COMMUNITY

May Newsletter

HANNAH BEAN  \  MAY 11, 2022

### Program Updates

**The Art Garage is Looking for Class Space!**
We are currently looking for rental spaces for summer classes! Please reach out to us at directors@artgaragedenver.com to refer us to any spaces you know of that are available this summer.

**CAMPLIFY: 2022 Soccer Electric Summer Camp**
Denver East High School; June 6 - 10, 2022
Join us for soccer, movies, and art at CAMPLIFY 2022! Soccer Electric is teaming up with The Art Garage, the SIE Film Center, Nature's Educators, and more amazing organizations around Denver for their 8th annual CAMPLIFY. Learn more and register [HERE](https://www.soccerelectric.com/camps.html)!

**Featured Upcoming Classes:**
**Adult Nail and String Art Workshop**
Sunday, May 22nd, 11:30AM-2:30PM with Brea Jones
In this one-day workshop, we will create interesting, unique artworks using wood, nails, and string! With guidance from our skilled instructor, students will prepare their wood, plan and sketch their piece, and finish their creations by adding nails and the final string layer. Register today [HERE](https://artgaragedenver.com/courses/3936)!

**May 31st-June 3rd Classes!**
9AM-12PM, Ages 3-12
Tuesday, May 31st: Printmaking
Wednesday, June 1st: Ceramics
Thursday, June 2nd: Mixed Media
Friday, June 3rd: Self Portraits
There is still space in our 6-8 year old and 9-12 year old classes - register today [HERE](https://artgaragedenver.com/courses?categories=36&ages=4,6,9)!

**There's so much more to explore at The Art Garage!** See all of our upcoming classes for toddlers\, kids\, teens\, and adults [HERE](https://artgaragedenver.com/courses) and be sure to check out our summer camps [HERE](https://artgaragedenver.com/courses?categories=7) - spaces have opened throughout the summer!

### Events in our Community

**East Arts Walk!**
Friday, May 12th, 5:30PM-8PM
Join The Art Garage at the East Arts Walk on Friday, May 12th where we will be displaying a curated collection of works from our 3-12 year old students! You can find The Art Garage on the grassy area right in front of East High School (16009 City Park Esplanade, Denver, CO, 80206). We can't wait to see you!

**Join the Colorado Symphony for a In Conversation Panel Discussion**
Thursday, May 12th, 5:00PM-7:30PM at the Sie Film Center
Join the Colorado Symphony for this special panel discussion seeking to elevate BIPOC artits accompanying the premiere of the new Charlie Burrell documentary, The Longest Walk. Panelists include Awadagin Pratt, pianist, John-Claude Futrell, spoken-word poet, and Zoe Smith-Holladay, DSA student, playwright, and spoken-word poet. Reserve your seat [HERE](https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-7l-Z1eaZeAXcld3TqL_Tok7n2FYGF1aQXkgC-9Mgge7VJg/viewform)!

**The Art of Banksy**
April 14th-June 12th at The Denver Sports Castle
Don't miss the largest touring exhibition of authentic Banksy artworks in the world! This incredible collection will be the inaugural exhibition of The Denver Sports Castle (1000 N Broadway, Denver) and is the perfect accompaniment to our [The Art of Banksy](https://artgaragedenver.com/courses/3820) summer camp for 9-12 year olds! Buy tickets [HERE](BanksyExhibit.com/Denver).

**Triada Art Collective Show!**
May 28th and 29th at The Art Garage
Instagram: @[triada.art.collective](https://www.instagram.com/triada.art.collective/)
Join us at The Art Garage Saturday, May 28th from 6-9PM and Sunday, May 29th from 10AM -3PM to see collaborative artworks by local artists Gabriela Carrión, Rachael Weiss, and The Art Garage's Joy Giles!

### Community Resources

**Article: What Color is Nude?**
"What color do you associate with the color nude? Do you picture shades of light pink? Variations of browns? Or is it dependent on your complexion? The word itself describes a state of nakedness, devoid of the specified color. Yet throughout history, the color 'nude' has been attributed to shades of pale pink and beige based on Caucasian skin tones (Color Psychology). From dresses and underwear to bandages and cosmetics, descriptions of 'nude-colored' or 'flesh-colored' cater to those with fair skin. Even as moves to diversify commercially-used products grow, they fail to address how discriminatory design practices prioritize and center white bodies, making Black and Brown people an afterthought." Read the full article [HERE](https://the-ard.com/2022/04/21/what-color-is-nude-discriminatory-design/).

**Colorado Arts Action Network (CAAN)**
"Join the new Colorado Arts Action Network (CAAN) and lend your voice to support the arts in Colorado! You can ensure that arts, culture and the creative industries are valued and supported by policymakers and voters, resulting in economically vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities throughout our state.
It’s easy to advocate – and this grassroots mobilization platform will do the heavy lifting for you. You will receive important state and federal policy updates and have the opportunity to quickly take action and communicate directly with your elected officials.
Make sure your senators and representatives know your position on key pieces of legislation so that your priorities are their priorities!  Sign up [HERE](https://cbca.org/colorado-arts-action-network/) to join the collective effort and take action to influence policies that impact our creative sector."

**Joyous Book Club**
Monthly book recommendations from The Art Garage's Community Liaison, Joy Giles

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This story takes the reader into the life of Kiko Himura as she grapples with her dysfunctional family and her half Japanese heritage, learns what it means to be truly loved unconditionally, and discovers that her true strength lies in her artwork.
There was so much that I loved about this book. My heart broke for Kiko many times and swelled with pride and happiness many times as well. I absolutely loved the art element in the storyline and I highly recommend this book for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Another really great book is When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller, which focuses on a Korean American family who move to Washington state to live with their ailing grandmother.

Playing With Matches by Suri Rosen
Raina is riddled with guilt from past misdeeds and really wants to make things right with her family - especially her sister. After setting up her new friend and a family acquaintance on a very successful date, Raina is thrown into the world of matchmaking after the happy couple spread the word to their friends.
This book is heartwarming, sad at times, a quick read, and really funny, too - especially when Raina has to deal with the escapades of her misbehaving Bubby! I enjoyed this book and recommend it for Jewish American Heritage Month! If historical fiction is more what you like, try Incantation by Alice Hoffman, a tragic and beautifully written story about a Jewish family during the Spanish Inquisition.

**Looking for More?**
Check out South Korean artist [JeeYoung Lee](https://cargocollective.com/jeeyounglee), whose surrealist photos are produced by constructing elaborate sets and then photographing herself inside them. "My artwork allows me to look back at my experience, but it also helps me get over the emotions involved with that experience." - [Recreating Mental Landscapes: Artist Profile of JeeYoung Lee](https://www.psychedelicbabymag.com/2020/06/recreating-mental-landscapes-artist-profile-of-jeeyoung-lee.html)

Another artist to check out is [Olivia Guterson (aka Midnight Olive)](https://www.midnightolive.com/), a self-taught, Jewish American, multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Detroit. "I come from a long line of Jewish women who used their hands to create and bring family and community together." - [Drawing Inspiration from the Well of Being a Woman](https://rebooting.com/article/olivia-guterson-drawing-inspiration-from-the-well-of-being-a-woman/)




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