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The Creative Arts Initiative connects business members with the local creative arts community in order to build the Creative Artisan Economy. It supports business growth and the local economy, provides living wages to local artists, increases beautification efforts, and helps to grow a thriving arts district and artisan community in Durango. This initiative builds on the strong foundation of the City of Durango Creative Arts District and increases the multiplier effect by working with independent local businesses, keeping money in our community.

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Coming August 2018: a NEW MURAL on the back of ACE Kroegers Hardware store

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Contact hayley@local-first.org to learn how to become a sponsor or to volunteer to paint!

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ARTISTS: Hayley Kirkman and Soma Smith

LOCATION: The Greenery

COMPLETED: May 2018

ABOUT THE PROJECT: Local First worked with Faith Frazier, chief marketing officer of the Greenery marijuana shop, to paint the company’s logo on the second story exterior of their building. Together, Local First and the Greenery were able to project and stencil the logo on butcher paper, outline on the wall, and fill in with paint!

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Artists Hayley Kirkman and Soma Smith painting the Greenery’s logo on the side of their building.

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The completed logo painting.

Durango Arts Center

ARTIST: Hayley Kirkman

LOCATION: Durango Arts Center, 802 E 2nd Avenue

COMPLETED: May 2018

ABOUT THE PROJECT: Exhibition artist/Durango Arts Center volunteer Michele Sensing approached Local First to hand-letter a poem that would be displayed in the DAC’s exhibition, “The Wall”, a floor-to-ceiling collaborative gallery installation exploring the implications of creating barriers.

The theme of Walls as Barriers has been a year and a half in the making, and features six visual artists in the space and several performance artists during the reception on May 4th. Michele chose to have local artist Hayley Kirkman paint the poem on the wall because it was “more interesting” and engaging instead of just printing it on. She hopes the hand-lettering will bring more exposure to the poem and the contribute to the show’s overarching theme.

Michele believes there is a strong arts community in Durango, but hopes to see opportunities for artists to succeed professionally and make art as a source of income. “Art is vital and has been since the beginning of time,” she says. Keeping it local is important to her as well. “There’s so much talent here [in Durango] and uniquely local, handmade gifts to buy.”

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Artists from the Durango Joe’s mural project (from left): Dakotah Andreatta, Allie Wolfe, Hayley Kirkman. Not pictured: artist Sarah Sturm.

ARTISTS: Hayley Kirkman, Allie Wolfe, Dakotah Andreatta, and Sarah Sturm

LOCATION: Durango Joes on College Drive

COMPLETED: April 2018

ABOUT THE PROJECT: Local First worked with the creative arts and business community to design and install this mural. Through creative expression and engagement with our local, independent business community, we aimed to educate the public about the importance of building a strong, local economy while celebrating artistic expression in a manner that explores the history and uniqueness of Durango and La Plata County.

The theme of our first mural was “Local is the Way!”, and it aimed to promote buying local, eating local, and being local right in the heart of downtown. This building is the gateway to downtown from Fort Lewis College and will be an exceptional opportunity to educate our community and visitors about our community’s support of the local economy as they enter Durango’s unique downtown district.

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Durango Joe’s Mural unveiling party on March 14, 2018. Photo by Trevor Ogborn, Durango Joe’s.

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The artists working on the mural in February 2018. From left: Dakotah Andreatta, Allie Wolfe, Sarah Sturm, and Hayley Kirkman. Photo by Jennaye Derge.

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iAm Music

Musicians performing at an Elegant Evening at Eolus, an iAM Music Institute fundraiser in partnership with Local First.

EVENT: Elegant Evening at Eolus benefit fundraiser

DATE: April 5, 2018

ABOUT THE PROJECT: Local First partnered with iAM MUSIC Institute to create a benefit fundraiser towards supporting student lesson scholarships, the iAM outreach programs and general operations of the school. We asked the community to join us for a 3-course experience plus wine and music at Eolus Rooftop. In attendance were the iAM MUSIC Founders, Board of Directors & Staff, as well as the Managing Director of Local First.

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Event poster created by iAM Music Institute.

News

2705, 2018

Music as Inspiration

By | May 27th, 2018|Categories: Create Local|0 Comments

From Alissa Wolf, Executive Director of iAM Music. Local First and iAM Music are working in partnership on the Cultivate Campaign. Christiana, age 11 (quoted above), is one of several talented and dedicated students [...]

1903, 2018

Local Artists Share Story: Durango Joes Mural

By | March 19th, 2018|Categories: Artist Spotlight, Create Local, Localists Spotlight|0 Comments

Who: Local artists Hayley Kirkman, Sarah Sturm, Allie Wolfe, and Dakotah Andreatta.  What: Local is the Way! mural on the side of Durango Joe's When: This project started in August 2017  How: We had originally planned to work [...]

703, 2018

Arts and culture made more money in Colorado in 2015 than mining or the transportation industry, study shows

By | March 7th, 2018|Categories: Create Local|0 Comments

Reprinted from the Denver Post See a show at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in 2015? Purchase a painting at a local art fair? How about buy a book from a Colorado author or [...]