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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

The AIR Shift Workshop: Lessons for Life

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Beet Street is hosting a weekend workshop September 20-22 for anyone who wants to boost their career or build their community.

One of the most unique aspects of the AIR Shift Workshop is that it brings something different to everyone by connecting creativity and business in innovative ways. If you are a visual artist, musician, writer or performer you will learn how to bring business tools into your creative practice and how to find partners and funders. If you are an accountant, lawyer, teacher, or business owner you will learn how you can benefit from working with artists and how you can bring more creativity to your day job. You may even find the inspiration and skills to begin a new venture or career change.

During the three day workshop you will discover new opportunities in the new economy of innovation and art, learn design thinking and business planning in a hands-on process, develop new relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, imagine new career paths, and develop your own personal action plan.

High School Science teacher Jan Harrison said, “I was ready for a change and AIR Shift gave me a place to start. I now have the confidence and practical skills to begin a new creative venture and will also bring this inspiration to my current job.” Jan went on to take the AIR Evolve Program which guides participants through launching their own creative venture over 6 months. Now she says, “My business isn’t just a dream any more, it is a real venture in process, and I owe it all to the Arts Incubator of the Rockies’ Shift and Evolve lessons and tools, as well as the instructors, coaches, and fellow artists I met through these programs”

Join the participants who are already registered for the September AIR Shift Workshop from New York, Utah, and all over Colorado. The $225 workshop fee includes meals and happy hours during the weekend and a year-long membership to the Arts Incubator of the Rockies, which brings many benefits of its own.

If you are ready to develop and launch your own venture, the AIR Shift Workshop is also a prerequisite for the six month AIR Evolve Program which begins in October. The $900 AIR Evolve Program (monthly payment plans available by emailing info@airartsincubator.org) includes nine specialized classes to focus on practical business tools and six executive coaching sessions to provide individualized feedback and motivation for your project. You will use design thinking, the AIR Venture Canvas, and Lean Startup principles to refine your venture and make it a reality.

All AIR programs are designed to serve and connect creatives, businesses, and the larger community. Only you can say where that might lead you. Learn More and Register Today.

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

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.

Danielle Ate the Sandwich Rocked Streetmosphere

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This post is brought to you by Street Team member Ryan Tay:

Saturday night featured a strong performance from the nationally acclaimed, Fort Collins favorite, Danielle Ate The Sandwich. Entertaining a crowd of more than 400, Danielle and her band mates Chris Jusell and Dennis Bigelow played through some of Danielle’s most recognizable hits. Her signature brand of light folk music set the tone on another gorgeous Fort Collins evening. Reminiscent of a traditional folk sound with a modern pop twist, Danielle has drawn comparisons to artists such as Colbie Caillat and Sarah Bareilles. To explore more about Danielle Ate The Sandwich, follow the link to visit Danielle’s artist page to learn more about her unique talent: http://danielleatethesandwich.com

Be sure to join Streetmosphere at Front Range Village next weekend with Brian Hull and the Escape Goats on Friday night from 6:00 – 9:00 pm . Then, return on Saturday ready to dance as the Manabí Salsa Band takes the stage on the lawn beginning at 6:30 pm.

Danielle Ate the Sandwich

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July 24th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

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

Canyon Concert Ballet Returns to Streetmosphere

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The Canyon Concert Ballet was a part of Streetmosphere’s first year when their traditional venue, the Lincoln Center was under renovation. After two years off, the ballet decided to audition again this year because they so enjoyed reaching the community in this unique way.  As Executive Director Kim Lang states, “Streetmosphere is a great program to expose all kinds of arts to all kinds of people.  It doesn’t take long for someone passing by to be drawn in to the beauty of art.”

The Canyon Concert Ballet has grown over the past 33 years to a company of nearly 20 dancers and instructors. It is also the leading dance school in Northern Colorado, with over 400 students in two locations. On Saturday afternoon, the ballet will present three performing groups: The Canyon Concert Youth Ensemble with students 6-15, the competition troupe of teenage, advanced students, and the Canyon Concert Ballet Company itself. We look forward to their return.

Canyon Concert Ballet Performing at Streetmosphere

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June 13th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Improvisation: From Comedy Brewers to Northern Colorado Writers

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As the Bas Bleu theatre website notes, “an evening of Comedy Brewers combines the fast pace of hilarious short-form improv games along with long-form style that collaboratively tells a story. From comedy to drama, short scenes to full-length epics, The Comedy Brewers will engage and entertain audiences with rich characters and relationships.”

The Comedy Brewers are taking their improv act to the corner of Mountain and College this Saturday from 4:30 – 7:30pm. Their performance will change depending on the audience and whatever mood may strike! Whatever they come up with, it is sure to be hilarious.

We will also see a form of improv in the written word this weekend from Northern Colorado Writers. This collective of writers will be in Oak Street plaza on Saturday from 12:30-3:30pm doing readings of their work, but also getting the public involved in writing a progressive community story.

View the Northern Colorado Writers’ facebook event to see the full list of members who will be doing readings, and visit them in person this Saturday afternoon to contribute a line of writing to the story written by the Streetmosphere audience!

Comedy Brewers

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June 6th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Streetmosphere Stats

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Because we’re so thrilled about starting the 2013 season just one week from tomorrow, we would like to take a moment to look back and see how the program has grown since its inaugural season in 2010.

  • Over 1,100 performances have taken place!
  • This year, there will be 17% youth acts, with a special Poudre School District Elementary School Showcase and a Little Kids Rock Showcase.
  • Public attendance of street performances grew from 60,000 in 2010 to nearly 150,000 in 2012.
  • Approximately 55% of visitors to Old Town come specifically to see Streetmosphere artists and performers (based on in-person surveys)
  • More than 50 local businesses and organizations have provided financial support of the program.
  • The number of qualified applications received grew from 90 the first year to 125 this year.

We look forward to seeing you as a part of this year’s crowd!

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May 2nd, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Streetmosphere is Just Around the Corner

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Even though there is still snow on the ground, here at Beet Street, we’ve got Streetmosphere on our minds. This year’s season begins on Mother’s Day weekend, and May 10 will be here before we know it. We will be back in Old Town every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend. We will also be back at Front Range Village in South Fort Collins July 5 – August 3, with Friday night performances and a NEW Saturday evening concert series!

We are very pleased to announce that we will bring over 90 acts to the streets of Fort Collins this season! That is a 48% increase from last year, allowing us to support more performers and provide a greater variety of entertainment. It was wonderful to see over 120 talented acts apply this year – thanks to all of you.

These increases say a lot about the program. First, that the word about Streetmosphere is spreading, not only in Fort Collins, but throughout Colorado. We are proud to see how far Streetmosphere has come in just three years, helping to put Fort Collins on the map as an arts and culture destination. There are also several cities that are  interested in starting a similar program, and we are working with them to discover how they might bring Streetmosphere to their own communities.

You can keep up to date with with Streetmosphere by liking Beet Street and Streetmosphere on Facebook, and following Beet Street on Twitter. We’ll keep you posted!