Transforming Your Neighborhood Into the Magic Kingdom – Whole Community Makeovers Through the Performing Arts

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When?  Thursday, April 5, 2018 6:30-8:30

Where? BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, 303-284-0194

BookBar “is a bookshop for wine lovers. A wine bar for book shoppers. And a fabulous cafe, too”.
Sponsored by Cri Hub.  Admission free and open to the public.  Map.

“All the world’s a stage,” wrote Shakespeare, and that can be true for your community or immediate neighborhood as well.  You can make it come alive at any time through interactive dance, music, and drama.  You can turn the street where you live into the magic kingdom for a breathless little while.

Sam Provenzano and Christine Gwillim, advanced degree candidates in theater and dance at the University of Texas (Austin), will discuss how you can take turn a bounded space like a university campus, a museum, or a neighborhood with its shops and houses and turn it into a site for performance art that engages people and has them look at their surroundings in a whole new way.

They are visiting Denver April 5 – 7 as presenters for the program of the Southwest Summit on Creative Placemaking at the University of Denver, sponsored by the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  They will also be presenting at the Appalachian Summit in Charleston, West Virginia later this year.

Creative Placemaking is a set of practices that leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to transform communities, build local character as well as foster sustainable economic growth and quality of life.

About the Speakers:

Sam Provenzano is a M.F.A. candidate in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research is focused on creating and directing Theatre for Young Audiences and theatre and performance in museum spaces. Sam is the 2018-19 Theatre for Youth Post-Graduate Fellow at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

Christine Gwillim is an artist, curator and scholar. She is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas, Austin. Her doctoral research focuses on curatorial practice at contemporary performance festivals. She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA from New York University. Christine is the Williford Fellow for University Engagement at the Blanton Museum of Art.

Meet in BookBar’s lounge from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on April 5th.

CRI Hosts Discussion On The Transformative Power Of The Arts In Vienna

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THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF THE ARTS. Joy Sawyer from Denver’s Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop talks expounds on the power of poetry at the Donauhof renovation project last Friday evening in Vienna. Her presentation was part of a special CRI conversation among writers, musicians, and visual artists (both American and Austrian) entitled “The Arts in Action”. How does art make a difference in today’s conflicted and storm-tossed world?