### Program Updates
**A Warm Summer Welcome**
to our new staff and volunteers: Elena, Qing Shui, Irfhan, Colleen, Lucy, Lisa, Nicole, Wilson, Madi and Meghan!
We're so glad to have you with us at The Art Garage!
**NAFSA Conference : Public Weaving Project**
The Art Garage’s Community Liaison, Joy Giles, attended the
) last week and conducted a public weaving project that incorporated attendees' words and artwork. Educators from around the world wrote inspirational messages on fabric strips and wove them together to create an incredible tapestry.
**East Arts Walk**
On May 12th, The Art Garage joined the central Denver community at the 2022 East Arts Walk. The Art Garage featured artists ages 4-14 from Winter-Spring Classes and gave our young artists the opportunity to see their work displayed in public. Thank you East High School for including us in your event!
**Laradon Art Show**
On May 20th, The Art Garage and Laradon artists curated a fantastic art show at Access Studio. We are so proud of these artists' hard work, courage, and self-expression, all of which could be seen in their powerful artwork. A big thank you to The Art Garage instructors and staff—Paige Burkart-Lima, Alison Winterle, Izaac Tafoya and Joy Giles—for all of your support and artistic encouragement and thank you to
) for your support and dedication to this programming!
**Featured Upcoming Classes:**
**Teen Plein Air Painting**
Thursdays, June 16th-30th, 5-7PM, Ages 13-18
Let’s leave the four walls of the studio behind and get up close and personal with the natural world! In this class, students will be inspired by the landscapes and incredible flora at the Denver Botanic Gardens as they develop their drawing and watercolor painting skills. Register
**Adult Pet Portraits**
Thursdays, June 23rd & 30th, 5:30-7:30PM, Ages 18+
Unleash your imagination to create a portrait of your most spoiled family member (scaly, furry, or feathered)! In this 2-week workshop, students will choose a photo of a pet or other animal and use the grid drawing technique to recreate it on a larger scale. We will explore drawing and acrylic painting techniques such as scale and dimension, blending, underpainting, highlights, shadow and detail. Register
**There's so much more to explore at The Art Garage!** See all of our upcoming classes for toddlers\, kids\, teens\, and adults
) and be sure to check out our summer camps
) - spaces have opened throughout the summer!
### Events in our Community
Floyd D. Tunson Ascent and the Black Power Tarot Exhibitions
Opening Reception: June 10th, 6-9PM at RedLine Contemporary Art Center
Join RedLine (2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, 80205) for a free opening reception for this major survey exhibition featuring works from the past five decades by artist Floyd D. Tunson. Two major arts centers in the Denver metro area—the
Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
RedLine Contemporary Art Center
)—will present the exhibition simultaneously, collaboratively curated by Wylene Carol, Daisy McGowan and Collin Parson. The exhibition will be on display June 10-July 31, 2022 at RedLine and June 9th - August 28th, 2022 at the Arvada Center.
**PHNEE Summer Passport Program**
Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (PHNEE) is sponsoring a free, COVID-safe, unplugged activity for kids and families during summer 2022! Families can walk, bike, skateboard, scoot, or drive to the locations shown on the Passport and explore key landmarks in our amazing neighborhood. Visit every school, both libraries, and three businesses (one of which is The Art Garage!), then return your passport by August 15th to be entered in a drawing for one of the Grand Prizes. Download your passport
**Peace in a Box 2022**
Celebrate Peace Day with a free box filled with skill-building activities, games, and surprises for families from The Conflict Center ! Peace Boxes are designed specifically for families with kids ages 4-10 and are available in both English and Spanish. Pick up your box on June 11th at the Peace Day Community Event and learn more about The Conflict Center
[HERE](ConflictCenter.org) and reserve your box
### Community Resources
**Kid Friendly Art Activities in Denver!**
"Your kids may want to take their finger paint to your clean walls, but we’d like to save you that headache! Get their creative juices flowing by visiting any of these four amazing businesses offering kid-friendly art activities in Denver (including The Art Garage!)." See the list
**Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits**
Order your free at-home tests through the United States Postal Service today! Each order includes 8 rapid antigen COVID-19 tests and will be shipped to your household at no charge. Order your tests
**Free Webinar: The Twice Exceptional Child**
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 12-1PM
Guiding Bright Minds
) for a free online panel centering on the ways that High Cognitive Functioning and Learning Struggles impact social, emotional, and behavioral development. This seminar will dive into parental and student strategies with experts Craig Knippenberg and Rosalie Prendergast and include time for Q&A after the presentation.