For a group of Denver artists, Colorado Art Tank 2016 was a chance to pitch ideas that harnessed the power of the arts to educate and engage the community — and to compete for cash. The live audience, which included a panel of leaders from within the non-profit, government, and cultural sectors, was inspired, entertained, and ultimately moved to determine who would receive more than $65,000 in program funding. “Art Tank” airs as a new group of finalists prepare to compete for another round of funding during a live presentation on Tuesday, February 7 at Hamilton Recital Hall, located in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. Shannon Ogden of ABC 7 will serve as emcee of Colorado Art Tank 2017.
The Colorado Art Tank 2017 finalists are:
“Bart the Art Bus” from Spark City Children’s Museum is a 40-foot school bus that has been converted into a mobile children’s museum. Spark City’s mission is to provide a safe, engaging environment that sparks the intellectual and creative curiosity of young children in Jefferson County.
“This Machine Has a Soul!” from Warm Cookies of the Revolution will gather artists in our community to create what may be the world’s largest and most complex Rube Goldberg-style machine. The goal is to engage residents who are affected by the I-70 highway expansion in a Participatory Budgeting process where they will decide how Mitigation Funds should be spent to protect their health.
“Mending Machine” from The bARTer Collective is a mobile sewing studio/tool workshop, occupying the bARTer truck, where visitors are invited to participate in learning how to mend anything on their person at that moment while working with the Mending Machinists through face-to-face dialogue with bARTer Collective artists and community members.
“My Dinner in Montbello” from Colorado Black Arts Movement will provide an opportunity to engage residents (including students from the Noel Community Arts School) in the arts as artists and theater-goers at the same time they experience other cultures and get to know their neighbors.
“Moveable Feast” from RedLine Contemporary Art Center is a five-month project that includes artist-designed tables placed in public sites throughout the Five Points neighborhood of Denver. The completion of each table would be celebrated with a community meal that would include neighborhood residents, individuals experiencing homelessness, and those who work nearby.
“We Still Live”from Arts Street is a community-based art project, in collaboration with Arts Street@YEA youth, Denver artist Thomas Evans, and the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID) to combat gang recruitment and affiliation by exploring self-identity and heritage through the arts.