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 email@example.com.
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 970-419-8240. There is also a list of resources on the Beet Street website, www.beetstreet.org.