Museum of Friends Receives an Art in Society Grant from the RedLine in Denver for $25,000.00 to implement a new project: “Artists & Veterans Work Project with 3-D
Design for Community Development” and the 1st Makers Space in Huerfano County
Arts in Society is a collaborative grant-making program that fosters cross-sector work through the arts by supporting the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans. The program, which is administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center and funded through a cohort of Colorado funders, provides grants ranging in size from $5,000-$35,000 to individuals and organizations who seek to implement projects that utilize the arts as an integral element in promoting social justice and community welfare. 2020 Arts in Society grants are funded by Colorado Creative Industries, Bonfils Stanton Foundation, Hemera Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, and the SCFD. Local partners include: The City of Walsenburg and the Veterans Affairs Department; The Fox Theatre; the 3rd Judicial District “Useful Public Service” program; and the RE1 School District.
The Funded Project “Artists & Veterans Work Project with 3-D Design for Community Development” will:
· Create a MoF space to accommodate the 3-D printers, workshop, and a materials storage area with a sink creating a co-working space in the basement or the first “Maker’s Space” in Huerfano County .
· Purchase 3-D printers (3), CAD programs, filament for making various utilitarian and sellable objects such as: planter boxes; bird houses; bird feeders; fly swatters and those imagined during creativity brain-storming workshops.
Community meetings at the Fox:
· Kickoff Town Hall to present the new technology and employment plan.
· The need for a Plastic Recycling Center and what the community envisions.
· A series of films on art, recycling and public art making.
The total project costs $46,300.00 and the museum is actively fund-raising to make this project happen. They will submit two more grants to help with the deficit. Local artist Gregory Tait has donated a 3-d printer that will help defray some of the costs. The project is intended to create jobs for unemployed Veterans and raise awareness of the Veterans’ need for employment and the need for a plastic recycling center in town. This would also create job opportunities thereby strengthening the understanding of how cross-sector work through the arts supports the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Huerfano County.