Two weekends ago five Coldharbour Institute students met with seven students from the San Luis Valley and San Miguel County and went to an abandoned cave in Telluride and made art and science and alliances.
The program was a resounding success! It was an opportunity for the kids to discover how they can operate in any environment, and learn any skill…beautifully. Carlos Lerma is their first Coldharbour Youth Development Initiative (CYDI) student ambassador. Maria and Veronica are two students being brought into the program. Christian Arel is an MEM/Vista student whose project is developing the CYDI program. “Max, my kid, started the whole crazy gig last year by meeting and falling in love with Erin Ries, TFF Executive Director and amazing soul,” says Suzanne Ewy, Executive Director of Coldharbour Institute.
“Connecting Gunnison and WSCU’s MEM, Art, etc., with Telluride makes all kinds of great sense. They have so many of the same issues going on around art, cold weather, high altitude sustainability, agriculture and food, remoteness, need for higher education, and bursting creativity, that working together is a no-brainer. Come join us in January for the Fire Festival, January 20 – 22 – it’s magical. We’ll have the kids’ sculpture up and running – it’s going to be fabulous. Not quite green, but lots of sustainability in every other arena for these kiddos,” ” continues Ewy.
If you miss the Festival, we’ll be bringing the sculpture to Gunnison and the San Luis Valley eventually.