News from the Events Design Festival and our Partners

Colorado Arts Relief Fund Grant Awarded for 2022!

Rocky Mountain Arts has just been awarded a Colorado Arts Relief Fund Grant through the Creative Industries Division of the Office of Economic Development (CCI). This is a funding initiative passed by the State of Colorado Legislature during the First Extraordinary Session of the 72nd General Assembly from the Small Business Relief Program created in Section 4-48.5-316, enacted by Senate Bill 20B-001 and amended in the 2021 Regular Session with House Bill 21-1285. This amendment directs up to $15.5 million for relief payments to eligible artists, crew members and organizations like ours. We are deeply grateful…and beyond thrilled to be able to make this announcement.

The grant will enable us to pay our artists, performers, and staff for the December 2-4, 2022 Festival as well as hold more free programs for youth throughout the year.

Offsetting Our Carbon Footprint

At the Festival, fire takes center stage as the dynamic force that it is. We know that what we are doing here (and each and every day of our lives) has an impact. For us, focusing on fire brings it back to the conversation, so we can recognize its power and see that it can both transform and destroy.
 
With this understanding, the Festival is committed to ACTION to make significant changes in the way we live every day, and you can do this, too. This year, the Festival has purchased 1,000 trees to help restore our national forests that have been ravaged by fire. Trees, and in fact, all plant life, clean our planet’s atmosphere by removing carbon (from the combustion of fuels) and transforming it into oxygen. This is but one small step that each of us can take to help restore that which is essential to life.
 
In addition, we are committed to the two most important of the 3-R’s: REDUCE and REUSE. Most of the clean, chemically-untreated wood burned in the artistic fire cauldrons and art installations has been salvaged from construction dumpsters. Much of the event decor has been “rescued” and reused, and the stages (and many informational signs) have been made out of salvaged hardware, lumber, and plywood. In addition, the Festival purchased an all-electric vehicle in 2018, which goes farther (and faster) than a gasoline- powered vehicle, further reducing the amount of fossil-fuel “fire” we use.
 
May the fire at the Festival inspire you to face your use of fire and ACT to make important changes in your life every day.

Teens Create!

This past November 6 & 7 Rocky Mountain Arts held a workshop with teens in the True North Youth Program. These talented students created a wood sculpture, which will be on display Dec. 4 at Resurrection…and, will burn a la Burning Man style along with two other larger-than-life sculptures.

The amazing Co-Creators were:
Angie Saldin, Selma Tutt-Pyk, Valeria Villafuerte, Jocelyn Nieto, Daniel Gutierrez,
Alex Ramirez, Jairo Gonzalez Zarazua, Claire Jacobs, and Alex Ambriz.

True North Youth Program: Art installation build workshop


This art installation build workshop is taking place in the Festival Founders yard on November 6 & 7. Eight teens have signed up to create magic over two days with Chris Myers & Erin Ries.
The sculpture will be showcased at Resurrection on December 4th. And, it will be torched like the other wood sculptures.
The True North Youth Program kids will attend the event for free.
This program was made possible in part by the generous support of Alpine Bank.
If you are with True North Youth Program and wish to participate, email erin@telluridefirefestival.org.

Moving on up: an introductory course to stilts: Saturday, Dec. 4, 2pm

In this class you will learn the first couple of basics to circus stilts such as falling and walking. This class is perfect for anyone interested in getting into stilts, those wishing to better their balance or wanting to push themselves outside of their comfort zone.

Moving on up: an introductory course to stilts: Sunday, Dec. 5, 1pm

In this class you will learn the first couple of basics to circus stilts such as falling and walking. This class is perfect for anyone interested in getting into stilts, those wishing to better their balance or wanting to push themselves outside of their comfort zone.

Juggling Mastery Class: Sunday, Dec. 5, 3pm

This one-hour class will go over fundamental juggling techniques that will help you learn tricks ranging from beginner to advanced levels. You will learn the methodology needed to break down any juggling trick so that you can learn efficiently and effectively.

Juggling Mastery Class: Saturday, Dec. 4, 1pm

This one-hour class will go over fundamental juggling techniques that will help you learn tricks ranging from beginner to advanced levels. You will learn the methodology needed to break down any juggling trick so that you can learn efficiently and effectively.

Clowning Around: A crash course is FUN— Sunday, Dec. 5, 2pm

In this wacky workshop we will play with a plethora of props in a rapid round robin rotation and snicker during some silly classic clown shenanigans. Guaranteed fun for any age or skill level.

A successful Beginner Welding Workshop

The Beginner Welding Workshop, like many other events, was canceled due to the pandemic this past December 2020. Through determination, a loyal following and an eager instructor, it was rescheduled for May 22 and 23 in an above ground nonworking mine at Deep Creek Experimental.

Nine people participated in the workshop. Four, ranging from 13 to 17 years of age—were sponsored by One-To-One Mentoring. Several adults from Telluride participated as well. All materials and safety equipment were supplied to the students, they just needed to show up ready to create.

The students learned the process of creating a steel fire art project from scratch using reclaimed materials. Dan taught the basics of shop safety, welding basics, metal manipulation, and how to add fire elements. Materials on the first day. The students collaborated on the creation of a fire sculpture out of steel and added propane elements to the finished project, which will be on display at the 2021 event.

Not only did the group produce a collaborative work of art including flame effects, but also separate welded sculptures for themselves. Fiery Fluffy was the name given the team creation. The students tossed their name into a hat to give all a fair chance to win the group created flaming art installation, and 13 year-old Sebastian Santa Ana was the winner.

About the instructor
Dan Gundrum of Home Technology Group and Pivotal Effects taught the two-day class. Dan, a member of Deep Creek Experimental explains his craft in this way, “I look at the world and what inspires art. It stems from my impulsive desire to observe life from a different perspective. When something can be influenced in that altered perspective, art happens. That influence can be something as simple as clicking the shutter or making that grind. Pushing the boundaries of that influence makes something entirely new. Something that can transport the viewer into that altered perspective.” Says Dan, “I love teaching this class for the Festival. The reward is seeing the smiles and creativity”.