly talented Streetmosphere performers. This year there were 90 unique acts, from youth dance groups to rock bands and improv comedy. We thank you all for sharing your art, for engaging with the community in such a personal way, for at times braving harsh sun and hail, and for being professional and graceful through it all.



Thank you all. We can’t wait to do it all again with you next year! 

Performer Spotlight: Ryan Fourt Trio

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Jazz guitarist Ryan Fourt played with a number of Streetmosphere groups in 2012 and enjoyed his experience so much he decided to audition with his own group this year. Fourt says, “I love playing with my trio and the kinds of things we can do in terms of interaction and interplay are what really inspire me. Ryan says, “To me, Streetmosphere is like the icing on the cake to what is already an amazing music and cultural scene… the fact that you can walk between all the various street corners and hear something completely different at each one is a testament to the great talent that we have right here in Northern Colorado.

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August 27th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Performer Spotlight: Britton Deuel

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You may have also seen Britton Deuel serenading the public during Streetmosphere, but you can also catch him on the Bohemian Nights’ Singer-Songwriters stage this Saturday at 11:00 am. Deuel’s raw yet simple musical style reveals his true passion for music and writing, and as he says, “Performing allows me to open up to people and tell stories.” Deuel grew up in the hometown of Johnny Carson (Norfolk, Nebraska), but since moving to Fort Collins has been especially impressed with the camaraderie between artists that is found here. Britton adds, “It’s great to see the support that is given to one another.  It’s huge confidence builder when people are actually paying attention.”

 

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August 15th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Diane Findley’s Faces

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Diane Findley’s paintings are vibrant and energetic – you can’t miss them! She has been painting with Streetmosphere since the program began in 2010, and has been mainstay of the artist community in town for much longer.

Diane is especially known for her portraits. This spring she generously donated a custom portrait to Streetmosphere’s Kickstarter campaign, with the proceeds strengthening this year’s season. The painting that resulted is of a Fort Collins business owner that has also been supportive of Streetmosphere from the beginning, Nora Hill, the owner of Kilwin’s.

This painting is a great example of how Streetmosphere brings the community together! Diane further explains, “The Streetmosphere life from my side is rich. I am not the least bit shy about sharing the art experience and often I think little children are my best audience. It is a grand moment when you can introduce someone to the magic of what happens when yellow meets blue. It is always great fun to move the paint around and talk about what is happening on the canvas and how it relates to a physical reality.”

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August 8th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

The Community Creative Center is Open

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The Community Creative Center is open at the Historic Carnegie Building! Beet Street moved into the 3rd floor offices last March and has been working with the city and the Lincoln Center to plan, program and prepare the building for the public.

The Lincoln Center is managing the 2nd floor Gallery and opened with a bang last Friday! Over 50 artists were in line when the doors opened for an Open Hang – a first-come, first-served, fill-the-walls from floor-to-ceiling exhibition.

Before the Doors Opened

Before the Doors Opened

By 4pm, all 160 artists that came found wall space….

Hanging artwork

and a beautiful exhibition was formed:

Open Hang Exhibition

The Open Hang Exhibition is on view until August 24th, Saturdays from noon-4pm and during a First Friday Gallery Walk opening hosted by Beet Street, August 2nd, 6-9pm.

Come see us!

Located at 200 Mathews Street, the Community Creative Center’s main gallery space is managed by the Lincoln Center. Details on how YOU can rent the space can be found here beginning August 12.

Manabí Salsa Band Inspired Dancing Crowds

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The first salsa band in town, Manabí really got the Front Range Village crowd moving with their Latin beats.

Streetmosphere at the Avery House

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Streetmosphere will also be making a special Fourth of July Streetmosphere appearance this Thursday at the Avery House. From 10:00am-3:00pm audiences will enjoy several unique performances.

10:00am-11:30am Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association

12:00pm-1:30pm American Tapestry

2:00pm-3:00pm d’ACCORDion

Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association is a group of musicians committed to preserving, promoting, and presenting old-time music in the Central Rocky Mountain region.

American Tapestry is a singing group that specializes in “History Through Entertainment”. American Tapestry brings their program to life by dressing in period costumes, playing the roles of historical figures, and by singing and choreographing songs of America’s past – a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day!

American Tapestry in action!

 

And d’ACCORDion is exactly what it sounds like – musical stylings from accordian player Martin Limbird.

This weekend is also the launch of Streetmosphere South with multiple performances Friday from 6:00-9:00pm and The Holler! as the first Saturday Concert.

There will of course also be Streetmosphere performances downtown, which will run Saturday from 12:30-8:30pm and Sunday from 12:30-4:30pm.

So much going on! We look forward to seeing you!

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July 3rd, 2013 at 11:13 am

Streetmosphere South is Starting Soon!

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Downtown can’t have all the fun. Get ready for Streetmosphere South, which is starting July 5 and runs for 5 weekends through August 3.

Streetmosphere expanded last year to Front Range Village, which is the shopping area near Harmony Rd. and Corbett Dr. This year brings an exciting new addition to spice things up a little more – a Saturday Concert Series! And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the lineup:

  • July 6 – The Holler! A quartet with a bluegrassy sound, rock n’ roll personality and passionate vocals delivered with mountaintop exclamation.
  • July 13 – Liz Barnez and Streetmosphere Friends A wonderfully eclectic singer/songwriter joined by several Streetmosphere favorites.
  • July 20  – Danielle Ate the Sandwich Nationally-recognized independent folk musician and songwriter from Fort Collins
  • July 27 – Manabí Salsa Band The first salsa band in town, playing pure Latin salsa that is perfect for both families and dancing crowds.
  • August 3 – Kenny Cordova & the Olde Rock Band Presenting the greatest rock and roll, motown, and country music hits.

The concerts will be Saturday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. On Fridays during those 5 weeks there will be a more traditional Streetmosphere experience in Front Range Village, with multiple performances at once from 6-9pm including Opera Fort Collins, The Honey Gitters and the Escape Goats.

We are excited to see you down there!

This is a previous concert held in Front Range Village. There is a nice big lawn, bring your blankets!

To review:

Streetmosphere South

July 5-August 3, 2013

Fridays 6-9pm and Saturday Concert Series 6:30-8:30pm

Downtown will still be running as well! Saturdays 12:30-8:30pm and Sundays 12:30-4:30pm

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June 25th, 2013 at 8:25 am

Rich With Friends Brings Their Music to Streetmosphere

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The band members of Rich With Friends hail from all over the United States, coming together to create a unique sound with great energy. Acoustic guitarist and lead singer Rich Center describes their music as “A blend of Bluegrass/Americana/Folk,” and notes, “We have a stellar time… Playing in front of a live audience only feeds the fire and sometimes we even dance ourselves off stage.”

Rich is joined by his friends Kenny (bassist), Brian (electric guitartist), and Emily (mandolinist) who are excited to perform at Streetmosphere this summer. “Streetmosphere provides the stage for people to interact through the medium of music,” says Rich, adding, “the bottom line is that music and arts bring community together… to be a part of that is amazing.” See Rich with Friends perform at Streetmosphere this Saturday evening in Old Town Square. You might even hear Brian playing the electric guitar and kazoo at the same time, or the catch the infamous song “String Break”, written in honor of Rich’s tendency to break guitar strings during his wild performances.

Rich With Friends

You can also read more about the band at www.richwithfriends.com, and follow them on Facebook.

 

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June 21st, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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