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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.

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! 

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.

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

Opportunities for Artists!

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There are so many opportunities coming up to share your art in Fort Collins, that we decided to list all the calls for entry, open auditions, contests and classes that we could find. Please let us know if there is anything else you know of that should be on this list! You can post opportunities for yourself at the AIR Opportunity Center if you are a free or paid member, and you can always get in touch with us through the Beet Street Facebook page!

The Center of Fine Art Photography Exhibition Entries due January 23, 11:59pm:

Explore stories, memories and histories through personal, familial, cultural and/or universal imagery.

More information 

The Center of Fine Art Photography Classes:

The Business of Photography – February 16

Lighting with Flash – February 17.

Learn More 

Streetmosphere 

Audition deadline January 28, 5pm:

Get paid to share your art on the streets of Fort Collins!  Beet Street is seeking a wide-variety of talent to perform as part of this year’s Streetmosphere program scheduled for May 10 – September 1, 2013.

More information

Battle of the Bards Poetry Contest

Entries accepted February 1 – 15:

This contest for both teens and adults is sponsored by the Poudre River Public Library District.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three winners in both categories.

More information

2013 Transformer Cabinet Mural Project,  Proposals Due February 12, 5pm:

The City of Fort Collins, Art in Public Places Program is seeking local artists, teams, or non-profit organizations to develop and paint murals on electrical transformer cabinets around Fort Collins. The murals are intended to help mitigate graffiti, as well as add art to the community.

Learn More

Rigden Farm Call for Entries by February 15:

An inter-generational art show that will be presented on February 20th.

Artists young and old are encouraged to display their work.

Contact Rigden Farm

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January 17th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

AIR Tour

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Our recently launched website, Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR), has been growing rapidly—now incorporating almost 600 members. The website includes a variety of great resources designed for all artists and art-based organizations, not only for inspiration and motivation, but also for connecting and succeeding. This regional arts incubator is a wonderful opportunity for artists to utilize many tools in one convenient website.

Recently, we have added a helpful and comprehensive website tour to the homepage. This tour, guided by our own Executive Director, Beth Flowers, walks viewers through the website features and functionality. If you have never visited the website before, have casually browsed it, or have recently become a member, this tour is the perfect chance to learn the power of the website and how to use it.

We are still in the midst of our membership drive and are recruiting as many people as possible. There is no force to commit. Though paid members have access to more features and benefits, free memberships still include a great base of available resources. So please, visit the website, and take the tour to help get you immersed in AIR.

Holidays of the Arts

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The holiday season is upon us once again. The cold weather has finally come out of hiding, helping the transition into the winter months. Old Town is glimmering with a mass of glowing lights, familiar holiday drinks have returned to menus across town, and often, this cold time of the year brings warmth through traditions and the spirit of the season.

As many people are building our local economy by shopping at local stores, may we not forget about our wonderful arts scene, which can be a wonderful option to indulge in the spirit of the holidays. Many arts organizations feature holiday shows, including the CSU University Center for the Arts’ production A Christmas Story, Canyon Concert Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Bas Bleu Theatre’s Almost Maine, and Opera Fort CollinsGift of the Magi. The opportunity to enjoy and support the arts during this holiday season is invaluable.

Sharing time with friends and family is a large part of many people’s traditions and what better occasion to create memories than attending the multitude of fantastic, spirit boosting, arts events in Fort Collins.

Key to the Future

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Creativity is one of those traits everyone wants a little more of and you can never have enough of. It is a characteristic pursued in both the art and the business world. According to the Americans for the Arts, “… creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders…the arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd millennium.”

Innovation becomes more important as we experience current challenges and attempt to predict problems of subsequent years. It is important to examine creativity as an entity in our lives and the role it plays in shaping our future.

To look at how we can encourage it in our children, inspire it in our daily lives, enhance it in our workplace, and take the steps necessary to grow creativity in our communities.

Resources to expand knowledge on the nature of creativity are abundant. Local creatives and artists, books, magazines, and especially the Internet, – information on creativity is everywhere. A great place to search for them online is our AIR (Arts Incubator of the Rockies) website. The Knowledge Center is full of videos, articles, and more on creative topics.

Fresh AIR

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The Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR) is a new program created in collaboration with Beet Street, Colorado State University, and the City of Fort Collins. But, instead of just Colorado based, it is a 10 state regional arts incubator program with a beautifully crafted website as its foundation.

The AIR website provides a place where artists can share and get feedback on their work, collaborate with other artists, look for job opportunities in the Opportunity Center, watch inspirational videos, and read helpful articles in the Knowledge Center. Also offered, are the Shift and Evolve workshops, which were generated to develop and expand individuals’ confidence and success in their professional journeys. Overall, It is an amazing site centered around and specifically constructed for all kinds of artists and art organizations.

There is an option to be a free or paid member (added benefits and features for paid members), and with paid memberships starting at $50 annually, the benefits outweigh the cost. AIR combines marketing opportunity, a constructive artist community, and the convenience of multiple tools for artists in one place.

The more members who join AIR, the deeper the benefits and the higher the quality the website becomes. If you haven’t already, check out the website and all its amazing features, become a member, and tell all your friends.