Apr 24, 2011 10:11 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow
Concrete Couch, a local non-profit organization, wants the community to come out and participate in at least one of the five different large-scale community art projects they are putting on over a five-day period.
The "Off the Couch" inaugural event, which kicked off on Thursday, April 21st, is in partnership with the Community Built Association.
Renowned artists from across the country flew in for the event, many of which came to run the specialized five-day art workshops.
One of the driving motivations behind the event is to build a sense of community and team work among Southern Coloradans.
"It's really a good way to make you show your pride in your community...and to get to know your community members and neighbors," says Meg Tilley Anderson, one of the event's participants. She, too, is an artist and her husband, Bond Anderson, led the team build of the Marimba project at Ute Pass Elementary.
Kids who participated in the project also expressed how these types of events help build their leadership skills, as well as many types of qualities that transcend age.
"It makes me feel helpful, and it makes me feel confident about myself," says 5th grader, Autumn Lehner.
For all the participants we spoke with, the event stimulates many types of feelings, thoughts, and inspirations, but there was a consensus that the wholesome nature of the event truly instills a sense of working together and appreciation for not only for their neighbors, but also their neighborhood.
The event continues through Tuesday, April 26h. Two of the five projects end on Monday, April 25th: Design Workshop and Environmental Restoration.
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